On top of a steep hill but Lerici and the villa are very beautiful. Everything is in walking distance which means if you don't want to use the car and you're fit and able, you can just walk everywhere which we like. Great food and wine.
We were picked up and delivered to the train station, shown around, given local tips, helped in getting groceries. Town and ferry are within walking distance. The villa was clean and had everything we needed. To late in the year to enjoy the pool but sunset was stunning.
I was introduced to my great host, Gian Luca, and hostess, Raffaella, and their great villa in Lerici by an American couple (who have become good friends) who raved about their stay. It turned out to be one of the best, if not the best, recommendations that I have ever received. I spent a great week with Gian Luca and Raffaella as part of a three-week holiday in Italy, and can only reiterate the many accolades already mentioned by their many other very satisfied guests since it is hard to come up with new superlatives! The views of Lerici and the Bay of Poets, the runs and walks along the promenade (~ 2 miles one way as I recall), followed by a dip in the pool - buonissimo!
All I can really add is that Gian Luca's and Raffaella's friendship, hospitality, and kindness (including the great gourmet dinner they prepared for me) are all indelible memories for me. Cinque Terre is nice to visit, but Villa in Lerici is definitely the place to stay.
I hope (and plan) to return in the near future!
We spent 10 days at the villa in Lerici with childhood friends and had the most incredible experience! We have traveled worldwide for 40 plus years and we keep finding ourselves telling people that this was the most beautiful, serene, relaxing and magical spot that we have ever experienced! We had a car (recommended) and took a number of different tours of highlights of the area, but when we returned to the villa we would always say, "It's even more beautiful here!" A ferry that takes you to Cinque Terre is a 15 minute walk away, as is the quaint little village of Lerici.
As fantastic as the pictures are really are, they still do not do justice to the overall feeling you have when you see the wide, sweeping view of the city, castle and bay below you. Our friend kept saying, "Just pinch me" .....like she was caught up in a fairy tale!
Our host, Gianluca, made sure that everything was perfect from the rooms to the landscaping to the pool. Everything was spotless! When we first arrived he took us for a 40 minute drive in the area to give us an overview of where things where, how to get around, and even waitied for at least 1/2 an hour in his car while we picked up food at a grocery store (his suggestion)! Never have we been treated with such hospitality!
I could go on and on, but I promise that your stay at the "Villa with a View in Lerici" will be a memory for a lifetime!
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My husband and I had the fortunate opportunity to spend time at Gian Luca's Villa in 2013. We enjoyed our stay so much so that when we planned a return trip to Italy in October 2016, we wanted to come back to the Villa again. Gian Luca is the perfect host, and he sincerely wants his guests to feel at home. He goes out of his way to ensure you are comfortable and is more than happy to answer any questions you might have. The amenities in the apartment and the lovely terrace and pool area are outstanding. We enjoyed our walk through the olive grove to go into the village of Lerici, which is very quaint and offers many wonderful restaurants. We also enjoyed the centralized location of Lerici which afforded us the opportunity to take wonderful day trips to places such as Carrara Marble, Portofino and the Cinque Terre, and then return back to our comfortable Villa to relax and enjoy the beautiful view of the harbor below. You can't go wrong to stay here!