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Il B&B La Luna e l’Ulivo Antica Residenza is located in the medieval village of Arcola, in the lower Val di Magra, in the province of La Spezia, a few minutes from the Gulf of Poets and in a magnificent area of Liguria. The village, unique thanks to its concentric ring structure with paved streets, is dominated by an ancient pentagonal tower of 25 meters, the remains of a mighty manor. The B&B is located in a strategic position to reach both sea and inland locations: Lerici with its castle, the port and the colorful streets is only a few minutes drive; Fiascherino and Tellaro with their magnificent 6 km coast; La Spezia with its Naval Museum about 8 km, as well as Sarzana with its famous antique markets; the beaches of Versilia with Forte dei Marmi and Viareggio are 12 km away; Portofino, a little more than an hour away. From La Spezia you can embark or reach by train the 5 Terre and make hiking trails rich in natural beauty and landscape.

Il B&B La Luna e l’Ulivo Antica Residenza welcomes you to Arcola, in Liguria in a very suggestive picture. Restored with care and patience by the owners, the house maintains some characteristics that make it unique, among which the terraced layout of the various levels connected to each other by stone and stone stairs that give it a special charm, while ensuring guests a total well-being. The structure offers two large Suites, for a maximum of two beds each, equipped with all modern comforts: television, air conditioning, wifi connection, herbal tea corner, safe, high-end courtesy products and linen from the Italian textile tradition. With a view of the hills, the Palmaria suite, furnished in shabby-chic style, with wrought iron materials, reminds the colors of the wild flora of the homonymous island through the green of the aromatic herbs and the pink of the flowers. The bathroom elegantly recalls the local rustic style. With a view of the hills and the historic village, the Portovenere Suite is furnished in a seafaring style, in the natural tones of earth and sand, lit by the blue and blue of the sea and sky. The wooden floor and the oil paintings recall the atmosphere of a sailing ship. The marine theme continues also in the large bathroom with window, with floor in local stone. Guests can enjoy a typical Ligurian terraced garden, where they can relax among aromatic herbs and flowers even with a good book from the house library.

Breakfast, to which special care is paid, is served on the terrace or in the old tavern of the house. Guests have a wide selection of quality sweet and savoury products, with particular attention to organic food, food intolerances and typical local products. The sweet or savoury dishes are prepared at the moment and on request, under the banner of the association taste and wellness, two requirements of the true Italian Style. Besides the specific architectural features and the warm welcome of the owners, a legend, called the Oliva Magica, makes this facility more fascinating. It is said that the house was once a fortified area of protection to the ancient village, located in a strategic point on the road between the Ligurian Sea and Tuscany. Destroyed several times, the house was rebuilt and inhabited since 1690 by local families who transformed it into a workshop, with adjoining house and space dedicated to the traditional production of oil. It is said that in the nineteenth century, during the olive harvest, the owner found under a tree, near the house, a strange olive, hard as a diamond and covered with very fine engravings. He decided to keep it as a good luck charm and hid it in the cellar. From that day on, however, his olive trees stopped bearing fruit and in every full moon night you could hear a sweet song coming up from the cellar. The man decided to investigate and during a full moon night he saw a young girl with very long silvery hair singing her sadness for having been locked up in such a dark place. He understood then that the girl was the Olive he had hidden and the next day he brought her back to earth. The trees began to bear fruit again and the song of the girl was transformed into the rustling of the wind among the branches of the olive trees.

La Cabana is located amid the splendidly beautiful Cinque Terre, or Five Lands, on the coast of Liguria, less than a kilometre away from Monterosso al Mare, one of the ancient fishing villages that give name to the area.  Praised by innumerable poets, this landscape formed by nature and man is quite unique, with terraces cut in the rock and lined with vines; they are traversed by picturesque paths, known locally as carruggi, that reach down to the sea and connect the five villages.  In recognition of its scenic and cultural value, UNESCO has designated the Cinque Terre National Park, which includes the sea off the coast, a World Heritage Site. La Cabana provides a free shuttle bus service into the old town of Monterosso al Mare to ensure that guests can reach it with ease and admire its many attractions, including the medieval church of St John the Baptist and its façade made up of alternating horizontal lines of black and white stone. Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore, the other four villages that constitute Cinque Terre, are also within easy reach, only about 50 km away.

La Cabana is an old farmhouse surrounded by the green of a garden, enclosed by dry stone walls, and beyond that olive groves, vineyards and pine trees.  Set high above the coast of Cinque Terre, it is blessed with sweeping sea views: sitting comfortably on the large terrace or relaxing on the veranda, La Cabana’s guests never cease to wonder at the spectacle of the sun setting over the promontory of Punta Mesco.  In the warm seasons the veranda becomes the backdrop to the superb breakfast buffet that is laid out every morning; in autumn and winter the guests enjoy the same magnificent panorama of the sea through the large windows of the breakfast room. The guestrooms at La Cabana are spacious and light, and incredibly quiet; they enjoy views of the sea or of the countryside, and those located on the ground floor have direct access to the garden.  The owners have recently redecorated the rooms using natural materials, antique furniture, precious curtains and beautifully crafted objects: the effect is one of comfortable elegance.

La Casa del Caco is a charming B&B in Lecchiore, a suburb of the picturesque Dolcedo which is located in the Imperia province, Liguria.  It enjoys a stunning position, situated as it is in the Prino Valley, between the Ligurian Prealps and the Riviera di Ponente, thus looking out over verdant hills and sandy beaches, both within easy reach.  The area surrounding Dolcedo is deservedly famous for its delicious olive oil and La Casa del Caco is a true oasis, nestled amidst olive groves that stretch to the horizon.  This is the perfect spot for outdoor activities, from excursions to mountain bike rides, to trekking on horseback; the sight of little lakes peeping out through trees in the woods will be unforgettable.  From Lecchiore one can also set out to explore the pretty villages of the Prino Valley: Dolcedo, Valloria, Prelà and Villatalla, only to name a few.  A walk in their old streets, a visit to the ancient churches, the small restaurants and wine shops, and you will be bewitched. Less than 30 minutes away lie the delights of Imperia, with its Cathedral dedicated to St Maurice, the quaint narrow streets of Porto Maurizio known locally as caruggi, Dante Square in Oneglia, and the Collegiate Church of St John the Baptist.  A little farther away, but still within an hour’s drive, one can reach other jewels of the Riviera: Sanremo, Genoa, Nice and Monte-Carlo.

La Casa del Caco is an old stone house built over 200 years ago.  It resembles other Ligurian farmhouses of Lecchiore and of the Imperia province; in fact its characteristics, like the beautiful wood ceilings and cotto floors, have been lovingly maintained during the restoration.  But these traditional rooms have been furnished with modern and contemporary furniture and furnishings to create a comfortable, welcoming interior in the whole house. Breakfast is served in a large room on the ground floor which opens to a splendid terrace with views of the surrounding hills and of the coast. This was once the cellar of the house, and it is a truly enchanting space, with exposed stone walls and a restful ambience, where guests enjoy fresh, delicious food that gives one a sense of contentment and lots of energy.

La Casa del Caco B&B has two bedrooms on the first floor whose names derive from the natural materials, stone and wood, that give the rooms their character.  Each room has an ensuite bathroom and is perfect for two people.  The rooms are provided with Wi-Fi, but are without TV, in accordance with the philosophy of the owners, who have created a space for relaxation which is in perfect harmony with the silence and peace of their surroundings.  They are also font of all knowledge of the area and are always happy to advise on the best trails and the most picturesque corners of their beloved Liguria, or the restaurants where one can eat the best traditional dishes.