The sparkling waters and colourful coastline of Liguria make it one of Italy’s top destinations. Stretched out between the South of France and Tuscany, it is an idyllic sun-trap of white sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs, and turquoise marinas filled with dazzling white yachts.
The Cinque Terre (comprising the five villages of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore) are so beautiful that they have been collectively classed a UNESCO World Heritage Site, while the Riviera di Levante and Riviera di Ponente are havens for the rich and famous, and the perfect location for a luxury villa with a private pool.
Villas with pools in Liguria bring a touch of that Riviera glamour to any Italian holiday. The likes of Ernest Hemmingway and Ezra Pound used to spend their summers in beachside villas near Genoa and Rapallo, and it is easy to see why they loved it there. The glittering water is a constant source of refreshment and relaxation, while the medieval towns and villages inland have their own unique history and cuisine that is just begging to be discovered.
Ligurians claim that they produce finer olive oil than Tuscany and better ice cream than Naples, and once you’ve spent a few days sampling the local food you’ll find it hard to disagree. Stock up on seasonal vegetables, ripe cheeses and fresh pesto at your nearest market, then prepare a luxurious feast to enjoy at your own villa with a swimming pool.
When you stay in a holiday villa with a pool, you can enjoy the Ligurian coast the way it was meant to be enjoyed – at your leisure. This is a place where time slows down, where colours are more vibrant and the sights and sounds of your surroundings will stay with you for a lifetime – or at least until your next visit.
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