Surrounded by gentle hills in a typical mediterranean environment, you will find Villa Caterina.
The house has been completely restored according to the style of the local country houses and it represents a quiet place for people who like to spend few days in a warm and relaxing environment.
The Cinque Terre are just around the corner and you can reach them easily by train or, if you like to walk, by the winding paths along the steep that fall to the sea.
. Getting to the coast from the autostrada were winding and twisty roadways and finally we find our destination village of Levanto.
Even though there were signs in the town we were confused and still had to ask directions from a kid on the street. His direction was to turn at ‘the plant’. All he said was “Look for the plant.” Well, the plant as we realized after a while, was actually a nursery store which had a large sign selling live “plants”.
The Villa Margherita our Bed & Breakfast is operated by Frederico and his little ‘United Colors of Benetton’ stylish wife, named Angela. Frederico was a great host for on the first night there, he takes us to town in his Mercedes and shows us the best restaurants, the town’s main promenade area, and where the Fiat Family (from Milano) has their hill-top estates overlooking the harbor of Levanto. We learned also that Frederico just ran the New York City marathon the previous month. He so inspired Joan that she began running again every morning from that point on during this trip. She thought he was quite the ‘dude’, for he was always wearing a long, black topcoat around the place. You could just tell he was always ready to ‘wheel and deal’ some business transaction. Each morning Angela served us our cappuccino with a Mickey Mouse happy face designed in cocoa on the top.
We seemed to end up having daily chats with Frederico each evening; he liked to hear all about our new adventures of the day. One day he asked us to help him do some editing of a new flyer he had just developed for his latest enterprise. This was an upcoming cooking school with lessons for tourists that he and Chef Massimo of Levanto will be starting in the spring. Everything will be local Ligurian and flambé style, with classes held at Chef’s restaurant in town. Frederico figured that if they can do this in Tuscany, no reason he can't pull it off in Levanto.
When he heard that our next stop after Levanto, was the Hotel Palazzo Alexander in Lucca, he said that he always refers his clients to go there because it was mentioned in the ‘Rick Steves’ book. He then asked us to do him a favor and deliver some of his Villa Margherita brochures and flyers to the owner of the Palazzo in Lucca, which we did, and they liked that exchange at both ends. Frederico didn’t charge us for a bottle of wine we had while at his place as a token of doing this errand.
After three days we noticed that Frederico and Angela never seem to speak to each other. They each went about doing their own jobs perfectly but we never hear a word exchanged. While at their place, we ran into a couple there from St. Paul Minnesota, my home town, who are living for one year in Slovakia teaching English and History. Neato. Another day Joan does a morning run up to the hillside village of Lizza. She comes back and is telling Angela and me about how she found this little town called “Lizzie”. Angela hears this, smiles, and she tells us it is like the word “pizza”, but you pronounce it with an “L”, Lizza. This was another of Joan’s famous language conquests.
It is been a while since I was there but I remember it was very nice because I went there two years in a row and I woul?d not have done that if it would not have been good.
You have to have good condition because it goes up the mountains to some of the tents.
The five little towns - Cinque Terre - around it are very very beautiful - I really liked it there.
close to the ocean
Its the perfect place to stay for a more than a few days. Meaning, that youll want to stay longer when you see it. Anyway, it is a minimum of two nights which is 100 euros - at least in the high season.
Perfect for enjoying some chilled white wine and olives at night, either on benches infront of the local church overlooking Levanto, the sea and mountains or at your private terrace.
The bedroom also comes with a kitchen and bathroom.
Perfect for exploring the mountains by foot. There are lots of trails to chose from. Also a good base for visiting Cinque Terra.
Its as private as it gets. Made for two not more nor less.
However having a car to get around will be useful.
What can I say, I loved it!
Wehad 4 wonderful days!
Everything has been absolutely perfect! From the warm greatings of Carlo and Cecilia, to the incredible view, lovely room and deliucious breakfast, there is truly nothing that could be improved!
A characteristic taverna and a wonderful panoramic terrace. Incredible view from the room.
My niece had recommended this place as she had stayed here a couple of months before us. It is a quiet family run guesthouse with clean, comfortable rooms. Our room faced the back and while it did not have a view, it was nice.
Breakfast is not included but there is a coffee machine in the corridor for making your own coffee.
Cost was 54 Euro per night, per room. The location is ver near the beach and there are many shops in the area. The family also runs a restaurant on the ground floor.
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