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Romantic Hideaway in 13th C. Roia Valley Hilltown Near Riviera

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Fanghetto,13th c. hilltown in Liguria, Italy


Last updated: 07/11/2014
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  • Minimum stay:4 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Fanghetto villa description

The tiny village of Fanghetto, built by monks in the 13th c.,is perched high on a sunny mountain slope above the Roya Valley, only minutes from the azure sea and rocky cliffs of both the Italian and French Rivieras.

This relatively unknown region in Italy has some of the most beautiful and scenic valleys, famous for its high rock outcroppings, gorges and the winding Roya River, with its rapids, waterfalls and picturesque 2000 year old Roman arched stone bridges.

This rustic village, relatively unchanged for the last hundred years, overlooks terraced olive trees and the Roya River. The private terrace offers magnificent panoramic views of the mountains of France,Italy, olive trees and the river below. Wintess the sounds of the rushing water, the birds waking in the early morning, the swallows darting in and out at eye level during twilight followed often by shooting stars in late evening.

This fully restored two level home by the architect / owner has all the original rustic charm with two foot thick walls, high arched plaster ceilings and is now reborn to assure today's high standards with marbled kitchen counters and marble bath. The Frette linens, luxurious towels, hotel lotions, firm beds, and tasteful antique furnishings provide for every comfort.

The two bedrooms on the first level,each have fabulous river and mountain views and communicate to the bath. Original stone steps lead up to the living room, kitchen, dining area and open terrace. A single day bed/sofa on this level provides comfortable sleeping for an extra guest.

Enjoy your morning cappuccino or lunch at home on the private, sun filled terrace. Read from our library of travel itineraries, guidebooks, cookbooks, browse our list of local restaurant recommendations, plan the next outing or meal, listen to music and relax on the terrace.

Only a 10 minute walk through the terraced olive trees down to the river you will enjoy the most refreshing and memorable swim ever. Lounge on the banks of a private sandy beach or on ancient large boulders. You will be forever captivated by the peace and solitude there among the sound of the rapids.

Fanghetto is truly a small, undiscovered, classic hill town with typical narrow pedestrian stepped streets. It enjoys few tourists and has remained seemingly untouched for hundreds of years as seen from the small passageways of cobbled streets. Parking is at the edge of the village but only a three minute easy walk to the house. Behind the stone walls reveal renovated homes of classic style, known and enjoyed by only a select few. It is simply the perfect getaway for those seeking privacy or a couple wishing the unique, unforgettable affordable honeymoon.

The ever popular Mediterranean beaches nearby include Pont S. Ludovico, Menton, St. Jean Cap Ferrat, Beuasoleil, and Ville Franche, are all within a half hour's drive of Fanghetto.

World renowned restaurants in Monte Carlo and along the French Corniches, including the lofty and celebrated village of Eze, offer both exquisite meals and the best view in the South of France from the terrace of La Chevre d'Or. The very popular outdoor Friday market in Ventimiglia will provide the freshest of ingredients for a simple, yet unforgettable meal on your own terrace at home,should you prefer. The daily market in Menton, the Monday market at the ''marche aux puces'', or flea market in Nice, filled with antiques & brocante are not to be missed.

TIP: You will find flights typically are more frequent and less expensive from the USA to Nice, France, 35 miles away, and car rentals a far better value than renting in Italy.

Property Type

      • Villa

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental


              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

              Onsite Services

                  • Housekeeper Optional


                  • Non Smoking Only
                  • Unsuitable For Elderly Or Infirm
                  • Children Welcome:

                    Due to low stone seating wall on terrace w/ 12 foot drop off to terrace below, we do not recommend children under the age of 5 be on the terrace unattended....moreless

                  • Wheelchair Inaccessible
                  • Pets Considered

                  Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5

                  Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

                  Other Amenities

                      • Children under 5 should not be on the terrace unless supervised by an adult as the stone wall for seating drops down about 10' to other terrrace below... see photos on listing of the terrace stone wall. As is typical in an Italian hilltown, accesss to most homes is usually pedestrian only with parking nearby as streets are too narrow for cars, so parking is nearby but not at the front door. Generally a few steps for change of grade is common to reach one's home on narrow streets. The first level of the house is reached at the top of about 10 steps from the street and the house is two story with stone steps up from entry level of 2 bedrooms to upper floor of living,dining,kitchen and terrace. Very easy for most all guests, but not recommended for the elderly or infirm....moreless


                      • DVD Player
                      • Books:

                        Tremendous selection of French and Italian guide books, route maps, excursions, recommended dining options, as well as novels....moreless

                      • Stereo
                      • CD Player
                      • Music Library:

                        Many classical / opera and popular C.D's available....moreless

                      • Radio
                      • Audio Tape Player


                      • Romantic
                      • Historic
                      • Away From It All
                      • Tourist Attractions


                      • Churches
                      • Water Parks
                      • Ruins
                      • Botanical Garden
                      • Nude Beach
                      • Restaurants
                      • Waterfalls

                      Leisure Activities

                      • Shopping
                      • Wildlife Viewing
                      • Antiquing
                      • Sight Seeing
                      • Walking
                      • Scenic Drives

                      local services and businesses

                          • Groceries

                          Location Type

                          • Mountain View
                          • Water View
                          • Mountain
                          • Village
                          • Beach
                          • River

                          sports and adventure activities

                          • Cycling
                          • Mountaineering
                          • Kayaking
                          • Rock Climbing
                          • Swimming
                          • Fishing
                          • Hiking
                          • Mountain Climbing
                          • Rafting

                          catering options

                              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


                              • Dining Area
                              • Dining:

                                Outside terrace dining for 6 or more. ...moreless

                              • Seating for 4 people

                              forms of payment

                                  • Accept Credit Card


                                  • Heating
                                  • Internet
                                  • Towels Provided
                                  • Wireless Internet:

                                    Free wi-fi for guests ...moreless

                                  • Paper Towels
                                  • Basic Soaps
                                  • Toilet Paper
                                  • Activities Guide
                                  • Alarm Clock
                                  • Bottled Water
                                  • Hair Dryer
                                  • Laundry Soap
                                  • Local Maps
                                  • Local Restaurant Guide
                                  • Shampoo
                                  • Iron & Board
                                  • Parking On Street
                                  • Parking Off Street:

                                    Ample free parking is only 2 minute walk from your home, as the streets are narrow and restricted of cars....moreless

                                  • Washing Machine
                                  • Linens Provided

                                  house cleaning

                                      • Housekeeper Optional


                                      • Kitchen
                                      • Cooking Utensils
                                      • Coffee Maker
                                      • Toaster
                                      • Mini Refrigerator
                                      • Pantry Items
                                      • Stove
                                      • 4 Ring Stove
                                      • Refrigerator
                                      • Oven


                                      • Terrace
                                      • Balcony:

                                        Table seating for six with sun umbrella to enjoy panoramic view of valley - mountains beyond....moreless

                                      • Beach Towels
                                      • Small Cooler
                                      • Patio
                                      • Water Sports Gear:

                                        Some of the best 'canyoning' options are located here within walking distance of Fanghetto. This sport and our location attracts visitors from all parts of Europe....moreless

                                      Payment Type

                                      • Visa
                                      • Mastercard
                                      • Discover


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                                      4 night min stay

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                                      Last updated: 07/11/2014
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                                      35 Miles
                                      Nearest Airport
                                      Nice France
                                      35 Miles
                                      Nearest Ferry
                                      Nice France
                                      10 Miles
                                      Nearest Train
                                      Ventimiglia Italy
                                      0.2 Miles
                                      Nearest Motorway
                                      10 Miles
                                      Nearest Beach
                                      Ventimiglia Italy
                                      0.2 Miles
                                      Nearest Barpub
                                      50 Miles
                                      Nearest Ski
                                      17 Miles
                                      Nearest Golf
                                      2 Miles
                                      Nearest Restaurant

                                      Car: Recommended


                                      Owner info

                                      Year Purchased: 1991

                                      About the owner: As a retired architect, now living in West Palm Beach, Fl., I was the guest of a client in this ancient Italian hilltown. He had discovered Fanghetto over 60 years ago. The charm of the stone architecture of these rustic houses, their unique location on the border of Italy and France perched on a sunny mountain side overlooking olive trees and the Roia River below were simply unforgettable. Coupled with the fabulous choices of local cuisine nearby, anything we put on the table in this rustic setting tasted like gourmet dining. Residing there one month of every year now for over 20 years has provided life changing memories and each year we have created new ones.

                                      Why the Owner Chose Fanghetto:
                                      Fanghetto is well lcoated for quiet and simplicity but within 45 minutes of Nice, Monacco, San Remo, and numerous hilltowns of both France and Italy, all with friendly cafes and restaurants, museums and siteseeing opportunities. The warm, long, sunny days of summer in this region, but with cool evenings provide the most comfortable weather all summer long. Hiking, swimming, walks to nearby hilltowns for lunch create numerous opportunities without needing a car every day.

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                                      Speaks: french, english

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                                      • Fanghetto,13th c. hilltown in Liguria, Italy

                                        Fanghetto,13th c. hilltown in Liguria, Italy

                                      • Master bedroom w  two windows w  views of river

                                        Master bedroom w two windows w views of river

                                      • Shaded terrace w  dining for 6 & spectacular views

                                        Shaded terrace w dining for 6 & spectacular views

                                      • Rocky beach at Pt. S. Ludovico 20 minutes

                                        Rocky beach at Pt. S. Ludovico 20 minutes

                                      • Roya swimming 10 minute walk from house

                                        Roya swimming 10 minute walk from house

                                      • View of Roya and Olive Terraces

                                        View of Roya and Olive Terraces

                                      • Living Room w  extra daybed   kitchen   Dining

                                        Living Room w extra daybed kitchen Dining

                                      • Guest bedroom w  double bed

                                        Guest bedroom w double bed

                                      • Evening view to Pienne Hte. from terrace

                                        Evening view to Pienne Hte. from terrace

                                      • Roman pedestrian bridge, Fanghetto

                                        Roman pedestrian bridge, Fanghetto

                                      • View of Fanghetto from hiking trail to Airole

                                        View of Fanghetto from hiking trail to Airole

                                      • Richard Crone - Owner & Architect

                                        Richard Crone - Owner & Architect

                                      VRBO #170054

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                                      This listing was first published here in 2008.

                                      Date last modified - Saturday, July 19, 2014

                                      $175 per night (USD)

                                      2 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                                      Sleeps 5

                                      View calendar: Updated 07/11/14
                                      Minimum stay: 4 nights
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