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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: 03/22/2017
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  • Minimum stay:4 nights
  • Sleeps:5
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Villa
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Villa, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 5)

The small 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.
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Member since: 2008

Speaks: english, french, german, italian
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 60%
Calendar last updated: 03/22/2017

Property Type

  • Villa

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 5
  • 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

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional


  • Unsuitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 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


  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books:

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

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library:

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

  • Radio
  • Stereo


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


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

Local Services & Businesses

  • Groceries

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

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


  • Dining:

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

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street:

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

  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    Free wi-fi for guests ...moreless


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


  • Balcony:

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

  • Beach Towels
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • 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

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


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My Standard Rate
4 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • housekeeping $125
  • Taxes Not included


Please note the season is 6 months only from May 1 - Nov. 15.

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Last updated: 03/22/2017
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35 Miles
Nearest Airport
Nice France
0.2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
35 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Nice France
17 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Nearest Train
Ventimiglia Italy
0.2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
50 Miles
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
Nearest Beach
Ventimiglia Italy

Car: Recommended


Manager info

Year Purchased: 1991

About: 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 Fanghetto IM, Italy:
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: english, french, german, italian
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 60%
Calendar last updated: 03/22/2017

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Guestbook comments from the property manager

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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

  • Yes, YOU could be seated at this table with friends or family.

    Yes, YOU could be seated at this table with friends or family.

  • 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 Fanghetto from hiking trail

    view of Fanghetto from hiking trail

  • Main road to Fanghetto from State highway

    Main road to Fanghetto from State highway

  • Typical street scene

    Typical street scene

  • Roya river,olive trees and Fanghetto

    Roya river,olive trees and Fanghetto

  • Sunday Mass Fanghetto

    Sunday Mass Fanghetto

  • Richard at lunch with Kim, our property manager

    Richard at lunch with Kim, our property manager

  • Living Room w  extra daybed   kitchen   Dining

    Living Room w extra daybed kitchen Dining

  • Guest bedroom w  double bed

    Guest bedroom w double bed

  • Relaxing lunch on the terrace

    Relaxing lunch on the terrace

  • 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

  • View of Roya and Olive Terraces

    View of Roya and Olive Terraces

  • Breakfast au soleil

    Breakfast au soleil

  • Roya River great swimming

    Roya River great swimming

  • Church bell tower Fanghetto

    Church bell tower Fanghetto

  • View from terrace to Roya

    View from terrace to Roya

  • Richard Crone - Owner & Architect

    Richard Crone - Owner & Architect

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This listing was first published here in 2008.

Date last modified - Friday, March 24, 2017

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