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

Bedrooms 2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Minimum Stay
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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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Property Manager
Richard Crone
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, german, italian
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
January 18, 2017

About Richard Crone

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.

Richard Crone purchased this villa in 1991

Why Richard Crone chose Liguria

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.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Richard, this is quite the place you have.The location is ideal in that we were a short drive from either charming small French villages or the hustle and bustle of the Riviera. Your extensive guide was invaluable, from flying into Nice to restaurants, beaches, and just getting around. A terrific value which was every bit as advertised.
Sep 2009
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Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(36 traveler reviews)

Romantic Hideaway in 13th C. Roia Valley Hilltown Near Riviera
average rating of 4.5555553 based on 38 reviews
Bristol, UK

Perfect End of Summer break

  • 5 of 5

This happened to us the year before, that summer quickly began to draw to an end, and we hadn’t had our much needed yearly taste of the sea. Because it was already October, we chased the sun East, and flew to one of the Greek islands. There, I was amazed by the purity of the water, and didn’t imagine one could find anything as wonderful anywhere else in Europe. This year we had reason to be in the Milan area for a few days, at the end of September, and it was clear that the only sea we’d see would have to be somewhere in the north of Italy. The water at the tiny, wonderfully secluded rocky beach just before the French border, which the owner's handbook to the house directed us to, was no less perfect than the Greek sea, and I was astonished. Twenty minutes away from this treasure of a little spot, you find yourself in the thick forested mountains where Italy and France meet. The sea feels like it is hours away. The noise of civilisation seems years away. It all feels quite adventurous, and quite timeless. The little hamlet of Fanghetto sits precariously on the side of one of these mountains, an incredible view from the small winding road, which you so want to enjoy, but it is impossible to, whilst driving among the motorcyclists heading into France.

The house is absolutely delightful. It was restored with a care that is completely palpable. Everything so comfortable, the light so beautiful, and yet it feels completely authentic.

Had it not been for our strong desire to swim in the sea, we would have happily never moved from the house, like hermits. We did this for one of the days, a rainy one, and cooked some perfect meals and didn’t miss a thing. The place was a perfect hideout in bad weather, and on clear evenings the terrace was a ledge overlooking the world.

The landscape and civilisation seems to change dramatically within small distances in this area. We drove the mountain road into France for breakfast one day, and the town we stopped in seemed from a completely different time to Fanghetto, which itself feels like another world from Ventimiglia. At a time of year when we thought any possibility for a little holiday was probably lost, our time in Fanghetto was absolutely perfect, and quite unforgettable. We hope to return soon.

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Whenever our guests are so delighted with their vacation experience, we too, are rewarded for our efforts to assure that all is kept in perfect order with the home for future guests who will also appreciate the unique, classical features to be enjoyed with a vacation in Fanghetto . We thank you very much for your thoughtful review. Richard
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Beautiful villa, amazing views, well appointed.

  • 5 of 5

The villa in Fanghetto was spectacular - just as the pictures show it. Beautiful views, well stocked kitchen, clean and very comfortable. The veranda is where you must spend your mornings and evenings - dining, stargazing, napping. The hike down to the river for a cool swim is a must. We were surprised by a herd of wild boar - with little babies! Olive and fig trees abound! we picked enough figs each day to enjoy with our meals. Kim was so helpful and met our every need. She even found a guitar for us to borrow as a special request - made our evenings on the veranda so special under the stars. Thanks, Kim!!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pinellas Park, FL

Tropic breezes

  • 5 of 5

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The property manager was very helpful.

The vacation rental was spotless.

I was more than happy with the location.

I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental.

Overall, I recommend this vacation rental.

Reviewer Comments:

Great time

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wonderful to hear!
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Great condo nestled in between everything!

  • 5 of 5

Rating Details:

The property manager was very helpful.

The vacation rental was spotless.

I was very happy with the location.

I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental.

Overall, I recommend this vacation rental.

Reviewer Comments:

My stay was perfect. Everything you could ever need was provided. You open the door and see the nice pool area and a short walk to the beach. The location is excellent. Supermarkets, dining, shops, and activities in a walking distance.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your excellent feedback! We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again soon!
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Mississauga, ON

Beautiful place to stay

  • 4 of 5

Rating Details:

The property manager was very helpful.

The vacation rental was very clean.

I was more than happy with the location.

I was more than satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental.

Overall, I recommend this vacation rental.

Reviewer Comments:

We had a beautiful one week vacation as a family of three. Vacation rental is located in a really good place, the ocean is just across the street, and the apartment was very clean and very good maintained. The only thing that bothered us a bit - noise from working A/C from other rooms as we often open windows to let in a fresh air. Probably people usually keep windows closed, so that is bearable in general. And another thing - there is no any beach stuff as chairs/umbrella so we were forced to pay money to rent such on the beach. Pool is nice and clean, enjoyed that a lot :)

  • Submitted: May 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your feedback. We are so happy that you had a great time at Tropic Breezes and enjoyed the location and pool! We hope to see you again soon!
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Windsor, ON

Good location, Needs some upgrades

  • 4 of 5

Rating Details:

The property manager was more than helpful.

The vacation rental was somewhat dirty.

I was very happy with the location.

I was satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental.

Overall, I recommend this vacation rental.

Reviewer Comments:

The beds need to be upgraded, very saggy. A couple of extra garbage bags for the week would be nice. Floors and counters felt like just a quick wipe down, should wash them.

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your feedback. We will pass these comments on to the owner and housekeeping. We do state in our Policies and Procedures the following: Although linens are furnished, please bring your own beach towels & beach blankets, as linens are not to be removed from the unit. An initial setup of trash liners, bath soap and toilet tissue is provided. Extra items needed are the responsibility of the guest.
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Nice France
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Nearest Ferry
35 Miles
Nice France
Nearest Golf
17 Miles
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Ventimiglia Italy
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Ski
50 Miles
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Ventimiglia Italy
Car: recommended


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Fanghetto Villa Rental Rates

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4 night minimum stay

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housekeeping $125

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

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Fanghetto Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • River
  • Village
  • Water View
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • 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 ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Full 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Single day bed in living room
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • nude beach
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
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.

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