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Cozy 'Villa' in Alps-Maritime Perched Village Above French Italian Riviera

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Last updated: 07/25/2016

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

About the Property

two bedrooms, a convertible bed, two bathrooms, roof terrace, spectacular views

Fanghetto is a small rustic picturesque thousand-year-old Italian stone village, perched on the side of a mountain just 15 minutes above the Riviera and 45 minutes from the Nice Airport. Built like a Pueblo honeycomb over the ages, Fanghetto beckons you to explore her charming Piazza and Church, and her two cobbled footpath 'streets' just above the parking lot. With her tiny square (a summer concert is held there), curving arches and stairways, an ancient bread oven and a huge stone olive press, the village gives you a magical glimpse into Roman and medieval times even as you luxuriate in your own private intimate 'Villa' with modern amenities and comfort.

Near the French-Italian border, everyone speaks Italian and French, and a few, English. In summer the population swells form 10 villagers to over 100 people, many from Holland, Belgium and France, a few from the US, and some in the arts. It is not unusual to hear a violin or an aria nearby.

Our intimate 'villa' is reached by climbing the Via Corridoio stairs past the church, turning right down the mysterious Via Oscura, up some steep angular stairs to our tiny entrance courtyard.

Take the path from your Villa down to the Roya River to a small sand and pebble beach, providing a cool dip and sunbathing. If your supplies run low or you want the best Cappuccino around, walk 15 minutes down to Marisa's (where you turned off of the highway up to Fanghetto). Walking and hiking trails abound. A Roman footpath runs right outside your door on the Via Corridoio, leading up and down the valley, connecting with a wonderful labyrinth of well-marked and maintained hiking trials throughout the mountains.

The living room of your cozy 'Villa', with its fireplace (nice in the late spring and early fall) offers a view of the church, and room for reading, conversation and rest, or listening to music from the CD collection. The convertible couch provides a spot for a fifth person or kids to sleep (for safety reasons on the upper terrace children should be 7 or 8). Just a few steps away from your table is a separate, fully equipped kitchen. On Sundays you can look down on the priest greeting his small flock. Just a step above the kitchen are a bathroom and bedroom, with a small alcove table for writing and looking out over a great mountain view. Our sometimes finicky internet connection is best from there.

A stairway up from the living room leads to a spacious roof terrace, with a charcoal grill, chairs and cocktail table, a larger table with umbrella for al fresco dining, and lounge chairs for sunning and naps. As you look out over the beautiful Roya valley and mountains, you will be amazed by the extensive centuries-old terracing by monks and peasants for growing olive trees.

Spectacular views up or down the Roya valley await you, as do the soothing sounds of the river from below. Soon the swallows come out, and then the stars—a perfect setting for good food and wine, great conversations, star-gazing (no pollution) and unforgettable memories.

But your biggest surprise still awaits you. Step through the archway under the stairs, down into a stunning master bedroom, with its luxurious queen sized bed, spacious armoire and large bureau; enjoy a relaxing 'rain' shower in the large second bathroom. There is also a separate toilet, and hidden washing machine. This bedroom is a place for deep sleep and wonderful dreams. One of the pleasures of this room is looking up at the white barrel-vaulted ceiling with all its amazing curves and niches. The walls are three feet thick keeping you cool in summer, and warm in spring or fall (helped by an electric heater if need be).
Fanghetto is just 20 minutes from Ventimiglia and the Riviera di Fiori, with her fabulous market every day except Sunday, her terrific restaurants, and great beaches with restaurants and lounge chairs. Or, just 30 minutes from Menton and the French Riviera--the Cote d'Azur, with her amazing restaurants, beaches with restaurants and lounge chairs. Monte Carlo beckons just 45 minutes away, and Nice an hour.
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Member since: 2009

Speaks: english, french
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 07/25/2016

Property Type

  • Villa

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 5
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Depends on child and parental supervision; close supervision on the roofs; no guard rail; over 5 years old...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Large roof terrace has no guard rails; young children would need close supervision there. ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Not inside. Okay on roof terraces and outside....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Alternative Lifestyle
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 5

  • Bedroom 1


  • Bedroom 2


  • Bedroom 3: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    In living room, Sleep sofa, children, or adolescent...moreless

  • Master bedroom is a queen; upper bedroom a 'click-clack' double (a daybed that unfolds to a wall-wall double) cozy; living room a futon as described above...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Full 1


  • Full 2


  • Master 'bath' is a spacious 'rain shower'; upper bath is a shower with pull around curtain, nestled tightly in small bathroom. best for kids or the couple that gets the short straw....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Water Shoes; Beach Mats; Masks; Snorkel; Hiking Day Backpack


  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Stereo


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Forests
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Waterfalls
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • Groceries

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain:

    Fanghetto is a perched villiage on the French-Italian border in the Alps-Maritime with spectacular views...moreless

  • Mountain View:

    The roof terrace offers spectacular views of the Alps-maritimes up and down the valley...moreless

  • Near The Ocean:

    15-25 minutes above the Mediterranean Riviera di Fiore and Cote d'Azur...moreless

  • River:

    Fanghetto is perched above the Roya River with both a modern and a Roman bridge, with trails down to two places to swim and sunbath...moreless

  • Rural:

    The small delightful village of Fanghetto is nestled in the Alps Maritime above the Riviera with breathtaking mountain views with old Roman footpaths through the Olive orchards connecting villages...moreless

  • Village:

    Fanghetto is an intimate ancient Italian stone village perched on an Alps-Maritime mountainside overlooking Roya River; we have internet washing machine, roof terrace grill and dining, sunbathing...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming


  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Two Space Heatrs...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace


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


  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill


Write a review 4.9
from 11 traveler reviews
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My Standard Rate
4 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning Fee $175
  • Taxes Not included


We attach a lease to an email or send you a lease to sign. Half the total fee by check is due with the signed lease; The other half plus the cleaning fee of $175 is due as a check 60 days before rental date. The security deposit is sent at this time also, and will be held.

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35 Miles
Nearest Airport
400 Metres
Nearest Barpub
Fanghetto or Marisa's Bar & Store
5 Miles
Nearest Train
Breil-sur-Roya 5 miles)
400 Metres
Nearest Motorway
SR20 at Fanghetto entrance
50 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
Fanghetto (50 meters) or Airole (2 miles)
8 Miles
Nearest Beach
Ventimiglia or Menton

Car: Necessary

Fanghetto, just off of SR20, is 15-20 minutes from the Autoroute and from Ventimiglia, and 30 min. from Menton (both with beaches (Riviera di Fiora and French Riviera), and 45 minutes to Nice/airport. The views and hiking are breath-taking, with great restaurants and activities in nearby Breil,-sur-Roya, Airole, and Sospel.


Manager info

Year Purchased: 1974

About: Kent is a retired Washington child psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, sculptor, and author of a novel, Body Sharing, and two nonfiction books, Les Liaisons Delicieuses: Breaking the French Culinary Code, and Disaster Psychiatry in Haiti. He is an associate clinical professor in psychiatry at both Georgetown and George Washington medical schools. He lives in Paris with his wife, Patti; spending May and October in Fanghetto, and summers in Martha's Vineyard. Patti is founder and President of Les Liaisons Delicieuses: Gastronomic Adventures in France, Italy, Morocco and Vietnam, recently receiving the coveted l'Ordre de Merite Agricole from the French Government for her promotion of French artisans, food, and restaurants. They have two children: Christopher, a graduate of L'Academie de Cuisine, working as a chef, and Julia, graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design, working initially at Louis Vuitton, she now works at Balenciaga in New York.

Why Fanghetto IM, Italy:
I have always loved France and Italy ever since high school. I found the French and Italian Rivieras breath-taking, with spectacular mountains plunging into the azure Mediterranean. I loved the great French and Italian restaurants and museums, hiking and snorkeling, history and culture. And my wife loved it even more But how did I discover Fanghetto? In 1972 I was invited to visit a friend there. At the time, there was only a footpath to the village going across the old Roman bridge, and a wire pulley from Marisa's to the square to haul your bags up. Because the Americans bombed the railroad bridges as they chased the Germans out during WWII, the Italian government promised the villagers if they helped rebuild those bridges, they would eventually construct bridges and roads up to each village. Two years after I bought my set of rooms (my original living room, kitchen, bath, and bed room), the bridge and road were built. But because of the war, most of the young men were dead or moved to the cities, and Fanghetto shrank from 300 to 10, leaving many rooms vacant and dilapidated. When a 'For Sale' sign went up in his courtyard, my friend urged me to buy, not wanting a stranger in his midst. It was one of the best things I have ever did. The region around Fanghetto is one of the richest and most interesting places I have ever seen, combining spectacular mountains, hiking, trout fishing, nature, history, culture, French and Italian hill towns and fascinating people and restaurants. Antonio Trucchi did my first renovation, giving me my original living room, bed room, bathroom and kitchen. Then, with Patti, we put in the stairs and skylight giving us a wonderful terrace and views. More recently, with the help of Architect Antoine Van Straaten, we obtained an adjacent room for a new bedroom. Stone mason, Livio Cinelli, renovated it giving us our great second bedroom, with modern shower, separate toilet, and washing machine. Voila, we have our cozy "villa"

The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
Fanghetto is a quiet private Shangri-La, yet so close to fascinating places and restaurants in the Alps Maritime. And, even better, it is so close to the French and Italian Riviera, with beaches, restaurants, museums, and even gambling in Monte Carlo. You can sail, boat, water ski, snorkel, and enjoy fabulous sea food. All in All, great fun, or peace and quiet!

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Speaks: english, french
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 07/25/2016

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  • View of Fanghetto

    View of Fanghetto

  • Living Room, Door to Kitchen, Upper Bathroom

    Living Room, Door to Kitchen, Upper Bathroom

  • Kitchen with Gas Stove, Refrigerator

    Kitchen with Gas Stove, Refrigerator

  • Master Bedroom, Queen Sized Bed, Bureau

    Master Bedroom, Queen Sized Bed, Bureau

  • Roof Terrace with view down Roya River Valley

    Roof Terrace with view down Roya River Valley

  • Via Corridoio, Church Left, Villa Entrance

    Via Corridoio, Church Left, Villa Entrance

  • Master bedroom, door to bathroom

    Master bedroom, door to bathroom

  • Master bedroom front door and toilet

    Master bedroom front door and toilet

  • Lower Roya River swimming hole

    Lower Roya River swimming hole

  • Fanghetto from road  above

    Fanghetto from road above

  • Living Room, Fireplace, Door to Master Bedroom

    Living Room, Fireplace, Door to Master Bedroom

  • Upper Bedroom, with Day Bed &Trundle Bed

    Upper Bedroom, with Day Bed &Trundle Bed

  • Stairs Down to Master Bedroom

    Stairs Down to Master Bedroom

  • Stairs to Living Room

    Stairs to Living Room

  • View up Roya River Valley from Fanghetto

    View up Roya River Valley from Fanghetto

  • Pena Alta from Villa Roof

    Pena Alta from Villa Roof

  • Living room, fireplace, stairs to roof terrace

    Living room, fireplace, stairs to roof terrace

  • Master Bathroom

    Master Bathroom

  • Church from our living room window

    Church from our living room window

  • Roof terrace with church steeple behind

    Roof terrace with church steeple behind

  • Fanghetto upper 'street' via Costello

    Fanghetto upper 'street' via Costello

  • Riviera beckoning nearby

    Riviera beckoning nearby

VRBO #329058

This listing was first published here in 2010.

Date last modified - Sunday, April 16, 2017

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