One of several apartments to rent in this charming medieval village.
DN Domus is a stylish, recently refurbished apartment with some of the best views from its terraces. It consists of 2 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms each with showers, a comfortable living room and a spacious fully equipped kitchen upstairs. It has 2 private terraces with panoramic views over the Pennavaire valley - a perfect place to relax in an outstanding setting.
The lovely medieval village of Colletta is situated in the mountainous hinterland of the Pennavaire valley in Liguria, a short distance from the historic town of Albenga and the Italian Riviera. It holds the prestigious distinction of being awarded the title of 'one of the most beautiful villages in Italy' (I Borghi Piu' Belli D'Italia).
It dates back to the 12th century but by the 1950’s had fallen into picturesque ruins. However, in the 1980’s the visionary Italian architect Giancarlo De Carlo drew up a restoration plan which would renovate the ancient settlement using the original materials and building techniques and at the same time provide a sophisticated infrastructure to bring it into the 21st century.
Today, the stone houses and narrow streets have been totally restored and the windows look out once more over the olive and cherry terraces of the valley. They are all individual and of different sizes, alike only in the way they have been restored with a respect for the aesthetics of the ancient stone arching stairways and vaulted ceilings whilst discreetly incorporating internal contemporary design.
There is a 20m outdoor swimming pool with grassed sun terraces supplied with deck chairs/sun loungers where you can soak up the sun and the magnificent views. There are also olive, fig and cherry trees for shade. Next to the pool there are also showers and a sauna for guests' use.
The village regularly hosts cultural events such as art exhibitions and concerts, as well as gastronomic events celebrating the best of Italian slow food and wine. Every November the village holds an Olive Festival where the community picks the olives from the many trees surrounding the village and has them pressed locally to produce its own bottles of olive oil.
The area surrounding Colletta offers excellent walking and hiking opportunities in unspoilt countryside. In particular, the ancient footpaths and mule tracks between the local villages provide a glimpse into the past (and the present). During your walks you will come across many of the local flora: thyme, rosemary, mushrooms, chestnuts, cherries and figs as well as wild berries, grapes and more.
The surrounding rockfaces are a popular destination for climbers from around the world and Colletta is the perfect base for this activity.
The restaurant Locanda delle Antiche Pietre in the heart of the village provides a friendly location for relaxing over a coffee and snack, or for aperitifs before dining on delicious local food. There are also two other excellent restaurants within walking distance of the village, as well as several others a short car journey away.
There is a shared laundry room with washing machines and dryers run on tokens. At the entrance to the village there is a car park.
This is an ideal spot for a relaxing family holiday and children are most welcome. They love to explore the winding car-free streets and hidden passageways, and the swimming pool is always a great attraction.
The medieval village of Colletta stands as a natural fortress a few miles from the sea, close to the Italian Riviera. Dating back to the XII-XIV century the village has been sympathetically restored respecting and strictly maintaining the original urban layout and the characteristic stone structure. Each apartment has broadband connection and every unit is unique and finished to the highest of standards. Thanks to the careful restoration of Colletta, the Comune of Castelbianco has been designated one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Only a few miles from the beaches of Albenga and Alassio, it is the ideal place for those seeking a quiet holiday in beautiful countryside whilst being just a short distance from the sea.