Framura, 3 towns north of Cinqueterre, is a rural Ligurian town consisting of 5 traditional hamlets ( sub-divisions) divided between mountain and sea with views that it will take your breath away. Costa, a sub division of Framura has archaeological, historical and artistic points of view.
My house is on the piazza of the hamlet (or sub-division) of Costa which is set on top of a hill.
The house is my personal vacation house so I hope my renters will be respectful of my property.
If you enjoy interacting w/ the locals buying groceries or chatting at the local trattoria or if you are a creative person looking for inspiration, or want a quiet non-touristy place to stay, this is the place for you.
BASIC SPEAKING COMMAND OF ITALIAN IS REQUIRED as my associate who takes care of house for me and will meet you at your arrival only knows basic English. ( I personally am in NYC )
Local bar/ Restaurants: A short walking distance up the road from the piazza of Costa is a neighborhood bar “Silvia” that serves alcohol, soft drinks, coffee and gelato and sells tobacco products and tickets for the ATC bus; it's open until midnight. This is a popular evening spot w/ Framura locals and vacationers; Silvia’s son Davide who runs the bar at night, speaks a little English and is a punk / R&R fan. Davide also now offers wireless connection if you have a computer.
Downstairs attached to the bar is Ristorante Silvia that is known for its seafood; I personally recommend the seafood appetizer
There is another restaurant Ristorante Meri next door that is known for its fresh homemade pasta dishes and elegant service; I recommend their gnocchi w/ pesto and their pansotti w/ walnut sauce.
Note that due to popularity of these restaurants, reservations esp in busy season may be required a day in advance.
Parking & Shopping: Parking on the piazza of Costa is restricted to residents; non-residents can park in the public parking space which is located up an incline near Ristorante Silvia.
Once a week on Monday at 9pm, there is a truck selling fresh seafood that stops outside the piazza of Costa where it meets the local road. On Thursday around 1pm there is a truck that stops outside the piazza where it meets the local road w fresh vegetables and fruit. Please note: the days reported are from 2014; for any changes please ask my associate Simone or Davide at the bar.
There are two grocery stores in Setta that sell bread, oil, eggs, dairy, meat, vegetables, fruit, wine and basics like laundry soap.
Gastronomia Enrica has prepared foods like stuffed mussels, seafood salad, vegetable torts, top quality cheeses, local products like pesto, salami, vegetables, fruit and focaccia; in the warm weather, there is a garden spot w/ tables and chairs for eating.
Alimentari Maria Rosa Bennati has similar products; no prepared foods but a larger selection of cheeses, cold meats, and has products such as goat’s milk and whole grain bread.
Misc : At the local bar located near the food stores in Setta, one can get international newspapers, postcards, pens, writing materials, Italian magazines and books.
The post office, the pharmacy and an ATM are located in Setta.
There are other very small stores in Setta for clothing, basic sporting goods and hardware.
This is my father's house in the town where he grew up. As a teenager, I spend summer months in the town.Now I go every 2 years for a month and hang out with cousins , old childhood friends and new friends - some younger and born there and some who have bought vacation houses in Framura.
Framura is a small town - non touristy compared to surrounding towns.
We enjoyed our stay in Framura very much. Views are spectacular, it's a short bus ride to the train station and then only 10-15 minutes on the train to Cinqueterre. We went to a different town every day, also shopped in the hamlet in walking distance from the house and cooked many great meals in the evenings.
The house is cozy and comfortable and Framura is a great place in which to practice your Italian, even if its rudimentary.
We loved the experience of living in a small Italian town. It was relaxing and at the same time close to the Cinque Terre. We rented a car but we took the train to different towns. The house is close to the beach. The restaurant and caffe in Costa are wonderful. Davide who runs the cafe speaks English and is very helpful. Sette, the next town, has a small market where you can also buy prepared foods. It was the best of both worlds-you can relax and also go sightseeing. We look forward to returning to Costa.
I just wanted to tell you how much we have appreciated our stay in Costa. The house was perfect for our needs. Franca was really really nice. My daughters were playing every night on the piazza with new Italian friends. It was lovely. The surroundings are just incredible. Your tips on the life in Framura, the buses and merchant on the piazza and the alimentary and so on were very helpful.
Thanks so much for everything.
What I liked most about this apartment was the location. Framura is a quiet, authentic area bordering the cinque terre. There is a small beach with crystal clear water that I loved, and you can walk to the next town for groceries that were as good if not better than in the next big town. If you are nice to the owner of the bar, David, and buy a few drinks from him in the Italian tradition of hanging out at the local bar, he might be inclined to let you use his WiFi. We were able to download a few movies and check emails from here and that worked out well for us. We also ate at the nearby restaurant Meri and that was excellent, but loved having a small kitchen to cook in, and a washer to do our laundry.
We visited many places in Italy but this was our favorite. The house is charming. The views are spectacular. The local restaurants are friendly and the food fabulous. We walked to a small farm, Agriturismo "Foce del Prato", and had a spectular dinner with a view of the Mediteranean. The food was grown and prepared there. The walk to the farm from Costa was through the woods and offered views of the mountains.
Vittoria and her family are very helpful and friendly and will ensure you a memorable visit in an authentic Italian village.
we stayed one week at the house, and we enjoyed it very much! the place is quiet and very friendly. it is a quite big house, very practically for two pairs with babys, there is a place in front of the house where the children could play, we liked it very much, and we are looking forward to come back to framura to this house! there is a little beach quite closed to it, which is very clean, and there are not too many people. we havend enough time to see all of the landscape, but it seems to be beautiful! thank a lot!
Framura is a small quiet picturesque place w/ stucco houses painted shades of reddish orange, pink and yellow, w/ flowers lining the town streets, swallows flying round ancient bell towers, local cats sunning themselves on house stairs and gecko lizards running up stone walls; all surrounded by pine trees, vineyards and orchards
There is a paved winding concrete path that goes from Costa (the part of Framura where my house is located)down the hill thru the other sections of Framura and down to the railway station at the foot of the hill and two beachs ( one under the railway station)
Other Activities: hiking
Paypal does the conversion from dollars to euros/pounds, etc on your credit card. The rest of the rental rate will be collected in cash in Euros at the time of your arrival at my house to my associate Simone who will there to greet you and give you the keys, etc.
The house is closed during November, December, January & February.
There is a nonrefundable deposit of $300 to hold a reservation for the house; this deposit is applied to the total rent;
Paypal is used for collection of the nonrefundable deposit of $300; an email will be sent to you w/ the PayPal address (URL) and you can use your credit card to pay for the deposit.
The rest of the rent is collected in cash on arrival.