sleeps 5, 1 large open space,1 bedroom and 1 bathroom
- english, french, italian
About Bibi Ronchi
My name is Bibi Ronchi, I am a textile designer and the artistic director of Chiron fashion trend books. As a strategic consultant for several Italian and foreign companies, I have held courses and seminars in various countries around the world. My daily work is closely involved in the trend research and lifestyle changes, my main goal and my dream is to achieve the most ethical and sustainable production in the fashion industry. My husband Emilio (in the photo) is a sailor and a sports journalist, he writes about sail races and luxury yachts.
Bibi Ronchi purchased this Apartment in 1976
Why Bibi Ronchi chose Portovenere
I was so yang when I have seen Portovenere for the first time, but I am still in love with this magic place. To have a small nest here has been my first thought, and when I saw the unique and astonishing sea view of this cozy apartment ..... total love.
What makes this Apartment unique
The house is near the village but far from confusion. The two large private terraces are perfect for a sunny breakfast, a pleasant and shady relaxing afternoon or a romantic moon light dinner. The sea pier and the scented garden of rosemary, oaks and cluster pines are the privilege that only very few houses have in this area.
Max guests: 5
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Home owners were great to work with. House was set high up over water. We had our own private dock to swim off. A lot of stairs to water. Plenty of beds to sleep in house. The bus was located close to entrance. We could have used a few more fans as it was super hot. There were no screens in windows. A lovely vacation.
Everything you need!
Bibi's home has everything you need as a home base for enjoying the Ligurian coast. We cancelled a day we had planned to spend hiking in the Cinque Terre because Portovenere and the rental were so inviting and comfortable that we preferred to hang out closer to "home." Our favorite things about this home were:
Located close enough to walk to "downtown" restaurants, shops, beaches, bars and historical landmarks
The private dock for sunning, swimming and speculating on what's happening on the luxury yachts anchored just meters away
Easy bus access to La Spezia for train and port access (we spent a wonderful day on a sailboat that docks at the Porto Mirabello)
Every convenience for cooking breakfast and simple meals at home, while listening to your favorite music and podcasts on the Sonos system
I would love to stay here again!
Thanks a lot Amanda, I am so happy to know that you've really enjoy your stay. We are "Portovenere lovers" too, from more than 40 years as much as we can, we leave our beautiful Torno, a small village on the lake of Como, for a relaxing stay in our favourite nest perched on the Gulf of poets.
"treehouse' over the sea
This unit is within a multi-unit building.. however it felt like we were in a treehouse surrounded by trees and flowers with the sea far below. The view is a partial one - the best view is on the other side of the building - but you get great glimpses of colourful Portovenere and the many interesting boats and ships passing by. The decor is very nice with local art and shells. The kitchen is well equipped and the bedroom is as you see in the photos - a loft bed over the living room and twin beds in a row in the bedroom. There are no screens on the windows -there were a few mosquitos buzzing around at nigh
There are two flights of stairs to get down to the Unit from the road.. and many many more stairs to get to the sea. We were disappointed that the dock was not down until June and the rocks were too rugged (with sea urchins) to get into water without the dock and ladder. It is a 20-30 minute walk down the road to Portovenere and then of course a walk uphill home. We were disappointed that the local shuttle bus was not running while we were there. However the bus to La Spezia was running every 30 minutes and the stop is close (up hill) from the unit. The La Spezia Friday clothing/ household market was fun.
I would suggest you ask Bibi what amenities will be available (buses, swimming docks) before you book. Bibi was very helpful and always prompt with her responses. Grazie MIlle Bibi!
This is just a beautiful property. It is walking distance from the beautiful town of Portovenere, and if you don't feel like walking back up the hill, you can take the very easy shuttle bus. The kitchen is complete, so it is very easy to actually cook yourself meals.
The dock is just magical to swim from, and there are so few other units in the place that we usually had it to ourselves.
It is wonderful to spy on all of the super-rich in their fancy yachts. The bay is truly a parade of the rich and famous.
My only "complaint" is the the bougainvillea is climbing a little high on the top patio, and it blocked our view of the bay while we were eating breakfast each morning. These are the kinds of problems I can deal with!
Quiet, delightful stay
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Bougainville apartment. Located on the edge of Portovenere, the views from the terraces and the walk into town were beautiful.
The apartment's accurately described on the website and is very well and thoughtfully equipped (dishes, kitchen stuff, all sorts of basic house supplies, tourist info etc). The arrangement of beds wouldn't be for everyone (the double bed on a sleeping loft with ladder to access and, otherwise, single beds end to end). The light and windows in the living area were great - after days out exploring, relaxing on the comfortable sofas and looking throough the pines down to the sea was delightful. And so much to explore: we took ferries to Cinque Terre and Lerici, loved Portovenere itself and had some wonderful fish and seafood in the local restaurants (the walk back from the town after dinners helping to justify all the over- indulgence!).
Bibi made the practical aspects of reserving, paying etc very easy and straightforward and Mrs. Lucrezia (who met us at the apartment when we arrived) was exceptionally kind and helpful in settling us in.
First of all I need to thank you because your advice regarding the arrangement of the beds was very inspiring, in fact we are now transforming one of the sofas in the living room in a comfortable double sofa bed. It was a great pleasure to have you with us this year so if you need to inaugurate the new sofa bed... see you next spring!
Portovenere and Cinque Terre Villages are Unesco Heritage Site - National Park - Protected Marine Area -
The 'Golfo dei Poeti' area is well known all over the word for its wonderful landscapes of exceptional quality and has enchanted poets like Lord Byron, Montale and the Shelley. Portovenere is also named for its vestiges, here you can admire the remains of the large Roman villa at Varignano and the monastery with the church dedicated to St Peter. St Lawrence the other church with Romanesque and Gothic elements is located under the Doria castle and overlook the “Carruggio”where you can taste the famous “foccaccia”(a flat bread with extravirgin olive oil) and many other Ligurian specialities.
In the near Sarzana (only 30 minutes by car or 15 by train from La Spezia station) each August you can enjoy the National Antiquarian Exhibition called 'Soffitta nella Strada', hundreds of stands open on the city roads, selling antiques and modern collectibles.
For Bric à Brac lovers: the famous Sarzana's antiques exhibitions.
For the keen of Navy: Il Museo Navale of La Spezia
For gourmet: the typical foccaccia, the seafood and the traditional Lunigiana's cuisine.
For passionately fond of sport: Windsurfing, Sailing, Canoeing, Diving , Hiking and Climbing are all easily available.