Top floor apartment with lift in Bordighera, on the Italian Riviera, a few miles from the French Côte d'Azur. All you require is available in the apartment: towels, hair dryer, microwave, pots & pans, Wi-Fi & TV and a fresh bottle of white wine in the fridge to welcome you with your first aperitivo. Pack light because you will have all you need.
Clean, bright with plenty of natural light; comfortable, with a lovely view on the hills, the elegant villas on the ancient Via Romana, and the magnificent ultra-centenarian Ficus trees surrounding the Clarence Bicknell Museum, it is the ideal choice for your relaxing holiday in one of the most beautiful seaside towns of Liguria's Riviera.
Located in a very quiet part of town, it is however just a 10-minute walk from the beach and the town centre, where you will find a 24-hour supermarket, shops, cafes and restaurants. An even shorter walk will take you to old-style convenient shops on the tree-lined Corso Italia, with its fashionable bars and cafés, and buzzing nightlife. Parking is available, free, right outside the building on first-come-first-served basis, although restrictions apply re. driving in and out the Via Napoli street when pupils arrive to and leave the local school (Monday to Friday, from mid-September to mid-June, apart from Christmas, Easter breaks, etc.)
Although I may not be around when you are there - I live in Brescia - I will always be available from 8 am to 11 pm by e-mail, text, and phone for any questions that you might have. A young friend who lives on the same landing, right in front of the apartment's door, will wait for you with the keys on your arrival and will be there to assist you in case anything arises that I cannot help you with.
The "British Colony of Bordighera" At the end of the 19th century, Bordighera became extremely popular with British travellers after the publication of a book, in 1855, titled "Doctor Antonio" and written by Giovanni Ruffini, poet and disciple of the Italian republican leader Giuseppe Mazzini, who fled Italy after being sentenced to death for conspiracy. Having been discovered for its natural beauty, for its luscious flora, for its excellent climate and its numerous peaceful hillside walks among the olive trees and palms, Bordighera rapidly became an exclusive, first-class residential resort, even competing with Nice and Menton. By the turn of the century the English guests of the "British Colony of Bordighera", as it was commonly referred to, were as many as 3,000, outnumbering the local population which at the time amounted to around 2,000 inhabitants. The English created their own banks, agencies, shops, sport-clubs and cultural centres, the Anglican Church, a theatre and also a weekly paper in English, French and other languages. More guests, in fact, started coming to Bordighera from other European countries. The majority of buildings of that period still survive today, enhancing modern Bordighera with a prestigious cultural tradition, thanks also to the Bicknell Museum and the International Municipal Library. The Tennis Club, still in use today, was indeed the first established Tennis Club nationwide, with 20 tennis courts (much reduced in the post-war period) and the Bridge Club as well. (Partly based on "The English in Bordighera", available online.)
The flat is located less than 10 minutes on foot from the bus stops to both Ventimiglia (West), and Ospedaletti/Sanremo/Imperia (East), and just a 10-minute walk to the train station.
Great base to visit West Liguria, with its cosy medieval towns and villages. Very convenient for both water sports, and hill and mountain-walking.