Villa Diana Lerici, La Spezia - Liguria, Italy
4 bedrooms villa
Liguria, La Spezia – Lerici, Italy
- 2000 m sq of land
- Sea views
- Central heating
Elegant villa set in a dominant position above the town of Lerici in an exclusive residential area accessed by private road. The property offers exceptional views to the sea over Lerici castle and the Gulf of the Poets.
This 4 level property comprises nearly 2000 m sq of land with mature gardens, paved walk ways and cool stone benches overlooking the bay. A 70 m sq roof terrace offers breathtaking views to the sea and the Apennine mountains. There is a two car garage on the ground floor with a lift, or stone stairs, to a panoramic terrace and three basement rooms; on the main level of the villa is a self-contained apartment with entrance hall, cloakroom, spacious living room opening onto garden, kitchen, newly fitted bathroom and bedroom; upstairs there is further spacious accommodation with 85 m sq living room, dining room, kitchen with adjacent utility room, 3 bedrooms (of which 2 with private balcony) and bathroom. A 70 m sq roof terrace offers breathtaking views to the sea and the Apennine mountains. There is an attic area off the roof terrace.A pearl of the Mediterranean the area is part of the Magra and Montemarcello national park which has protected the character and vegetation of the area. Shelley, Byron and D. H. Lawrence all lived there at some time. An enclave with a group of three islands at its tip, it has fishing villages with exceptional fish restaurants, as well as opportunities for sailing, canoeing, snorkelling or just relaxing on one of the beaches hidden in craggy bays around Fiascherino or Tellaro.
Lerici and San Terenzo offer golden sandy beaches with views to the islands. The easiest way to get around the gulf is by boat which run between, Lerici, La Spezia and Portovenere or on to The Cinque Terre, five villages strung along the terraced cliffs looking out to the sea. These villages are completely unspoilt and, until recently, could only be reached by boat or by train. Anyone visiting the Cinque Terre should take a walk along the cliff paths which link one village to the next, stop in one of the bars or restaurants and try the anchovies marinated in olive oil and garlic, served with bread and delicate white wine made from the grapes that grow up the steep terraces above the villages.
Lerici itself is dominated by the castle with the old village of pastel coloured tall buildings huddled on the steep hill dropping down to the sea and the marina. The back streets of Lerici have many colourful shops and restaurants.