Who: Mete di Liguria
Six women joined together to transmit their land’s values
Maura restored some old family houses and created the “ Borgo Muratori”: stone vaults from the 16th century, an old oil-mill offering wifi, a citrus garden abundant with oranges, lemons and mandarins, where one can stop and meditate or dirty ones hands helping out with the gardening. Next to an old farmhouse, Maria Donata created “Valcrosa”, four houses amongst olive groves, with barbeque facilities, a wood oven, reading room with wifi, swimming pool, whirlpool tub, sauna, toys for children, wine tasting and from where the guests can go trekking, cycling and making the most of the outdoors. Gabri transformed her own house into a refined B&B known as “ Il Mirto” offering two elegant accommodations with a patio, swimming pool, barbeque, sauna and a breathtaking terraced garden. As for the “ Molino dei Giusi “, Lorena started from a house amongst rows of geraniums and bougainvillea, with a kitchen garden and cooking lessons. Then she continued by restoring an old tower with a swimming pool. Now her next project has brought her up to heights where on the horizon, one can see Corsica, for her third place of accommodation, befittingly named “Eremo” ( The Hermitage ), with a garden designed by the famous landscape architect Jean Muss. Tiziana created 6 apartments in the “ Uliveto Saglietto “ in the mountain village of Poggi, where olive trees mark the passing of centuries. Here oil is produced which you can try, you can go to the museum, or you can buy wines and jams while the children play, snack and discover the magical delights of fireflies. And, during the hot summer nights under the olive trees, you can relax listening to chamber music recitals.
Then, these 6 ladies met up and together they formed a consortium aptly called Mete di Liguria ( Destinations of Liguria ).
Their goal is to introduce the best of the western riviera of Ligura, not only in their homes but also in unexpected locations. For example, for those passionate in botany, they suggest a visit to the nursery La Fronda owned by Ivana Logullo in Imperia to discover the infinite surprises of rare plants that can only be found there. Or the jungle of succulent plants and flowers of the Asseretto sisters, in their nursery AG in Sanremo. Or tea amongst the flowerbeds and paths of the Villa della Pergola, a luxurious historical Relais with a park tended 2 centuries ago by Daniel Hanbury, the brother of Thomas, whom the famous villa is named after.
The first gourmet stop is above the roofs and the port, under the castle of Cervo Alta, at the Ristorante San Giorgio, overseen by Caterina Lanteri Cravet, a Michelin starred chef. She is well known for her simple recipes made with fresh seasonal ingredients of superb quality and vegetables from her own garden. After enjoying the breathtaking views of the panorama and the Castle, you can stop in the piazza to enjoy the display of works by Mariella Balestra, who bakes ceramic and glass in ovens in the high grounds of Porto Maurizio and sells her creations in her workshop. Always on the subject of art, but this time antiques, when you descend to Diano Marina, in the shop “ Arte e Antichita “ owned by Mariangela Aimale, you will find yourself immersed amongst precious objects and furniture, lovingly collected by the owner herself. Suggestion for food lovers - fill your basket with focacce, pizze, vegetable pies and desserts from the Pasticceria ( pastryshop ) Benso, only a few steps away. Or, go to Imperia, to a real tavern, the likes of which cannot be found anywhere . The artichoke flan, stuffed cabbage leaves, the parcels of meat and vegetable wrapped in lettuce leaves are rare specialties of Ristorante L”Armuen. Or, go up to the mill of Triora, in the hinterland of Taggia, because there, Angelamaria, in her shop, sells highly sought after beans, cheese from the “ terra brigasca”, sorghum brooms, flour and products typical of these valleys. In Cipressa, in an olive grove between Imperia and Arma di Taffia, the doors open onto a most unexpected museum. This time it is modern art, as the two artists, Judith Torok and Carlo Magitto collect creations from young artists and well established artists. All of these artworks are displayed in the rooms and the parks of the Villa Biener Arte Contemporanea. Unless you don’t want to take a walk into the past, in Bordighera, there is the Museum of Clarence Bicknell and the magnificent Villa della Regina Margherita, where you can discover the history of art from the past to the present.
Agriturismo Borgo Muratori www.borgomuratori.com
I Freschi www.ifreschi.com
L’Uliveto Saglietto www.saglietto.it
B&B Il Mirto www.ilmirto.com
Molino dei Giusi e Torre Rossa www.molinodeigiusi.it
Agriturismo Valcrosa www.aziendaagricolabianchi..it