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Riviera Oleandra

Pieve Ligure,

A/C
All rooms have air conditioning with individual climate control. There are 300 kwhs per week of electricity included in the price. Usage over this allowance is paid on-site in Euro.



BBQ
A private gas grill on the furnished terrace is available.



Cleaning
A mid week refresh cleaning with a towel change is included in the price - This service neatens the bedrooms and living areas, and it does not include cleaning the kitchen. Additional light housekeeping with a three hour minimum per visit may be arranged, if requested at the time of booking. Advance notice is required and this service is paid on-site in Euro.



Closest Airports
TransAtlantic: Milan Malpensa 2.5 hours
TransAtlantic: Rome Leonardo da Vinci at Fiumicino 5 hours
National and InterEuropean: Genova Cristoforo Colombo 35 minutes
National and InterEuropean: Pisa Galileo Galilei 90 minutes
National and InterEuropean: Florence Amerigo Vespucci 2 hours



Driving Times
Sori: 3 minutes; Bogliasco: 4 minutes; Recco: 10; Nervi: 12; A12 highway, Nervi exit: 15; Camogli: 20; Genova: 25; Santa Margherita Ligure or Rapallo: 30; Portofino or Sestri Levante: 40; Gavi (Piemonte wineries): 60; Monterosso al Mare (Cinque Terre): 70; Lucca, Pisa or Monferrato (Piemonte wineries): 100; Florence, Monte Carlo (Monaco), Nice (France) or Torino: 2.5 hours



Elevator
The building entrance has 2 steps to reach the elevator which opens to the home's entrance on the third floor. 20 steps are required to reach the fourth floor since it is not serviced by elevator.



Language Spoken
The keyholders speak English and live in the area.



Internet Access
For those taking along a laptop or an Internet capable device (ie. tablets, smartphones, iPads, iPhones), a portable cellular WiFi modem with a fixed monthly data allowance suitable for checking email is provided. Guests are asked to refrain from downloading movies in order to avoid exceeding the usage limit. If the amount does run out, there are internet cafes in the area.



Heat
There are 300 kwhs per week of electricity included in the price. Usage over this allowance is paid on-site in Euro.



Interior Décor
Privately owned condominium of modern construction - A corner unit located on the top two floors. Large noise insulated windows and several sets of double glass doors allow for plenty of natural light in the living and dining rooms. Professionally restored with exceptional quality kitchen and marble bathrooms. Wood floors throughout with parquet on the entry level.

Interior Amenities - All rooms have vented air conditioning with temperature controls in each room. Each bathroom has a hairdryer.

Layout notes - The entry level bedroom is smaller in size than the others and has a French size bed, also known as a double or full size bed. The top floor's two bedrooms have sloping ceilings resulting in skylights in the place of windows.



Kitchen
The kitchen is equipped with a five burner gas stove top, electric oven, dishwasher, espresso machine, US style coffee maker, large fridge with freezer and a laundry room with washer/dryer. Glass doors conveniently open to the sea view dining terrace with a gas grill.



Minuses
In this region with mountainous terrain, the train follows the shoreline and tracks are 50 yards from the rear of the house. Passing trains are heard while on the terrace. Double paned windows reduce the impact to a muffle indoors.

The two bedrooms on the top floor have skylights in the place of windows due to the sloping ceilings.

Twice each summer, the estate's sea water pool is drained and fresh sea water is piped in; this cleansing process takes place without advance notice and closes the pool for 1.5 to 2 days.



No Smoking
Smoking is not permitted inside the property.



Parking
The apartment comes with two private parking spaces in the estate's lot located 70 yards from the entrance.



Steps & Stairs
Walk 70 level yards from the private parking or guests may be dropped off at the building's main entrance with two steps to reach the elevator. The unit is comprised of two floors with the elevator servicing the entry level with one bedroom and bathroom. The others require 20 steps.



Phone
Phone charges are based on the number of message units used and are paid on-site in Euro. A cellular phone is also available. The phone is typically charged with 25 or 50 Euro worth of calling time. Guests only pay for the usage consumed. If you require additional minutes, please ask your keyholder for assistance.



Pluses
The spectacular setting of this very exclusive, gated estate - an oasis with lush greenery, swaying palm trees, scenic walkways, staircases leading down to the sea and a seaside swimming pool - mesmerizing sea views are seen from all directions!

Fully air conditioned with spacious rooms and renovated to a high standard. The focal point of the house is the large sea view terrace furnished for outdoor dining and living.

Very central location for visiting all of the Riviera whether by car, train or bus. Two parking spaces included in the rental. A robust one mile walk in either direction leads to small villages, each with a couple of restaurants, and the train station is within one third of a mile.



Pool
The seawater filled pool, shared with other condominium residents, is open from mid May to mid September and closes daily at 9 pm. Pool towels are provided.



Road Condition
The five mile drive from the highway exit is along a paved road.



TV
Satellite SKY package - The TV in the living room has this service including Italian and European channels, a few news channels such as British SKY News and movie channels in English.



Views
Positioned along the coast, there are sensational sea views from the terrace, living room loggia and the dining room. The Portofino promontory is part of the view. The estate has a number of scenic walkways directly on the cliffs and the shared pool has sea views. The French bedroom looks out at the hillside and neighboring homes. The remaining bedrooms have skylights that require standing to see out of them.



Washer/Dryer
This property is equipped with a washing machine and dryer.



What's nearby
Shopping and Dining: Within one half a mile heading uphill, there is a tiny square, Piazzale San Michele with a neighborhood café bar, fruit & vegetable store, a panificio or bakery and a butcher shop. The seaside villages of Sori, one mile away, and Bogliasco, just over a mile away, both have a couple of café bars, 5 - 6 restaurants, butchers, fish stores and pharmacies. Bogliasco has a larger supermarket that's open on Sunday. For more dining and shopping options, the resort towns of Recco and Nervi are within easy 10 minute drives.

Not To Be Missed: The village of Nervi, a 12 minute drive away, and its Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi, a 1.2 mile footpath along the rocky coastline once used by fishermen. Today, it is frequented by locals and tourists visiting the cafes and restaurants interspersed along the route. Along the path, there are entrances into the Park of Nervi, a 22 acre botanical garden known for its exotic collection of palms. The park offers jogging paths, a children's playground and four impressive villas that have been transformed into art museums: the Galleria d'Arte Moderna in Villa Serra; the Wolfsoniana featuring Art Noveau and Art Deco furnishings, paintings and sculptures; a Belle Époque art collection in Villa Grimaldi Fassio and the Luxoro villa with a collection of furnishings, ceramics, décor, antique fabrics and a collection of antique watches and clocks.

For Kids: Genova's historic center, 30 minutes away, has the Genova Aquarium, the largest aquarium in Italy and one of the largest in Europe.

Public Transportation: The Pieve Ligure train station is one third of a mile away. This local train services all the nearby coastal towns and Genova's Brignole station. Service to Monterosso al Mare, the first village of the Cinque Terre takes 70-90 minutes with a change of train in either Sestri Levante or Recco. Read the timetable carefully to avoid trains with extra stops that take longer. The last two trains returning from Monterosso are 9 pm and 11 pm.

Beach: The neighboring towns of Sori, Bogliasco and Recco have small, pebbly cove beaches. In this area, there are private, pay per use beach clubs. Guests are given a chair and have access to restrooms and a beach bar.

Boat Excursions: Tourist boats leave from the Recco promenade from May through September. Daily ferries leave for Portofino and the abbey of San Fruttuoso. Boat excursions to Cinque Terre leave a couple of days per week.

Hiking: Drive 25 minutes to the tiny hamlet of San Rocco, found along the route to Portofino. From the parking area, there are marked hiking trails of varying degrees of lengthy and difficulty over the Portofino mountain. The trails cross over the promontory and lead down to the tiny fishing hamlet of San Fruttuoso with an 8th century Benedictine abbey. This romantic cove is accessible only by boat or by a 3 hour hike. On return, San Rocco has a couple of cocktail bars well positioned for lovely sunsets.

Golf & Tennis: Golf Club Rapallo, a 30 minute drive away has an 18 hole course and outdoor tennis courts. Closed on Tuesday. Tennis Club Bogliasco is a 5 minute drive with indoor and outdoor courts.

Open Air Markets: Morning markets are held on Monday in Recco, Tuesday in Bogliasco, Wednesday in Camogli, Thursday in Sori and Rapallo. One of the largest markets is in Genova's Piazza Palermo every Monday and Thursday morning. In Bogliasco, there is an antique market on the third Sunday of each month. Chiavari hosts the largest antique market in Liguria on the second weekend of each month - one of the best in Liguria with vendors from all over northern Italy, France and Germany.

Annual Festivals:

In May:
- Camogli: The second weekend is the Sagra del Pesce (Fish Fry Festival) with Saturday's "Blessing of the Fish" festivities including bonfires and an impressive display of fireworks. On Sunday, the largest frying pan in the world (12 feet in diameter) fries up huge helpings of fish.
- Recco: The last Sunday in May, is a focaccia feast to sample the town's local specialty.

In July:
- Rapallo: July 1 - 3 is the feast of the Madonna di Montallegro with outdoor markets and an evening fireworks display on July 3rd.

In August:
- Sori celebrates the Feast of the Assumption every August 14 and 15 with an outdoor market. On the evening of the 15th, there is a large fireworks display.
- Rapallo has several music concerts and festivals taking place on the promenade, like Liguria Jazz and the Festival of Blues.
- Camogli: The first Sunday is a religious feast with thousands of floating candles being placed in the sea during the procession of all the boats of Camogliesi fishermen. Filling the sea with lights is the villager's way of thanking the Virgin Mary, their protector of seafarers.

In September:
- Recco hosts an international Fireworks Festival on September 8 with dazzling displays taking place day and night!



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