Casa dei Limoni Italy, Liguria

Casa dei Limoni sits on a hillside with beautiful views over the coastal town of Bonassola below. Ideally located for guests to discover the dramatic Ligurian coastline, take  the coastal roads and stroll the elegant promenades and cliff-side villages of the Italian Riviera.

With two bedrooms, this charming villa would suit a couple looking for a little more room or a family with older children. Uphill behind the house, there’s a private lap pool with mesmerising sea views and the whitewashed walls and large French doors give this cottage a light and airy feel. However, it’s the gardens that are the real highlight – and there, shrouded by trees and plants, you can sip your morning espresso or dig into a fresh al fresco lunch with the scent of lemon trees in the air and the sight of fishermen busy on the waters below.

As the sun begins to set, take a short walk down to the gorgeous little town of Bonassola – or if you don’t fancy the rather steep descent, jump in the car – Casa dei Limoni has the convenience of its own reserved parking space in town. Explore the beautiful piazzas, buy some of the local crafts and try some of the popular seafood restaurants.

The UNESCO World Heritage listed site, Cinque Terre, is a few miles south of Bonassola with five picture-perfect villages of colourful houses perilously perched on a cliff-side, with some of the best hiking and bike trails in Europe.

Travel further afield and, in a couple of hours, you could be losing yourself within the labyrinthine alleyways of medieval Genoa or heading to the celebrity hideaway harbour town of Portofino. With its high-end boutiques, super yachts and narrow cobbled streets, it’s one of the Italian Riviera’s most popular destinations.



  • 2 bedroom villa (sleeps 2-4)

Ground floor:

  • Open plan sitting/dining/kitchen area
  • Kitchen includes hob, microwave, coffee machine, fridge-freezer, dishwasher
  • Double bedroom with en-suite shower room; French doors open to the garden
  • Double bedroom; French door opens to the garden
  • Shower room


  • Air-conditioning in all bedrooms
  • Wifi
  • Utility room with washing machine
  • Barbecue
  • Steps lead up to a panoramic terrace
  • Further steps lead up to a private swimming pool 9.5m x 2.5m (depth 1.20m throughout)
  • Children under the age of 12 are not accepted due to low walls and open staircase in the garden
  • Security deposit (£200) required 3 weeks prior to departure

Complimentary wifi:

  • All properties with wifi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and checking emails
  • We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control reliability can be affected


  • Bonassola (shops/restaurants) 20min walk or 5min drive
  • Beach (Bonassola) 20min walk or 5min drive
  • Cinque Terre 15min drive
  • La Spezia 1hr drive
  • Portofino 1hr 15min drive
  • Genoa airport 1hr 20min
  • Pisa airport 1hr 30min drive
  • The holiday was wonderful, the villa was exactly what we were hoping for, stunning location, very quiet and a short drive to the village. The owners were very friendly without being intrusive and brought us fresh figs and grapes from their garden every morning. They also had a private garage down in the village that we could park in. You were right to recommend a car, the road down was very steep and twisty with no pavement, certainly wouldn't have been easy or very safe with a baby buggy! The weather was also excellent, warm without being too hot and sticky. The only downside to the villa itself was that it's on a steep plot with steps up to the pool and an unfenced drop so I wouldn't say it was suitable for families with young children who can walk, but it was perfect for us as Dylan isn't mobile yet ! Melanie - September 2015
  • We thought the Casa Dei Limoni was lovely and the setting so beautiful. We would definitely recommend it to others. Mrs McGivern - September 2015
  • Well what can I say, it was literally one of the best holidays we have ever had! Federica and her family were so helpful and welcoming, the villa was well furnished with lovely beds and furnishings! The view was just to die for and the addition of the parking garage in town made going to the beach a breeze! Bonassola was just so perfect! it didn't have the huge crowds of the Cinque Terre and wasn't at all commercially ruined! The beach was amazing and the sea so warm I even went in myself!!!! The food was super amazing and we want to go back next year!!!! The booking process with you was very helpful and easy, move over France, Italy has won out! we have totally been missing out by going to France!! Our boys want to go back, and we literally didn't want to leave, we could have stayed for ever!!! Lindsay - August 2015
  • We had a wonderful stay at Casa Dei Limoni! The view was spectacular; the house clean and well presented. The owner, Elena, was terribly helpful (from afar!) with everything from restaurant choices to her determination for us to witness the festival of tea lights and fireworks in Bonassola, and that night was truly one of the highlights of our stay. Please do feel free to use my comments to promote this magical and wonderful property. Mrs Curtis - September 2014
  • There is an element of Paradise here, the sea and the sky meet in front of your eyes, the tranquillity is a balm to the soul, the essence of the elements of land and sea combine to provide beautiful meals and wines. Well rested we travel on to Ravello, thankful to our hosts for a great welcome and continuing friendship. We must return Ms Bennett-Mills - August 2013
  • We arrived here as guests ...and we are leaving as friends! A truly amazing place ....and some great people. We will be back! Sujit & Mamta - August 2013
  • We Have had a fabulous week. really lovely spot. Terrific hosts! Ian, Mary, Jack & Connor - August 2013
  • A truly delightful week in a beautiful part of Italy at the home of a lovely family. Thank you so much. Philip, Margaret & Nicholas Duly - August 2013
  • We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Casa Limone, we found the villa very comfortable and ideal to our needs. The owner and her daughter were very kind and helpful. We were able to find our way to and around Bonassola, although it would have been helpful to have written directions in the Villa to the food store and railway station. Given the proximity to Turin and Milan , Saturday is a rather challenging day for changeover. Mr Pendleton - June 2013
  • We’d like to thank everyone for their input into making our stay as Casa dei Limone so enjoyable, from the time we booked with Sarah and then Federica’s helpful e-mails just before we travelled/arrived. Special thanks to Elena for our welcome gifts and for looking after us with our small problems which were very soon solved. We loved the space of the villa and garden and having time to spend just gazing out at the sparkling sea below the house – so relaxing. It’s a beautiful oasis and Bonassola is such a nice place to wander around discovering shops for the things we needed. Everyone we met was so friendly. Mrs Younger - June 2013
  • A peaceful and secluded villa in the perfect place for exploring the Cinque Terre and surrounding villages. Lovely walks and excellent food. We will be back. Janice & Graham - June 2013
  • Simple but wonderful villa with a view that cannot be beaten. Frederica was a wonderfully welcoming host. Guided us on where to go and the best way to get there etc. She gave us figs and grapes from the garden and generally looked after us well. She seemed to enjoy having guests staying and that makes all the difference. Bonassola is relatively quiet with few north European tourists but has a range of restaurants, a good beach with pedalos etc and is surrounded by wonderful countryside. Great if you just want to get away from it all. Mr Burt - August 2012
  • Thank you all for a lovely holiday, warm hospitality and very comfortable surroundings. We enjoyed our stay here very much and would recommend it to others for a relaxing chill out holiday in one of the most picturesque places in Northern Italy! The Clarks - August 2012
  • Thank you for a great holiday. Very friendly welcome and useful information imparted. Including a quick tour of the beautiful village and access to free parking! We enjoyed the two recommended restaurants and thanks for the info on the boat trip from Levanto to 5 Terre. A lovely day out Kate & Doug - August 2012
  • We could not have asked for a better holiday. A beautiful house in a beautiful town! Everybody has been so friendly and welcoming- We have enjoyed every minute and cannot wait to come back! Thank you very much for a lovely stay! Mrs Hoyles - June 2012

Although this property is booked on an accommodation-only basis, we can arrange your flights for an extra charge of £25 per person, plus the cost of the flights themselves.

Below are the flight options available, including the most convenient airports in Italy to help you reach your destination as quickly and easily as possible.


Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Heathrow British Airways Saturday All season
London Gatwick easyJet Saturday All season
London Gatwick British Airways Saturday All season
London Stansted Ryanair Saturday All season
Luton Airport easyJet Saturday All season
Manchester Jet2 Saturday All season
Manchester easyJet Saturday All season
Bristol easyJet Saturday All season



Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London City British Airways Saturday All season



Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Heathrow British Airways Saturday All season
London Heathrow Alitalia Saturday All season
London Gatwick British Airways Saturday All season
London Gatwick easyJet Saturday All season
London Gatwick Vueling Saturday All season
Manchester Jet2 Saturday All season
Birmingham Monarch Saturday All season
Bristol easyJet Saturday All season



For an introduction to Liguria, take a look at our guide.

Rewarding travellers with coastal towns, sandy beaches and quiet harbours tucked away in rocky coves, the Italian Riviera offers more than a wonderfully mild climate. It’s also a destination of memorable day trips and incredible views.

East of Genoa’s palaces and exquisite old town lies the Gulf of Poets and the perfectly pastel (and perfectly balanced) villages of the Cinque Terre. Together with upmarket Portofino and picture-postcard towns like Portovenere, you’ll find a uniquely different holiday by the sea.


A land of contrasts

Liguria, also known as the Italian Riviera, is a natural beauty, its impressive mountains vying for attention with valleys full of flowers; abundant local produce celebrated in numerous festivals. And by the sea, upmarket towns, elegant promenades and 25 Blue Flag beaches alternate with natural harbours, worn into the coastline over centuries.

In the middle of this curving coastline sits the historical port of Genoa. Known as ‘La Superba’, it was once central to the Mediterranean’s most powerful maritime republic. On one side is the Western Riviera, home to resorts such as Sanremo. Head east and, nearer our villa, you’ll find the stunning Cinque Terre, Portofino and the Gulf of Poets.

From Rubens to Renzo in Genoa

Alongside Genoa’s more contemporary architecture, the ancient buildings and narrow alleyways (carruggi) of its old town present a captivating contrast. Discover the 16th-century Palazzi dei Rolli, one of the spectacular Renaissance palaces on the Strada Nuova, a World Heritage Site: itself a work of art even before you add museum showcases and paintings by the likes of Rubens, Van Dyck and Durer.

Designed by renowned architect Renzo Piano, Genoa’s aquarium impresses even before you meet the inhabitants of its enormous viewing pools. Wander around and you’ll see dolphins, seals, sharks and an array of technicoloured fish in close-up.

The magic of Le Cinque Terre

Perched perilously on cliff-sides and another of Liguria’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the five poetically pretty medieval villages of Le Cinque Terre make for a memorable day out. Over centuries, formidable castles and churches gardens; paths and tunnels and plentiful vineyards have been laboriously carved out of the rocks.

We suggest driving to Levanto and joining a motorboat excursion to appreciate the spectacular coastline and stop off at some of the beaches. Or, if you’d prefer to walk, a series of stunning hiking trails meander between the famous pastel houses, taking in museums, churches and viewpoints along the way.

Poetry by the sea

Sheltered from strong south-westerly winds, the Gulf of La Spezia resides more familiarly under the name of the Gulf of Poets: a homage to the literary giants, Byron and Shelley (Mary and Percy) who lived there in a house right by the sea, as well as visitors including George Sands, DH Lawrence and Virginia Woolf.

“I still inhabit this Divine Bay, reading dramas and sailing…” Shelley once wrote and it’s easy to see why this captivating stretch of rugged coastline could inspire, with its beaches, perfectly clear waters and pretty towns, Portovenere, La Spezia and Lerici among them.

Panoramic Portofino

Once a simple fishing village, Portofino has blossomed into a charming coastal town with narrow streets embracing a collection of expensive boutiques, jewellery shops and art galleries, as well as general stores with all the ingredients you need for a picnic.

Out of season, consider driving here on the Via Aurelia (the old coast road) to enjoy stunning sea-views before mooching around the village’s elegant harbour. Then take a boat trip to the island of San Fruttuoso or stride up the headland to Castello Brown. Once fortified, the building is now a gallery and museum with terraced gardens and more wonderful views.


A taste of Liguria

As well as being famous for flowers, Liguria also has a reputation for fine local produce, including peaches, asparagus, artichokes, mushrooms and tomatoes. Pesto – made from fresh basil, garlic, pine nuts, Parmesan, pecorino and extra virgin olive oil from the nearby olive groves – is another regional speciality. It’s served with various pastas, such as trenette (narrow, flat) and fidelini (long, thin) plus corzetti (pasta discs) and ravioli.

For a tasty takeaway snack, the locals’ favourite is farinata, a savoury pancake made from chickpea flour. Another speciality is torta Pasqualina, a thin-crust pie stuffed with spinach or chard, ricotta cheese and eggs. Equally filling, fugassa is a soft, thick focaccia covered with onion slices and olive oil. Local meat dishes include cima genovese (cold veal stuffed with green vegetables and cheese) and a hare stew that uses locally grown taggiasche olives, pine nuts and rosemary.

With Liguria hugging over 300 kilometres of coastline, the region is well-known for seafood. Stockfish (usually cod, always wind-dried) and triglie alla genovese (mullet cooked with mushrooms and tomatoes) are popular, as are stuffed and fried sardines or anchovies. You’ll also find ciuppin and buridda fish soups on many menus, alongside minestrone soup – allegedly invented in Liguria.

Those with a sweet tooth can indulge in pandolce genovese (Genoa cake), amaretti (almond flavoured macaroons), cubeli (tiny butter cookies) and pacciugo (an ice-cream mixed with fruit).

Ligurian tipples

Liguria’s quality red wines include Ormeasco, made from the ancient Dolcetto grape, and Rossese – a delicate red from the municipality of Dolceacqua (it’s also known just by this place of origin). Others include Ciliegiolo (meaning cherry), which is becoming rarer as the grape is hard to grow, and Pollera Nera from the coastland east of Genoa: the Riviera di Levante.

The region’s white wines include Vermentino, also known as Pigato, and Albarola. The latter is available as a stand-alone wine or blended with Vermentino and Bianchetta Genovese (also called Scimiscia) – one of several Bianchetta variations.

Beaches in Liguria


This shingly beach is flanked by two spurs of rock: La Punta del Carlino and Punta della Madonnina. The water is clear and blue, ideal for swimming and snorkelling.

Getting there… Close to the Cinque Terre, Bonassola is just a 3-minute drive from our villa.

Footnotes… You need to pay a daily fee for the use of sun loungers and parasols on parts of the beach; the rest is free. You’ll find bars and restaurants in the town behind the beach.


This small, pebbly beach is a good choice on windy days, as its sheltered position helps keep the waves calm.

Getting there… Easily reached on foot or by bike (available from the villa) via a short tunnel, Framura is just 1km away.

Footnotes… There’s a small restaurant providing meals and snacks.

Monterosso – Fegina

Fegina is a long sandy beach in the new part of Monterosso, right in front of the train station. Restaurants, pubs and ice-cream shops occupy the nearby promenade.

Getting there… A 30-minute drive from the villa or get to any of the Cinque Terre villages and take the train that goes between them.

Footnotes… You can either choose to pay for a parasol and deckchair, or settle in a free area.

Monterosso – Old Town Beach

This is a sandy beach, near the boats-for-hire area, that’s divided into public and private zones: stabilimenti (where you pay) and spiaggia libera (where you don’t).

Getting there… As for Fegina, except it’s a 10-minute walk from Monterosso station. Turn left along the promenade towards the Old Town. Pass the tunnel and the beach is on your right.

Footnotes… The trail to Vernazza starts nearby.


There are two beaches here. The smaller, sandy one with calm waters sits within the harbour; the larger, stony beach is just two minutes from the village centre.

Getting there… The harbour beach is two minutes’ walk from the railway station. The other is two minutes further on from the main village street, after turning left through the cave.

Footnotes… Vernazza is crowded with tourists throughout the season.


A few kilometres from Corniglia, this ‘secret’ sand-and-stone crescent became famous in the 1960s as a hippy hangout. It’s now a ‘clothing optional’ beach with turquoise waters perfect for swimming. Getting there… From Corniglia railway station, pay to enter the abandoned (but illuminated) railway tunnel and walk for about 15 minutes. Footnotes… Guvano is famous for its microclimate that favours an extraordinarily beautiful maquis shrubland (macchia mediterranea), rare for this part of the coast.

Things to do

Walk the Cinque Terre

Instead of boating or biking around the Cinque Terre villages, walk the easy 'Via dell'Amore', one of the most famous trails, which begins north of Riomaggiore. (The routes get harder as you progress through the remaining villages, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso.)

Pause in Portofino

This prettily painted settlement is a magnet for yachties and other tourists, yet still exudes an air of tranquillity. Browse the boutiques, jewellery stores and art galleries; relax in a café or restaurant near the harbour or visit the Church of St George on the headland.

Relish Genoa's Palazzi dei Rolli

Standing on the Strade Nuove, these beautiful palaces boast grand staircases, frescoes, courtyards and gardens – as well as UNESCO World Heritage status. Previously, residents randomly selected from the ‘rolls’, had to move out for state visits; now the buildings are open to everyone.

Seek out the Shelleys

On the Gulf of Poets, San Terenzo’s castle includes a Mary Shelley museum, while the pretty town of Lerici was home to her and husband Percy, until his death. Its main attractions are an imposing castle and the ferries going to Portofino and the Cinque Terre.

Visit churches and cathedrals

The 13th-century frescoes and entrances of Genoa’s Metropolitan Cathedral of San Lorenzo are an impressive combination of Gothic architecture and Catholic tradition. Highlights include the Basilicas of Santissima Annunziata and Santa Maria delle Vigne, one of the city’s oldest Catholic churches.

Go inland, to Sarzana

Escape from the seaside to Sarzana, an easy bus-ride from La Spezia (or drive from the villa). Relax in the town’s pretty piazzas or imagine battles past at either the ancient citadel or in the hillside castle with its great views.

Join the parties in Bonassola

In August, the ‘UCCA’ celebration has locals, dressed in robes and hoods, electing the most eccentric person of the year, with much laughter, rhymes and music. In October, the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary features a procession to the sea followed by fireworks.

Watch a boat race (Liguria-style)

In the Gulf of La Spezia, August’s Palio del Golfo (part of the Festa Del Mare) features 13 teams from nearby towns rowing for two kilometres. It takes about 10 minutes to complete, with a focus on fun – although local pride is at stake.

Live happily ever after

Occupying a peninsula, Sestri Levante has the Bay of Silence on one side, the Bay of Fables on the other. The latter honours former resident Hans Christian Andersen and the narrow streets of its fairytale centre house ancient churches, Art Nouveau villas and grand gardens.

Helpful phrases

  Hello Ciao
  Good-bye Arrivederci
  Please Per favore
  Thank you Grazie
  Yes Si
  No No
  How are you? Come stai?
  I'm fine, thank you Stò bene grazie
  I don't understand Non capisco
  My name is… Mi chiamo…
  The bill, please Il conto per favore
  How much is it? Quanto costa?


What’s on in May

1 May: Labour Day (Festa dei Lavoratori) a national holiday when shops and banks may be closed and museums open for shorter hours.

2nd Sunday in May: The Sagra del Pesce in Camogli honours the patron saint of fishermen. Join the crowds on the pretty marina for fireworks, bonfires and a fish-supper cooked in a 4m-wide frying pan!

3rd Saturday in May: The Sagra del Limone, held in Monterosso al Mare, Cinque Terre, is an immersion in all things citrus, from pies and cakes to limoncino, alongside lemon-themed walks and awards.

What’s on in June

2 Jun: Republic Day is a national holiday celebrating the birth of the Italian Republic in 1946. Although businesses close, most restaurants remain open.

3rd Saturday in Jun: The Sagra dell’Acciuga Fritta (Fried Anchovy Festival) in Monterosso al Mare is a chance to join a fishy feast of these little fish, served up with Cinque Terre white wine.

24 Jun: St John the Baptist Day is celebrated in Genoa with parades, music and sporting events, along with a blessing of the sea, fireworks and the lighting of the ceremonial bonfire at midnight. It’s also celebrated in Riomaggiore and Monterosso.

What’s on in July

24 – 25 July: The Feast of St James and the Festival of the Sea are celebrated together in Levanto. There’s a parade, remembrance of those lost at sea and hundreds of lanterns lit over the water, followed by fireworks.

End of Jul/start of Aug: The Festival Massimo Amfiteatrof Levanto in Levanto is dedicated to the grand cellist Amfiteatrof and features outstanding classical music performances in various locations around town.

What’s on in August

1st Sunday in Aug: The Stella Maris Historical Waterfront Pageant in Camogli sees a fleet of colourfully decorated boats set sail from the port in this traditional celebration of the Madonna.

14 Aug: La Torta dei Fieschi in Lavagna is the re-enactment of the lavish 1230 wedding between the Count Fieschi of Lavagna and Bianca dei Bianchi of Siena, with a procession, music a ‘find your soul mate’ hunt.

17 Aug: The Miracle of the White Madonna in Portovenere includes a torchlight procession and the Church of San Pietro is illuminated with hundreds of candles.

What on in September

7 – 8 Sep: Recco’s Sagra del Fuoco is a spectacular fireworks competition featuring Italy’s masters in pyrotechnics, followed by concerts and processions, with plenty of food too.

End Sep: Genoa’s International Boat Show brings together up to 500 boats, including super yachts, for this floating spectacle.


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†  Flight availability is limited on your chosen dates.

Please call us for assistance with your holiday on 020 8392 5872.

A daily tourist tax applies in Italy for only the first week of your stay which means that an average of €1.50 per person (12+ years) may be charged.  This should be paid in cash to your villa or hotel owner during your stay.

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One cot and one highchair are provided free of charge in most of our self-catering properties.  Additional cots and highchairs may be available upon request.
In order to allow you to co-ordinate your holiday arrangements with friends and family, in many cases we are able to hold an option for up to 24 hours before confirming your booking.
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We have indicated in the property descriptions which accommodation has air-conditioning included in the holiday price. Heating is available in some of our properties during the low season weeks, which is normally included in the holiday price.
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As in all rural communities, indigenous animals are an essential part of the way of life. The braying of a donkey, crow of a cockerel or the barking of a dog is not a complaint that receives much sympathy from the locals! Care should be taken to minimise the presence of insects and animals in your accommodation. Keep surfaces clean, dispose of refuse regularly and ensure that food is not left uncovered. Cats and dogs are often resident where an owner or manager lives on the property. If you are allergic to cats and/or dogs please ensure that you check the suitability of your chosen accommodation with us prior to confirming your booking.
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Bed and bathroom linen is provided weekly. For your convenience most of our properties in Italy have a washing machine.
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Satellite television
We cannot guarantee that a full selection of satellite channels will be available. Channels in English may be very limited and these are often only CNN or BBC World.
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Some facilities are subject to weather conditions and the general season, for example swimming pools, restaurant terraces and courtyards, pool bars, local restaurants, and they may be limited or unavailable at the beginning or end of the season. Please do not hesitate to check with us, should a particular facility be a necessity to you.
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We offer a welcome pack in all our self-catering accommodation consisting of a small selection of staple items.

Our choice of Italian properties is diverse, ranging from simple charm to genuine luxury and style. Much of our portfolio is privately owned, and price alone is therefore not a universal guide. We contract all our accommodation in person, and each property has its individual appeal.

To help you make the right choice based on your own priorities, we have devised a simple grading guide to be considered in conjunction with each individual property description, awarding up to a maximum of five stars for the below categories.

Grading Criteria:


Position, view, serenity, privacy


Space, style, furnishings and interiors


Property enhancements


Proximity to beach, restaurant and shops


For further clarification on Facilities, please view the 'Details' tab for each property or speak to one of our experienced sales consultants.

Grading for this property: