The sun is setting behind the Ligurian Alps as I call it a day and sip from my freshly-made Aperol Spritz accompanied by a free aperitivo. It’s early March and Spring is about to arrive in the hilltop village of Pigna. A labyrinth of winding, narrow lanes and steep steps leads up to the historic centre and church. No supermarkets or high street chains here, instead two small “alimentari” and a handful of local restaurants advertising whatever it is they have on the menu today. It’s the kind of place where time stood still, the kind of scene you remember from long gone classical Italian movies. It’s the quintessential off the beaten path in Italy!
In the heart of these atmospheric lanes lies my “home”: Liguria Holiday Homes. From the outside the house blends in completely with the local medieval architecture. For all you know, it could be a local family that lives here! The inside however has been completely renovated and converted into a comfortable holiday home. The apparent stone walls in the bedrooms and the staircase give the place a rustic and elegant look, while the luxury kitchen appliances provide you with everything you need for a more than comfortable stay.
I am here to spend some quality time with friends. We enjoy late sumptuous breakfasts in the bright and spacious kitchen and endless aperitivo’s in the cosy living room. After a long walk in the surrounding mountains, it’s good to know the whirlpool bath (with massage jets!) and fluffy towels are waiting!
As comfortable as the house might be, you’ll definitely want to venture outside. Have an early morning cappuccino at the local bakery, go for one of the most delicious truffle pizza’s I’ve ever tried at “Sul Ponte” or simply wander around aimlessly to soak up the atmosphere of this truly magical place.
There are plenty of walking opportunities for some more serious hiking too. Follow the Via Crucis that leads up from the village all the way to the Chiesa della Madonna di Passoscio. You’ll pass numerous little chapels, stare open-mouthed at the breathtaking views over the valley and simply appreciate the wonder of nature.
Day excursions from Pigna are aplenty. Take a 15 minute stroll up to Castelvittorio or take the car to Apricale, Isolabona and Dolceaqua. Each and every one of these villages will offer you a step back in time, they’ll take you back to an Italy you thought had ceased to exist a long time ago…
Have you travelled off the beaten path in Italy? Or would you like to stay at Liguria Holiday Homes? The townhouse has 3 bedrooms, sleeping up to 6 guests and prices start from £120 per night.
I was a guest of Liguria Holiday Homes during this stay. All opinions are my own.