At the top of the winding road from Rapallo is a family agriturismo noted for its spectacular views: they swoop from your deckchair down to the coast. These 1.5 hectares of olive groves and orchards were planted by Sara’s grandfather, there are well-behaved dogs, cats, a donkey and a pony, and Rosanna’s delightful tiered gardens. Below the gardens are five simple, sunny and spotless guest apartments recently created from the farmworkers’ houses (two on the the ground floor and three above.) Some have bunks and beds in the living room, each has its own piece of garden or terrace. You may choose to set off for the day – for the beaches of Portofino, or the peaceful palmed promenade, two harbours and little castle of Rapallo – but you can happily stay here too, high up among the birdsong and the roses, the deckchairs and the terraces, the pool and the heavenly views. The beach is three kilometres away, the restaurants are down the hill, the Cinque Terre is 40 minutes by car and the buses run three times a day.