Legend has it that Otto III stayed here on his way to his Rome coronation in 996. A listed building, the house’s unadorned stone façade stands proudly over Chiesanuova. All rooms look out to olive groves and vineyard-clad hills before dropping down to Levanto and the sea. Sit on the terrace for a superb breakfast of homemade breads, salami and cheeses. Return for sunset with a glass of chilled Vermentino and stay until the glow of the distant illuminated bell towers enchants you. There’s a romance here.
Dinner is a memorable affair; daily changing tasting menus will delight – as will the wine list. The freshest local produce and a serious dedication to heritage; you’ll travel the region from your table. Earn your feasts; there are trails from the door. Explore the World Heritage Site of Cinque Terre on bike, scooter, boat or by foot – this hotel is manned by very proud locals waiting to show off their homeland; ask for top tips.