A slice of colour wherever you look: salmon-pink villas, green maritime pines, blue Magra river, white bobbing yachts. Perched above sleepy Bocca di Magra, this villa enjoys the Ligurian coast away from touristy hot-spots. Rossella, a stylish whirlwind who lives on the top floor, knows everyone worth knowing in the village and is generous with her knowledge: hidden swimming coves, guided fishing trips, UNESCO sites to explore, Lunigiana villages and grand walks. Her eye for design, and her antique-collector background show in the apartments; elegant and striking furnishings, mixing ancient and modern, make the most of their small-ish spaces. Glossy-red or black kitchens slip into corners of rustic-chic living rooms. Bedrooms are pretty in greys and pastels, softly furnished with antiques – perhaps a marble-topped table or boudoir chair. Black-and-white marble floors and modern art add a dash of vibrancy. Bathrooms make elegant use of small spaces: antique washstands, pretty soaps. Each apartment has a private terrace or balcony for outdoor dining. Rossella makes delicious breakfasts for lazy days. Simple elegance.