A lovely traditional Italian hotel
Posted Sep 14, 2016
Lovely hotel in a traditional Italian town (Levanto). Smallish hotel about 30 bedrooms but very close (without the noise) to the main street of shops and restaurants and about a 7 minute walk to the beach. The hotel breakfasts were served either inside or outside in the garden terrace, which we chose every day. Breakfast consisted of cheese, ham, toast cakes, cereal, croissants and fruit (apparently in Italy the breakfast is usually very basic ie just rolls and drinks?!) ) so this was a bonus! This is TRADITIONAL Italy so no English papers and noise! It is quite expensive in Italy though. We took a train from Genova to Levanto (1 hr intercity) and cost 9 euros each. I would have preferred to have taken a taxi from the airport to the hotel (about 50 miles) BUT I was quoted £360!!!!! return for a taxi. This was dearer than the cost of the flight!! Italy would appear to be a big rip off for taxis (and I was travelling with an Italian friend!) They go by numbers in the car not the journey. So on that basis we steered away from them. The train journey was however very pleasant. Levanto is also very close to Cinque Terre. If you like "chocolate box" towns by the sea (bar 1 village) then this is the place you MUST go to. You can get a 1 day pass Cinque Terre for around £12.00 - £14.00 but this does give you all day travel. Or if you are feeling brave (and there were a lot of walkers) you could do the hike instead!
Definitely would recommend both the hotel, Leanto and Cinque Terre.