As many people reading this review, I always consult Trip Advisor when planning to eat or stay anywhere . This place came up with good reviews so we booked two nights. Stay here if you want an authentic & proper Italian experience. The initial booking bit was our first 'Italian' experience. I emailed availability and in a response Vincenzo asked for me to ring them to confirm, which I duly did. Having zero Italian skills it was a bit haphazard on the telephone, but we seemed to muddle through in pigeon Italian/English & book everything ok! The first thing to say is that we struggled very badly to find it (probably a reflection on our poor nagivation skills plus it's out the way somewhat); using google maps is not helpful as the road you think you can take, is one way/closed so detouring by guess work is the only way. You cannot really stay here if you don't have a car. The place is about 2kms out from FinalBorgo (area on the fringes of Finale Ligure) on the way to Monticello, up the most steepest & narrowest road I have EVER driven up, and I'm used to small Somerset lanes. There is the sharpest hairpin bend, which took a couple of reverses & goes to get round in our big hire car, I would therefore suggest take a powerful and small car! Once there, the views are AMAZING! Our room & bathroom were incredibly clean. It's simply laid out, no frills, with a big fridge handy for water, snacks etc and air conditioning that was much needed, the bed was large & comfy. The breakfast is in a seperate room to the B&B, and the views from this room are yet again breathtaking; mountains, little hamlets of peach coloured houses, olive groves etc. The breakfast is simple; pastries, ham in the fridge, bread, fruit, yoghurt etc and good peach juice. There is a path/footpath from I Lamoi up the mountain if you walk further up the road slightly and join it. This was a good walk to do, and you get to see lots of views walking up the side of the mountain. Eating out was a pleasurable experience, and we drove back down the steep winding narrow road back into Finale Borgo and parked in the public carpark parallel to the river bed, where you can go into the pedestrianised medievel walled part of the town with plenty of bars & restaurants. I didn't much care for Finale Ligure beach front to be honest with you; it was very touristy, the beach was dirty with fag ends & rubbish, the rides had seen better days and the general feel of it was somewhat lacking of what it was once a busy fishing town, however this has no reflection on I'Lamoi and the Borgo area was lovely. Vincenzo and his wife Teresa are incredibly friendly and helpful, and go out of their way to assist you in any way possible, giving you maps and advice. If you sit still & quiet out your window you can hear the occaisional bray of a donkey, strong smell of goats cheese and home cooking downstairs, and view lemons, tomatoes and olive groves all adding to the Italian experience. The price reflects what you get, but is still good value. We would definitely visit this lovely little B&B again. Thank you Vincenzo & family.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Vincenzo and Teresa Pamparato welcome you in their B&B “I LAMOI” immersed in the green of the biological farm in an area full of charm and beauty, where the owners put at your disposal their agrotechnic experience. The name of the farm has a particular history and is directly connected with who runs the B&B because in past generations the Boero family (hence the name of the farm), is engaged in the agricultural and livestock particularly in the retail milk product from their livestock. called “lamme” (in the Ligurian dialect means containers for milk). They were very large and were also the only ones in the whole area of that size. Given that once used to identify families with a nickname that was automatically renamed the family of Lamoi (ie those who used big “lamme”). ... more less