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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 5
Imperia, Italian Riviera, Liguria

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John M
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“Splendid apartment, Stunning location, Supportive landlord, book it now!”
Reviewed 27 August 2014 for a stay in August 2014

To sum up: Clean well-equipped apartment. Good for self catering or eating out. You don’t need a car. You do need to be able to walk up steps. Plenty to do, both inside and outside the apartment. Rocky but lovely beaches take a snorkel. Lovely place for a quiet retreat to read or write your book. Not very touristy. Friendly, attentive and helpful landlord. Great value for money! Would recommend.

Morgan the landlord was very enthusiastic about the apartment when I booked it and when I arrived at Palazzo Littardi I understood why.
It really is a special place. Imperia, Liguria is relatively speaking off the traditional tourist route and has much to offer every type of traveler, without the hoards of holiday makers one often encounters.
Set high in the medieval hill town of Porto Maurizio, (one of the two districts of Imperia – the other being Oneglia to the East) the Penthouse apartment has stunning views on a 1700 baroque palazzo and Duomo in one direction and across the stunning bay in the other.
Located in the historic centre of Imperia it is a short walk from anything the holidaymaker could need. Come out of the apartment and take a left down the Via San Leonardo into the Palazzo. Follow the road down the hill with the Questura (Police Station) on your left and you’ll find cafes, shops and supermarket within 10 minutes.
Take a right out of the apartment and a 10 minute walk downhill brings you to the seafront and selection of beaches, seafront restaurants and Gelaterie.
We arrived late and hungry and was able to get an outside table at the L’Armuèn which is a few doors away on via S. Leonardo, where we sat outside and ate excellent pizza and Vino Bianco in the balmy Ligurian evening.
The apartment is spacious, clean and very comfortable. The kitchen is well equipped with everything even the most exacting chef could need (me), a large fridge freezer for cold drinks and lots of useful utensils. The large table and chairs made family mealtimes a delight.
The bedrooms are spacious, clean and comfortable with lots of wardrobe storage. Very clean bathroom with shower and washing machine. Plenty of towels and clean sheets are available if needed.
Particularly popular with my children was the TV and DVD player and the boxed set of the ‘Wire ’which we watched in the evenings or when it was just too hot outside!
The apartment is not air conditioned, but since it is so high up, when all the windows are open there is always a refreshingly cool breeze. Fans are available for anyone who still feels hot.
The apartment is tastefully decorated with nice paintings and very comfortable beds and a sofa, which is probably the most comfortable ever. These touches make it a very pleasant place to enjoy.
The balcony is a real treat with views in two directions and a sublime place to sip a drink in the evening and watch the sun go down over the town blow. I loved listening to the bells in all the churches down the valley as they all struck the hour or played the Angelus.
I was traveling with my wife and two grown up children, we took a flight to Genoa and then a train to Imperia. It was an easy and pleasant journey, although it’s a long train ride (about 2 hours). I think I’d probably recommend flying to Nice as it’s much closer. There is no need for a car – everything is walk able unless you plan to explore the wider region.
A note of caution though, which ever direction you go from Palazzo Littardi it’s downhill, which means uphill on the way back.
We loved the countless medieval alleyways and staircases and by the end of the week we were feeling fitter from our step walking. This may not suit everybody but walking is the best way to explore and for my grown up family it was ideal.
There are some ramps, and if you don’t like steps you can avoid some of them by walking down the roads. There are lots of routes back up to the apartment and we spent the week arguing over which route was quickest and racing each other to the top.
We arrived at Palazzo Littardi and were greeted by Marina who lives in the same building. Over the time we were there she was wonderfully helpful, she advised us on places to eat, printed off our return flight boarding passes at work and even gave us a lift the station in the morning of our departure! We felt very well looked after.
There is a selection of beaches along the seafront near Porto Maurizio. They are mostly rocky or pebbly but there are a couple of stretches of sand for younger children. The snorkeling and swimming is excellent and we managed to go the whole 10 days without spending money on a private beach. (We’d rather spend the Euros on Gelato)
But for a few Euros you can get a sun bed and umbrella on one of the well kept private beaches. We found the beach towels (provided by Morgan) and a nice flat rock very adequate.
It’s a quiet resort but still has plenty of restaurants ranging from fish, Pizza to the traditional pasta restaurant, there is even a Burger King (with free wifi) next the large Conad supermarket about 3km out of town (visible from the balcony). We ate out some nights and enjoyed a wide range of good quality fairly priced food and drink. (No we didn’t eat at Burger King !)
The locals are very friendly and you are never far from some historical building, church or point of interest. There’s a lot to keep you interested if you get bored on the beach. My advice would be to pace yourself and explore the many nooks and crannies at your leisure.
On the Oneglia side of Imperia there is an Olive Oil museum, which we never got to but I guess if you wanted to go further afield you could travel the 4km to Oneglia.

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Liked best: Staying in in an authentic historical location, the steps and alleyways, the views, the lack of crowds
Liked least: nothing
Travelling group: Other
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Sharon P
Norwich, United Kingdom
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“Great apartment, lovely location, lots of steps!!!!”
Reviewed 11 October 2013 for a stay in September 2013
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I have visited Imperia many times over the last few years but usually the Oneglia side of the city. The location on the apartment is great, a few minutes walk downhill to the shops, cafes, bars and the seafront/harbour. The immediate surrounding area would be tricky for anyone with mobility problems as its very steep and as the apartment is at the top of the building (no lift) there are lots of stairs. There are 2 lifts on the side of the hill which were a godsend when working!

Buses and trains are available within easy walking distance.

The apartment itself is nice and is at the top of a very beautiful old building. It was very quiet, apartment from the bells chiming on the duomo next door. We briefly met the owner Morgan, who was leaving to catch a flight back to Uk. We had everything we needed in terms of clean apartment, towels and bedding. Its well equipped with kitchen bits and bobs for self catering, TV, stereo, cooker and washing machine. Shower was good with piping hot water in plentiful supply. The main bedroom is a good size and lots of hanging space for clothes in the wardrobe. The second bedroom is a twin room and is a bit awkward in layout as there is a steeply sloping ceiling. It wasnt a problem for us as there was only one of us in there and I kept my clothes in main bedroom as there wasnt much storage for my clothes.

Overall we really enjoyed our stay and if we returned to p maurizio, we would likely rebook.

Thanks Morgan

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Liked best: The views
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Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 35-49
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Reviewed 3 August 2014 for a stay in July 2014
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