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Casa Bella Vista - Townhouse In Pigna



Updated: 16-Oct-2016
Townhouse in Pigna, Imperia, Liguria - Beautiful Medieval Casa With Spectacular View!

Charmingly renovated medieval “townhouse” with terrazzo and spectacular view. The original character of this 500-plus year old home is well preserved while boasting superior modern-day amenities on all three floors. Three bedrooms (all with the same great view), three full bathrooms (one on each floor), fully equipped kitchen, living area and the terrazzo with its beautiful view make this the perfect vacation home or romantic getaway. The main floor has a handsome vaulted wood ceiling over all rooms and French doors to the terrazzo. Enjoy the south-facing view of the village of Castelvittorio nestled in the Maritime Alps and watch activities in the village of Pigna cradled in the Nervia Valley by day or night.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We are two girlfriends who live on opposite coasts of Canada. Our friendship spans over 40 years and we have pursued our mutual love of travel, both together and apart, since we were 17 years old. The culmination of that shared passion was the purchase of Casa Bella Vista in Pigna, Italy. The restoration is a whole other story, but we are blessed to have another Italian Masterpiece!

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Speaks English, French, Italian

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Our trip was wonderful and your home is truly beautiful. I can still smell the fresh mountain air and taste the fresh spring water. The views from the terrace are breathtaking-what a way to wake up in the morning and the last thing to see at night before bed!" Theresa, Toronto, Canada

"Your place is fantastic and the town is just what I was hoping for. I'm lazing with a book on the terrace today while Sylvie is already out exploring. All is right with the world." Michelle, Toronto, Canada

"Pigna itself is a magical place and the surrounding area is absolutely beautiful. Georgia is a delight and made us very welcome. We had a great time trying many of the bars and restaurants you recommended and enjoying all of them." David, Northampton, England

"We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday ... we're already missing the tranquility of Pigna and mostly the view from your terrace, it was amazing spending most of our evenings with a glass of wine there ..." RS and Family, London
Jun 2010
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  • 5 of 5

The web site was recommended by the brides family so we started to research and came across Casa Bella Vista which would be ideal for our family of six adults. Contact was made with the owners and our experience began. The accommodation was as described in the listing. We were all impressed with the renovation of this property which has been finished to a high quality. As we had family relatives who have properties in Pigna we soon visited all the immediate rock pools and experienced some fantastic restaurants. Meeting each morning for coffee and excellent pastries at the local cafe - patisserie, Desir De Roy, was in itself a wonderful experience. We had time to take the bus to Ventimiglia to experience the market and take in some refined products at reasonable prices.

A visit to Dolceacqua is a must to see all the local architecture and experience a visit back in time. If we hadn't been at a family wedding I'm sure we could have experienced more of the local places of interest and developed our desire to return to Pigna as a base for more adventure.

If we do return to Pigna I know of somewhere we could stay and feel comfortable to embark on our adventure from Casa Bella Vista, definitely a place with a view to reflect on a perfect holiday break.

We will recommend this property to family and friends as a base to experience Italy as it should be seen.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your lovely review of Casa Bella Vista, as well as your shared experiences in the region. Thanks also for appreciating the quality of our restoration. A medieval "townhouse" of 700 years plus is a bit of a restoration challenge. A good design concept offering North American amenities, along with a good Italian contractor to help preserve the Mediterranean style, we are very happy with the end result, and glad you were too. We hope you will return to Casa Bella Vista, as there is so much more to see and do, including those leisurely evenings with a glass of wine or Prosecco on the terrazzo of our "house with a beautiful view".
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From the Owner

After a couple of visits to Pigna, staying in the lovely home of friends, we became deeply attached to the village and the local residents, many of whom have since become friends. Although Pigna is off the beaten path of the high tourist areas (which are all easily travelled to from our home), we recognized its “magical” qualities and those of Liguria. Its location allows us to enjoy the authentic charm of Italy away from the hustle and bustle of more crowded areas. Without a doubt, it is our home away from home. Many of our guests who also recognize the special qualities of Pigna, have returned as our guests again. We consider that both a nod of approval and a compliment!

Activity and Interests

Special interest holidays:

A local wedding planner can help you plan the destination wedding of your dreams. Pigna provides a perfect backdrop for romantic wedding photos, and its award-winning restaurant provides tantalizing dishes for the wedding feast. Friendly bars and trattorias provide food and music for family and friends gathering to toast the bride and groom on their happy day.

Just ask us for contact information and we'll be happy to share the experiences of couples from as far as Canada who loved their wedding experience in Pigna.


The beautiful beaches of the Italian and French Rivieras are a mere 20-30 minute drive away. There are also several popular spring-fed rock pools in the local area worth exploring. The rock beaches and promenade of Ventimiglia are a 20-minute drive away; and the popular sand beaches of Menton, France (the first city west of Italy on the French Riviera) are just 30 minutes away by auto.


We recommend you have an automobile for convenience and flexibility; however, if you prefer to travel by train and bus, there are good connections to Pigna. Airport transfers can also be arranged for a fee. Please let us know if you require an airport pick up.

Nice airport – approx. 1¼ hour drive.

Genova airport – approx. 2 hour drive.

Ventimiglia train station – approx. 20 minute drive.

Calais - approx. 12-1/2 hour drive.


There are many places of interest within driving distance. Here are some examples:

San Remo – approx. ½ hour drive.

Monaco – approx. 1 hour drive.

Cuneo (Alps) – approx. 2 hour drive.

Cinque Terre – approx. 3 – 3 ½ hour drive.

Pisa - approx. 3 hour drive.

Milan - approx. 4 hour drive.

Florence – approx. 5 hour drive.

Venice – approx. 6 hour drive.

Rome – approx. 7 hour drive.

Further Details:

Pigna is renowned for its famous fagioli di Pigna (white beans) and its high-altitude olive oil produced by local farmers who tend their crops and olive trees with knowledge and expertise only found in this area of Liguria. There are several local restaurants where you can get a tantalizing taste of these local specialties, often served with fresh pasta. Pigna has four bars, three small grocery stores, a bank, a news store, a pharmacy, gas pumps and a market on Saturdays. Visit the award-winning Old Hotel Terme for their seasonal ravioli or the Sul Ponte for the best pizza in Italy! Additional information about Pigna and the surrounding area can be found on our website (see link below).


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 1
1 Oct 2016 - 31 May 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Rate 2
1 Jun 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Rate 3
1 Oct 2017 - 31 May 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £178
Cleaning/Linen 2 guests £71

Booking Notes:
Please send an email indicating your interest in renting Casa Bella Vista with your preferred dates and number of guests. When you're ready to confirm a booking, we ask for a 50% deposit of the total price. The balance plus a 200 Euro refundable damage deposit are payable 8 weeks before your arrival date.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is usually Saturday but there is flexibility on request to accommodate your travel planning. Arrival after 3 p.m. and departure by 10:00 a.m. is required in most cases please.

Notes on prices:
Cleaning and linen laundry fee required on arrival as follows: Base - 80 Euros (up to 2 guests); each additional guest - 10 Euros.

Discounts available on request for stays of longer than three weeks.

Shorter stays (1-3 nights) negotiable - please email your request.

Fifty per cent of the rental fee is payable on booking; the balance is due 8 weeks before the arrival date. Damage deposit is due with the balance due payment. Cleaning/linen fees are minimum 80 Euros for 1 to 2 guests, with an additional 10 Euros per guest for up to 6 guests (120 Euros).

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From the Owner

Nestled in the foothills of the Maritime Alps, our house enjoys a spectacular view of the Nervia Valley and Castelvittorio, the neighbouring medieval village perched on the hillside opposite. Only 20 minutes away is the Italian Riviera, including the seaside towns of Ventimiglia, Bordighera and Sanremo, and several Mediterranean beaches from which to choose. Minutes away from Ventimiglia is the French border. Directly across the border is the beautiful Menton, first stop on the French Riviera. Year-round activities are available: e.g., hiking, skiing, cycling, swimming, “spa-ing”, and so much more. But if sitting on the terrace with a cappuccino or a glass of vino is as active as you want, our terrazzo is the perfect place to be!

Property Type

  • house


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • Games
  • Stereo ...


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • village


  • caves
  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • scenic drives
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 86 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Soaker tub
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Laundry tub
  • 3 Bathrooms, one for each bedroom. All with shower, toilet and basin (top floor bathroom also with full bathtub).


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, Ensuite 4-piece bathroom.
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed, Adjacent 3-piece bathroom.
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed, Adjacent 3-piece bathroom.
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master: main floor, queen bed, spectacular views from 2 windows, ensuite with soaker tub BR 2: middle floor, queen bed, spectacular view from large window BR 3: ground floor, 2 single beds, same spectacular view.


  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • A local English-speaking representative will meet you on arrival with house keys. She is available 24/7 for assistance with emergencies and can also provide helpful advice on where to park, what to see and how to get around. No smoking please. Pets will be considered. Outside: The vista from the terrazzo is breathtaking, both day and night. Outdoor furniture includes bistro table, comfortable indoor/outdoor chairs, and additional outdoor arm chairs. A motorized awning provides shade for sunny days on our south-facing terrazzo. The indoor dining table may be moved to the terrazzo for dining al fresco. Savour the view of the Nervia Valley while sipping wine or your morning capuccino. The sounds and views of village life will enhance your mid-day repast -- the local produce will tease your taste buds. Or count the stars by night, while indulging in a cool glass of bubbly Prosecco. Utility Room: Iron, ironing board, clothes drying rack, utility sink for hand washing clothes, vacuum cleaner, hair dryer, room fans, iPod docking station. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All bed linens, bath & beach towels are provided. Cleaning fee payable on arrival. Additional cleaning and laundry services available for extra charges (see on-site hostess). Please leave the house tidy and remove all waste and recycling on departure. Other: Wooden French doors open to terrazzo extending the lounge/living area for both dining and casual living. Includes small bistro table, outdoor chairs and beautiful motorized awning for shade. Terrazzo railing area allows for additional casual seating.

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