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Panoramic & Charming Apartment in Bonassola,50mt from the beach,Perfect Location



Updated: 05-Jul-2016
Panoramic,cozy and elegant apartment in Bonassola (next to 5Terre) Panoramic Views Of BonassolaBay And Village,10Min By Train From 5Terre

“La Gabbianella” (Seagull) Is a very bright and quiet apartment at 50 meters from the beach of Bonassola, a really beautiful small Ligurian village on the edge of the famous “5 Terre” district. The little village of Bonassola is a pearl of the Italian Ligurian Riviera, has been a famous italian high quality touristic destination for more than a century, not only for its beauty but also because everything is very well organized with restaurants,shops,ATM,Pharmacy..and of course the beach…all within walking distance. The great part of the village is pedestrian area, perfect for children and walking tourism.

The flat is at the 4th and last floor of a 1700 Ligurian typical house;there’s no lift but the stairwell is large and the slate steps are not too high as usually are in Liguria(because there’s not enough land to build on and so the houses are narrow and attached to one another).The entrance is in the wide and comfortable living room, that as soon as you enter it makes you feel like in your own beach house!! Everywhere inside the house you’ll find beautiful and original sailors’/nautical decorations,white“shabby chic”furniture,shells and white and blue nice objects.In the living area, in front of two French windows that make the room very bright, there are two comfortable sofas(from which you can relax and getting a view out to sea) and a very unique wooden boat used as small table, behind, a big dining table (12 people seats). You can notice is a very classic and traditional house from the ancient timber on the ceiling that was the main mast of a tall ship owned by the owner’s great-great grandfather,and from the original (now) almost unique ceramic and graniglia floor. Next to the living room there’s another very nice and peaceful living area with a panoramic balcony with views of the village and of the sea; from the balcony you can simply enjoy the panorama, or having breakfast under a awning’s shade, or relax and get tanned while reading a book. Wide and bright living room with two French windows from which you can see almost all the village’s roofs and the Mediterranean pine forest that surrounds Bonassola. The house has 3 bedrooms, two with king side bed and one with two bunk beds; the kitchen has a very nice view of a beautiful church and of Italian gardens with flowers, cypress, lemon and olives trees, it’s a eat-in fully furnished kitchen with a 6/8 pax table.

About Bonassola: Bonassola is a paradise where you can relax and enjoy the healthy air resulting from the luxuriant Mediterranean scrub which surrounds the village. A very peaceful tourist resort. Built before the XIth century by Tigullian people, Bonassola has a very interesting past: in the XVIth cent the first Italian social security was created there, with the pourpose to free Turkish pirate's prisoners. The history of Bonassola has always been closely bound to the relationship between the people and the sea: in the XIXth cent Bonassola had an important sailing ship fleet, and the inhabitants found wealth and success through trade and shipping. The most important monuments are the Castle and the Tower of Arduiner Dynasty(XVIth cent), St.Caterina'sChurch and Matteo Vinzoni's house(XVIIth cent). The high coast of East Liguria is sometimes interrupted by little beaches; one of the most suggestive is the one of Bonassola closed by two rock promontories: La Punta del Carlino and the one of La Madonnina della Punta, covered by Mediterranean bushes. The village of Bonassola is just behind this beach, in the little plain before the Ligurian Appenine. The transparent sea and the mountains, separated by a narrow land where Bonassola lies with all its characteristic houses and old streets far away from the phrenetic life style of modern towns; The countryside of Bonassola is the perfect environment for the wide assortment of typical flowers and fruits of the Mediterranean area: oleanders,bouganvillea,brooms,olive and pine tree, aromatic herbs and citrus fruit. The exceptional cleanliness of the air in Bonassola is due to the resinous richness of pine, to the ozonized atmosphere and to very small particles of iodine coming from a very pure sea. Its climate is recommended to people suffering from heart and breathing organ troubles, or affected with digestive tract diseases, or nervous troubles.

Activities to do around Bonassola: HIKING:Who loves nature and looks with interest and sensibility at the landscape, will certainly notice the beauty and rarity of Bonassola.If you take a really good look at this beautiful mix of see and land, you will definitely see the endless particularities it offers:The"Parco delle Cinque Terre" and the "Parco di Portofino" are our land borders.Bonassola offers more than 40 Km of paths, indicated and accompanied by excellent maps and road signs, allowing people to get to know all the magnificent panoramic views of our little community.We are connected with the "Cinque Terre" by a wide range of path and we also offer the possibility of connection with the "Altavia dei Monti Liguri" which crosses all of Liguria(400 km along the Ligurian Apennines between Ventimiglia and Sarzana 43 stages among snow-clad peaks and the blue of the sea).A level path anyone can face, with a view of the sea.Then if to your bike ride you want to add a bathe in the sea,the Levanto-Bonassola-Framura cycle path is the one for you.The path links three villages: 5 kilometres with breath taking views, set up along the old railway line that passed a few metres above the sea.The tunnels have been restored and lit up;there are apertures and balconies in line with the most beautiful views.Along the path it is possible to access beaches and hidden little bays otherwise only attainable by sea.One of the most enchanting cycle tracks in Liguria. Recommended for everybody!

BOAT RIDE along the coast:Traveling by boat along the coast gives you the possibility to appreciate the natural beauty of the Ligurian sea and panorama from a completely different perspective.We can suggest you boat rental companies near Bonassola, renting a boat will give you the opportunity to discover the coast with its hidden and inaccessible inlets(such as:“Grotta Azzurra” in Bonassola,an hidden grotto where you can get inside only during periods of low tide discovering the small beach that‘s hidden inside,with the rays of the sun,filtering and reflecting on the dome inside the cave,recreate romantic blue effects),admire the Cinque Terre’s small towns, go to PortoVenere or its islands(Palmaria,Tino and Tinetto) visit Portofino,or simply experience your vacation in freedom.

DIVING:Diving lovers,but also those who have decided to approach this sport for the first time,are spoilt for choice.Diving centres allow the scuba divers to dive anywhere in Liguria. Equipped boats and equipment to hire are at the top of range to guarantee the visitor safety and fun. Something curious and interesting for experts is an opportunity to dive in search of the many wrecks and in the marine and nature parks.The symbol of Liguria diving is the Christ of the Abysses, the statue placed underwater off San Fruttuoso di Camogli,the Mecca of scuba divers.The statue was placed in the water on 22August1954 at approximately 17metres depth, and it’s 2.5metres tall.

SURFING:It is an error speaking of wave surfing and thinking only about the Ocean.In the Mediterranean Sea there are plenty of locations and Liguria has gone through a real boom:from October to April the biggest and most beautiful waves form.Along the arc of the coast there are ideal places to take the waves and be able to surf. The most famous are Levanto and Sanremo,but Recco,Varazze and Diano Marina are also ideal.In these places lovers of the sport have installed a network of webcams that directly communicate whether the moment to load the board in the car and set out has come or not.Alongside the waves suited for those who want to learn, big and difficult waves are there for experts.

WHALE WATCHING:The unique emotion of sighting the sinuous outline of a dolphin or the puff of a rorqual in Liguria is also possible. We are in the heart of the Cetacean Sanctuary, an international marine reserve that links the French Riviera, Liguria, Corsica and Tuscany, where there are frequent sightings of sperm whales.There are a lot of boaters that, from spring to autumn, offer this magic experience together with a marine biologist. Boats set out from Genoa,Camogli,Andora,Laigueglia,Imperia,Loano,Savona and Varazze. ADVENTURE PARK:Not far from Sestri Levante’s beach, both children and adults can spend an exciting day with fun and adventures, totally surrounded by nature.

More Details
  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Hello,I am Renata Pendibene Odicini the owner of “La Gabbianella”.

The entire building is property of my family since 1700.The Pendibene family were,from generations,sailors and sailing ships owners (The timber in the living room was the main mast of a tall ship owned by my greatgrandfather).

With the help of my husband Roberto,we restored part of the building and our apartment. Roberto,my two sons and I,we live in Piedmont,Lerma (2hours driving from Bonassola) where we own and manage our Winery and Restaurant “LaCasanella” ( www.lacasanella.com). At “La Casanella” we can organize for you wine tasting and dinners and you’ll taste traditional Piedmont and Ligurian products. Inside“La Gabbianella”you’ll find brochures that will show you all the wines we produce and that you can buy and taste directly in the apartment ( Upon request).

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5 Reviews

based on 5 holidaymaker reviews


Good apartment, great location,

  • 4 of 5

Enjoyed a good week - only negative was climbing 80+ steps to get to 4th floor.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
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Awesome apartment

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely vacation in Bonasola, which is a quiet place with lovely restaurants. The apartment was perfect and the owners were very friendly. The apartment is in the middle of the small village and you have a walking distance to everything. There is a perfect walking jogging path to Levanto which is a larger village than Bonasola. We absolutely loved our vacation in Bonasola

  • Review Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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Beautiful Bonnasola

  • 5 of 5

Fabulous week in Bonnasola. A small beach town tucked into the hills with plenty of good food, ice cream (!) and sunshine.

The apartment was great and very comfortable. It has 85 stairs which worked off the evening meal!

Cycling along the route to Levanto for dinner, taking the train to Cinque Terre for the day - all very easy and well worth the time.

We would probably arrive by train next time as no need for the car - all very straightforward.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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great apartment perfect location

  • 5 of 5

Bonassola is a small beach resort with a very local vibe.Having arrived in Bonassolla by train it was only a short walk to the apartment from the station.We were greeted by our host and family on arrival , although they had very little english it wasnt much of a problem.The apartment was well equipped with all the comforts of home and more.Beautiful views of the sea from the balcony and the kitchen had views of the mountains.Everything was so convenient,the local shop/ market was just at the end of the street on the corner,the bank and pharmacy the next street away. Also it was great having the beach just a stroll away.Although Bonassola is not part of the Cinque terre its a good base to visit the area which are well served by train.From Bonassola you go to the next stop which is Levante and this station is the main connection to all of Cinque terre and where you get your passes for trains and trails.There also is a bike and pedestrian walk through old train line tunnel (not all covered in so there are views)which takes about 20mins from Bonassolla to Levante.

The only negatives about staying in this apartment would be the trains are not so regular to and from Bonassola.They run regularly enough between Levante and 5terre villages but we were stuck an hour once or twice in Levante waiting for train to Bonassola,so always check the full journey before getting a train.It also was a problem leaving also as there was no early train to Levante to get a direct train to Pisa where we were taking our flight home.However our host kindly organized a taxi for us.

Another thing to be aware of is the stairs to the apartment which is at the top of the building...there are 87 of them!So not so good if you have heavy luggage or if your not so agile!

I will also caution families with small children as there are lots of delicate decorations and ornaments in the apartment (which does add to the character) and i think this is why there is a large cash deposit to be paid on arrival which is understandable.

All said i would recommend this apartment and we really enjoyed our time there.

  • Review Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Charming apartment in beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

Having been to the Cinque Terre, I hesitate to describe the yet undiscovered jewel that is Bonassola. The apartment was exceeding clean and comfortable for 3 adults and 3 children. The view was impeccable and the location was perfect for exploring all that Bonassola has to offer. The owners, who do not speak English, and their representative who does were all perfectly helpful and accommodating. The water is visible from the terrace and the beach is quite nice. There are great gelaterie, restaurants, pasta makers and grocery stores all within at most a five-minute walk. We rented a traditional Ligurian fishing boat and enjoyed CT much more from the Mediterranean. We loved walking to different villages using the old train tunnels set aside for pedestrians and bike riders.

The washing machine was the smallest I'd ever seen and the apartment was up 4 flights of stairs--both of these factors might be weighed more carefully by those with smaller children. This is a very Italian resort--we only heard English spoken once all week, and no other languages other than Italian and Genovese dialect so it was very helpful to have an Italian speaker in our party. Also I definitely would not rent a car but arrive by train next time. The mountain roads are treacherous and the train station is right in town a short distance from the apartment. We'd love to return some day, our week in Bonassola was a major highlight of an extended summer vacation.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
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From the Owner

I come to Bonassola since I was a child and I have many nice memories of this place. I still love this place all the year round!!!

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Genoa Airoport, Cristoforo Colombo at 87 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Many bars in Bonassola at 10 Metres Nearest Ferry : Port of Genoa at 865 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Sarzana Golf Club at 57 Kilometres Nearest Train : Bonassola's Train Station at 50 Metres Nearest Motorway : Deiva Marina Highway tool booth at 20 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Ristorante Degli Aranci at 20 Metres Nearest Ski : Winter:Abetone(Tuscany) at 177 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Bonassola's beach at 50 Metres Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

At your arrival we’ll provide you different kind of useful info about the place: Things to do: Bike rental in the village,Hiking,Boat ride/rental,Diving,Surfing,Whale and dolphins watching,Adventure Park; You can’t miss: Genoa historical centre, Walk on the Via dell’Amore,the most famous path of the Cinque Terre which connects Manarola to Riomaggiore, Discover Sestri Levante and the Bay of Silence,Swim in the San Fruttuoso Bay and see the statue of the Christ of the Abyss(submerged bronze statue of Jesus Christ approximately 17 metres depth, and 2.5 metres tall); What to taste:Genoese Pesto“Who eats pesto never leaves Genoa”.Focaccia,sold in “focaccerie” or “panifici” (bakery, from the early hours of the morning. Focaccia is an original street food, precursor of fast food.Cheese Focaccia:Focaccia al formaggio di Recco.


The beach is at 50 meters from the house.Bonassola’s beach is very silent and quiet,mainly sandy,mixed with small pebbles,ideal for children.The sea is safe, clean and secure.There are 3 beach clubs with bars and restaurants,as well as two free large open areas where you can comfortably lay your towel and plant the umbrella.The water here is amazing and both beach and town are more relaxed and down to earth than other spots near 5Terre

Travel: 10min by bike from Levanto

Distances by car: Portofino62Km;Genoa town 77Km,1h20min;Genoa Airport 87Km,1h25min;La Spezia town50Km,50min;Florence183 Km,2h15min;Milan15Km,2h40min;Milan MalpensaAirport280Km,3h05min;Nice(France)270km,3h20min;MonacoMontecarlo(France)255 Km,3h 10min!To visit Bonassola,it’s not necessary to use the car,so it’s practically useless!It can be reached easily by train!Forget about parking problems that usually has Bonassola,1 PARKING PLACE IS INCLUDED,one more can be requested when you're booking!

Further Details:

Bonassola is the ideal accommodation for exploring the Cinque Terre.To reach Monterosso al Mare,the first village,it takes only 8 minutes,2 stops by train.To reach Vernazza, on the other hand,it takes 10min and 3 train stops away.Therefore enjoy the convenience and proximity to the five famous villages,but without running in the confusion of too many tourists often flock to the area. Everything is at walking distance:Railway station,City hall,Banks and ATMs,Pharmacy,Restaurants,Fresh bread and focaccia’s shops,Wine shops,Beach,Delicatessen shops

Local Celebrations: On 1stJune, in order to celebrate CorpusChristi, the city streets are filled with markets, decorated with floral mosaics and it’s possible to enjoy many fun events and entertainment.

From TurismoinLiguria.it: Bonassola is a family-size village.Perfect for those who want to be calm.Without traffic, with a big pedestrian area and a well-equipped beach and a little paradise for children.The sea that fills the bay with crystalline waters is like the embrace of a big brother.It encloses Bonassola between two promontories,Punta del Carlino and the promontory of Madonnina della Punta,hidden in a line of coast of typical Mediterranean maquis with oleanders,brooms and pines.It is exciting to get to Bonassola on a bike following the cycle path from Levanto or from Framura.You pedal along the promenade,which opens up in a dominant position over the beach giving a view from above.

The village lies behind the beach,in the small strip of level ground immediately in contact with the first spurs of the Ligurian Apennines.For lovers of outdoor activities,Bonassola gives opportunities for a lot of sports including angling, beach volleyball, swimming, surfing and canoeing.Behind there is a wild territory with the quaint hamlet of Montaretto,a hill paradise where once a year there is“Critical Wine at Bonassola, an itinerant event that allows consumers to know small vine and wine firms that respect country work and the land


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
October 2016 to December 2016
2 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Christmas Holidays
17 Dec 2016 - 7 Jan 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
January To April
8 Jan 2017 - 28 Apr 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
29 Apr 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
3 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
July & August
1 Jul 2017 - 9 Sep 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
10 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
30 Sep 2017 - 3 Nov 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £294

Booking Notes:
Please contact owner,When you’ll call or write to the owner You will speak with Carlotta, the property's rental manager
You can pay by PAYPAL
Rental payment: 50% deposit when booking, the remaining 50% six weeks before your arrival.
Damage deposit: 300 € against any breakage or damage. This has to be paid at your arrival in cash and it will be refunded at your check out if anything has been broken or damaged.

Changeover Day:

Notes on prices:
Please contact the owner.
We offer the final cleaning of the house.
FREE WIFI in all the house included
1 PARKING PLACE IS INCLUDED at (80mt from the house, others can be requested when you're booking)

50% to confirm booking and the remaining 50% 1 MONTH before your arrival date!!

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From the Owner

Bonassola is a family-size village, the perfect place to come to if you need to take a break from the stress of the city, without traffic and with a big pedestrian area and a well-equipped beach, a little paradise for children. It’s the ideal accommodation for exploring Cinque Terre, here you’ll enjoy the convenience and proximity to the 5 famous villages, but without running in the confusion of too many tourists often flock to the area. I love this village all the year round!!!! My house is 50 meters from the beach, I usually reach the beach just wearing bathing suit and flip flops!!! Almost all the village is pedestrian and very safe for children/teenagers!!!

Property Type

  • apartment


  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine


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


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • beach
  • near the sea
  • village
  • waterfront


  • bay
  • marina
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 115 m²


  • Bathroom - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet, Outdoor Shower
  • The property has one bathroom with shower, window, washing machine.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Blue Bedroom - 2 Large Double Bed, King size bed with two bedside tables,big wardrobe,view
  • Red Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed, Red Bedroom: King size bed with bedside tables,wardrobe,view
  • Bunk beds room - 4 Single Bed, 2 bunk beds, wardrobe
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: 3Bedrooms: Red Bedroom:King size bed with bedside tables,wardrobe, window with nice view; BlueBedroom: King size bed with two bedside tables, big wardrobe,French window with view of the village’s roofs; BunkBedsRoom: Two bunk beds, wardrobe


  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...


  • Self-catering


  • Please contact owner;When you’ll call or write to the owner You will speak with Carlotta, the rental manager,Renata(the owner) can’t speak or write in English - You can pay by PAYPAL or bank transfer- Rental payment: 50% deposit when booking, the remaining 50% 1 MONTH before your arrival. - Damage deposit: 300 € against any breakage or damage.This has to be paid at your arrival in cash and it will be refunded at your check out if anything has been broken or damaged

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