The Villa

In the beautiful landscape of Porto Venere, Villa Argia, a private mansion dating back to the beginning of 1900, overlooks the bay of Porto Venere and the Palmaria Island. The Villa, a gem of rare beauty on this picturesque side of the Ligurian coast, sits behind white painted gates directly on the sea shore.

The Villa, entirely renewed with great accuracy and elegance in recent years, is surrounded by nearly 3000sq.m. of terraced ground and is delimited by Via Garibaldi and Via dell'Olivo where there is the road approach to its private parking and to its second entrance. The Villa is equipped with WIFI.

The Villa is surrounded by a nice terrace paved with white and grey Carrara marbles and 1m. higher than the below garden which is characterized by centuries-old carob trees, palms, olive trees, myrtus, buxus and pittosforum.

FABULOUS week at Villa Argia -
a dream come true!

We enjoyed a WONDERFUL week at this beautiful house from June 3-10. I chose this property AND the town of Portovenere based on other traveler's great reviews, so I will take the time to elaborate on our experience.
1)The property/house: amazing! The pictures don't do it justice. The main house is beautiful, colonial and renovated in the 90's. Cool marble floors, airy and light-filled bedrooms- each with their own bathroom. Also a half-bath downstairs off the living room. There are 3 bedrooms in the main house, then a 4th bedroom and bathroom with it's own little living area in the 'pool house' which is a few steps away. We were a group of 8 - two couples in their 30's and 2 couples in their 60's. Everyone was comfortable. Note: there is NO A/C which was not an issue for us at the beginning of June (highs in the mid-70's) but maybe would be later in the summer. Kitchen is very functional. The pool is incredible and the entire property has stunning views! We enjoyed prosecco on the balcony every evening.
2) Location: Portovenere is the hidden gem of this region. The scenery is breath-taking - green terraced hillsides ending into the blue mediterranean - all the beauty of Cinque terre without the crowds. It is definitely a resort town, but in a much more laid back way than the hectic little towns of Cinque Terre. On two separate days we took the boat to Cinque Terre (around 20-30 min to the first town). *Note: the boats run multiple times per day to most of the towns of Cinque Terre but DEPENDING ON THE SEAS/WEATHER, so there were a couple days that no boats were running. (don't leave a trip to Cinque Terre to the last day). The house is a 1 minute walk to the beach/oceanfront, a 2 minute walk to get coffee/gelato and a 10-12 minute easy, flat walk along the promenade to the main center of town with many wonderful restaurants.
3) Communicating with owners - 5 stars! Teresa was incredibly responsive and helpful in every way. She answered questions via email immediately, and was at the house for our arrival and departure. She also helped us arrange activities such as visiting a local wine tasting room (Ca Lunae, a must!), and making dinner reservations.
Overall, the entire week was a mediterranean dream come true- and staying in this house was the best part! FYI First week of June was great weather:) Ocean warm enough to swim.
We would recommend this property to family and friends. It would also make a STUNNING small wedding venue. Hope to return!

Recensione inviata: Jun 22, 2017
Data soggiorno: Jun 2017
Fonte: HomeAway

The Jewel of the Ligurian Coast

This is an absolutely beautiful villa in the most charming seaside town you will ever hope to find. In fact, it is hard to say which is a greater treasure... the Villa Argia or Porto Venere... but together they are the unrivaled jewels of the Ligurian coast.

The Villa sits behind white painted gates directly on the sea shore. Walk out the gate, cross the street, and you are in the sea. It is lovingly maintained treasure from a more elegant era. At sunset, one expects Marcello Mastroianni or perhaps Sofia Loren to hand you a cocktail on the terrace. It is comfortable and airy and very well appointed. It's photos do not do it justice. It is perched upon multiple natural terraces up a hillside and includes a driveway, sitting areas, main house, cottage, lawn and pool. The views are just incredible.

The villa is managed by its owners. They are tremendously welcoming, accommodating and helpful. They live in the Villa themselves half the summer and it this apparent in every detail.

The Villa's location is perfect. It is a 1 minute walk to the beach and a few nice restaurants and a 10 minute walk to town... the most beautiful stroll on a seaside walk in either direction.

Portovenere is the hidden jewel of the Cinque Terre. It is much, much nicer than any of the five actual Cinque Terre. Much less touristy. Much more to do. Wonderful restaurants and shops. Great historic sites. A fabulous deep water harbor. Tremendously charming. And, the perfect base of operations for your travels around the region whether that be ferry rides to the other towns, a short water taxi to Palmaria, hikes up into the stunning hills or just explorations through Porto Venere itself. It's also an easy drive to Parma, Pisa, Livorono or a variety of other towns worth visiting.

We absolutely loved our stay at this beautiful Villa in Portvenere and we highly recommend it to anyone looking for an authentic Italian seaside experience.

Recensione inviata: Aug 17, 2015
Data soggiorno: Jun 2015
Fonte: VRBO, del Gruppo HomeAway



Living room

On the ground-floor the spacious living-room is furnished with antique and design pieces, pink and yellow sofas and an ancient Carrara marble chimney place. In the elegant dining-room 8 people may sit around the square English table. The large and beautiful kitchen is well equipped with all sort of appliances. From a passage, decorated with a nice tromp l’oeil, sweet memory of the family's beloved dog “Tobia", you get to a small bathroom and also to the beautiful marble stair which leads to the upper floor. From nearly all rooms it is possible to walk out on the wide terrace surrounding the villa and the numerous french windows enable to continuously admire the garden and the sea even from the inside.



A magnificent sleeping area

On the first floor there are three bedrooms with antique furniture; 2 have en suite bathrooms with shower and 1 is adjacent with tub. Two of the bedrooms are separated by a charming boudoir where relaxing or reading.

From the wardrobe area, there is a direct access to the rear terrace which leads to the laundry and the cottage.






In the dependence there are a double bedroom a tiny bathroom with shower and a single room; both rooms have their wardrobe.

Following the path in front of the cottage you reach the above terrace where there is a fully equipped kitchen with barbecue or the amazing swimming pool.