The medieval Village of Apricale is a jewel set in the hills of the Ligurian hinterland. Only a few kilometres from the coast. From this privileged position Apricale enjoys a splendid breath-taking view. From Roman times to medieval ages the ancient Village centre seems to be unchanged. The houses snuggle together facing narrow streets which lead to the Castle of the Lucertola ambedded in a high rocky spur - The Peak - symbol of the Village. It is here that the MuntaeCara Project was born. Based on a private initiative focused on restoration of old buildings has permitted that this jewel, set in the inland hills of Liguria has taken on a new lease of life and renewed splendour. This project offers more than just another accomodation. It provides a stand-alone home with a similar concept as a Airbnb - live like a local, but like someone from a long time ago, and given that the properties are all spread across the villages, also these times important - with the right safety margin.
Apricale was the first Village in Liguria to be given the title of "The most beautiful Village of Italy" and is also one of the villages awarded with the "Bandiera Arancione", included in the "Strada dell'olio" and named "Perla della Liguria".
The area of Apricale offers numerous opportunities for tourism and pleasure spots. The village is about 10 minutes distant from the beaches well - knows resorts of the Ligurian coast and about 30 minutes distant from the French border with the Cote d'Azur, Monte Carlo and Nice.
Thanks to the passion, care and hard work of the Pilone family who gave life to the "Scattered Hotel" or il albergho diffuso offers a new and exclusive form of hospitality. The splendid suites and rooms have been obtained restoring the ancient houses in the old Village centre.
You will be given a warm welcome in ancient towers, old cellars and noble residences scattered all over the suggestive Village centre (a pdestrian area), up and down narrow lanes enclosed between medieval stone walls.
Your stay will be transformed into an unforgettable experience in a place of great historical value with a magic atmosphere.
All the buildings have been restored respecting their history and tradition, preserving the uniqueness of the decor of past ages. Rooms and suites have been obtained inside ancient towers and stone-faced houses in the centre of Apricale maintaining stone walls, wood beamed or arched ceilings.
The attention to detail in the refined furnishing and the restoration of the original frescoes in the room have reinstated their historical value at the same time providing them with comfortable modern equipment for guests.
Emanuela, who spent her childhood in Apricale, Silvano her husband and their daughter Valentina opened the doors of this unique Hotel in april 2010 offering a warm welcome to guests. The project is the result of years of hard work stimulated by a pure and simple love of the area. The Pilone family, who run a commercial law office in Turin, decided to divide their time between account books and this marvellous adventure. The idea, born by chance during a conversation with the Mayor of Apricale, turned into a passion, a desire to conserve this treasure, reinstate its value, witness to the past and a cultural inheritance for all. Muntaecara is in continuous development; there are still many fantastic corners of the Village to discover which Valentina and her family are ready to take care of.
Breakfast is served in one of the houses, so when you wake up go for a stroll to the house to enjoy Nonna Garì's Breakfast.
A rich buffet breakfast will be awaiting for you with a wide choice with eggs, ham and cheese, home made cakes, biscuits and jam, typical ligurian specialities. Home made jams and cakes, tasty and fragrant ligurian focaccia made as of old with locally produced olive oil, to be accompanied by the delicious red pepper jam which Valentina's mother Emanuela makes.
The family is part of the Slow Food circuit, a guarantee for quality and refinement in the selection of excellent ingredients and maximum care when preparing the recipes.