Reaching La Spezia with a 98 minute delayed Intercity train journey on a sunny autumn day, Davide was waiting for us outside the station with his city car, as previously arranged. Not being in a hurry, he drove via the panoramic road instead of the quicker newly opened tunnel on the Aurelia. La Foce locality is less than 5 kms from the station, the view from there overlooks the town with its gulf, and the Locanda is tucked away amongst trees via a narrow lane. Davide's father (the "papa") less than 10 years ago was a busy highly paid executive until one day he couldn't stand his mobile phone ringing so he threw it away, quit his job and decided to follow his heart as he always wanted to run a farm stay, in this case producing EVOO and wine.
On arrival Davide showed us two bedrooms, one larger with a patio on the ground floor and the second one called Dreams on the first floor. We opted for the lovely Dreams which has wooden beams, small wood burning heater, antique furniture, walk in robe and a compact bathroom (the shower was wide enough though for medium sized bodies). Davide helped us with our luggage up the stairs and when we came back downstairs to the reception/breakfast room he kindly took the time to show us various points of interest on his maps spread out over the table. Breakfast is continental including fresh fruit and yoghurt, however, the second and third morning Davide offered to cook eggs from his chickens. The following day he gave us a lift to the Europcar office in Via San Bartolomeo, and the next day he showed us the way again with us following in the hire car. By the way, we don't recommend Europcar in La Spezia as the lady there will lighten your wallet and upset your holiday.
Davide is an excellent host and we are happy to confirm all the previous comments about his commitment to making guests feel at home and helping with anything that is worrying you. He kept topping up the wood basket in our room and arriving back after dinner to that warm cosy room was fantastic. Grazie Davide! We loved Penelope the cat too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The farm inn Locanda del Papa is located in the ancient Commune of Carpena, on the hills that overlook La Spezia, near Cinque Terre, a few feet from the Foce Pass, from where the view extends to La Spezia and the area contained between Portovenere and Lerici called the Gulf of Poets.There are available six rooms with queen-sized beds. In the three largest rooms extra beds may be added. ... more less
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