The apartments at La Francesca
The resort has a swimming pool, mini-market, bar, restaurant, playground, minigolf, two tennis courts, football and volleyball fields, bowls and table tennis. But if you are visiting outside of the main season from June to September it is worth checking what will be open as during our visit in April only the sports facilities were available. This wasn't a problem for us as the weather wasn't quite warm enough for swimming and we bought food in Levanto to cook in the apartment but it is something to be aware of. There is also a Pizza restaurant just outside the resort which can be reached on foot in about 10 minutes but I would suggest that if you are visiting for longer than a weekend having a car would be useful and for many people essential.
The resort also has a small pebble beach and crystal clear bay at bottom of the hill.
Inside our Bungalow
The rooms are very simple, but provided all we needed. When you visit an area like the Cinque Terre, especially if it is only for a few days, it is unlikely that you will spend a lot of time in your room anyway. But we did really enjoy cooking in the little kitchenette and eating out on our balcony in the setting sun.
The Flora at La Francesca
Around the Resort
We really enjoyed our time at La Francesca and would recommend the resort as a base to visit the Cinque Terre and surrounding area. But my advice to other travelers would be-
- Be prepared for a lot of walking. The area is famed for all the walking trails and the resort on a steep hill so it is pretty unavoidable.
- Make sure you check what is open at the resort before you arrive if you are going to be visiting outside of the main season.
- If you are staying longer than a couple of days think about hiring a car.
The accommodation is basic, but charming with fantastic views so if all you want is peace and quiet in a beautiful location this is the place for you.