When I started to research about Cinque Terre and where to stay, La Francesca Resort appeared to me as the perfect location.
The resort is located in between Levanto and Bonassola, in the Italian region of Liguria. It’s close to visit Cinque Terre but still manages to stay away from all the tourists that daily visit the five villages, which made it very relaxing!
La Francesca Resort
In a nutshell La Francesca Resort is a large private area with everything you will need to really relax without any worries.
There is a small bar where Italian style breakfast is served every morning together with a minimarket where you can buy all the essentials you may need such as food to cook or even basic things like shampoo.
Parking is available with several spots around the resort which made it easy for us to go anywhere from that location to the nearby towns. A pool, private beach and its own restaurant were also features that really made an impression on me.
To get there you can fly into Milan (3h drive/4h30 train) and visit other cities before you get there. If you really want to go straight there you can get a flight to Pisa (1h20 drive/3h20 train), Genoa (1h20drive/3h40 train) or Florence (2h drive/4h30 train).
*All times are approximately and may not reflect traffic and other changing factors.
The Bungalows at Resort La Francesca
With 55 bungalows divided in four different styles depending on location and number of rooms, the area is calm and cosy.
The properties are located along a hill that takes you directly to their private beach. All bungalows are equipped with a small kitchen which is perfect if you want to cook you own meal and save some money (The Cinque Terre area is quite expensive for meals).
Dining at Rosadimare Restaurant
We enjoyed the half-board experience and I was glad I went for this option as after really exhaustive days hiking the Cinque Terre villages we didn’t have to think or look for a restaurant.
In Rosadimare restaurant we were served with delicious meals every day and the chef is really worth five stars for flavour and presentation. The service overall was excellent.
The best part though was definitely the view! What a perfect end to our days, watching the sunset from Rosadimare restaurant while admiring the Mediterranean and enjoying traditional Ligurian food.
Leisure activities in the Resort
There are several activities in the Resort that will make you want to stay there all the time! A tennis court, football field and table tennis are available all year. If you want to keep your swimming up to date there is a large swimming pool which is seasonal (take bathing caps).
My favourite area was with no doubt the private beach. It’s so idyllic and calm. La Francesca Resort promotes ecotourism and the area is protected in favour of the marine fauna.
Guests in the resort are really respecting of that keeping the beach clean, the water is crystal clear and the perfect place to relax away from the crowds where you can even listen the birds singing.
From La Francesca Resort you have a lot of trekking paths that you can use to explore the areas around. Take it slowly, get your comfortable shoes and discover the beautiful landscapes.
Around La Francesca Resort
The closest are Bonassola and Levanto and are worth the visit as they have buildings with beautiful architecture and all the traditional food typical from the area. Colourful houses and amazing views are everywhere. They are easy to explore by foot or if you prefer by bicycle. You can quickly rent one in these villages.
To visit big cities around like Genova, La Spezia, Lucca, Pisa you can go by car or train. But I definitely recommend if you’re heading to this area rent a car, it made our life easy.
The main reason I went to La Francesca was to visit the Cinque Terre villages that are declared Unesco World Heritage site.
From the resort you can walk about 15-20 minutes to Levanto where you can get the hop/off boat that goes around the 5 villages or the train. A tunnel connects the La Francesca to the Levanto and you can enjoy a beautiful trail along the coast.
You can also cycle along this trail or just drive to Levanto and back. Although I liked the walk and it’s totally doable I wish I had driven there because on the way back we were exhausted to walk back.
In my opinion
I had a relaxing time at La Francesca Resort and believe it was the perfect place to stay when visiting Cinque Terre. The villages around can be very busy, especially in the summer time and it was nice to come back to such a peaceful place like La Francesca where we finished our days enjoying good food while admiring the most beautiful sunsets. To see more you can click here.