We booked last minute flights to Pisa and were recommended to try Lerici as a seaside destination. Being on a budget and preferring B&Bs we booked into Villa Maria Grazia and were very happy we did! Walking up the path to the B&B, Stefano greeted us by name and offered to collect our bags from the rental car. We were offered a choice of rooms and plumped for room 4 on the first floor with sea and hillside view. The B&B is on the road between Lerici and Tollero, a tiny village with a historical centre, Its best to have a car, although a regular bus service links the two villages - it is possible to walk, about 3 kms along a twisting narrow road back to Lerici and 1.5km to Tollero. There are good bars and restaurants in both villages and lovely near by beaches to the B&B. Stefano and his family made us feel very welcome and really wanted to look after us, making sure we had a good relaxing stay with them. Rooms are airy, high ceilings, very clean if simple. There's a pleasant garden with chairs, sun umbrellas and loungers and the bar is on call to offer all sorts of refreshments. In the same building is a classy fish restaurant which is worth a visit if you have time - I enjoyed the delicious E35.00 tasting menu but had a to go for a walk after dinner before bedtime! The Italian breakfast is served in the restaurant (cereal, fruit, cakes, pastries etc) with Sefano offering to cook an English if we wanted that instead. We spent our time either on the near-by beaches or visiting Lerici and Porto Venere - it did rain on our last day as we were leaving which made me wonder what we would've done in poor weather but for us it was blue skies, sunshine, fun and warm warm Italian hospitality. Go and enjoy it!
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