HOLIDAYS IN IMPERIA
WITH A FAMILY STORY
Hi, I’m Riccarda, owner with my husband Luigi of the Le Navi in Cielo farmhouse; I want to tell you the story of our holiday apartments, located inside our farm where we cultivates olive groves on ancient strips of land and produces seasonal vegetables.
Our farm is located on the first hill behind Imperia Oneglia, just over 3 km from the city center. Imperia is located between Sanremo in the west and Alassio in the east. About twenty kilometers separate us from these two jewels of the Riviera dei Fiori. But Imperia itself is a small jewel that, in reality, offers the visitor two cities, two completely different towns (even in history), but both are beautiful: Oneglia in the east and Porto Maurizio in the west.
On our farm we have renovated an old agricultural building by creating two holiday apartments called Le Rocce, upstairs, and Le Pietre, on the lower floor, so that we can offer our guests a taste of what used to be my summer holidays. In fact, since I was 3 I always spent my summer holidays here in the country accompanied by my grandmother Angiolina and my mother.
The living conditions were not very easy as we had no water, no light, no gas, no road, so that every morning my mother went down to the city to go to work. So I stayed with my grandmother to gather wild herbs, to clean the bands from weeds, to doze in the cool of the olive trees and to prepare delicacies. In the afternoon, her mother would walk back up the old country paths, bringing us food and drinking water reserves. The most beautiful hours were those of the evening when, by candlelight, we sat under a tree and my mother, with her soft voice, began to sing the romantic songs of her time. And it was not uncommon for someone to join our song from some other hut in the valley.
So today we have created 2 apartments that reflect the style of the era, furnished with restored family furniture, since a modern style would not be consonant with the experience we want to convey.
We have decided to prepare apartments with fully equipped kitchens and independent access rather than rooms, to allow guests the maximum freedom in schedules and movement and to feel, even on vacation, at home.
LE NAVI IN CIELO
On our family-run agritourism farm we cultivate exclusively with biological criteria; our products can be purchased directly on the farm and are used in the preparations of our farmhouse’ s restaurant Le Navi in Cielo, next to the holiday apartments.
LIGURIAN TYPICAL CUISINE
OF GENUINE FLAVORS
Our farmhouse’ s restaurant, overlooking the sea, just 3 km from the center of Imperia.
• Products from the garden
• Homemade pasta
• Biological flours
• Traditional dishes
• ‘Degustazione’ menu
Highway A10, exit Imperia EST
After the junction go left towards the city center (via Garessio) until the Carceri’ s roundabout; take the 2° exit where you can find the first of our five signposts “Agriturismo Le Navi in Cielo”; follow the signs that lead to the Cascine hill (via Agnesi – via Berio – Villa Grock – Via Fanny Roncati Carli) until you reach the little church of San Luca which is on a U-shaped hairpin bend; after about 300 meters turn left at the junction for Via Molino dei Giusi, therefore always keep right until number 22.
Journey time: 10 minutes.
WARNING: there are two routes to reach Le Navi In Cielo and satellite maps, unfortunately, often signal the most tortuous road. To get there more easily we suggest you to follow this simple procedure:
Set GPS to:
Villa Grock, Via Roncati Carli
lat. 43.904182 long. 8.047248
From Villa Grock, set up:
Via Molino dei Giusi, 22
lat. 43.904182 long. 8.047248