Location and Directions


Casa Villatalla is situated in Liguria in north west Italy, with wonderful views up to the mountains to the north of us, and down to the river valley below. We are 350m (1,100 feet) above sea level.It is 6kms by road from here to Dolceacqua, a beautiful medieval town that lies in the Val Nervia, and 14 kms to the sea.

The nearest Airport is Nice (about 1 hour’s drive) – Genoa Airport is just under 2 hours’ drive.

A place of great peace and tranquillity, Villatalla stands, in the midst of nature, between the mountains of the Ligurian Alps and the blue Mediterranean sea. You can, should you so wish, spend the morning walking amongst wild rhododendrons at 1,550m (5,000 feet) above sea level, and the afternoon sunbathing on the beaches of the Riviera or the Cote d’Azur.

Dolceacqua - photo Eugenio Andrighetto

Dolceacqua – photo Eugenio Andrighetto

Villatalla is perfect for summer holidays, winter breaks, and romantic getaways, and it’s also great for private house parties.

Directions to Casa Villatalla

From Nice, exit the motorway at Ventimiglia and follow the signs carefully for Ventimiglia town centre (“centro”) and then “San Remo”. Drive straight through the centre of Ventimiglia, and then after approximately 2 kms, before you get to Vallecrosia on the Via Aurelia (the main coastal road), immediately after crossing a bridge over the railway you come to a roundabout, where you turn left up the Val Nervia signposted “Camporosso, Dolceacqua, Pigna”.

Go through Camporosso (at 3 kms from this last junction) and the medieval town of Dolceacqua (a further 4 kms), and about 1 km after leaving Dolceacqua, turn left just after a bridge over the river, to “Rocchetta Nervina”. About 3 kms along this road, turn left again to “La Colla”. From that junction, you wind up into the hills for 2 kms, and you will find Casa Villatalla situated on the right.

Because it is a sharp right hand turn, cross over the road into a kind of lay-by on your left hand side, and swing round to the right into our driveway. When entering our driveway, stay as close as possible to our yellow “Casa Villatalla” sign as the gutter between road and drive is less deep there. You then drive 200 yards along our private access road through olive trees, and you will find the main gate in front of you when the house comes into view.

NB: On Fridays there is a huge market in Ventimiglia which is known internationally, and the town sometimes comes to a virtual standstill. We therefore strongly recommend anyone arriving on a Friday, and for that matter during rush hour which is between 18.00 and 20.00 on weekdays, to remain on the motorway at Ventimiglia and exit at Bordighera which is the next one along, and follow the directions from there, as below.

From the direction of Genoa, exit the motorway at Bordighera. At the first roundabout immediately after leaving the pay station, follow the sign to “Bordighera”, and then at the next roundabout turn right to “Ventimiglia”. You then descend steeply (there are a number of tight hairpin bends) and eventually arrive at a T junction at the bottom.
There turn right (exercise care as it is a difficult turn) and you quickly arrive at another roundabout, where you turn left to “Ventimiglia”. Follow this road until you come to another T junction with traffic lights.

There turn right (again it is signposted “Ventimiglia”); this is the Via Aurelia. Stay on this road through Vallecrosia and Camporosso Mare, and at just over 2 kms from the junction where you turned right, and approximately 100 metres after passing a Total Erg petrol station on your left hand side, turn right at the small roundabout into the road signposted “Camporosso, Dolceacqua, Pigna”, and continue as above.

Please note:

1. Most important – we strongly recommend you NOT to follow any kind of Sat Nav or GPS system to reach us.
Many guests who have done so have found themselves on tiny mountain roads which are very difficult to negotiate. Simply follow our directions and you will have no such problem. If you are adventurous though and want to use your GPS then the drive entrance is at about 43.864346, 7.609940 on the SP70.

2. We have no connection with the village of Villatalla which lies in the hills behind Imperia, nor with another village called Villatella above Latte just west of Ventimiglia.

3. For those hiring cars at Nice Airport, if you want to get onto the Autoroute straightaway it can be tricky if you’re not paying attention! From the car hire depot at Terminal 2, you need to follow the sign for “Terminal 2 / A8”, first at a roundabout and then when the road divides. You then drive past a Total petrol station (make sure you’re in the right hand lane), and take the first right immediately afterwards (“Sortie”). Then follow the river on your left hand side until you get to another roundabout, where you will see the sign for “A8 Genes” (which means Genoa), straight on. At this roundabout take the second exit (the first exit is “no entry”) signposted to “A8 Genes/Nice Centre”, then once on that road, turn immediately right, i.e. after just a few yards. This will bring you directly onto the Autoroute.

Our telephone numbers in case of difficulty:

Marina UK # 0044 7438 896229 and Alexia UK # 0044 7919653780

Google Maps

The following is the Googlemap location for Villatalla off the Strada Provinciale 70. Go up the driveway and follow the signs to the main gate.

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