ENJOY THE MOMENT
Liguria is first and foremost known for its food. The region is home to the famous pesto sauce and Ligurian olive oil is acknowledged by international chefs as a first-class cooking ingredient. In addition, the vegetables of the nearby growers in Albenga are world famous. No wonder the area around Villa Barca is dotted with great addresses for foodies. If you don't shy away from a little appetite enhancing hike you can even start your next culinary adventure right from your suite. Otherwise, a short car ride widens the choice of fine restaurants and trattorias tenfold. Of course, we will be happy to assist you with recommendations and reservations. Also, if you have chanced upon some interesting farmers market or gone shopping in one of the valley’s little groceries, you can use our outside summer kitchen with barbecue and picnic table for your ‘al fresco’ dinners. Guests of the suite “Il Giardino” even have their own fully equipped kitchen available. Keep this in mind when selecting your favorite room.
“La Capella” is all about giving the spirit and soul a little break. This small garden chapel was commissioned in the late 18th century by the original owner of Villa Barca, Giovanni Maurizio, personal advocate to the Duke of Savoy, who later became the first king of Italy. Today it is a multi-denominational room of stillness and contemplation. If you want to begin your day with some meditation, practicing yoga, or, just enjoy the absolute peace of this space - feel free to enter!
Occasionally, "La Capella" hosts concerts or art exhibitions and our guests are more than welcome to attend these events. Arrangements can also be made to use this spiritual space in our extraordinary setting for your own private ceremonies like weddings, engagements, and, renewal of vows. “La Cappella” offers the right atmosphere for any special occasion.
The Ligurian countryside is ready for you:
Outdoor aficionados will find Villa Barca the ideal starting point for either challenging or more laid back excursions. It doesn't matter if you prefer mountain biking, hiking, free climbing in the Finale Ligure area or trekking through the Ligurian Alps - the possibilities to enjoy nature are endless. Lazy afternoons can be spent at the beaches of Alassio or at the countless swimming holes of nearby rivers. For day trips by car destinations like Monte Carlo, Nice, Genoa or the vineyards of Piedmont are within easy reach. Discover the amazing beauty of our region by exploring the little villages and mountain passes of the Ligurian hinterland. Golf players might be familiar with the eighteen-hole course in neigboring Garlenda, one of the most pristine greens in Italy. We are more than happy to help you with some good advice while planning your activities. Of course, there is always the option of a private tranquil walk on the estate like grounds for centering and relaxation without much exertion.
A special outdoor activity is offered by our neighbor and multiple champion of the Italian Motorally Enrica Perego.
Enrica also founded the first Enduro-school for women and loves the Ligurian hinterland like no other. If you would like to experience a true off-road adventure, Enrica organizes day trips that start right from our villa and bring you closer to the countryside and also include stops at small country trattoria for a Ligurian lunch. Beginners as well as experienced motocross lovers will find this trip equally memorable. All the equipment, including boots and gear will be supplied.