THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE SOMETIMES A LITTLE HIDDEN
High above the valley forests bordering the endless Ligurian mountains, the magnificent mansion, “La Barca,” was built by a squire and royal tax official at the end of the 18th century. Even though mules are no longer used to access this special place as in the old days, the destination still promises solitude and and a deep connection with nature. Presently, the most beautiful parts of the villa and the old caretaker's cottage make up our special guest-suites, all offering an abundance of privacy within a historic country estate.
Tastefully furnished suites offer our guests a true, authentic Ligurian experience without lacking modern amenities and comfort. For the adventurous traveler the area provides a multitude of outside activities starting right at our doorstep. No matter if you look for relaxation or adventure - a stay at Villa Barca won't disappoint you.
The oldest structures of our villa are said to date back to the 16th century. At that time there was only a hermitage with a small church and some humble quarters for the priests. In the late 18th century the land was bought by the very affluent family Maurizio. They built the magnificent mansion that is now one of the finest historic buildings in our wonderful valley. The original gate and entrance to the Villa is made in the typical Ligurian stonework and shows 1801 as the year the villa became the residence. At this time the Villa was named “VILLA MARIA” most likely due to the family’s devotion to the Virgin Mary. The grandson of the founder of Villa Barca gave the Villa importance. He became a famous Italian legal scholar and the lawyer of the Duke of Savoy and King of Sardinia, the later Victor Emmanuel II, the first Italian King.