This summer, I went to visit Apricale in Italy, a small village with incredible charm. Tourists, noise, a cruel lack of time, it was enough for us to reserve an AirBnB and take the powder. We then set sail for Apricale in Italy. I still have to tell you how we got there. Mareva and Raphaël, a couple of entrepreneurial friends, and I have a number of projects in common. One evening when we left the cinema and while we were eating a pancake in downtown Toulon, we wanted to go elsewhere. I had already spotted a small hilltop village in Italy which I liked very much. Italy is not far for us, barely 2 hours. Neither one nor two, at 11 p.m., we send an AirBnB request to Casa de Luna, in Apricale. Request accepted, the next morning at 10am we leave.
Being all digital nomads, we can work everywhere. In reality we left for Apricale in Italy to work in peace. Leave the noise of cars and the cities to find the song of the swallows and a clear view. Have you never wanted to change the decor to stimulate your creativity? We did it, and it worked.
Where is Apricale ?
If you know Menton (My full article about Menton), the last French city before Italy, and Ventimiglia, the first Italian city, you are only 20 minutes from Apicale! Nestled in the heart of the province of Imperia in the Liguria region. A region particularly appreciated by the French and all Europeans for the mildness of its winter climate. Although the Italian Riviera is a very touristic region, Apricale and the surrounding villages are not under assault.
Where to sleep if you visit Apricale ?
Although it is a small village, there are a lot of Airbnb and hostels. We did not know it but it is obviously a must-see place in this sector! Our accommodation was in a small alley, casa de Luna. A small house on three floors where it is possible to accommodate four people. At 40 € per night, the price is relatively correct! Perfect place for the small group of entrepreneurs that we are because we each had a floor to work when the need to isolate ourselves was felt. If you have young children or knee problems, these accommodations may be difficult to access for you because the village is sloping, lots of stairs … in short a perfect place for the thighs!
What to visit in Apricale?
First of all, you should know that Apricale is one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. When you walk the small and unique winding road that leads to the village, you immediately fall in love. Perched on its hill, Apricale dominates the landscape. You have to wonder how all these little houses manage to stack up in such a small space. The village being rather compact, it can be visited rather well, you just need to have good legs because it climbs!
Apricale owes its fame to the counts of Ventimiglia who built the “Château du Lézard” in the 10th century. No doubt it was the particularly mild climate and the sunshine of the village that appealed to them. If you want to visit Apricale, know that it is famous for its ceramics. It has a lot of artist workshops! Among the things to see in the village, you will find the Church of Saint Mary of the Angels enriched with Renaissance and Baroque frescoes. Not far from the cemetery, the Church of Saint Anthony the Abbot with a facade in the Baroque style and the ruins of Saint Peter in Ento. Also watch the cultural agenda! Indeed, Apricale hosts theatrical performances by the Théâtre de la Coux in Genoa. If you are an observer, you will notice a bicycle at the top of the bell tower. It is a contemporary installation. Also take the time to relax! On the village square you will find charming restaurants and bars where to eat, sip an aperitif, at sunset.
Visit Dolceacqua an Isolabona
Dolceacqua is a small medieval village just a few kilometers from Ventimiglia and therefore from the French border. I always find it very funny to change country close to home. The impression of going on vacation without the inconvenience of the journey! Why did we move to Dolceacqua? Quite simply because this village is located on the road between Ventimiglia and Apricale. After a few kilometers, the village appears before our eyes. We are already under the spell. This hilltop castle overlooking the Nervia and its medieval bridge. It is possible to visit the Chateau des Doria for € 6, which is actually a bit expensive. There is however a walking path which goes up on the left of the castle and gives a nice view on the village. Don’t forget to get lost in the small alleys.
Isolabona is also on the road between Ventimiglia and Apricale. It’s a very small village nestling along the river. This is also where we did our shopping, in small food. I’ve always loved these mini Italian convenience stores. It is rather rare to find super and hyper markets in Italy. Food is relatively affordable and there are a lot of local products like pesto, different cheeses, fresh pasta …
We came back from this Italian getaway rested and full of energy. The calm of Apricale was able to give us the space we needed, and above all allowed us to find ourselves. And you, have you already left to calm down like that? Would you like to visit Apricale?