In the province of Liguria, a women's consortium of refined guesthouses has carved out a special niche in the hospitality landscape. Called Mete di Liguria, the Consortium aims to promote the territory and its unique characteristics while offering visitors an authentic alternative to hotel accommodations.
Mete di Liguria: how the Consortium was born
The Consorzio Mete di Liguria was founded in Imperia in 2005 on the volition of three women, all farmhouse owners. By joining forces they aimed to gain more visibility in the press, and to promote a new form of hospitality that was more attentive to guests’ needs.
Today, the Consortium's work is very well received. In addition to making guests feel at home and sharing in-depth knowledge about the region, the Consortium has attracted the interest of both national and international publications, including Dove, Panorama, Vogue Italy and Cotè Sud, Living at Home, Sonne und Wolken
guesthouses have grown to seven, L'Adagio in Badalucco, Uliveto Saglietto, Molino dei Giusi, La Torrerossa in Imperia, Borgo Muratori and Valcrosa in Dianese and I Freschi in San Bartolomeo al Mare, some of them are active on our site.
Mete di Liguria: hospitality and activities
All the homes have been meticulously renovated while preserving the traditional architecture of western Liguria. Slates, local stones and old wood have been incorporated, and the interiors are furnished with the families’ furniture or pieces found in the Riviera antique markets.
In each guesthouse you can breathe the air of another time, without forgoing more modern comforts. Much care has been dedicated to the gardens which perfume of Mediterranean herbs.
True ambassadors of the land, Lorena, Maria Donata, Maura, Rosanna, Rossella and Tiziana, gladly share with their guests local tidbits about history, art, architecture, sports, shopping, food and wine, not to mention the many events organized throughout the year in the Riviera di Ponente.
On the advice of the Mete di Liguria ladies, guests can partake in various activities right out their front door: take a bike ride along the coastal path from San Lorenzo al Mare to Ospedaletti, walk or mountain bike ride on the many trails criss-crossing the hills and Maritime Alps, visit medieval villages from Cervo to Diano Castello, Dolcedo to Triora, and up to Dolceacqua and Pigna, or go shopping in Alassio, Sanremo and nearby Montecarlo.
In Liguria, the main agricultural product is extra virgin olive oil made from Taggiasca olives, which thrive in the Riviera di Ponente microclimate. Both the oil and jars of brined Taggiasca olives can be purchased in the Consortium guesthouses, and make the perfect souvenir!
Of course, another excellence of the Ligurian territory is its wines. Grown on steep terraced hillsides via “heroic viticulture,'' they include Rossese di Dolceacqua, Ormeasco dell'Alta Valle Impero and Vermentino, as well as wines from the valleys of Imperia and Diano Castello.
Whichever guesthouse you choose, the signore of Mete di Liguria will ensure you return home feeling regenerated and fulfilled.