Via Enrico Figari, 38, 16032 Camogli GE, Italy
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Villa RosmarinoWhat to do when you tire of your high-stress life as a Milanese ad exec? You buy a dilapidated turn-of-the-century villa along the scenic Riviera di Levante and transform it into an idyllic midcentury-modern haven where you and your partner can live and welcome sophisticated guests also looking to relax, of course.
Tucked away on the less-trafficked slopes of Mount Portofino, above the picturesque waterfront town of Camogli, Villa Rosmarino is that Italian friend’s vacation house you’ve been dreaming of. Owners and hosts Mario and Fulvio created the kind of place they'd want to stay in during vacation—and then moved in permanently, opening their doors to anyone who wants to spend a few days living there, too. Because they wanted the villa to have a lived-in feel, the library is made for curling up with a good book and the living room’s well-stocked honesty bar is available for raiding at all hours. Rooms aren’t numbered, and the sprawling gardens are easy to get lost in. Hosts and guests alike lounge by the pool and sip espresso on the balcony. Mario and Fulvio are founts of knowledge about the area and also the kind of people you’d like to stay friends with long after you depart. After a few days here, leaving everything to restore your own villa starts to sound like an excellent idea.