It may seem cliché to think the romantic love story of an American being swept off her feet by an Italian fisherman can actually happen, but it did! Ask Paula and Angelo, the loving and generous owners of Villa Valentina. While vacationing in Cinque Terre 21 years ago, Paula was struck by the Italian love bug aka Angelo, a 10th generation fisherman from Monterosso al Mare. It didn’t take long for Paula to realize her heart belonged in Italy, so she said good-bye to her executive life in San Francisco, threw caution to the wind, and booked her one-way ticket to the Cinque Terre. Ultimately, we hope you find what Paula and Angelo found here so many years ago – romance, laughter, love, and a healthy buzz from the wine, food, and wonderful lifestyle Levanto & the Cinque Terre offers to all who visit.
Villa Valentina is a family affair
Meet our heart + soul
Valentina, Teddy & Alena
Paula and her daughters are the most wonderful hosts! They make you feel so welcome. Paula and Angelo go above and beyond to make you feel comfortable. This family truly goes above and beyond. Paula is so cheery and friendly - you really feel like you are visiting an Italian friend and staying in her home. Thank you Paula and Angelo and all for making our trip to Cinque Terre so very very special!
The wonderful part of staying at VV is the way in which Paula, Angelo and their Staff treat their guests, you genuinely are made to feel part of their family.
This was our family’s second visit to Villa Valentina and we’re already planning our third! We love this area and I can say without doubt that there is nothing to compare to the comforts, amenities and feeling of home & family that we have experienced at VV. Paula & Angelo have thought out every little detail so you don’t have to, making your vacation so much more enjoyable. As an American & Italian you really get the best of both worlds, the ease of communication with Paula and the warm Italian hospitality that Angelo bring to each guest. We truly feel as though we have made lifetime friends.
Villa Valentina is beautiful, comfortable, and so welcoming. The amazing hostess, Paula, and her wonderful family, have attended to every detail--soft beds, fluffy pillows, an incredible homemade breakfast, lovely welcome reception, bikes available, gorgeous garden, so clean! Cannot recommend it highly enough! Look no further!