Liguria has lots of lovely places to stay and accomodation is usually affordable. Here's a taster:
Muntea e Cara
Piazza Vittorio Veneto, 2;
This is an albergo diffusso, a hotel that is scattered around a village, which is something that is getting increasingly popular in Liguria. The hotel has some fabulous designer rooms that are completely private, with their own front door. Some have kitchenettes and all are beautifully presented with antique furniture & old fashioned baths. Breakfast is served in a small restaurant area in the centre of town & reception is near the car park. The owners are very friendly and full of advice. I couldn’t recommend this hotel more highly.
Many villages in Liguria’s beautiful mountain valleys were virtually abandoned as living was hard in the hinterland and people upped sticks and moved to the coast where there were jobs, schools and hospitals. Better roads have tempted them home and towns like Apricale have begun to open up for tourism and they are bursting with charm.
Apricale tumbles down a crag a short drive from Ventimiglia and the French Riviera. Parts of the village still sit abandoned and it’s great fun to explore its dark alleyways that are more like tunnels.
The food is excellent in Apricale too and there are three top restaurants, where they serve classic local dishes. Main courses are meaty, boar, cinghiale, or rabbit, corniglio, and goat, capra. Beans are an important part of the local diet and are often served boiled and seasoned with extra virgin olive oil, garlic, bay leaves, sage, and peppercorns, or used to prepare tasty soups. The local ravioli is barbagiuai, filled with rice, pumpkin and yet more beans. Lookout for sausages made in nearby Ceriana, la salsiccia di ceriana.