delle damigiane is situated in the "Centro Storico" of the enchanting
medieval hilltop village of Apricale, where time has stood still. It's name
comes from the latin Apricus meaning exposed to the sun.
It is a labyrinth of cobblestone narrow partly covered over streets and
steps and is for pedestrians only (apart from a little 3 wheeler "Ape" which
is used for luggage transport on request and supplies for shops and
restaurants). There are lots of murals to keep you company as you wonder
through the "carugi" until you get to the beautiful piazza where in summer
you can enjoy a cappuccino, spumante , or "all fresco" dining and take in
your amazing surroundings. As one visitor from the film industry said,
"Hollywood could not have done better"
Apricale is conveniently situated right on the border with the Côte d'Azur,
and is 1 hr. from Nice airport, 40 min. from Monte Carlo, and 20 min. from
Ventimiglia train station.
In 15 minutes your at the beach with a large selection of lovely seafood
Its privileged location enables you to either enjoy oysters and paté in
France, or fresh pasta and zabaglione on the Riviera dei Fiori, the choice
In winter one can go skiing at Limone which is a brilliant ski resort
lots of lifts to suit beginners as well as experienced skiers. It is
1,5 hrs drive away or one could take the train from Ventimiglia and
shuttle bus or a taxi to the slopes (taxi fare 12,= euros).
It also is a good spot to base yourself for the Monaco Grandprix, you take
the train from Ventimiglia or Menton and in 15 minutes you are in the hart
of Monte Carlo.
The rally of San Remo also passes by near Apricale.
After a day of sunbathing or visiting interesting places you will return to
your little haven away from the madding crowd. There are however a few gift
and foodshops and restaurants and bars to suit everybody's taste and
The 550 people who live in Apricale are very proud of their village and organise lots of events throughout the year.
come amore" at Apricale for St. Valentine's week.
Wonderful art exhibitions such as Miro, Picasso, etc. in the Castle right
on top of the village.
Dance evenings in the beautiful square surrounded by churches and the stars
Theatre, 2 weeks in august. The village becomes the stage, a unique experience.
Sagra della Pansarola. Pansarola is a speciality of Apricale and is a type
of pastry that is cooked in a very large frying pan in the square . The
pastry is served with Zabaglione. This takes place the beginning of September.
Christmas eve a big bonfire is lit in the square and kept alight 24 hrs.
a day until the 6 of January. People gather around the fire and share mulled
wine and Song.
There is a link between the big artist community in St. Paul de Vence and
Some of the art studio's are owned by artists from St. Paul.
People who have enjoyed reading "extra virgin" written by Annie Havers will
relish a visit to Apricale, which is situated on the "Strada dell'Olio" ,
terra della taggiasca. (Taggiasce being the type of olive cultivated in this
area) The route takes one past important "extra virgin oil" producing
villages. The Apricale style of life is very much as discribed in her
All in all it is well worth a visit and it didn't receive the title "uno dei
pui belli borghi" for nothing and we just happen to have the perfect
place for you to stay!!!!!
Have a look at Casa delle Damigiane.
For further information about Apricale you can visit the tourist office
website: www.apricale.org or visit their office in the square on arrival.