Roy Marsden’s heaven on earth: Apricale, Liguria

Published on June 22, 2010   ·   No Comments

Roy Marsden, the actor and director, suggests a visit to the historic Italian village of Apricale.

Roy Marsden first visited Apricale 25 years ago Photo: REX FEATURES
I’m not very good at holidays but 25 years ago I bought a place with my brother in a medieval village in Italy, which turned out to be quite a find.
My brother had ended up in Apricale, in the Alpine foothills of Liguria, quite by chance and discovered a house that was going for a song.
He called me up and asked if I wanted to buy it with him, and I said yes – even though it was another two years before I was able to go out there and see it for myself.
As soon as I set eyes on this historic village, clinging to the mountainside and with a population of just 600, I knew we’d made the right decision, and have been going back annually ever since.
Apricale is the perfect place to go if you want to escape the rat race – as far as I know it doesn’t even have a hotel, although there are lots of holiday lets. Yet it’s easy to get to, being a mere 50-minute drive from Nice airport.
One of the things I like about Apricale is that it’s so quiet – the only thing I can hear when I wake in the morning is the sound of the mountain goats, the ringing of the church bells and singing somewhere in the distance.
I prefer to go in the late spring – when it’s warm and sunny but the countryside is still a verdant green and hasn’t yet been parched brown by the sun – or the autumn. I have to admit that I find the summers a little too hot.
What’s there to do there? Absolutely nothing, and that’s what makes it so magical. Actually, that’s not quite true.You can take some fabulous walks in the mountains and there are half a dozen or so places to eat in the village.
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I sometimes wonder where I’d be holidaying now if my brother hadn’t ended up in Apricale on that fateful day. But you know what? I really couldn’t think of a better place to take my holidays.
• Roy Marsden is directing Glyn Robbins’s stage adaptation of ‘The Hobbit’ at the Bristol Hippodrome.

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