The sound of the sea – the waves rising and falling, breaking and foaming – is always in the background, an inexhaustible energy, a true gift of nature.

This is the beating heart of Castello Canevaro, its blending with its natural surroundings, its constant dialogue with the sea, in which the sky is reflected, by day and by night.

Perched on a promontory with the sea on three sides and right in the centre of Tiguillo Gulf, the Castello is an utterly unique spot, enhanced by beautiful gardens offering a range of different options for receptions.

The “Baia di Zoagli” garden gives views of the coast as far as Punta Manara and beyond Sestri Levante; this is the preferred option for welcome aperitifs, since it enjoys shade even on summer evenings. Moreover, it is connected by a gate to the centre of the village; from here it is just a few minutes’ walk to the Church of San Martino (for religious ceremonies) or the Torre Saracena (for civil marriages).

Larger and south-facing is the “Vista Portofino” garden, the venue’s crowning glory: a terrace directly over the sea, with lawn underfoot; from here, steps lead down to the little “Duca” beach for bathing: perfect for the most exacting newlyweds, who want to enjoy every opportunity!

Inside the building there’s the ground-floor dining room, with a checkerboard floor in white Carrara marble and black slate (typical of the area), in true Genoese tradition. Between the arches of the ancient vaults hang nineteenth century portraits of some of the first Duke’s twelve children.

The Castello also offers the possibility of overnight stays: there are two rooms with private bathrooms, the top floor of the tower and a suite.

Zoagli is famous worldwide for the artisan production of silks and velvets. The tradition dates back to the Middle Ages, when Genoa became the world capital of textile production, officially recognised in 1432; indeed, the history books tell us: “… great ships arrived at the port of the Genoese republic, transporting these valuable goods for trade with the courts, villas and palaces of all Europe” – a fascinating story which I’ll tell you another day…