The origin of the house dates back to the 15th century when it was used as a monastery for black friars. In 1850 Sir Cappa, minister of the merchant navy, extended the house and built a summer residence for his family including a tower to admire the spectacular view. However during WWI the family was forced to take in permanent residency due to the bombardment over Genoa. Part of the house was designed to cater for animals and a warden looked after the house and carried out duties.
A shelter from the frenzy of everyday life
During this period rooms in the main house were placed at the disposal of the locals. These were used as a school for local children from 6 to 11 with a teacher who used to arrive by the nearby train station in the valley. The school children used to meet her on a Monday morning and would each carry a piece of wood up to the house to heat the room during lessons.
The house still has a small chapel where a local priest would come and perform Sunday mass.During school closure the classrooms were used by local wild boar hunters to celebrate the daily hunt. The meat would be shared and the wives would cook and prepare for an evening of celebration and tales of the hunt.
In 1992 the Bortoletto family bought the property with the custodians of the Kappa family still present. In 2014 the family finally acquired the original part with its chapel.
The house lies at 450m above sea level and is part of the ‘Strada della Alta Via dei Monti Liguri’ (www.altaviadeimontiliguri.it ) around 400 km of walkway along the hills of the coast, which allows trekkers to walk from the border of France to the end of the Tuscan region.
The area is also known for the famous battle of ‘Montenotte’ between Napoleon and the Austrians.
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