Peter, my suggestion is: when in Liguri region, ask to the tourist info
office for festivals (sagre) in one of the inland towns. Inland towns are
almost not touristy towns so you can enjoy food and a real genuine festival.
>Does anyone have any suggestions in the area around Savonna (most places
If I was you, I'd try to contact them anyway. Moreover, if you are going there off season (I mean after middle September) or during week days, it should be easier get a room just for 1 night.
Peter, have a look of the following Italian sites about b$b and agriturismo:
Agriturismo style accommodation is always a valuable choice. Enjoy your trip, Marco in Milan - Italy