When we arrived in Cornegilia, it was late at night. We took a bus ride to the small town and least to say the bus driver was a bit rude. He made us wait almost 20 minutes even though it was only four of us and no one else in sight. We arrived to the top and there was a Pizzeria to our left. The owners were actually the land lords for our nights stay. We'll needless to say things did not get better. He handed us off to some man who was going to drive us 5 kilometers to the room. Needless to say we were very hungry and there was nothing to eat where the room was located. We told the owner of the Pizzeria who was in charge of the room we did not want to stay so far with access to nothing and not even knowing how we would get back down to the main town in the morning. So, he called over to a large gentleman who he called PePe. PePe then walked us about two hundred yards to a small cafe. There he talked to the woman of the house how offered us a room about a 100 yards away for 70 Euro. We decided that was fine since we were tired and hungry. The room we booked said it had scenic views of the ocean and was 80 Euro a night. So we got to the room. The room was clean and had the bare essentials meaning a bed. I do not know if you have ever been to Italy or let a lone Europe but the beds are not known for comfort. The bed was basically two twins put together like most beds in Italy. I warn you, this may be harming for someone to read who is heading to Cinque Terre, but it was without a doubt my wife's and my worst night laying down and staring at the walls ever. We basically did not sleep more than an hour. The bed was high in the middle and sloped downward. I basically had to take clothing and put it under the end so I would not fall down, which I actually did a couple of times. We could not wait till morning. The pillow was like laying on a folded blanked. Now, I have served in the military and slept onboard a Naval Ship for five years and that was like the Four Season compared to this. So we settled in and headed out for dinner. The small town was pretty much shut down for the night. We did find a restaurant on the top of the hill. Needless to say things got worse. They had no ice for one. There were flies all over and before we arrived there the food in Italy had been wonderful but the sauce tasted like it was out of a can and we could not wait to get out. We then headed back to our dungeon for a night of sleeplessness and agony as the bed was the worse ever. Then again, when we got up, not up but on our feet since we did not sleep, walking outside and the view was nothing short of spectacular. The five towns are without a doubt one of the most beautiful places I have ever been and I have been all over the world. I just wish there was a Marriott close by. It is like going back in time since it is only accesable by train and it is mean to to walk all over. You should probably do two nights there. The town of Vernazza which we went to was beautiful also but very touristy since we had been staying in Parma which has no tourist so we were disapointed to see more tourists than there are in Washington DC where we live. The beauty more than made up for it.
The view was great and that was about it.
Il Girasole rooms, managed by a young couple, is just simple place for a comfortable stay in the amazing Cinque Terre (Corniglia vilage). Rooms they rent look simple, with a little "retro" charm. Everything is prepared neatly and look pleasant. Small and narrow (typical for all Cinque Terre style) stairs, clean bathrooms, new renovation make a wellcoming impression. Yet the main entrance does not look so attractive (a forgotten old house near by looks like a ghost). Rooms are quite cheap (45Eur/per double room in the mid of September), so one should not expect something spectacular (some rooms have no pleasant vew from the window). You should address helpfull owners in advance and agree on the arrival time as they do not live there and you may find the door closed.
By the way, it's very near to the bus stop as well as to some cute places to have late dinner.
It's a place for simple travelers who do not require first-class but they will be pleased with comfortable night shelter.
If you want to stay in Corniglia, I don't think it's too many alternatives.
But Enoteca Pirun is a litte wineshop that also rents out rooms. Probably the only one in this smallest of the villages in Cinque Terre.
The room we got was OK. It was clean and enough space. But the view was not too good, bare in mind the whole Cinque Terre is wonderful almost anywhere you look. But our view also included a car-parkingplace, which is exactly what you don't want to see in romantic Cinque Terre.
What was more shocking was the wine Enoteca Pirun actually sold. They had not only Che Guevara-Wine, but also Mussolini-wine and Rudolf Hess-wine. Obviously a tourist-trick, and I guess it shows that italians don't react that strongly against the nazihistory.
The owner seemed like a nice person, though. A typical italian character you would like to take a picture of.
And this is definately the cheapest place I have stayed in Cinque Terre.
The reception is also a wine bar - selling naziwine!
On our trips to the Cinque Terre, we have chosen to stay in Vernazza, as opposed to Corniglia - here are details of where we stayed.
Albergo Barbara is located on the town square overlooking the harbour. Our room had amazing views (see photo) and was clean and roomy, with shared bathroom.
There are several flights of stairs up to the hotel, but the friendly owners will help with your bags if necessary.
No breakfast, though plenty of cafes nearby.
Great views from most of the rooms, particularly rooms 7/8/9 which have amazing views of the harbour.
The smaller attic rooms 2/3/4 also have a view of the harbour through the small windows, and are a lot cheaper.
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