- Reviews: 752
Ni Ria: Great Views From High Above Manorola
A few kilometers up the road from Riomaggiore is the sleepy town of Volastra and the Ni Ria Bed and Breakfast. (B & B) Family run this three room place offers superb views of stretches of the Cinque Terre.
Access to the B & B is either by private vehicle or taking the bus from the edge of town in Manorola. Since we did not have a car we took the bus which clings to the sides of vary narrow roads as it climbs over 500 meters to the town of Volastra. Fares are $2.50 each way and the bus lets you off just a short walk from the B & B.
The B & B is run by a son who takes care of the reservations and speaks English and his mother who prepares the breakfast in the morning. We stayed in two different rooms during our short stay at the Ni Ria. Each of them was spotlessly clean, had warm water, a comfy bed, and more than sufficient hot water.
The breakfast in the morning was excellent. Fresh Italian bread, an assortment of cakes, cereals, juice and coffee. The care and warmth of the mother was evident as we tried to talk in Italian and she tried to understand some of the words in English we used.
The price of a two double bed unit is very reasonable. Rooms were just 75 euros a night including breakfast. However to get a true cost of the room you need to add in the 2.50 euro bus trip up and down the hill from Volastra. The trip up is so steep it cannot be made with luggage.
NOTE: This review is in the process of being transferred to the page on Manorola
A very friendly bed and breakfast in an authentic small Italian village away from the crowds and hustle of the Cinque Terre. it was extremely quiet at night and the views from the B & B were exceptional.
- Reviews: 456
Nonna Katia: Best view in town?
Lovely little apartment with a fantastic view over the village and the ocean. The place has three different rooms, where we booked the one on the third floor, which also includes a small kitchen and a great balcony on the fourth floor. It's not really an apartment, as the third floor consist of just a bedroom with a bathroom outside, but it's so romantic. In good weather it's fantastic to sit on the balcony and look out over the colorful houses and the ocean outside, watching all the tourists walking along the paths in the first of the five villages in Cinque Terre.
The owner, Katia, is a lovely woman who did everything to make us feel welcome and happy.
The building is old, and it's situated along the oldest street in the whole village. Having said that the rooms are very fresh and newly refurbished. There is a small tv on the wall, only with italian channels though, and there are beautiful paintings and photos of Riomaggiore on the walls.
The kitchen on the top floor is small, but it will do if you want to prepare small meals. There is a fridge where one can put some food and drinks, including the homemade alcoholic lemon drink that Katia gave us. Tasted fantastic!
The place is situated in the central parts of the village, it's just a 150 meter walk down to the main street. But it's still very calm. There is nothing there that reminds you of the main street that is so busy with tourists from all over the world.
All in all there are three rooms, the first one is even below ground floor. Then there is second floor, and our room on the third floor, renting which also includes the kitchen and balcony on the fourth floor. It's only the last room that has a view, and I would definitely recommend that one, even if it's of course a bit more expensive than the first two.
Payment for the room has to be made on arrival, in cash. No breakfast is included, although there is no problem whatsoever to get fresh breakfast from the small shops downstairs in the morning. Neither is there wifi (this is an old italian UNESCO village, after all…), but as long as you're prepared to be away from some modernity for a while this is a fantastic place!
Easiest way to arrive is by train from La Spezia, south of Cinque Terre. Don't arrive in a car, as the streets are car free with the exception of the green tour bus. The train station of Riomaggiore is a five minute walk from the apartment.
The balcony with the view over the ocean and the village is absolutely outstanding.
- Reviews: 667
L'Arcobaleno Affittacamere: High Up On The Hill
This was one of several places on this trip that we booked using booking.com. Again, sorry VT, but the hotel reviews on either booking.com or our sister tripadvisor are a little more numerous to help make an informed decision.
Anyway we booked our room for 1 night. The first time we booked was for a Friday night. A few weeks later after adding 1 additional night in Paris earlier in our trip I cancelled our first reservation on the Friday night and made it for the Saturday night with no problem. We stayed early in May, so it was slightly ahead of the real busy late spring and summer season. Our room was 90 Euros per night.
Everything I had read about the accommodations was "spot on" so we were not surprised by anything including the location at the top of the hill at the edge of town.
I had communicated with the owner, Francesca, and she had let me know where they were located and how to get to her place. The one thing she didn't mention though was how to really fit on the green park bus with our luggage arriving from the train station.
We had arrived before noon from Florence on a series of 3 trains. After walking from the train station through the tunnel to the main part of town the green bus was waiting, but it was already filled with people and although Sue and I could have squeezed on our bags would not, so we opted to make the walk up the hill rolling our suitcases all the way. Although it wasn't a tremendously long walk, by European standards, it was still a breath taking and gland sweating walk especially the 2nd half of the hill. Anyway, we finally made it, checked in and were shown our room by the owner, Francesca.
From the pictures and from this review we had a moderate size room with a queen size bed, small desk area, a place for our clothes, bathroom, in room coffee and tea maker, snacks (which was our breakfast and snack portion of the bed and breakfast) and a patio (where we did eat our breakfast in the morning).
The bed and breakfast itself is a converted farm house building where Francesca's father, Sergio, used to farm. He now helps Francesca, who lives in another part of town, run the place.
The bathroom is large and a little different. You do have a shower, but the partition around the shower area is only 4 foot high so you have to make sure not to get water sprayed throughout the bathroom. No problem for us, just a little different.
- Reviews: 3621
...: Rooms available
Although we had found it hard to track down suitable and available accommodation via the Internet when planning our July trip in April, on arriving in Riomagiore we saw that many establishments were advertising rooms. Of course I have no way of knowing how good these were, but it seems that you could probably arrive without a reservation even in the height of the season and be confident of finding somewhere to sleep.
There were signs like this one on several buildings in the main street, Via Colombo, so that would be the best place to start your search, but many indicated that the rooms themselves were in houses down by the harbour – a lovely location and a good part of town in which to be based.
- Reviews: 1312
Anna Michelini B&B: A great B&B
I stayed in this bed and breakfast.To be honets it was just bed as breakfast was not possible.It is an apartament in a flat in the centre of the town.The room was spacious, clean with fridge and satellite channels tv.I paid 50 euro per night in november, in high season it should be about 80 euros.
The position, count that the village is all in upgrade, from the station, up to the castle.This B&B is at the beginning of the upgrade so you do not have to climb much.
- Reviews: 198
Affittacamere Edi: Familiar lodging in the center of Riomaggiore
There are 2 lodging posibilities:
1) Rooms with private bath in tradicional private homes of the village
I chose a private room. The ambient was very friendly and familiar. We had a big room (including kitchen in addition to the private bath).
The house was very quiet. The owners (two friendly elders) live upstairs.
- Reviews: 2318
Albergo Barbara: No room in Riomaggiore ??
On our trips to the Cinque Terre, we have chosen to stay in Vernazza, as opposed to Riomaggiore - 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.
- Reviews: 25
Hotel Saraceno: Off the Beaten Path
This hotel's address is Riomaggiore, but it is actually located in Volastra, which is outside of Riomaggiore and about 3,000 feet higher in altitude. The service, accommodations and breakfasts are wonderful. You should know that if you don't have a car, you are at the mercy of the bus service, whose last run is at 9:30 p.m. It is possible to take the footpath in and out of Riomaggiore (about 1/2 hour downhill, longer back up), but not at night!
- Reviews: 25
il Pappagallo bed & breakfast: Budget accomodation
Due the easy connection to rail station is cheaper find accomodation in some cities like Sarzana. ". You can move daily by train, just 30 minutes trip to "le cinque terre".
3 bedrooms, clean and friendly. 5 minutes from Sarzana rail station. Prices are cheap.
- Reviews: 25
Just check: Room for rental
I never been coz I have my home around there, maybe you can stay at my guest :)
Just walk in the town u will find many room for rent.
- Reviews: 8368
General information: Not many accommodations there
A traveller who has chosen the Cinque Terre for his holiday might ask where to find a suitable place to sleep. There are hotels and guest-houses just like everywhere, but in a rather reduced number. As it may not always be luxury you are looking for, you can find four hotels in Riomaggiore, but also a great number of private apartments with or without kitchen-use and a youth-hostel (situated in Manarola near the parish-church).
Riomaggiore, the first village of the Cinque Terre, offers alternative holidays in little cottages half-way up the hill-side.
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