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Riomaggiore: Cinque Terre Residenza

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Reviewed by: Margaret Cowan from Canada, review #3110

When: June 2011

The Best Cinque Terre B&B In My 30 Years Of Going There

This June in Italy I had to change my Cinque Terre travel plans at the last minute. Most Cinque Terre rooms were booked up. Finally in Riomaggiore I chose the Cinque Terre Residence which looked isolated, way up a hillside from the town. But I was training for a 100 km trek in Piedmont, so I welcomed slopes and steps. Little did I know, I was in for a treat at the best B&B Id ever stayed at in 30 years of going to Cinque Terre.

The bus wound its way up the hill and dropped me right at the door. Easy! Carla, one of the family owners, greeted me warmly and got my suitcase down to my room. Lots of colourful flowers grew in gardens and pots on terraces. What a pretty spot!

My heart leapt with joy when I saw my private little patio with table and chairs and a gorgeous view of the hills and town! My spacious, simple single room had more amenities than I expected: a safe, a fridge stocked with cold drinks, great shower and wi-fi. Later my iPad worked instantly on my patio. What a relief after not getting it to work in Florence!

In their breakfast room Carla sat me down for a Cinque Terre orientation. I told her Id been going there for years. She gave me printed current train, boat and bus schedules, and two maps of the coast and its trails.

The path from Manarola to Corniglia had closed due to a landslide. She described in detail a long detour path above Manarola, up the hills to Volastra and down to Corniglia. She told me their wi-fi password, advising it worked best outside. She recommended a great restaurant nearby and told me where the short cut staircase led from the B&B to town. Very useful information that made my Cinque Terre sojourn much smoother. A lovely welcome!

On my way to breakfast, Id stop to smell the gardenia flowers sweet and pungent! The breakfast buffet table was loaded with high quality fare: luscious peaches, other fresh fruit, yoghurts, healthy cereals, fresh croissants, cheese and ham. A top notch, freshly made caffe latte topped it all off. A wonderful way to start a Cinque Terre day!

What about the steps? A series of short staircases got me up and down to/from B&B and town in about 10 minutes. You need to be in reasonable shape to climb up these steps. The bus never seemed to run when I wanted it, so I used the steps a lot.

The Cinque Terre Residence inspired me as a business. In a very beautiful but slightly out of the way location, it provides more hospitality, service and amenities that youd expect for its type. All these extras more than make up for the steps and slopes and put it far above its competition. For me, its the best B&B in Cinque Terre!

My single room with private bathroom and buffet breakfast cost 80 euros a night.

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