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Buranco
Reviewed June 22, 2012

We stayed here for 4 days in May and loved the quietness and serenity of the place which is surrounded by vines, lemon trees and olive groves. The two people who work there assisting the owners are delightful and nothing is too much trouble. We stayed in the yellow house which is for a couple and it was fine. We also looked at the other units and thought the one over the room that contained the vats of wine was the nicest for more than one couple (2 bedrooms) or for a family. It is possible to walk here from the train station if you have light luggage but otherwise they will arrange for a taxi if you let them know your time of arrival. (There are few taxis in Monterosso so it is a good idea). The drive took about 10 minutes and I was a bit concerned thinking we would have to walk all that way into town, but in fact there is a path into the town that just takes about 3 or 4 minutes that is not accessible for cars. Breakfast is the usual white rolls and jam, with cakes and coffee with hot milk provided.

We visited four of the five villages (not Corniglia) and we thought Monterosso was the nicest place to stay with more restaurants to choose from as well as a beach. Vernazza was still in the process of cleaning up after the flood although some places were open.

Room Tip: We stayed in the yellow house which is for a couple and it was fine. We also looked at the other un...
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 30, 2012

We met Julie on the path to her winery. She is one of the daughters of the owner. She and her sister were great hosts as we did some wine tasting and heard about what they did. I'm sure if we had not already booked a place to stay, we would have stayed here. The wine was great. The location was just a few hundred yards out of town but sitting there on their terrace watching everything unfold while drinking fantastic wine made for a special afternoon.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank almenj
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Reviewed April 28, 2012

The Buranco Winery is a working farm. The farm workers come walking up the path and down into the lemon grove or into the vineyard. So do not go there with the expectation that you will be staying in luxury. That said, it is also a most delightful bed and breakfast about two hundred yards above the bustling tourist town of Monterosso. My daughter, son-in-law and I stayed two nights in a two bedroom suite on the second floor of what is shown on the website as the Pink House. It was roomy enough for the three of us. It was clean and had comfortable beds. There were a few flying bugs but the windows are unscreened and, as I said, you are on a farm. I sat and journaled and dozed on the patio outside our door after a long day of hiking like I would have if I had been home. The staff knew very little English, but they understood hospitality by greeting us with glasses of wine and hors d’oeuvres on our arrival the first night and as we gathered the second evening before going to town for dinner. The breakfast on the outdoor patio was totally unique and included chocolates the first day. The view from the patio and walk-way is simply gorgeous and totally relaxing above the busy town of Monterosso. Looking at our pictures, I cannot believe that I stayed in such a lovely spot. We found the Cinque Terra to be hectic and very touristy. Our stay here was a highlight; and I cannot visualize us staying in a hotel after this experience. If we had done so, we would have had a nice time, and yet missed so much and never known it. One caution is to ask for help to get there from the train station. We walked and wandered through the old town looking for the route thinking that we could find it on our own. We found it. But it was a heck of a hike pulling our suitcases up a steep hill over a path of randomly placed cobblestones. If it wasn’t 200 yards, it seemed like it. We could have taken the road, but that would have been further winding back and forth uphill, and we may never have found it. As we checked out, I asked the best way to the train station. The farm hand helping us volunteered to drive us in the van. I thought that was much better, but the two riding in the back of the van (which had no seats) were not much more fond of the ride than the hike. So, be mentally ready or get a cab.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 5, 2012

Small production wines, olive/oil, and honey. Amazing staff. Such lovely people. It was a beautiful experience for my girlfriend and I. We didn't stay there because we were already staying in Riomaggiore but we wished we would have. We just stumbled upon an old road with lemon trees and just kept walking and found Buranco. Like a dream.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 19, 2011

Visiting Europe for the first time was a dream come true!
We would recommend visiting the Cinque Terre at the Buranco Agriturismo,
With access (walking down & up a short steep road) to the town and beach and to the other towns in the Cinque Terre (by train). We made the mistake of not validation our train tickets at the station, we thought the validation would occur on the train. We were fined 5 euro's each by the conductor.
Cars are a hassle in the all five of the towns that make up the Cinque Terre.
The Buranco provided a parking space for us. We parked the rental car and did not use it again until we left. We felt that we were able to experience the truly relaxed atmosphere of the area.
And then to have our wonderful Buranco Agriturismo to return to in the evening was a treat.
The rooms were wonderful; comfy, clean and OH the views of the lemon trees, grapevines, and the olive trees on the hillsides.
Hospitality was supreme!
The breakfasts were amazing!
This was delight start to our Italy trip!

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 7, 2011

We stayed at Villa Buranco to attend our son's wedding in Monterosso. Buranco was very convenient, a beautiful outlook, excellent hospitality and a great place for kids to run around. We felt very welome and as we had family staying in all three houses it was an ideal place for our group. The grapes were being harvested during our stay which heightened the experiences available to us in this wonderful place.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 3, 2011

Our trip was actually several months ago (late May 2011) but somehow I missed skipped this place when I wrote reviews on our lodging for our Italy trip.

We didn't realized we were planning our trip for a festival weekend, but it was really difficult to find a place to stay in Monterosso -- our favorite town in Cinque Terre (sorry, Rick Steves). We tried all the hotels in town to no avail before finally getting a positive response from Meri at Buranco. We're glad it worked out this way. For starters, the Lemon Festival was in full swing in town, and the place was slammed, and even noisier than usual. But more important, this place was really nice and one of the prettiest places we stayed this trip. It's a working farm, so the agritourismo label really does apply. But the vineyards and olive trees on the steep hillsides were a perfect complement to the beautiful terrace and landscaping of the office and central part of the B&B. Our room in the ground floor of the pink house was pretty nice. It got a little warm in the daylight hours, but with the windows open and the heavy shutters closed, it was quite comfortable. At night the room cooled off very quickly. It was sort of interesting though that the fireflies had no trouble getting through the shutters and curtains, and it got to be kind of a hoot to see them blinking in the room at night.

A few caveats worth considering if you're considering this place. First, as previously noted, breakfast is on the light side, and we never did quite figure out when it was first placed out. We were there too late one day, and way to early another. If you have to err, do it on the side of being early. It disappears quickly. Second, this is a working farm, and work activity picks up around 8:00 a.m., so don't plan on sleeping till 10:00. It also means if they need to cut off the electricity or water to hook up, disconnect, or repair a piece of equipment, you're service may be interrupted for a few minutes. They were getting ready for Meri's daughter's confirmation party the weekend we were there, so electricity was off and on a little bit on Saturday. Since we were out for the day, it didn't really matter.

Third, English skills are a little limited, but they're so pleasant and willing to work with you that it doesn't matter. Just be prepared.

Fourth and finally, access is a little difficult even by Cinque Terre standards. You can't drive your rental car here. You can get close, but the car park is actually just a slightly wider spot in a one lane road several hundred feet higher than the B&B. It's hard to spot. Their website directions are spot on but when you get there, there's just a sign that points down hill into the olive groves. It's a tough walk with luggage. If you have a local cell phone call them when you get there and they'll send somebody up to help, either with a four-wheel drive cart for the luggage, or their small van. If you come from the boat or the train station, consider getting a cab. If you have difficulty walking, you may want to consider another place.

Monterosso took a major hit in the October 25, 2011, flood. We've not heard whether this place was damaged or not, but a lot of flood water apparently entered old town by way of Via Buranco, the narrow, cobblestone, walled street that links Buranco to Old Town. However, they'll undoubtedly have any damages repaired very soon.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: Via IV Novembre 36, Monterosso al Mare, Italy
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Location: Italy > Liguria > Italian Riviera > Cinque Terre > Monterosso al Mare
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Ranked #8 of 22 Specialty Lodging in Monterosso al Mare
Number of rooms: 6
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