The B&B was full so Federico asked if we would like to stay in a house with a lemon tree and olive groves - how could we resist?! The house - which Federico built himself - occupies its own area, has a bathroom and a lovely open plan kitchen / living room (with sofa bed) downstairs and a double room upstairs which leads out onto a private terrace. The panoramic view from this terrace includes all five of the Cinque Terre towns and really is postcard perfect.
Upon arrival, we were greeted by Federico's lovely wife Laura who drove us to the house from the new town and told us a little about the area and how to get around (there's also an information booklet in the house). Despite feeling like you are peacefully in the middle of nowhere it is only a 10-15 minute walk down a hill into the old town (bring a torch for the night as there are no street lamps in one section).
From Monterosso you are well connected to the other towns by train and boat - if you plan to do a lot of walking just buy the 'walking-only' Cinque Terre pass and pay the additional 1 or 2 euros for the train ride home as it's cheaper. The boat trip to Portovenere is a little pricey but it's great to see the towns from this vantage point.
We felt lucky to have found such a beautiful place and would not hesitate to recommend it to other people - thanks for a lovely stay Federico and Laura!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- During your stay in our B&B you will have the possibility to spend an awesome vacation among an authentic family of Monterosso.You will have at your disposal a bedroom with double bed, a large living room and a private terrace from which you can enjoy a nice seaview. 300 mt. far from the seaside and 500mt far from the train station. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Bed And Breakfast Ulivo
- b&b Ulivo Hotel Monterosso Al Mare
- B&B Ulivo Monterosso Al Mare, Cinque Terre, Italy