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Il Giardino Incantato Bed and Breakfast
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

Mariapia, Fausto and the staff from Il Giardino in Cantato truly deserve their 5 star rating! Our stay exceeded our expectations and for the price we paid and the service we received, it was much better than the 5 star hotels that we have recently stayed in during our holiday. The breakfasts are delicious, the Giardino is just like 'The Secret Garden', the endless supply of fresh fruit and refreshments are wonderful. The rooms are impeccably clean, spacious and smell so good! They even cleaned my dress after I spilt olive oil and sugo whilst dining out one evening!
I'd pick the gorgeous Giardino to an ocean view any day- the beach is just a five minute walk and trust me you'll need the exercise after all the delicious treats! I will certainly recommend this home away from home to all our friends in Adelaide,SA and in Italy!
We visited Vernazza and Mandarola and Monterrosso al Mare was ideal for swimming and sun baking on the beach; it was also more open and not too crowded.

Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 28, 2013 via mobile

This B & B deserves its no. 1 rating on Tripadvisor! The room was spotless and comfortable with AC and a large bathroom. It's a little oasis in town, just a short walk from the main square of the old section of town. Here are the little things that make it special: (1) the breakfast was "to order" and served in a gorgeous walled garden full of flowers that is the essence of tranquility; (2) they provided complimantary homemade Lemincello (on ice); (3) the drinks and snacks in the mini bar were complimentary; (4) they have a small library of travel guides for use; (5) they provide beach towels and a beach bag. We loved the town and the 1.5 hour trail hike to Vernazza through the terraced vineyards with astounding ocean views (moderate to strenuous - my shirt was soaking wet by the time I arrived). Cinque Terre is a great destination, though crowed in July. The only "negative" at this B & B is that there is no ocean view, but that didn't matter to us. We'd stay again in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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2  Thank Diverdad1
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Reviewed July 27, 2013

Prepare yourself for an unbelievable experience - this is NOT your typical B&B! The owners and their staff are fantastic - I've been in 5-star hotels that are put to shame by the guest treatment and attention to detail at Il Giardino. The breakfast is divine - in terms of food/drink/service, and most especially the setting. There are private nooks in the garden, and very attentive wait staff.
Grazie mille, Mariapia and Fausto!!!

Room Tip: DO NOT miss the breakfast experience! I'm not sure if any rooms have a view, but views are best...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank t15
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

I am not certain where to start. I am getting a little emotional just thinking about our time at Il Giardino Incantato as it was absolutely wonderful. My husband and I got married in Vernazza in June 2013 and were fortunate enough to have booked this amazing B&B for five nights to use as our home base. It is in a great central location in Monterosso but tucked away on a side street so it stays very quiet. Fausto and Mariapia were the most gracious, generous, and thoughtful innkeepers we have ever encountered. The enchanted garden was stunning with beautiful blooms of hydrangeas, roses, lilies, fuschias, and lemon trees. It made for the perfect setting for our made to order breakfasts and was a lovely place to enjoy some of Fausto's homemade limoncino in the afternoons. Breakfast includes delicious breads, meats, cheeses, eggs, yogurt, fruit, and just about anything else you would want. We typically didn't need to eat lunch after this big breakfast. They even stock your rooms with fresh fruit, beverages, and snacks. The rooms are romantically designed and Mariapia's flower arrangements add an extra special touch. Fausto invited our party of 15 to have Prosecco and appetizers in the garden before our wedding. Everyone was overwhelmed by the beauty of the gardens. This is truly the best B&B ever. We look forward to staying here again on future anniversary trips to Italy.

Room Tip: All rooms are beautiful and quiet.
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Sarah D
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

Il Giardino Incantato was by far the BEST place my husband and I stayed while on our two week vacation in Italy. It actually may be one of the best B&Bs we have ever stayed at. The reasons are many, but mainly because it hits every single nail on the head – the owners Mariapia and Fausto are two of the warmest, sweetest people we have ever met and so eager to make sure we were having a good stay. The location in the old town of Monterosso was perfect; right in the middle of everything yet in a quiet alley. The garden was an absolute oasis and words cannot describe how nice it was to have breakfast there in the morning (and the breakfast itself was top notch with excellent service!) or to sit out there in the evening candlelight with a bottle of wine. The room was spacious, especially the huge clean and modern bathroom. The amenities surpassed every other place we stayed with cold drinks and snacks and fruit in the room. You may even be lucky enough to come home to homemade lemoncello on the buffet like we did! I wish we could have stayed longer and I hope to return one day. If you are going to Cinque Terre, stay here!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Christina R
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

The one thing that I miss the most about our stay in Europe is this wonderful B&B. It is the first place that we stayed on our 3 week tour of Europe for our 30th wedding anniversary. Our room was the Golden Suite which was lovely. The room was stocked daily with drinks, cookies and fresh fruit. The breakfast was made to order and served in a secret garden lovingly cared for by MariaPia. It was so relaxing and beautiful that we spent part of an afternoon there surrounded by lemon trees, hydrangeas and roses. In the evenings we were greeted with home made Lemoncello and Grappa. The room service was excellent ,friendly and very efficient! The Hosts, MAriaPia and Fausto were so warm and friendly that we lost ourselves and misread our train ticket to Florence! It made for a frantic and abrupt departure with only 17 minutes to get to the station lugging our suitcases in the rain!! We somehow made with our train being at the station as we ascended the last set of stairs!! We have to go back!!!!

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank nanny2six
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Reviewed June 29, 2013

This is by far one of the best places we've stayed. A quaint little B&B in Monterosso, just off the main street. Looking for a clean, elegantly decorated, spacious and comfortable room? Check, How about having a royal breakfast every morning in a private garden complete with lemon trees? Check, Stocked minibar? You get the idea. The owners, Mariapia and Fausto, really go the extra mile to make the stay enjoyable. Homemade limoncello everyday, turndown service, the whole 9 yards. We will definitely be going back.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: Via Giuseppe Mazzini 18, 19016 Monterosso al Mare, Italy
Location: Italy > Liguria > Italian Riviera > Cinque Terre > Monterosso al Mare
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Ranked #3 of 50 B&Bs / Inns in Monterosso al Mare
Price Range: $172 - $222 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 2
Also Known As:
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Il Giardino Incantato b&b
Il Giardino Incantato Bed And Breakfast Monterosso Al Mare, Cinque Terre, Italy

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