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Vento di Mare
Ranked #9 of 32 Riomaggiore B&B and Inns
Knoxville, Tennessee
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11 reviews
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“Excellent location”
Reviewed November 28, 2013

We were greeted at the train station by Martha's brother-in-law Leandro, who walked us to the B&B and was very personable and had great information to share with us. We stayed in the room on the top floor. It has a gorgeous view of the town and the medieval bell tower. We also had a wonderful little patio with table and chairs, so we ate breakfast there both mornings (breakfast was not provided). It also has a clothing line - very helpful! The B&B is right next to a local grocery co-op and several other shops selling breads, cheeses, and wonderful souvenirs. But of course, everything is very close by in Riomaggiore!

The room was wonderful, very spacious, and the bathroom was great, but the bed is very hard. Wasn't that comfortable. Other than that, we absolutely loved this place and would stay here again.

Room Tip: The top floor is the best view, and is very spacious. But the bed is not that comfy.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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MarthaLeandro, Owner at Vento di Mare, responded to this review, November 29, 2013
Hello! Thanks for the review!
I'm so sorry that we didn't get to meet, but very glad to hear that you enjoyed room Libeccio!
…And thank you for the input on the bed - Maybe we can add a mattress topper?
If you do come back to the area, please contact us - I'd love you meet you!
Martha
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Reviewed November 21, 2013

My husband and I spent 2 nights at Vento di Mare in mid Oct. and the only thing I regret is that we didn't spend a week. Martha was an angel, her helpful information before we arrived and while we were there was invaluable and we also enjoyed spending time with her. As others reviewed her location from the train was very convenient and it was wonderful to be met by her brother in law. The room was very comfortable and it was very nice to have a balcony to sit on and take in the sites of such a lovely little village. The only thing that I missed, was to have a little coffee pot so that you could make your own coffee in the morning rather than having to dress and go out for it. After spending a month in Florence, my most memorable time of our vacation was Riomaggiore the Cinque Terra and the sweet time we had with Martha. You can't go wrong with the very clean and comfortable rooms that she offers to rest after enjoying your time in this very special place.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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MarthaLeandro, Owner at Vento di Mare, responded to this review, November 24, 2013
Ciao amici!
I have to say - We had such a good laugh together (the "i can't breathe" type!) - you guys are the best storytellers ever! Loved hearing all of your stories about Italy…
You'll have to come back for the walnut cake and the seafood cone!
Thanks so much for the review - Keep in touch!
Martha
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Central Saanich, Canada
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Reviewed November 7, 2013

Martha our host was very efficient even before we got to her place in Riomaggiore. She promptly responded to our emails and gave us solid information about train times from Civitavecchia to La Spezia and on to Riomaggiore.
On arrival, she was there to meet us at the train station. From there it was a short and easy walk to Vento di Mare.
Her place is not fancy but very clean and had a very pleasant ambience. We had the room with the terrace which we used to have our own breakfast as the room had a fridge and a kettle.

The bakery, the grocer etc were all very close by and we supplied ourselves with milk, butter, jam, fruits, coffee, tea and cold cuts of ham, cheese and salami.

Martha was an excellent host and that warm hospitality makes the difference between a merely good stay and a wonderful one.

Many of the trails were closed when we got there but we took the boat to Monterosso and worked our way back village by village till we got back to Riomaggiore. That was really delightful.

Another day, we took the train to Corniglia, took the bus up, walked a wee bit in the hills in the vineyards and then walked back down to the train station.

A note to Canadian visitors. Our bank card (from Canada's largest bank!) only has the Plus and Interac symbols and that was problematic as all the ATM's in Riomaggiore and others we came across did not seem to be in synch with those. However, we survived by using our everyday VISA to "borrow" money from the ATM, something we would have preferred not to do.

Later in Rome, after visiting 9 ATM machines, we found one that had the Plus symbol.
What a relief.

We stayed 3 nights in Vento di Mare and would recommend it to anyone contemplating a visit to the Cinque Terre.

On departure, Martha's husband Francesco came to help us with our luggage and walked us to the train station.

We also met their two delightful children.

The Tehs from Victoria, British Columbia

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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MarthaLeandro, Owner at Vento di Mare, responded to this review, November 11, 2013
Thank you, Teh's! I had so much fun with you both - I felt as if I had two friends visiting! :) Thanks for the laughs and the honest suggestions. Definitely keep in touch!
Martha
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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Reviewed November 4, 2013

There were 5 of us staying in 2 rooms. We stayed 3 nights at Vento di Mare. Martha was very friendly and helpful. Her two children were adorable. It is very close to the train station, so not much of a walk w luggage through town. The top most room had a quaint lanai which our group used very well for dining & hanging laundry. The rooms are not fancy but comfortable. There is a refrigerator but no cooking capabilities if you are wanting to cook for yourself. Access to local groceries & restaurants was great. Martha helped us w reservations and advised on hiking activities....all were wonderful. I would stay there again, definitely.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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MarthaLeandro, Owner at Vento di Mare, responded to this review, November 5, 2013
Aloha Kathy,
Mahalo for the review! Loved hanging out with you and the ladies!
Hope to see you all soon… maybe even in Hawaii!
Martha
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Tampa, Florida
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Reviewed November 2, 2013

We loved the Cinque Terre villages and staying at Vento di Mare was the perfect location for us. Martha was so gracious to meet us at the train station to take us directly to our villa. She told us all about the town and spent time with us going over train & boat schedules. We actually ran into her and her son while exploring the area as she was picking up her other child from school. Staying in Riomaggiore was perfect, because we were very close to the train station. We had traveled a half day via train from Venice so we wanted to rest a bit before exploring. Since there are 5 villages, we started at Riomaggiore and rode the train to Monterrosso and worked our way back. It was a perfect itinerary. At the end of our two days, we were so close to the train station so we grabbed a quick breakfast and got on our way to our next destination.

Things to know: Martha only accepts cash (as with most every vendor in the area), which was fine because they have plenty of ATM machines there. Also, when she meets you at the train station, we almost missed her. Maybe she could wear a big necklace, scarf or hat (something that stands out) so you see her right away. I don't think she would want to carry a sign! LOL We stayed there two nights and there was no cleaning service, which was fine for us. We didn't need it since we were there such a short time.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this place! Be prepared to walk up steep hills and lots & lots of stairs. We got our exercise, that's for sure and it was exhausting but felt great. I would not miss visiting Cinque Terre if you are planning a trip to Italy. Thank you Martha for being a wonderful host and offering us great prices for a very clean room!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Terryluvsthegulf
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MarthaLeandro, Owner at Vento di Mare, responded to this review, November 4, 2013
Thank you, Terry, for the review! It was so nice meeting your whole family and I'm glad to hear that you had a good time in the 5Terre!
I'll definitely take your advice and wear something that makes me stand out at the train station - but you're right, I will not carry a sign! :) LOL. Thanks for the tip!
Say hello to Florida for me!
Grazie di tutto!
Martha
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San Antonio, Texas
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Reviewed October 18, 2013

We stayed in the Libeccio or 3 days during our 44th anniversary trip. It is a great location right near the main entrance after the tunnel. The room is spotless and the little terrace is just right! Martha, Leandro and the whole family work very hard to make this a special place for each visitor and give you all kinds of helpful information on the area. We loved Riomaggorie also. It was our first time in Cinque Terre and hope we can go back again someday. I don't think anyone would be disappointed by staying in this delightful room.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Susan S
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MarthaLeandro, Owner at Vento di Mare, responded to this review, October 19, 2013
Hey guys!
Thanks for the review!
You are two very special people and I feel lucky to have met you both!
Definitely come back. Would love to have you again.
Martha
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

Room was great and clean and in a great location. Riomagiore is a great area to stay in even though it had been suggested we should try and stay in Monterosso I was very happy with my decision and as time ticked it was harder and harder to find accommodation anywhere!

Martha was super helpful and very sweet- helped us with everything including walking and route suggestions, restaurant info, meeting with us when we were going to check in, sorting out early access to the room, giving us towels etc- she couldn't be more attentive. She was also really helpful in the run up to the trip too- offering information and suggestions and any help we needed. You can't fault that sort of hospitality. Thanks Martha!

I just struggle with paying so much (90E per night for a double room with no view) but that is my own issue. You pay that amount because availability is scarce and you are in a very touristy area and everyone can charge a large amount for accomodation. I must say you really can't beat being able to fall out of bed, jump on a boat and start your trekking without the hassle of getting to Cinque Terre. Pay the money to be in the area and soak it all up.

Room Tip: We were in Maestrale but I think getting a room higher up with more of a view of the street would be...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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MarthaLeandro, Owner at Vento di Mare, responded to this review, October 10, 2013
Hey Danielle!
Thanks for the review!
It was my pleasure meeting you and your boyfriend - would definitely love to see you both back again.

Martha
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Property: Vento di Mare
Address: Via Antonio Gramsci 6, 19017 Riomaggiore, Italy
Location: Italy > Liguria > Italian Riviera > Cinque Terre > Riomaggiore
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Ranked #9 of 32 B&Bs / Inns in Riomaggiore
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Number of rooms: 3
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Completely remodeled in 2013, our three guestrooms are located in the heart of Riomaggiore (Cinque Terre) - 2 minutes away from the beach and a short walk to the station and la via dell'Amore. All of our rooms have a nautical themed decor and are equipped with private bathroom, air conditioning/heater, fridge, Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs with tivu sat and hair dryer. ... more   less 
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