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Locanda del Sole
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Reviewed November 8, 2009

Cinque Terre is a must see! Cinque Terre is five little towns next to one another. The little towns each have their own personality. Each town is pedestrian only. Riomaggiore is the first one you come upon.

We arrived in Riomaggiore around 8pm and were able to get a room at Locanda del Sole. The B & B has its own parking lot, so you don't have to pay to store your car in the mass lot for the towns.

The room was very basic- but clean and contemporary. It also had a small balcony, where you could look out to the water.

Our first night- the lady of the house was so informative. She provided us with maps, recommendations for restuarants and details on hiking from town to town. She is a Spaniard that speaks Spanish, Italian and English, which was a great help for me as a Spanish speaker. Riomaggiore has several little restaurants and bars just steps from the B & B. At night, you can walk all the way to Mannerola for free (during the day you pay).

The breakfast the next day was light, but a good start. The man of the house makes a great cappucino.

We hiked from Riomaggiore to the last town (Monterosso). The hike is about 13 miles and takes a few hours. It is sooooooooo worth it. Take lots of water, good boots/sneakers and all the stamina you have.

Upon arriving to the last town, we took the train back to Riomaggiore and spent another great night. Two days is enough to see Cinque Terre!

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 7, 2009

This is the second stay in this property, although this time with a new manager. Arriving at this place has been made easier from the train station with the building of an elevator which takes one part way up the town! The location is great with peek-a-boo views of the water and a true sense of what living in a Cinque Terra hilltown is really all about. We would definitely stay again. Enrico is a great host and was most helpful during our three day stay.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank genixon
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Reviewed October 31, 2009

We arrived at the hotel at about 12:30pm, and were keen to sample the delights of Cinque Terre's renowned seafood. This plan was delayed however, after climbing the near vertical road to get to the hotel with two large bags (it would have been helpful if they had told us about the green shuttle bus that runs from in front of the station every half hour) we arrived at the outer gate of the hotel and rang the bell. And waited. And waited.

And then we phoned the hotel. And waited still yet more. By this time it was raining. After waiting for over half an hour, we decided to open the gate and see if any one was in the hotel at all. After looking in the terrace, knocking on the doors etc, we concluded it would be best to lock our bags to the veranda and go and get that lunch we so desperately needed.

Just as we were about to walk away a shrill and accusatory "Escusanta?" from the front gate stopped us in our tracks - it was the proprietor's wife, who had returned from the laundromat and without a word of welcome or apology very reluctantly finally allowed us inside our basic, but clean room.

It was not the fact that we had walked a vertical cliff to get to this place that got me upset, nor the long wait in the rain, it was more the fact that the attitude of this woman was utterly disdainful and wholly unapologetic (this was no mean feat given she did not utter a word of English. This was conveyed entirely through her usage of short, sharp Italian and her body language, universal in every language).

This is no way to behave if you are in the service industry.

Thankfully, by the evening her husband had returned and was all smiles, helpful information, (with the added bonus of him being conversant in English -which I would think would be quite necessary for an economy that seems to depend so wholly on American retirees' holiday dollars) and even maps and restaurant recommendations. They also had one of the nicest breakfasts I had during my stay in Italy.

So to sum up, a decent, "honest" and clean place to stay, provided you stay away from the wife.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 18, 2009

Riomagiorre is a great place to stay, especially for couples and younger people - it's definitely less family oreinted than the other villages in the cinque terre. Perhaps not as pretty as Vernazza, we were very happy with the restaurants on offer and loved watching sunset from the bar on the hill above the train station - all a bit more secluded and romantic than the open squares of the other villages (especially monterosso - this is the familiy friendly destination, and as we went in Italian school holidays, this means lots of kids!)

locanda del sole was a little out the way - you do have to trek up the steep hill to get here, so not for those with fitness issues! - but the rooms are clean and well-appointed and we had a lovely view across the village from our terrace. enrico is extremely helpful and made the stay most enjoable, including his restaurant recommendations.

i cannot rave about cinque terre enough, if you love good food and wine and walking, you will love cinque tere. make sure you bring sturdy walking shoes (trainers are enough) - we passed too many people who were ill prepared for the cliff top walks - carry your own water! - and bring a camera cause the views are gorgeous.

do not choose cinque terre if you are after a beach holiday - only monterosso has a real beach, and it is packed in med style

we found italy in general quite expensive, and cinque terre is no exception, but it depends on your budget and expectations - there are no flashy hotels but clean, locally run places with plenty of character and no need for a car.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 18, 2009

We stayed there for 2 nights. It is very convenient located. It is about 5 minute up-hill walking from train station. And the trail head to Cinque Terre National Park is a little above the train station. Bus can also take you there. However, the bus service stops after 7:30pm last run. There is also an elevator that can take you to the top of the town, then you can walk downhill to the hotel. but, it was out of service while we were there. According to Enrico, it had been out of service for a month.

Room is very clean and spacious. Room is furnished basically, however, sufficient for our needs. Bed is very comfortable, shower is hot and water is large, and a small TV in case you want to catch some news on CNN or BBC. We did have a small terrace with chairs and a table. We did not use it as we arrived late, out the next day, left in a hurry on the second morning. But, I don't think that you can see sea from the terrace, although, sea is only a short walk away.

Enrico is very kind, speaks very good English. He gave us very good recommendations on restaurants. We ended up eating at one of his recommendations two nights in a row. There is a flight of stairs from his reception to our room. He was so kind that he carried the largest of our two suitcases. He also gave us a map of Cinque Terre while we checked in, and gave us some good suggestions on our next day activities.

Breakfast is very good. Fresh fruits are also offered. We took an apple with us when we left, and we enjoyed it very much on the train to Florence.

All in all, a very good experience, we will definitely stay there again if we ever come back to Cinque Terre. Thanks Enrico for all your help.

Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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