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The villa is, as promised, located just a few hundred yards from the trails in the park, (although it’s a good idea to purchase a detailed trail map or topo). As it’s a good 900 feet above sea level the view over the sea - especially at sunset - from the terraces is magnificent! We were able to hike from the villa to each of the five towns and then take the train back to Corniglia and walk up the hill home (maybe 25 minutes from the train station - you can fortify yourself for the walk up the hill with a gelato in town).
We spent most late afternoons outside in the sun enjoying the view. The mosquitoes were bad at dusk and chased us inside at dinner time.
The bedrooms are clean and comfortable, with firm mattresses and good storage for clothes, and the blue bedroom is sunny and bright during the day if you wanted to stay inside and read. The stairs are steep and narrow - you’d have to rig barriers with small children.
Living area inside was fine for the three of us but if you had a larger group you’d want to spend your time outside or it would feel cramped - there’s a sofa for three and a small dining table with wooden chairs in the living room area - but who would want to stay inside with that view?
The kitchen is very well equipped and we made dinner at home several nights. We didn’t use the charcoal grill but all the materials needed were there (charcoal etc) and there is also a wood pizza oven that we were too intimidated to try! It’s also easy to park in Corniglia at night after most of the day tourists have gone and we ate dinner in town several times.
It’s is a pretty steep walk from the car to the villa but we loved the path through the olive trees and it’s very well lit at night if you go out to dinner.
I’d say the only thing we’d have really wanted to change was the neighbors dogs - directly across the street from the parking are two white dogs that barked constantly.
Maurizio was a wonderful host, checking in to make sure everything was going well and his assistants met us to help us settle in. We’d highly recommend the villa if you’re looking for a beautiful, central place to base yourself while exploring or hiking in Cinque Terre.
We just spent two nights in Caste and we wish we had spent more. We loved the beautiful location, the lovely little apt, and our wonderful host Francesca. The views from the patio were so beautiful and we enjoyed making and eating our dinner there, .... as well as sharing in a few glasses of wine. We were in the main floor apt which remained cool and comfortable. Everything we needed was provided and very nicely presented. Francesca even kindly provided a welcoming bottle of wine! All in all we highly recommend this beautiful, quiet spot which is convenient to cinque Terre (which was far from quiet). Grazie Mille Francesca.