We just finished a wonderful two week stay in this beautiful villa. There were 4 of us the first week, and 5 of us the second week. There are not enough adjectives to describe this wonderful place. Lorella has done a fantastic job of describing her property, and it was exactly as we expected. The property was clean, and well appointed, and Lorella was available by email to answer any questions we had as the week went on. We loved spending time on the balconies just watching the activity in the harbor, the sunsets, and the few storms move in and out. We had intended to cook some of our meals, but in reality, we just ate out or got takeout from the shops in town. The hike up and down the hill put us in great shape for all the other hikes we did while in the Cinque Terre. There are many good eating places.......we were a little disappointed with Billy's as it had come highly recommended by many, but we found it to be average..........We loved Porticciolo and had 2 fantastic meals there.......we also tried all the morning spots for our cappuccino and brioche. Our favorite spot was Nessun Dorma - we loved taking the Pesto Course there, and getting a spritz and snacks in the afternoon - Simone was a delightful instructor. It was fun to sit outside while sipping cappuccino and watch the town get ready for the day with all the deliveries and store openings. We also really enjoyed our sunset cruise with Daniele. Another great experience was the Olive Oil Tasting Course at Olivium.
The al fresco shower in the laundry room was a delight. I really can't think of a thing that needs to be changed. The property is very good value for the dollar, and we recommend it to anyone who is looking for a great Italian experience. We love hiking, and found this to be a great base for that. We would leave town mid morning before it got too crowded, spend the better part of the day on the trails, then return in the evening when the crowds were dying down. Manarola is one of the more quiet towns, so most evenings it was very peaceful.
Thank you Lorella for a marvelous stay in a wonderful villa!