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RIOMAGGIORE - UNDER MILK WOOD: It is spring, moonless night in the small town ..

Bedrooms 2
Space 688 sq. ft.
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Enjoy spectacular views of the sea and the sunsets from this freestanding rustic

The house is meant for real 5 Terre - lovers, who want to spend a unique holiday in an absolutely private and natural environment, but at the same time be within walking distance of Riomaggiore, the train station and the beach.

The property is located about 150 meters above sea level, trims on the crest of the hill and extends over 1500 square meters of terraced land, cultivated with the grapes of the Cinque Terre Which are used to produce two locally made wines. The eponymous Cinque Terre and the Sciachetrà, both made using Bosco, Albarola, and grapes Vermentino.

The cozy country house is built over 2 floors, ideal for a couple, but with the possibility to accomodate other 2 people in the large shared living room. The master bedroom on the first floor has a private access to a nice terrace overlooking the sea and the garden, this guaranties privacy. We only accept children on your own responsibility as the cliffs might be dangerous.

The floor and ceiling of the bed room, as well as the railings and some furnitures in Under Milk Wood House are antiques from old ships. You get the feeling to be on a boat cruise.

We have heating in winter.

The property enjoys large outdoor living area with various sunsets, sun, summer kitchen with sink, barbecue and outdoor shower under a shaded pergola wine. Everywhere breathtaking sea view on crystal clear water, the bay where you can see the dolphins swim and the small fishing port, as well as the village Riomaggiore.

Please note:

1. The house is only accessible on foot, you need to walk about 8-10 minutes from the car park. To reach the car park from the train station you need to walk through the town, which is almost entirely uphill, so please pack light! Good shoes and not too big luggage, possible backpacker packs is recommend. There are different possibilities: from the top, you reach by little city bus departing from the train station or the police station/ tourist office, getting out at the Bar 180 Gradi by about 5 min walk down the path with old stair steps, Which then leads to the cemetery (bus stop) of Riomaggiore (can be taken also upstairs from the graveyard to the top) or, more easy, you park your car on the federal road leading to Riomaggiore (or get the bus to the near bus stop) and reach the house via a very simple path through the wine-cultivated land and parallel to the road in max 10 min walk to the house. For this solution there are only few steps to take.

If you are traveling without a car you can reach Riomaggiore or by Ferry or train or bus and then walk to the house (from the cemetery via the stone path upstairs), or take the small bus from the village and get over or under the house and then take the path to the house (easier with luggage).

2. We try to respect Nature and environment, we cultivate our grapes with natural methods and produce our hot water with Thermo Solar System and the heating with Infrared. No air-condition is available, but the place is good ventilated by the exposure over the sea and the large stone walls are keeping the house fresh anche in summer.

3. Wi-Fi available.

Why Choosing it

At Under Milk Wood you will have everywhere breathtaking sea view on crystal clear water, the bay where you can see the dolphins swim and the small fishing port, as well as the village Riomaggiore. If you want to spend your holiday in a paradise, this is the property you are looking for!

The name, Under Milk Wood, takes inspiration from the famous Dylan Thomas‘s radio drama (1954) commissioned by the BBC and later adapted for the stage. In the play an omniscient narrator invites the audience to listen to the dreams and innermost thoughts of the inhabitants of the fictional small Welsh fishing village Llareggub (“bugger all” backwards). The owner of Under Milk Wood found a similarity of images and feeling in staying at this lovely property in Riomaggiore and that made the name history!

Dylan Thomas, Under Milk Wood: A Play for Voices (1954) [Silence]

FIRST VOICE (Very softly) To begin at the beginning:

It is spring, moonless night in the small town, starless

and bible-black, the cobblestreets silent and the hunched, courters'-and-rabbits' wood limping invisible down to the sloeblack, slow, black, crowblack, fishing boat bobbing sea. The houses are blind as moles (though moles see fine to-night in the snouting, velvet dingles) or blind as Captain Cat

there in the muffled middle by the pump and the town clock, the shops in mourning, the Welfare Hall in widows' weeds. And all the people of the lulled and dumbfound town are sleeping now.

Hush, the babies are sleeping, the farmers, the fishers, ...

More Details

Member since: 2017
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, german, italian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018

About Marina

We are Martina, Phil and our Lab George and the puppy Tobi

Marina purchased this barn in 2017

What makes this barn unique

Magic Place!


Riomaggiore Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 688 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Max. adults: 3
  • Min. age of primary renter: 12
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Solo persone amanti della Natura, rispettosi delle Regole del Parco.
  • Only clients who respect the rules of the Park and our property.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Adventure
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
  • - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Books
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Under Milk Wood Allows you to be in your private paradise, overlooking the 5 Terre, but in less then 10 min walk you are at the beach, the town or on your hiking path.


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(8 traveler reviews)

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RIOMAGGIORE - UNDER MILK WOOD: It is spring, moonless night in the small town ..
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

Unique and scenic

  • 5 of 5

What a unique place. It was a privilege to stay here in the middle of the vineyard terraces high up above Riomaggiore. A peaceful location off the road with views of the countryside and village and beach down below. Simply delightful to rest and linger on the terrace or under the pergola enjoying a glass of wine with maybe the odd fig that has dropped of the tree. Coming with the unusual location were challenges, such as getting luggage there, but somehow we managed it even with four cases! The stairs up and down to the village kept us fit and the house was cosy for the four of us, but this was compensated with plenty of areas to lounge around outside. Quite an experience and recommended.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Bea, you have been wonderful guests! Hope to welcome you again at Under Milk Wood,
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Orange County, CA

Unlike anywhere you've ever stayed

  • 5 of 5

Nothing can describe the views and the feel of this place. When you first start your trek to Under Milkwood you think what did I get myself into, until you stand on the patio and take in the panoramic view of the Ligurian Sea and beautiful Riomaggiore far below you. The peacefulness is unbelievable, all you hear is the mild ocean sounds. Our routine became to spend the day hiking and touring after a light breakfast at the house, we would have a lunch in one of the towns and would try to be back before dark to watch the sunset with wine and antipasto. One night we watched a spectacular lightning show a few miles out over the sea.

Tip: If you have luggage more than a backpack, either store it somewhere or hire Roberto to carry it in. We packed for a month of European travel and Roberto carried our 2 suitcases that probably weighed a combined 100 pounds in one trip for 20€. His number is +39 329 8966219. He showed up on time and wouldn't take an additional tip.

The host of the property, Martina speaks excellent English, Italian and German. She was gracious and responsive and helped us with our itinerary. Can't recommend this special place enough.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Herb, UMW is a special place for special guests ;))
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Hilltop Hideaway

  • 5 of 5

What a fantastic place! A secluded hideaway with the most incredible views.. the climb up/down gets your heart racing, but hey - that's what the Cinque Terra is all about! Spent a wonderful 4 nights here & didn't want to leave. Thank you, Martina for sharing your special home.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Debbie, you grabbed the spirit of the 5 Terre and how magic is Under Milk Wood.
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Kevin is the Man

  • 5 of 5

Thanks for making Italy great, Kevin. And man, what a villa! Definitely coming back. Thanks-

Will Hurst

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Carrie and Will are a fantastic couple and they enjoyed the company of our young friend Kevin. Kevin picks up our guests in the airport, if they request it, but he also took them around, to the village and to the beach and to taste the famous "Limoncello" ... very nice guys, we hope to have them soon again our guests at Under Milk Wood!
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Woodinville, WA

A very special property.

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at this unique property, in spite of a few challenges. The house is ideal for two guests, but accommodates four if the other two are game for a less majestic stay. The location is picture-perfect-premium, high on the cliffside overlooking Riomaggiore and the Mediterranean. If you are out of shape, the hikes up or down will be grueling. If you are in shape, they will be merely annoying, but serve as the price of admission for such a magical hideaway. We stayed a week, and that afforded a generally relaxing pace of life, harmonious with long and sweaty climb from town.

The house is funky in good ways and bad. Water cut out completely several times. We survived. Ants assaulted from the master ceiling. They could be killed, but had infinite reinforcements. We moved the bed to minimize contact. Again survivable.

Heavy drinkers and parents should beware. The paths to the property and the decks contain a few unprotected and potentially lethal drops. Some designs would be laughably illegal where I come from.

I have little doubt that the new owners will address our issues and any others that arise. The upgrades already applied to this new rental are high quality.

The beds were good. Linens, etc clean. The kitchen had enough to cook nice meals, and everything in there worked.

The outdoor shower was an unexpected treat, and I used it exclusively once discovered.

Initially finding the property was harder than necessary. The instructions were wordy and convoluted for these travelers after a long journey. Hopefully future guests will receive a simply drawn map showing the various parking options and access paths.

Rehashing everything now, my overall response is "when can I come back?" It's rough, it's wacky, and it's really a gem. If you expect pure comfort and manicured perfection, this is not for you. If you like a little adventure, have good humor, and appreciate awesome beauty and charm, this is it.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Steve, thank you so much for taking your time in writing this beautiful review. It mirrors perfectly Under Milk Wood! It's rough, it's wacky, and it's really a gem! I will follow many of your advises, I will draw a simple map how to find the property, I will allow max 3 guests in future, and in the meantime I have got a second 1000L water tank - no problem with water anymore. I really hope to welcome you again at UMW. Martina
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If heaven was a place on Earth.

  • 5 of 5

When we first saw this listing,  we thought it may be too good to be true. Photos showed paradise, sitting up over Riomaggiore.  We came to find out that it was better than the photos can even convey, & more importantly,  it's real! We had the absolute privilege of being the inaugural guests of Milkwood. I will try to describe it as accurately as possible w/o gushing.  When we arrived in Riomaggiore, Phil met us at train station. He was smiling &welcoming.  He even helped carry my bag.  There are 2 ways to get tothe house, via bus or walking. We elected to walk. We had 2 large backpacker packs & 2 small ones. The walk through the town is almost entirely uphill, so please pack light!After the town, you veer to the right and up a winding main road. There you can take the stairs or elect to go around (a much flatter path). Milkwood is tucked away in the high hill and is not for people who want an easy trek. You have to work a little for paradise. With our packs, we timed it at 24 minutes to get into town via the longer flatter path and 18 minutes w/steeper path. Without packs, you can hop through in 12 mins. The beach path is 15 mins walk to beach.We have desk jobs.  We don't exercise very often, but by the end of the trip, we not only preferred the steeper path,we loved it. Our hearts were beating better, our skin was tan, we legs felt more fit. This was like like a healing voyage , not just just a vacation.  The trek seem difficult at first, but it's worth it, trust me. Just pack light, wear light clothes, & sneakers on arrival day.  When we arrived at the top, we were so awestruck. It was magnificent.  Huge views of the town nestled below,  water views beyond your sight's limits, seagulls, cool winds, & huge balcony. The inside looks like a carefully crafted ship. Stairs to get you to loft bdroom upstairs. Galley kitchen full of essentials (salt, pepper, utensils, & seasoning). The bathroom and living area were just redone in a very modern, beachy design, very fresh. The bed is firm and an orthopedic brand. At night, leave open the windows and you can hear church bells,  wind, waves, & be awakened by seagulls and chirping birds. Fresh fruit trees everywhere & wine vineyard. Our hosts were gracious & passionateWe loved them as much as the house. When we left, we almost got choked up. In fact we canceled our Florence leg of the trip to stay at Milkwood 3 xtra days. Thank you Martina & Phil for allowing this. This place is heaven on Earth.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Taylor and Scott, we miss you already. Milkwood will always be there for you! You have left your mark on it with your positive energy and your enthusiasm. Grazie di cuore Martina e Phil
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Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
400 Metres
Sole a 180 Gradi
Nearest Ferry
5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
400 Metres
Sole a 180 gradi
Nearest Beach
0.5 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

On top of the hill just in front of the beach of Riomaggiore, surrounded by our vineyards and easily reachable by walking on a path for 10 min. Please do not bring heavy bags or suitcases, you have to carry everything on your bag.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $86.14
Additional Guest Fee $12.31 per person per night
Pet Fee $24.61
Damage Deposit $369.19

The heating will be calculated extra - il riscaldamento viene calcolato extra, in base al consumo - Heizung word extra je each Verbrauch verrechnet

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.