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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 2 - 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 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 19, 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
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
  • - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • 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.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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RIOMAGGIORE - UNDER MILK WOOD: It is spring, moonless night in the small town ..
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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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Spectacular setting

  • 5 of 5

An amazing view.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Secluded get away with amazing views

  • 5 of 5

We stayed three nights at under milk wood and arrived very late by train into La Spezia the first night (22:00) but Marina contacted us through what's app and was extremely helpful in arranging for her house maid (Sandra) to pick us up and take us to the house. I have to admit we were a bit worried upon first arrival as it was pitch black and Sandra took us down very narrow steep steps to a very secluded home but one we got settled in and woke up the next morning to the unbelievably amazing viewed it was all worth it. The house is big enough for about 4 people using the sofa bed downstairs comfortably. It was very clean and updated. The linens were clean and water hot. I should note that there is no air conditioning so it did stay somewhat warm at night in the middle of summer but we were able to sleep comfortably with the bedroom window shutters open. As you are amongst the grape vines there is a possibility is some bugs getting in as there are no screens just shutters but it was never a problem for us and nothing that would hurt you anyway (moths mostly). We would walk down each morning to town and were able to explore four of the five towns easily and spend some time at the beach as well as hike from monterrosso to Vernazza (this was not for the faint of heart by the way it was many many flights of stairs and about two hours long). At the end of the night we would have to walk back up to the house which was about 30 minutes and also not for the faint of heart as it is quite a few unlevel rock stairs and very little railings. I highly recommend upon arrival to have someone take you to the house so you know where you're going. This may sound like a deterrent but very very worth it once you know where you're going. We sat on the balcony and had a quick breakfast each morning looking down onto the town and the beach. So if you are looking for some incredible views and to get away from the many many people you'll encounter through the day and are OK with some adventure/hiking this is really worth it. Martina was by far the most helpful host we have had through our many uses of airbnb, VRBO, etc.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you both! Your review is very helpful and realistic, people need to know that to be able to enjoy a holiday at 5 Terre you need to love nature and trekking. You have been very nice guests too!
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I loved the view from the property but know the facts first.

  • 4 of 5

I absolutely loved the view from the property and the property itself was very nice and comfortable. The walk from the parking lot above is about a 10 minute hike down about 300 steps and these are not all normal steps some take quite a bit of maneuvering. They are in the rock. Going up is a bear. A bag bigger than a backpack should not be attempted. It could be really dangerous. Not even the person you can pay to help you is safe doing this. The path to the house is about 13 inches wide in some areas with no railing only a string to grab and can be slick. If you fell it could potentially be fatal. The easier path to the road still is about a 15 minute walk with about 50 steps and no railing. Once you reach the road you still have to walk downhill into the town and completely uphill back. All food will need to be gathered from the town below and be hiked back in a fairly long road up to the path so get here early with food. The town is about as far as the water you see in the picture except it is to the right. You need to be in fairly good shape to safely come to the house. Only bring what you need for your trip in nothing more than a backpack. If you know this the house and experience is absolutely wonderful and amazing!!!! I brought my 67 year old mother and it was too much for her and it was a little too much for my 50 year old sister as well.

  • Submitted: May 9, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am glad that Brandy and her mother and sister loved Under Milk Wood and I am sorry that they troubled to move from and to the house, but again, this is how the 5 Terre are! Its a place for fit people who like trekking (if you read carefully the description of the property, it says exactly this!) and all the paths are like the one you have to take to Under Milk Wood. By the way, its an official trekking path of the Park. I always recommend all my guests not to take heavy luggage... and please read something about the 5 Terre, before you come here, its a very special place!
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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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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 $80.07
Additional Guest Fee $11.44 per person per night
Pet Fee $22.88
Refundable Damage Deposit $343.17

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.

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