This was my favorite leg of our Italy trip. I loved hiking from town to town. When we were there, the segment of the trail from Manarola to Corniglia was shut down due to landslides (this has been a problem for a while as my cousin was there the previous summer and the same portion was closed) and the trains were on strike as well. We were forced to take the lesser traveled trail (I believe it was trail #9). It was very challenging but the views from the top were beyond rewarding. I would recommend anyone staying in Manarola to try it.
The room itself was very clean. The bathroom was a decent size, but it was awkward stepping out of the shower and avoiding the toliet. The owner met us at her restaurant in the middle of the day and then directed us to the church at the top of the hill to meet the lady who would show us to our room. We had read the reviews that the owner was very rude, and she was somewhat curt to my boyfriend but not really that bad at all. Her husband (we assume it was her husband) insisted that we have a complimentary glass of wine or expresso at the restaurant. He was quite friendly and we appreciated the kind gesture.
The stairs are very steep and I would not recommend staying here if you are not in good shape. Getting up to the apartment is the first challenge and then making it to the room presents another difficulty. The stairs going up to the room would be pretty much impossible for an elderly person to climb as they pretty much go straight up and you almost need to crawl . We are in good shape and we could hardly handle going up and down them.
The room does not include breakfast, but they did have glasses available if you wanted to buy your own drinks and bring them up to the room and also provided complimentary tea and coffee in the room. I would definitely stay here again and I would come back to Manarola any time.
- Also Known As:
- Locanda Giuliana Hotel Manarola
- Locanda Giuliana Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy