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Review of B&B Villa Pietra Fiore

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B&B Villa Pietra Fiore
Birmingham, AL
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“different . . . in a really good way”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2010

Pietra Fiore was one of my favorite places in Europe. It is located on a hillside a little less than 2 miles from Monterosso al Mare. My wife and I stayed there for a 5 nights in early June. There are three room floor plans and a total of 4 or five rooms. We stayed in the loft apartment, which included a kitchen and a nice-sized living room area with an ensuite bathroom. I believe that there is a one bed room and a two bed apartment also. Here are my random thought on the experience:

Location - It was pretty tricky to find the place if you arrive by train because it is outside of Monterosso and traffic is not allowed in the city (except for taxis). Therefore your options are to walk (abt 3/4 of a mile) to the gate where Marie can pick you up, get a cab, or ride the park bus (doesn't allow luggage). If you leave the train station and go to the park office next door, they will give you the number for a cab company and probably call them for you. The location actually ended up being one of my favorite things about the place once I finally found it!

Transportation - If you want to go into Monterosso, you can walk during day hours down the trail (beautiful, ~2miles, and all downhill). Coming back up is another story - it is a really tough hike and not feasible to do every day for most people. So . . . I HIGHLY reccomend taking a phone with you and getting the number of a cab service so they can drive you back up from the town. 7 euros each way, but they're really fast, and you usually need to use them only once a day.

Apartment - The apartment was fantastic. . . tons of charm. Great kitchen, fully equiped if you want to cook, and stocked every few days with breakfast food and breads. The grounds were beyond beautiful - olive trees, grape vines, and lemon trees. Also a great sea view. Also, I can't speak for the other rooms, but ours was a free-standing building, so crying kids wouldn't be an issue.

Air conditioning - None in our apartment but it's really not needed due to the design of the room, location on the top of the hill. We were actually cold at night and had to use the extra blankets.

Things to do - The best part about the apartment was that it was situated in a great place to really enjoy the authentic cinque terre. It is on the trailhead between Vernazza and Monterosso, and perfect if you plan on hiking (which I HIGHLY reccomend - beautiful!). Monterosso is a 20-30 minute walk through vineyards - the food there is some of the best I have ever had ( we loved Il Castello - on the walking path down right as you walk into the new city - try the fish soup). The beach and nightlife in Monterosso are the best on the Cinque Terre. Also, try taking the ferry from Monterosso to Porto Venere.

Staff - Marie was great! Good English, Italian, and French.

Tips - take a cellphone, budget 7euro per day for taxis, take some hiking boots, buy your groceries when you first get there, buy a bottle of local wine (good stuff)

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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ny10025
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2009

We stayed here for one night- and the accomodations were wonderful. The beds were so comfortable it was hard to wake up in the morning! We awoke to the sounds of birds chirping and more beautiful views. We were on out honeymoon, we were greeted with fabulous pastries and fresh lemon water (with lemons that grew on the property). The view was breathtaking, we had a balcony overlooking the mountain. Maria was superwoman- attentive, friendly and very welcoming. The breakfast was on the patio overlooking the mountain. Maria provided us with homemade fig marmalade (made from figs grown on the property), fresh fruits, bread, yogurt, crossiants. All with a smile! She made everything look so easy (she did all this even though she has four month old baby!) We just loved this place and highly recommend it!

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Cannes
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2009

My fiance and I stayed for 4 nights Sept. 2008. We arrived in the late afternoon and was greeted by Marie who speaks English, French and Italian. The property is nestled in the forested area of the natural park. You have to drive up a steep hill and parking is on the side of the road (you have to be good at parking with a standard vehicle on a hill). We walked through the gate down a pebbled trail towards the villa with a canopy of grapevines (just gorgeous). We stayed in a room with a double bed and balcony with an amazing view. We had to share the bathroom with the room next door which was fine. Overall our room was clean, the bed was very comfortable, there were spider webs here and there (which is expected), mini fridge came in handy. We loved the breakfast which was served outside with a fantastic view of the sea. Breakfast consisted of plain yoghurt which we mixed with delicious jam of your choice (figue, apricot, lemon, grape, etc) or honey, juice of your choice, fresh coffee with steamed milk, delicious fresh baked pastries (croissant or jam filled pastry), bread, cheese, very good fresh fruit from the garden, Marie always made sure you had enough breakfast. Our last morning she even served us baked apples with sugar and cinnamon from the garden, just amazing. You are surrounded by apple trees, orange trees, lemon trees, olive trees, figue trees, grapevines. The Villa is close to the trail leading to Vernazza ( the next village over) and the bus stop that takes you into Monterosso or Marie's father-in-law is more than happy to drive you into town. The hike down the trail to Monterosso is steep but you're going down instead of up or you can take the main road down to Monterosso, it may also be a little steep for some. We enjoyed the location of the B&B because it was just outside of Monterosso, close to the trail and nestled in the forests with an amazing view.

  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Wollongong, Australia
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65 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2008

My husband and I stayed here and loved it. We paid 90euros a night and had not one complaint. We parked our car and left it for the 3 days there and walked or caught the bus
David and Marie are great. both speak english. Our room was very comfortable with a great view of the Mediterannian.
Breakfast was fantastic, fresh fruit incuding their own figs, yogurt, pastries, bread, tea and coffee outside with a view.
Our room had a shared bathroom, with another room next door and was not a great issue, there was another 2 rooms up the top
The walk into town is about 30mins downhill along the track and it is a bit of chore.....which we did everyday of the 3 days we were there, but you can order a taxi 7euros or wait for the bus for about 1euro each which comes every hour from memory and will drop you at the driveway. I wouldnt advise the walk back as it is steep! But in saying that we loved it, it was away from the hype of tourists. So if you dont like to walk then my advice would dont stay here so as you wont complain about this lovely B&B and family.
Part of the reason for coming to Cinque Terre was to do the walk so the walk was not an issue for us. Weather was about 30plus everyday and will stay there again if the opportunity arises again.
The track into Monterosso is part of the actual walk, the walk to Riomaggiore took us 5hrs in total, good shoes is a must, we caught the train back to Monterosso which was 1.40euros each and came back has a swim and dinner then got the last bus back.
To find this B&B it's after the restaurant / 2nd tunnel and and a small driveway on the left then a drive up the hill.

  • Liked — The owners, breakfast, the view
  • Disliked — The walk up......but it's not that bad
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Sandrajw66
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NEW JERSEY
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16 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2008

My wife and I stayed at the B&B Villa Pietra Fiore from July 6th until the 12th. The owners Marie and David were wonderful. The room we stayed in was spotless, comfortable and made us feel at home. The breakfast was great,with a remarkable view. The property was nestled in a mountain. it was the best sleeping i've had on vacation. It is far removed from the town. If you need a ride the owners will provide it for you. Marie told us please call usif you need a ride up the hill. The bus runs frequently enough during the day to provide adequate transport. I would recomend this place to anyone looking to relax and enough a beautiful location like Cinque Terre. The value for the price is a bargain.

Stayed July 2008
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Austin, TX
Level Contributor
12 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2007

First of all, I am not here to bash this B&B. I am giving our experience and a more accurate picture of where this place is located. We did not have a good time here.

Their website does not give an accurate description of where they are exactly and the reviews make it sound like it's not that far from Monterosso and it's no big deal to walk. Further, they only show 2 rooms on their website and neither of them is the room we had. I'm not sure if the room we had is new, but we did not enjoy it. They also have an apartment and do not show that on the website.

This B&B is located outside of Monterosso- uphill, around several curves in the road on the highway. In order to get there you have to take the local buses. The buses run maybe every 30-40 minutes past the B&B. If you miss the times it goes near the B&B, then you have to walk down 5 minutes or so to another bus stop. The walk into Monterosso via the trail is steep with lots of steps and takes at least 30 minutes. Even the owners didn't suggest we walk into town via the trail. Once you get to the B&B you then have to walk up 2 steep driveways to get to your room. We figured out early on that we would have to work our schedule around the buses and pretty much just stay in town all day and not come back until after dinner.

The B&B is located in the Cinque Terre park, literally on the side of the mountain. There are beautiful views and the grounds around the B&B are lovely.

Breakfast was no big deal- it was juice, coffee, croissant, bread and yogurt. That is a typical European/Italian breakfast and what we had all over Italy.

The room we had was very spartan and the bathroom was very small. I think this room was part of their house as the owners and their child were next door and we could hear them very clearly when we were in the room. Two problems occurred:

1. We asked for a blanket the first night as a cool front had moved into the region and we knew the heat would not be turned on for a few weeks. She said OK, but then was talking to us and said if we weren't happy it would be OK if we left- she would understand. We kept trying to reassure her we just wanted an extra blanket. We thought that was an odd thing to say to guests who had just checked in.

2. This brings me to the part that caused us to leave after 2 nights and find another place- their 2-yr old child woke up crying, and whining the 2 nights we were there- with her parents getting up and talking loudly. She would do this for 3-4 hours and we could not sleep. We said something the next day and the owner just said 'sorry' nothing could be done. We know the child wasn't sick because in the morning when we would leave, she was up, outside, playing and laughing.

We found another hotel with vacancy and packed our bags - the owner didn't seem to care. I feel like until they can get their child to sleep through the night, they should NOT be renting this particular room out.

In conclusion, this place is probably fine for hikers, backpackers, people who have already been to the Cinque Terre. However, if you are new to this area, want to go back and forth to your hotel, or hang out in town and have access to restaurants, the beach and other activites- DO NOT STAY HERE.

  • Stayed October 2007
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Stockholm
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2007

After staying at Villa Pietra Fiore - you will want to move to the Italian Riviera. This B&B is the only hotel (or one of few?) in the hills on the bus route which make it very convenient to eat dinner in town and escape the noise at night. The B&B has fantastic views (the double rooms have balconies!) and I have never eaten a better breakfast - fruit is picked fresh after you "order". It was simply amazing.

  • Liked — Location, unique experience
  • Disliked — Thin walls bw dble rooms
  • Stayed September 2007, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank MDL6
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Additional Information about B&B Villa Pietra Fiore

Property: B&B Villa Pietra Fiore
Address: Localita Pietrafiore 1, 19106 Monterosso al Mare, Italy
Region: Italy > Liguria > Italian Riviera > Cinque Terre > Monterosso al Mare
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 50 B&Bs / Inns in Monterosso al Mare
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 5
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B&B Villa Pietra Fiore Monterosso Al Mare, Cinque Terre, Italy

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