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)
- Also Known As:
- B&B Villa Pietra Fiore Monterosso Al Mare, Cinque Terre, Italy