Thank goodness for all the reviews on Trip Advisor for this charming and most wonderful place - it convinced me to stay here for four nights in October. NiRia is a fantastic B&B with the nicest hosts. It really is like coming home to family - they are so welcoming and friendly. Warning:if you decide to stay here, I advise you to learn basic conversation in Italian. Andrea and Franca don't speak too much English, but their son does. Too bad we didn't see him too much, as we mostly interacted with the parents. Due to my lack of preparation, I found myself lost in translation -- eyes wide, jaw dropped, and always saying 'si' and 'grazie' the whole time. Luckily we had our iPhones on us and used GoogleTranslate to say things we wanted to get through... but yeah. DEFINITELY try to learn some basic Italian before coming here.
Getting to NiRia was a pain because from Pisa, we had to take two trains and then finally a bus all the way to the top of the hill of Volastra, where NiRia is located. But don't let that stop you -- staying here is SO WORTH IT. Volastra is a tiny town above Manarola. No tourists, no tourist traps, purely local. The hosts are so incredibly nice. They serve homemade foccacia every morning, make the best coffee, and you have breakfast with a beautiful view overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. I remember sitting on their terrace, drinking coffee, staring at the ocean, and enjoying the peaceful sounds of chirping birds.
How you book is a bit unconventional to what I'm used to. You have to go to their direct website and email them directly, with the dates you want to stay. Their was no deposit or anything, but they asked for your credit card number. I was EXTREMELY hesitant upon this, but after messaging several guests who reviewed NiRia, I was at ease because they said that the hosts are so honest and would never abuse the card. Anyway, we paid in cash on our last day.
Also, I advise you to take cash out in Cinque Terre. Many places don't take credit card. And some places even say that they accept credit card, but their phone lines are down so they make you pay in cash.
If you go to Cinque Terre, just stay here. You will NOT regret it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The B&B NiRia, born in 2004, is a family-run property where you can spend a relaxing holiday in contact with nature. Thanks to its privileged location, overlooking the sea that laps the Cinque Terre and is surrounded by olive trees and vineyards. The guest house is fitted with a 3 wide rooms with private bathroom (which is scheduled cleaning and daily change of linen), satellite TV, heating / air conditioning, parking and a terrace with sea view ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- NiRia Cinque Terre/Riomaggiore, Italy