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B & B Il Gelsomino
Ranked #56 of 147 La Spezia B&B and Inns
Reviewed 18 July 2012

Il gelsomino is a beautiful house with fantastic views over the city of La Spezia, and it is a short drive into town. The hosts, Carla and Walter, are sweet, kind people, and Carla is an excellent cook. When we arrived mid-afternoon coming straight from the Milan airport and a 20 hour trip from Texas, she insisted on preparing us a beautiful pasta dish served with melon and prosciutto, bread and wine. Breakfast was exceptional as others have noted, and even the "light" breakfast we asked for on our departure was so copious that we took half of it for our lunch. Also our flight was delayed by a day, but the hosts were quite gracious when I called to say we'd be arriving a day late, and they did not ask us to pay for the additional night.

Be sure to copy the directions from the web site. At the time, I didn't know how to save a web site as a PDF on my iPad and I didn't want to print out so many pages to carry with me. Big mistake. We relied instead on printed Google map instructions which were wrong and thus ended up driving around for an hour and a half trying to find the place. Unfortunately we didn't have cell phone service so I couldn't call to ask for help. I'm still not sure how we managed to find it on our own. As complicated as we made it getting there, it was fairly simple to get back and forth to town once Walter showed us the way.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 May 2012

I just got back from Florence this May and made a side trip to La Spezia before my Florence trip. I stayed for three nights at Il Gelsomino in La Spezia and the "real thing" did not disappoint compared to the internet ad. The view from my balcony and from the B&B's main balcony is just amazing. On my first morning, it was a little cloudy but the view was still fantastic. The place is at the top of a hill that is accessed by a winding narrow road. Then you go through a small gate that is bordered on top by cascading jasmines (gelsomino) from which the place got its name. On my second morning, the sun was out in its blazing glory and Carla (the lady of the inn) served breakfast in the main terrace. Oh, what a glorious treat. Breakfast overlooking the valley and the water in the distance amidst chirping birds and feeling the warmth of the morning sun on your face. Carla is an amazing cook. She served omelet on my first breakfast- among other things- and i don't know what glorious spices (from her herb garden) she puts in her omelet but I never knew omelets could taste so good! She serves "toast" (Carla style which to me seemed like an Italian version of grilled ham and cheese), coffee (choice of ristretto or caffe americano-diluted version of the real thing), red orange juice (one of my favorites in Italy), fresh fruits and home baked cake! If you're not a big breakfast eater, you better tell Carla in advance because she just feeds you to the max. She says "you need it because you walk and you go hungry" in her Italian accent English which was music to my ears!
While waiting for my friend to pick me up, I just sat there in the terrace after breakfast and lived "La Dolce Vita" on borrowed time because I was scheduled to go to Florence the following day. TO CARA CARLA, GRAZIE MILLE AND TO HER SHY HUSBAND WALTER, GRAZIE MILLE , ANCHE PER TUTTI. SONO MOLTO FELICE"
Melinda
Southern California
PS. Carla knows Cinque Terre a lot because she worked in one of the main restaurants in Riomaggiore before. So there you have an "insider's tips" when you plan your trip to Cinque Terre.
Since the place is rather secluded, you need to arrange for you own transportation to get to Cinque Terre.

Room Tip: There are only 3 rooms to be had. I had the room with a small balcony which affords a great view. Th...
  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 30 June 2011

This b/b is a jewel. The place is hard to find at first, but after the first day, it was breeze. The beds are very comfortable and the shower had plenty of hot water. The breakfast was always something to look forward to. Carla and Walter made us feel so at home. We were treated like family. They gave us advise on where to eat, visit the best beaches, shopping, etc. She didn't mind if we came home so late at night from our day trips. I couldn't ask for a better place. Oh and the price? 25 euros per person per night! We had a room with 2 double beds which we shared with our 2 boys. The beds were a queen (maybe even a king) and a large double sofa bed. We will definitely go back if we were in the cinque terre area again.

  • Stayed: June 2011
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Reviewed 19 July 2010

5 of us stayed here and can not say enough about the wonderful hospitality...outstanding view...amazing breakfasts...spacious and spotless rooms! Carla and Walter could not have done more...their service certainly was above and beyond!
The location...a little isolated. Carla had to come and get us in La Spezia our first night. And the next morning she took us to the station to catch the train to Cinque Terre. Upon our return later that day she prepared dinner for us...one of the best we had during our month in italy.
Well worth the effort it took to find the place...

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 July 2016
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  • Stayed: July 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 September 2015
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  • Stayed: September 2015, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 September 2015 via mobile
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Stayed: August 2015, travelled with family
2  Thank Stefano P
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Address: Via Viseggi 9 | Loc. La Foce, La Spezia, Italy
Region: Italy > Liguria > Province of La Spezia > La Spezia
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Ranked #56 of 147 B&Bs / Inns in La Spezia
Number of rooms: 2

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