After an adrenaline charged drive on minor roads hanging off the cliffside (we could have taken the main road from La Specia), Niria at Volastra was a welcome sight. So relaxing, we truly appreciated the quiet nights after walking the amazing scenic steep pathway down to busy Manorola (every day). A private airy spotless room and large bathroom, the bed was heaven. Breakfast was satisfying and relaxing, overlooking the calm blue sea from the terrace. The shower was wonderful after a long climb up at the end of the day, lots of water pressure..heaven. Internet access was excellent. There is a bus :) We received great advice on bus, train and boat, where to eat and places to visit as well as some timely help in booking the next leg of our journey.
Walking these ancient pathways, watching the farmers travel down to work in the early morning on their monorails, realising the incredible amount of work it took to carve out the terraces and produce highly sought after wines and the productivity of every garden you walk past, this is a working community. It has been very special to be here for these few days.
In this review I would like first of all thank Fausto and Andrea for the fantastic stay we had! Although they didn't speak much English, we perfectly understood each other and they did their best to make us feel at home. Opon arrival we were offered a cup of freshly brewed coffee and got a pile of hand-outs with train and bus timetables as well as directions how to get to some places of interest.
Some details that can be useful for travellers:
1) Although this is a family house, with the ground floor designed as hotel rooms, you won't feel any intrusion in your privacy, but still can excpect help or advice if you need.
2)The place is absolutely quite (as the house is situated in a village uphill, Volastra) with fantastic views of the sea.
3) The room is impeccable with two doors, one leading to the common hall and the other straight to the yard. We loved the bathroom, which was spotless and tastefully designed/
3) Note that the last bus from Manarola leaves at around 19.45, which can be inconvenient if you decide to have dinner in one of the 5 Terre towns. However you can ask Fausto to pick you up in Manarola.
4) Breakfast. The serve a tipical Italian breakfast, which means you will have a home made cake, a selection of sweets (jam, honey), youghurt and drinks.
All in all, Niria is the best choice for those looking for a pieceful stay in 5 Terre.
Monica and Andre are terrific hosts, making you feel so welcome. The setting is lovely, with a serene garden to enjoy a tasty breakfast, facing the water. We were three couples and especially enjoyed the comfortable, spacious rooms after exploring Cinque Terre. The bathrooms and bedrooms were well equipped and squeaky clean. When we needed suggestions for dinner, they were always able to supply excellent recommendations as well as making the reservations for us. When we enquired about any tours, trains etc. they always helped, with a big smile. The shuttle bus down to the water is very convenient, since the parking is almost non-existent.
Loved our stay and would recommend it.
Niria Guesthouse is perched among the vineyards in the village of Volastra high above Manarola and away from the madding crowds of the 5 towns below. It's a very peaceful setting overlooking the ocean and run by a lovely family who understand what smiling hospitality is all about. Breakfast overlooking the ocean was fantastic with freshly baked cakes and breads which unfortunately being coeliac I could not sample but again the family were great and supplied special gluten free products for me. Large airy rooms, which are spotlessly clean, serviced every day and leading on to the garden. Nice modern en-suite bathrooms, good powerful showers, reliable hot water, powerful hair dryers, reliable WiFi etc. - wonderful, what more do us travellers need? 5 stars all the way! Tip. To acclimatise yourself to CT a good first day walk is (the footpath starts right outside Niria) down, 'down' being the key word, to Corniglia (1 1/2 hours) and then on to Vernazza (another 1 1/2) and then the train back to Manarola and bus back up to Volastra.
This place is stunning! Our room opened up to a garden with a sea view and it was the most stunning places I have ever stayed at. The family who owns this place is very friendly and took really good care of us. The price also included a wonderful breakfast and the owners would give us a take away bag for "picnics." This was one of the best places I stayed at during our three week trip to Italy. The room was very clean and they gave provided excellent cleaning every day. When we return to Cinque Terre, we will be staying here again.