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Today began well weather wise but degenerated by lunch time. This morning we were sitting in the lovely sitting room while Deborah who owns the apartments was here and suddenly heard whatb sounded like a helicopter. We went outside to discover that it was indeed a chopper that had turned up to airlift a generator from Manarola to Corniglia, a …
... who decides which place becomes the most exclusive. There is a lovely palazzo high above the town of Santa Margherita, surrounded by acres of parkland. We were having trouble finding our way to the entrance, when four nice young people came along and led us there, as they re going to the same place. The trees are old and huge, and the gardens lovely, so we spent some time there enjoying the surrounds, and the views over the harbour. Then we had a nice coffee back in the ...
... stakes. Everyone dresses up and goes out, walking their dogs, meeting friends, socialising in the cool of the day. You often see 2 or 3 older people sitting on a seat and I guess, catching up on the day's news. And theres a real sense of enjoyment It's something I love to see, as it seems such a nice thing to do. If it was us, we'd probably send an email or a text. So even though Rapallo has lots of tourists, there is still a really strong sense of it being ...
... for the tour.
*A little side note: In May, when I first started planning the Italy trip, my cousin
suggested that Alyssa and I do a Cinque Terre hiking tour that leaves from
Florence; she even provided the link to a tour company. In the two other times I'd been to Italy, it had never been on my radar to visit, but I'd seen pictures and it looked so beautiful.
At the train station, we met up with one of the guides, ...
... the chef could chop them off for her. But Lexa was going to brave the fishy eyes staring her down while she ate. Tanner had absolutely no trouble braving the eyes and tails... he actually loved it. And it was delicious! So so fresh. It was nice to sit outside, enjoy the food and the company together.
After dinner, we all went upstairs to their apartment (across the hall from ours) and sat on the balcony with a view of the neighboring town of Lerici, to eat a freshly ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Arpaiu Manarola
We were not disappointed with Hotel Arpaiu. View from our room was great. View from the terrace and the ambience even better. I consider Manarola to be the best of the 5 terre. Peaceful, relaxing, easy to find. Didn't want to leave!
Arpaiu is modern, clean and has spectacular views. What you see on the website is what you get. There are no hosts on site and no food is served. Refrigerator and safe in room. Guests are quiet and want to be alone. This is pure paradise. No cars, no planes. No noisy tourists. Quiet. Beauty. Elegance. It is paradise. Manarola is the quietest and most relaxing of the five towns, the stroll and views up to the Church/cemetary are breathtaking. Just stop at the tourist booth at the train station for info about getting around the Cinque Terre, which is simple. Learn a bit of Italian before you arrive - the locals appreciate the effort. Wonderful hikes between towns. Great gelato in Vernazza. Keep your bags light as hills are steep and stairs abundant. You will leave refreshed and longing to return. I wish I was there now.
Park your car (you'll see it). Catch the van (you'll see it). You get dropped off in town and begin your maybe 50 yard gentle inclined walk right out to the edge of the cliff (you're there)! Location, location, location.
This place is ultra clean and modern (we loved it). If you're looking for antiques, keep looking (you've seen enough antiques by now haven't you?).
I shot maybe 30-40 pictures out my window!
We saw the staff for maybe 10 minutes the whole time (and it didn't bother us a bit).
No food served here, but really good restaurants are down that gentle slope, just about 50 yards away.
This B&B is in a very nice building and has a gorgeous view of Manarola and the sea. It's starkly modern, and quite comfortable. It has a teriffic bath -- big, bright, and beautiful. It would have rated 4 stars by us except for the host. We generally stay at B&Bs -- in part for the relationship we can develop with the innkeepers. Throughout Italy (except here) we were very warmly received by helpful hosts who seemed genuinely pleased to make our holiday memorable. Here, however, we were checked and the hostess quickly absented herself, letting us know we wouldn;t see her again for our three days there. In fact, she lives in La Spezia and not on-site. Though we thoroughly study up beofore travelling, we do generally rely on hosts for up-to-date local information. In Cinque Terre we were without benefit of that assistance. Nice as the building itself is, we would not stay there again, and can't recommend it -- unless you don't mind an entirely solo voyage. (Also, FYI breakfast is not included -- but we knew that ahead of time.)
If you don't mind steep inclines, and your legs and heart are in good shape, I highly recommend Arpaiu in Manarola, in the Cinque Terre region of Italy. It was even better than expected. Unbelievable view, comfortable bed, very clean, absolutely beautiful. Breakfast is not included but food is available closeby. We had to call when we were on our way and give an estimated time of arrival, because the innkeeper does not stay on site. We were greeted not by the English speaking person I had been corresponding with, but her sister-in-law, and communicating proved a little difficult, but we prevailed. Cinque Terre is a hiking destination, so anyone interested in going to Manarola or the other hill towns should be prepared for lots of walking. The town is beautiful beyond description. We plan to return to Arpaiu as soon as possible.
While part of me doesn't want to reveal to the world this secret, special hotel, I cannot recommend it enough. It's a very small place -- about 5 rooms or so -- and it's in an intimate and very beautifully designed house. In fact, you can see it in all the postcard pictures of Manarola because it's situated right on the cliff overlooking the ocean. That means the views are outrageously good. The rooms themselves are filled with simple, elegant furniture and the bathrooms are probably the most stylish you'll see in Italy. Especially for the price! The owners -- while they did not clean during the 3 days we were there and were rarely around -- were very kind and helpful when they were present. It's low key, but so very special. Definitely stay here, but leave us a spare reservation when we return.
Amazing, amazing, amazing! This is a wonderful place with excellent views! The staff are so nice and helpful. Great location, stairways away from the little town (don't have to hike up a huge hill). Views from rooms and deck are breathtaking. I didn't want to leave. Right on the water with an ocean breeze. Best town of them all - quiet and not very crowded. Our bed was a futon and not comfortable at all but everything else was so great we didn't care. Might want to ask for room without the futon.
Arpaiu is highly recommended by my husband and me!! it was beautiful, the room was nice (newly renovated), the staff was SO accomodating and extremely nice, and it was substantially less expensive than other hotels that had no view...and believe me, the view is remarkable! We plan to return after a couple of years (this was our honeymoon), and we will definitely stay here again!
I booked this hotel based on its website and was apprehensive at first because I didn't see any reviews. When I arrived in early April 2004, I was ecstatic. The house itself is situated at the end of a small incline, with a *spectacular* view of the coast. Everything was clean and obviously recently renovated. Our 2 rooms were large by Italy standards, and very clean and modern. The down comforters were a nice touch to the already comfortable beds. The bathrooms were great--spacious and clean! Debora, the woman I corresponded with to make reservations, was very helpful and patient. No breakfast available, but there's a small kitchen on the top floor for guests to use. Also, just a short walk away is a small cafe with great pastries. All in all, a wonderful homebase for exploring Cinque Terre. I would not hesitate to book this B&B again.
Incredible view from your room!
Arpaiu is situated on a high spot overlooking the sea. The building itself is newly renovated and is clean and tasteful. Very zen feeling. Photos taken from the bedroom window are amazing. What a view! We were on our honeymoon and this spot is romantic, comfortable, quiet, restful and magical. Loved the down comforter and glass block wall and glass block shower. The town of Manarola turned out to be our favorite of the five towns. We definitely will return one day, and hopefully stay again at Arpaiu.