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La Baia di Rio 2.0

Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italian Riviera

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  • Cliff-top setting overlooking charming Riomaggiore village and bay
  • Family-run five-room property with attentive owners
  • Almost all rooms have terraces, and most have sea views
  • Five-minutes' walk from train station
  • Self-catering facilities available


  • Can be a steep climb for those with limited mobility
  • Not heavy on amenities
  • Not all rooms have sea views, as some face inland
  • No breakfast

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La Baia di Rio is a collection of five simple rooms in a well-maintained apartment block overlooking the Ligurian Sea and the picturesque village of Riomaggiore. Almost all the units have terraces with wonderful views of the harbor, sea, and village, and two provide use of a kitchen. Aside from flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, and mini-fridges, though, there's little in the way of amenities -- but the owners are particularly attentive to guests' needs. Rates are appropriately low for this no-frills property, and rental income from the complex helps to finance the local vineyard, Val di Serra dei Benaci. Those who want more amenities and less in the way of self-catering might want to check out the nearby La Scogliera, although its rates are higher. Be aware when booking that La Baia de Rio's owner sometimes rents other rooms in part of her house, which is located elsewhere, under the same name.

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Basic but well-maintained, clean rooms overlooking the charming village and the sea

The "Rio" in La Baia di Rio refers to Riomaggiore, one of the five villages of the Cinque Terre and the privileged location of this simple collection of rooms. The entrance is so discreet it's easy to miss. There's no reception area or lobby, and visitors must ring an intercom to call one of the owners to scuttle down with the keys. The family-run property is basic but has pretty green shutters and is well-maintained.


Prime cliff-top setting in beautiful UNESCO status Cinque Terre village

La Baia di Rio apartments are perched on a cliff in a prime position overlooking the Ligurian Sea in the pretty village of Riomaggiore -- one of the five villages that are part of the Cinque Terre UNESCO World Heritage Site. Car use is very restricted in the village, and the apartments are reachable only on foot -- this is what makes the street so quiet. The building is just a few steps from a public panoramic terrace with an exceptional views, while the Riomaggiore train station is a five-minute walk away.


Four out of five rooms open onto terraces with beautiful views

There are five units in the main building -- two suites, a triple, and two double rooms. Decor is simple and bright with basic modern furnishings and tiled floors. All units except the Amerigo Vespucci double room include furnished terraces with lovely views of the sea and harbor. Bathrooms are bright -- with blue marble-tile floors and white marble-tile walls, stall showers, bidets, and single sinks. Room amenities include flat-screen TVs and mini-fridges, while suites have kitchenettes available on request. The owner also rents rooms in her building at another location under the same name.


Not many amenities but in a gorgeous setting with hospitable and helpful owners

The views and the no-frills price are the draw here, as, aside from satellite TV, mini-fridges, and the possible use of a kitchen, there's not much else. But the ever-helpful owners will step in to arrange parking, restaurant bookings, and to offer plenty of tips and advice on things to do.

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