The idyllic and ancient fishing villages of Cinque Terre are framed by vineyard-filled hills and the radiant Ligurian Sea. The setting could hardly be more romantic, but couples who really want to run with the romance theme will do best at these five hotels.
High above the town of Monterosso sits this upscale 40-room hotel, well known for its gorgeous views of the water below and surrounding town and hillsides. Rooms have rather dated furnishings, but some offer balconies with spectacular views. The saltwater infinity pool, wooden deck solarium with a hot tub, and private beach area are noteworthy features. The on-site La Terrazza del Porto Roca restaurant is popular among hotel guests and the public thanks to its regional cuisine and gorgeous vistas. There's also a small pool bar in addition to the lobby bar.
The hotel’s name, “Il Giardino Incantato,” or “Magical Garden,” was inspired by its storybook-perfect area with a stone path surrounded by lawns with lemon trees. Inside the 16th-century house, the four gorgeous guest rooms have details like exposed stone arches or wood beams, gold chandeliers, and ornate headboards. They also come with ceiling fans, flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, free Wi-Fi, free minibars, and fresh fruit. The free breakfast buffet -- served in a beautiful garden -- includes eggs, cheeses, and seasonal fruit.
The 12 rooms at the upscale La Torretta hotel are beautiful with such elegant touches as four-poster beds and tall floral headboards. With a free evening aperitif and several terraces for watching the sunset, it's a particularly good pick for a romantic stay. The bed and breakfast is located on the church square in Manarola, one of five fishing villages that make up Cinque Terre. The marina and train station are a short walk downhill, but there are several stairs to climb at the hotel, which may make it a challenge to navigate for some travelers.
Set in a sherbet-colored villa atop terraced gardens, this intimate, four-room retreat is perfect for a romantic getaway. Rooms have Provencal charm and modern amenities, like air-conditioning and contemporary en-suite bathrooms. Though the inn lacks a proper bar, it serves cocktails, wine, and beer. One of the main highlights here is the homemade breakfast, which is outstanding and huge, and features a selection of local produce. Breakfasts can be taken in the guest rooms, on the wooden deck, or in the breakfast room.
This quiet bed-and-breakfast in Vernazza books quickly during summer due to its stunning location on the cliff; comfortable, contemporary rooms; and warm, welcoming owners. The four airy, white-washed rooms feature minibars, flat-screen satellite TVs, and rainfall showerheads. A simple daily breakfast delivered to the room is included in the room rate.