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  • A wonderful villa with great views! We cannot say enough good things about the home, the view, the well-furnished kitchen, the gardens, and the good people of Riomaggiore. We did not want to leave! The sunsets are exquisite, the people friendly, and the food and wine delicious. We will return to Pamela's home again.

    — Steve T, Seattle, WA, 30 Sep 2016
  • So romantic! Best place to stay in Italy. I fell in love with the views even before we got there. Pamela was extremely helpful and sent us emails with things to do and sights to see during our stay. The villa was so comfortable, the washer and dryer were like what we are used to in the States and the dryer completely dried our clothes! Fabulous kitchen and patio area that we used to practice our new found cooking skills (we took a cooking class in Levento). View from the living room was breath taking! Roberto met us at the station and took our luggage up to the villa, which was a nice touch as it is a steep up hill walk. The villa felt like home with books for us to read and a tv and gaming console for us to use if we wanted to. There was air conditioning in every room but we elected to keep the screened windows open so we could hear the ocean. This place was paradise and Pamela checked on us after we arrived so it felt like we had a friend that wanted to be sure we were happy and enjoying our stay. The shopping is just down the hill to your right and the hiking is to the left of the villa, there was so much to do there. If you have the chance to go to Riomaggiore this is a wonderful place to stay and you may walk away with a new friend in Pamela as well as a new romance with Italy!

    — Joy, Portland, OR, 13 Sep 2016
  • What a beautiful gem! We stayed four nights at Pamela's place and I wish I would have rented for a couple or extra nights. The view was absolutely amazing. We were close to everything. It took approximately 5- 8 minutes to get to the train station or the town ( two different ways of getting there). It was nice being "part of the locals", seeing the older men picking vegetables from their huge gardens, hearing Italian being spoken, etc. The trekking in the mountains was great, the boat ferry is extremely expensive (we were a family of 5), using the train was easy, the towns were beautiful. As we say in French, un vrai coup de cœur! Thank you Pamela!

    — Kim, Canada, 31 Jul 2016
  • Absolutely amazing place! This little gem of a villa is perfectly located for breathtaking views from the garden and a quick walk to downtown. It is very quiet and secluded. Everything you need to cook simple Italian meals is provided in the kitchen. We got up early to head into town to get the freshest bread and pastries. We purchased our groceries at the little shop just above the tunnel on the main road, everything is reasonably priced and the fresh vegetables and cheese are so very good. The beds are very comfortable, there is a washer and drier provided, dishwasher and large refrigerator. Being able to purchase our own food and cook our own meals saves considerable money. We were picked up at the train station and our luggage was delivered right tot he door and delivered back at the end of our stay. The tranquility and peacefulness of this little villa was the perfect relaxing holiday.

    — Daniele, Calgary, Canada, 22 Jul 2016
  • Amazing view. Awesome experience, immersed in Italian culture.

    What a magnificent house in a spectacular location - the house, the town, the region are unique, ancient and fascinating!. Lovely, spotless home with every comfort and a fabulous kitchen!

    My husband and I always fantasized about spending enough time in Italy to get immersed in the culture. We wanted to be able to shop in the markets and wine shops and then be able to cook in a real Italian kitchen. We wanted to eat where the locals eat, and hang out where they do. When we heard about the Cinque Terre Villa from a friend, we booked 2 weeks.

    We got our wish! The house is on a hillside overlooking the ocean in the tiny town of Rio Maggiore inside the Parco Nationale delle Cinque Terre (an Italian National Park.) There are roads and pathways by the house that lead into the town (which doesn't allow cars, BTW.) In 5 minutes you're in town, shopping in the shops, drinking espresso in the bar, and eating gelato with the locals. The train stops right in town, so moving around and visiting other towns or cities is easy and affordable.

    We took the train, or walked on the trail that runs right above the ocean between the 5 towns of the Cinque Terra in Liguria to other towns. The walks and train rides are beautiful as you pass the vineyards that are terraced onto cliffs above the ocean - make sure to drink some of the locally made wine called schiacattra.


    We started (and often ended) our days in the Bar Centrale. Espresso and pastries for breakfast and wine or cocktails at night. What a bunch of characters in that place.

    One of the best parts of staying at the Cinque Terre Villa is the privacy. You really feel like you are staying in your own home in Italy. It was so relaxing resting in the lounge chairs, listening to the ocean, reading in the hammock, sleeping to the waves, and eating what we wanted, whenever we wanted to. Yet we were just a train ride from the other little towns that dot the coast line.

    Pam (an American from Florida who owns the house) was available to answer questions, make suggestions, and take care of anything that was needed. Her father grew up in the town and her knowledge of the area is immense. From Rio Maggiore you can get to Pisa and Florence to the south and Portofino and Genoa in the north. You don't need a car, but if you want to take day trips to the east you could rent one.

    If you've ever fantasized about living in Italy - cooking freshly made pasta in your own Italian cooking, and drinking wine with friends - this is it!

    — Sandra K, San Diego, CA, 22 Mar 2016
  • Perfect stay! The villa has everything one needs to be comfortable. The view from the terrace and dining room are absolutely stunning--you can watch sunset while stretched out on a lawn chair sipping wine. It's a short, and quaint, walk to the train station, the beach, shops and cafes. There's a church close by that all the locals get together at...almost everyday seems like, for kids' parties or just to chat; in general the neighborhood is just outside of the heavy tourist area, so you can actually get a flavor for the local living. 2 of the three nights we were there the town was having outdoor concerts--one was a rock/pop one, the other one Italian arias--we enjoyed both from our terrace--although we couldn't see anything, the music was gliding across the water and echoing in the rocks, add the moonlight and some prosecco--totally satisfying experience! The stay was part of our 9 week travel across Europe, and my parents noted this as one of their two most memorable stops (the other was Stonehenge in the UK :) )

    — Anna, 10 Jan 2016
  • Not enough adjectives to describe! This place is extraordinary, located on a 1000 foot cliff. The panoramic view is magnificent and the house itself was SPOTLESS! It is spacious (rare in Europe) with two large bedrooms (one queen?) bed and the other bedroom with two twin beds and a twin daybed that also has a pull out twin bed underneath - so 4 twin beds in the second bedroom, one full bath with shower and bathtub, a living area with satellite TV, dvd and cd player and playstation, large dining table and chairs and a fully equipped kitchen. There is a patio with table and chairs for outdoor eating and chairs in the front yard to take in the sweeping views of the Ligurian Sea. The house is furnished nicely and we had everything we could possibly need. The public shuttle stops at the end of the sidewalk less than 30 seconds away. It was nice having a washer and dryer - we sweated a lot after hiking all day:-) I did also want to mention it is so quiet - no noise! We had a fabulous time - would rent this villa again in a heartbeat. Thank you, Pamela, for making everything so easy.

    — Alicia, 09 Jan 2016
  • Awesome place to stay in Cinque Terra. Pamela's villa in Riomaggiore is absolutely beautiful. The views from the front door and every window is breathtaking. We stayed 4 nights with my wife and two daughters (ages 17 and 19). The villa has everything you need and is spacious (which was real nice change from our other European vacations). After full days of hiking between the different towns, it was very peaceful to come back to our villa and just relax and take in the beautiful sunsets every night. Pamela was great in providing guidance on "things to do" as well as directions, train schedules, etc. Would definitely recommend to friends and family.

    — Joe T., USA, 20 Jul 2015
  • Great home with incredible views! Although we didn't cook, the kitchen has everything you would need to cook full meals. The two bedrooms were both large and well accommodated. The living room was comfortable and we took advantage of the movie player. It has a great dining room table, although we typically sat outside instead to take in the view.
    Although the villa is high up above the sea, the walk up is not bad at all. Pam was awesome to work with. She was very prompt signing the contract and making the payment were both easy, and she even had a driver meet us so we didn't have to carry our luggage up the hill. Cinque Terra was our favorite stop in Italy and the Villa was a big reason.

    — John, USA, 29 Jun 2015
  • The most incredible place I've stayed. When you exit the train in Riomaggiore you are greeted by the Ligurian Sea. On the cliff there is a tented self serve bar where you can have a drink while you wait for your driver to take you to your beautiful home. The home is 1000 feet above the sea with a panoramic view of the sea and surrounding hillsides. The hillsides are terraced with locals tending their crops. The home is perfectly appointed and the adventure has just begun. I spent two weeks in Italy and the three days at this home was simply the best. I could live there. The owner and I have become social media buddies. I truly would like to spend a month there. Just go. It will all work out beyond your wildest imagination.

    — Karl, Wisconsin, 01 May 2015
  • It's all about location! The views from the house are just what I dreamed vacationing in the Cinque Terre were about. Shopping for wonderful wines, cheeses and vegetables in the little town of Riomaggiore was delightful. There is a bank with an ATM on the street, restaurants and pubs and sunsets, and water and little fishing boats pulled up for the night. It just doesn't get any better! Exploring the area by the train that runs up and down the coast makes everything amazingly easy, and I don't speak Italian. Buy a week-long pass and use the train like you would a bus. Go to Pisa, Florence, or north to Genoa which has ruins, museums, an aquarium. Then zip home to country living with drinks under the apricot tree in lovely lawn chairs.bus. It made such an impression that i can recreate it clearly in my mind when so many other experiences i have had while traveling are just a blur. You can take the train to Manarola the next town north, have dinner and walk home at sunset. Simple elegance is the perfect way to describe my experience...like having a vacation within a vacation......i found myself breathing it all in .....deeply. and feeling at home. Thank you Pam for sharing, I recommend this to all who want a really rich experience, a singular adventure. Come away with a sense of what it feels like to actually live somewhere else. I can taste the sea, the local wines, the ripe tomatoes the warmth of sun on stone and so many sights that speak of history and people living their lives and know that i too breathed that air and walked those steps and saw shadows move across a familiar wall and more........I was able to live the romance of the place .....

    — Reita N, Santa Fe, NM
  • This villa is simply amazing! It is rare to find any rental with a lawn, especially one with such an amazing view. It is a lovely place to stay with a family, or a quiet place to reconnect as a couple, sitting on the lawn taking in the sunset with a glass of wine. We stayed there as a family, 4 adults, one child, and we had plenty of room. It's easy to access the village bellow, and the train station for day trips, although, with a view like this, you may not want to leave.

    — Lidia N, Clermont, FL
  • La mejor vista del Mediterraneo!!!! La casa es muy comoda, tiene lavadora y secadora de ultima generacion, que hace todo muy facil.
    El acceso a la casa es facil, y no hay tantas escaleras como en el resto del pueblo.

    — Carolina F - Argentina
  • Perfect Family Vacation! I chose Riomaggiore because it was small enough where I could take my family and not have to worry about them and still be near enough to do day trips. It was awesome. Not only is the town perfect and right on the railway, but the house was amazing! It is high on the hill and looks out over the ocean facing a little southwest so there is sunshine all day. The house was clean and well stocked with utensils, washer/dryer, and wireless internet - a must with kids. Be warned it is a hike up and down to the town, but it is well worth it for the view and breeze. There is a garden patio where we drank wine and watched the sunset night after night.
    We can't wait to go back.

    — Chris K - Oceanside, CA
  • Spectacular Views!

    My husband and I just returned from Riomaggiore on June 10, 2012. We had considered cancelling our trip due to the devastating earthquakes in Northern Italy. We are so happy that we went on the trip. Our souls were refreshed by staying in Pamela's home. The view from the living room/the master bedroom was spectacular. We spent hours in the evenings just soaking up the view.

    The house is one of the nicest that we saw in Riomaggiore. It is up on the hill with no other houses above it. We were so thankful that we were not in one of the small rental apartments in town. We would have been a little concerned from the earthquake standpoint. The kitchen had spices and other things that we normally miss in a timeshare. There are screens on every window.

    We liked Riomaggiore the best of all of the other towns. We found Monterosso to be too touristy. Poor Vernazza has not recovered from the flooding. Corniglia was up on a hill, too far from the ocean and had very few restaurants. Manarola seemed a little small. The best restaurant was the one Pamela recommended called La Lampara in Riomaggiore. We went there 3-4 times in the 6 days we were there.

    Hiking between Monterosso and Vernazza was fantastic. We would love to go back and do many more hikes when the trails are open.

    If you are going to take the time off and fly to Italy to spend some time in Cinque Terre, we would recommend that you spend a little extra and stay in this nice place. This place will add so much to your vacation.

    Thank you, Pamela, for sharing your beautiful home with us.

    — Angela C. - San Francisco, CA
  • Extraordinary!!!!
    My husband and I stayed at Villa delle Fontane in Rio Maggiore for two weeks in June and it was superb! The view from the villa is incomparable and the home is very modern and easy to deal with.
    The hostess is fluent in Italian and English and is very helpful concerning any questions we had about use of the amenities. The kitchen is wonderfully well stocked and the bedrooms, dining, and living rooms very clean and comfortable. The center of town is close enough to walk in a few minutes and it is extremely easy to either walk or take the train to all the other gorgeous towns in Cinque Terre. I highly recommend Villa delle Fontane in fact, I am planning another stay there this year! CAN'T WAIT!!

    — Patricia T - Punta Gorda, FL
  • Simply breathtaking! The views are stunning and the accommodations are extremely comfortable. I stayed at this villa with my wife, daughter, and in-laws. It is in a wonderful location that is easily accessible to shops, restaurants, train station, and the beach.

    You can sit in the lawn and watch the sun set on the Medeterranean Sea sipping a glass of local wine. Words do not describe the view. It is situated at an elevation that almost gives you a bird's eye view of the landscape.

    — David L- Orlando, FL
  • We had a wonderful time in Cinque Terre and Riomaggiore. Your house was beautiful and excellently equipped and everything worked very well. We will recommend Riomaggiore and your house to our friends and we hope to come back someday.

    — Peter S - Sweden
  • Thank you for your great house. It fulfilled all our expectations and the town was lovely. When showing all 700 pictures we took, from the lemon trees and the sea, I am sure that there will be two kinds of friends: those who never want to visit us again, and those who immediately start planning a 5 Terre vacation!

    — Marko S - Finland
  • We enjoyed very much the time we spent at your house in Rio. The house was perfect! Even more beautiful than in the pictures. We hope to come again some time in the future.

    — Irit Z - Israel
  • One of the nicest places we have ever stayed - a view to die for.

    — Andrew W - London
  • I can't think of one thing during our stay at the villa that wasn't absolutely perfect! The house has spectacular views and I took some of my most beautiful pictures from the front lawn.......and that's saying something for the Cinque Terre! It accommodates a good number of vacationers with an abundance of space and all the comforts of home. It was so easy to take the trains anywhere and the hiking from town to town is fun and offers indescribable views even for a beginner photographer. The house is even better in person which is not the usual experience. We made dinners in the huge, fully equipped kitchen, and enjoyed them at the picnic table on the rear patio under the lemon trees. All in all, a once in a lifetime vacation in a beautiful home!

    — Ginny H, NYC
  • Pamela's home in Riomaggiore is wonderful! The views are amazing, the beds are the most comfortable that we slept in while traveling through Italy, the washer and dryer are very convenient (especially toward the end of a trip when you're all out of clean clothes), and there are TONS of toys, games, books, videos, video games, etc. to thoroughly entertain all ages! Our kids (ages 8, 7, and 5) were thrilled to have so many options! You'll get your exercise hiking up to this house from the port or the train station, but it's totally worth it to have the view and the privacy (being the house above all the rest)! There's a lemon tree in the yard, which our kids picked some lemons from to make lemonade, and the kitchen is outfitted with just about everything you could need! Pamela's cousin and her husband greeted us right by the gate into town, helped get us through the gate so that we could unpack our car next to the house, and then followed my husband out of Riomaggiore until he could find a parking space further up the road and drove him all the way back! SUPER thoughtful and helpful! And they did the same upon check-out (picking my husband up to drive him to our car, letting him follow them back to get him through the gate to pack our car up, and then seeing us off). You definitely don't need a car in Cinque Terre (and I would recommend not bringing one if possible), but if you're driving in from somewhere else in Italy and then going on from the Cinque Terre, Pamela's cousin, Patrizia, and her husand, Gio, will be of great help when it comes to finding parking! Pamela was great to work with in booking her house, sending us lots of helpful information pertaining to our stay. She even emailed me while we were there to check in on us! I highly recommend staying in Pamela's lovely home! You won't regret it!

    — Gillian, UK
  • This home has the most amazing location! The view of the Mediterranean from the home is unbelievable. The time spent at this home is one of my pleasurable memories from our trip to Italy. My family all loved it as well. I do so hope to return to Riomaggiore in the future and I would definitely hope to stay in your home. Ahhhh.....just to return to this awesome spot!!

    — Brent and Alisa, USA
  • Pamela's Rio Villa was the perfect home base for our week long vacation exploring the Cinque Terre. The house is as advertised and pictured - elegant and comfortable in every way and appointed with everything one needs for convenience. We loved utilizing the spacious kitchen to prepare our meals at breakfast and dinner. With the house located high on the hillside we had wonderful views of the water and surrounding vineyards and village. Once we discovered the shortcuts down to the train station (Yes, it is best to use Pamela's directions that follow the main roads when you first arrive, but after that be sure to head to the castle to find the 'sidewalks' that lead you either down to the village shops or down to the train station.) Catching the train to connect to the other villages and beyond for hikes and exploring was very convenient as all trains stop in Rio. You will find Pamela to be very helpful with trip planning questions and once you arrive at the villa Giovanni is there to get you settled and is always available for additional help and advice. I have no reservations in recommending this rental for a memorable and relaxing vacation.

    — Gregory K
  • This was my second time here and this time my husband came with me. I hoped he would like it and he loved it as much as I do! The house is so much more than the pictures can convey. Spacious and well appointed, this year we even had a clothes line and dried everything in the Ligurian sunshine(even though there is a dryer). Sitting on the patio outside the kitchen and enjoying breakfast or afternoon wine under the palm tree is LUXURY. We slept so well with the sea breezes blowing through the bedroom windows. Pamela's cousin Patri and husband Gio graciously helped us with anything we needed and we absolutely adore them. We hiked the trails, took day trips....the trains are very easy to navigate. You absolutely can't beat the location of the house and it's surroundings. We have beautiful photos to match our beautiful memories! Pamela provides all the info you need to make arrangements pain free and easy. Riomaggiore is bella! Thanks, Pamela for an unforgettable vacation in your one of a kind home. Can't wait for the next time.

    — Ginny H, NYC
  • Wow! Nothing else to say, but I will. We are into our second day with one to go, sitting on the deck chairs on the lawn watching the sunset. Cinque Terre is a must see & Riomaggorie is a great village with everything you need. The villa felt like home with a charming rustic homely feel with all the luxuries you would need. The simple things like hanging washing on the line made me appreciate the size & space of the land & villa & the view whilst doing it. Yes the stairs from the village are plentiful but hey to have this view it's worth it. Take time to stay & explore this national parks & surrounds. Our only regret is not having more time here. Great communication from Pamela, she was true to her word. I hope return one day.

    — Anonymous
  • Perfect house to enjoy Riomaggoire and the Cinque Terre. House was clean, spacious, well-maintained, and had everything we needed during our stay. The view is as good as the pictures show! We stayed there with our two boys (12 and 9) and there was more than enough room. The check-in process was easy - Collette texted us a meeting point and was there waiting for us when we arrived. No problems at all. Looking forward to going back.

    — Steve, San Diego
  • Wow indeed! The villa was just like the pictures. It was cleaned and ready for our arrival. Pamela gave us excellent instructions on how to get to her villa and she was even there to welcome us!! She was very helpful with information on the trails, trains and restaurants. The villa is in a great location and was very comfortable. The washing machine and the clothes line outside are nice to have. The view of the sea is amazing! Loved sitting on the lawn chairs and enjoying the view, watching the sunsets and the looking at the stars! Wished that we could have stayed longer. Our family had a fabulous stay at Pamela's villa on the sea!

    — Cathie P, Winnipeg
  • We spent a wonderful week in Pamelas house. It's a very well kept property with the best location ever! The house and kitchen was clean, well equipped and we did not miss anything at any time. Dinner outside every evening with the fabulous view over the hills and the water was like a dream scenery. Thank you Pamela for your kind assistance helping us find the way arriving late to Riomaggiore. We will definitely recommend Pamelas property to our family and friends!

    — Anna H, Sweden
  • Mother/Daughter getaway! Absolute Perfection!!!! What a fabulous place. The view is stunning from the patios, the living room, and the bedrooms. (Even better than the pictures). The house was clean, well appointed, spacious, charming and just ideal. My daughter loves to cook and was so excited to get local produce and food from the village and actually have a beautiful and well equipped kitchen. Beds were comfortable. Washer and dryer came in handy and there was also clothes line. Pamela was so helpful. She made sure that we were greeted at the train station and someone was there to get our luggage up to the house. Delightful people. Pamela gave us tips and information on restaurants, places to go and things to do. We were in Italy for over two weeks and this was by far and away the best place we stayed. There were 5 of us and we were all in agreement that this was superb. I am still missing the beautiful Ligurian Sea. I would highly recommend Pamela's place. I hope to return and spend a longer next time. THANK YOU, PAMELA!!!!

    — Vicki H, Oregon
  • This villa exceeded our expectations. It is a modern villa with "old world charm." It was clean, comfortable and had lots of amenities. The view is spectacular whether we were watching the sun set over the sea, the moon glowing or waking up to a double rainbow. You can't but feel that you are in a magical place. My son and daughter and I enjoyed our stay very much. We hiked, ate amazing food and soaked up the Italian culture. Pamela could not have been more helpful. From the booking to recommendations, she made our plans effortless. We would definitely recommend this place to family and friends.

    — Jane, St Paul, MN

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