La Lampara is an exclusive apartment in a typical tower house in the most prominent and scenic part of the village of Manarola. They house dates back XI century and it is made up by 4 floors, exclusively occupied by this charming apartment (developing on 2 floors) and a twin one called Il Baluardo (on the remaing 2 floors).
For years this charming location has been preferred holiday destination of famous fashion designers, writers and painters who foundin this place the ideal location for getting inspiration and energy for their precious art.
Essentiality and simplicity is the keyword of this apartment; the ideal solution for an easy way rental and no-frills holiday at sea away from the daily burden.
Entering the apartment La Lampara, on ground floor (second of the tower house), we find a small entrance hall, 1 double bedroom and 1 twin bedrooms (both with great sea-view) and a bathroom with shower.
Through curious winding stairs we have access to a large open space with sitting/dining room and kitchen corner. Kitchen is essential but equipped with dishes, glasses and stoves. There's no dishwasher, but bathroom on ground floor is equipped with washing machine.. There's also a nice fireplace in this room (functionality to be tested at this time) and two sofas (one can be used as additional bed).
The apartment is equipped with central heating and wall fans.
A fantastic wide balcony opens from this room like a vessel deck. On the balcony a dining able for enchanting dinners under a starry sky and amusing wine tastings or pasta & pesto classes.
The apartment has a fantastic location: being in the most prominent part of the village it has total sea-view, but it also close to the lively restaurants, pubs and stores of the village.
Il Blauardo, that occupies the lower two floor of the same tower house, has a separate access from Via Belvedere, the enchanting sea view promenande over Manarola cliffs.
It also develops on two floors.
On gound floor we have a large dining and sitting area with an essential kithcenette corner. In the room 2 couches, one of them serves as single bed.A tiny balcony for 2 people offers the opportunity for sitting at night on the promemande sipping a glass of good Cinque Terre wine and enjoying the view.
On upper floor we have 2 bedrooms, a double and a twin with bulk beds, both with great sea view, and a bathroom with shower and washing machine.
Train station is approx. 500 metres. After passing under the tunnel, that takes to heart of the village, you just have to walk up about 100 metre on a slope, turn right and then take another rising road for approx. 300 meters until you reach the village area called Belvedere. A short walk along the crooked, unwinding passages of this peculiar part of the village will let you reach this precious and secluded apartment.
On arrival baggage transportation can be arranged (50,00 eur per way).
Public car parking on top of the village, with Cinque Park shuttle bus that takes down to the residential area.
La Via dell'Amore, the world famous scenic path that leads to Riomaggiore departs approx. 500 meters far from La Lampara.
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La Lampara in Manarola, CINQUE TERRE Manarola, Liguria, Italy
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Famous for its huge characters Nativity, built by Andreoli on the western side of its valley, Manarola is also a relaxing village with good restaurants and a small Marina.
IT IS THE BEST LOCATION FOR ALL TRAVELER LOOKING FOR AUTHENTICITY, QUIETNESS AND INSPIRATION
Left on 09/10/2013 for a stay in August 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Sep 10, 2013Stayed Aug 2013
We were speachless when we arrived at La Lampara
Great welcome from agency and everything was perfet, but mostly the views!
What a great location!
Simple, but comfortable apartment
I would choose it again
Sunsets are just memorable there and quietness gifted us the relax we needed
Left on 08/22/2013 for a stay in August 2013 | John and LillieReviewed Aug 22, 2013Stayed Aug 2013
We just stayed for our third time at La Lampara (and this year rented a sister property to accommodated the extended family) and have already made reservations to return next year. The Cinque Terra Riviera people are friendly and responsive...and we love this villa!!!
If you are looking for western-luxury accommodations this is not for you. If you are looking for a comfortable retreat that will thrill your senses with history, view and convenience you won't be disappointed.
At first western travelers might think the hike up the hill is demanding or the rooms are a bit small but the moment you take the magical spiral staircase up to the living area and step out onto the terrace you know you are in for a sensory retreat like no others. You will spend most of your time here enjoying breakfast with the cool morning breeze, and later dining as the sun sets on the sea and the moon rises over the Mediterranean...talk about "Moon glades?" Then fall asleep to star lit skies over the sea while listening to the waves gently lap upon the breaker below while a gentle cool breeze drifts in. Wake up to the same and start the dream all over again.
Having a washing machine was especially welcome after hiking the grape vine covered trails each day. And air-drying the clothes on the terrace resulted is wonderfully fresh and bright clothes.
Ok, there is an occasional ant issue (especially if you leave crumbs) but a quick ant spray around the terrace and they go bother someone else. Never noticed any bad odors.
If you are looking to relax and enjoy unprecedented seaside views in a quiet villa managed by a kind and trusting agency, La Lampara is for you.
Left on 11/25/2010 for a stay in September 2010 | Mary FrielReviewed Nov 25, 2010Stayed Sep 2010
The view from the balcony in this apartment is spectacular. On glorious evenings it was magical to sit out there and sip delicious cinque terre wine as the sun went down. Unfortunately we had very few sunny days and most evenings/nights brought thunderstorms and heavy rain.
Accomodation in the apartment was quite basic,small cramped bedrooms, one bathroom and a kitchen cum living area that was obviously not intended for sitting in! On a positive note beds were clean and comfortable.
Left on 09/13/2010 for a stay in August 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Sep 13, 2010Stayed Aug 2010
I stayed at "La Lampara" the first week of august 2010 and would like to have stayed forever. I went to sleep and woke up with the sound and smell of the sea; every room having a spectacular view of the water and the beautiful coast of the Cinque Terre. The terrace is about 20 feet long and 10 feet deep with such a hypnotic view of the sea that you will never want to leave the apartment. The sunsets are beautiful and the night sky is thick with stars that stretch down to the horizon seeming to dip into the water.
I swam in Manarola on the calm days, and when the sea was rough I took a train to Monterosso which has a nice sandy beach. Manarola does not have a lot of shops, but La Spezia is only 15 minutes away by train and there are large grocery stores there. The days you don't want to cook I would recommend the restaurant Ciak in Monterosso which has an amazing Pasta al Pesto. I would say that the apartment is perfect for a single person, a couple or a couple with two children. The tiny spiral staircase connecting the two floors is a bit tight, and would not be ideal for small children. The bathroom is very modern, and I always had plenty of hot water. The kitchen although small has everything you need, and is very functional with 4 gas burners, an oven, and a dorm like fridge.
Filippo was my contact person and he was great; always patiently answering my many questions as well as meeting me at the train station with the keys to the apartment. He speaks perfect English and will help with anything during your stay at La Lampara. I look forward to renting La Lampara again and would definitely recommend this apartment to friends.
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