Mar-Mar, Cinque Terre

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Mar-Mar is a small, family-run hostel located in the beautiful Cinque Terre town of Riomaggiore.

The Location

The hostel is about a ten-minute walk from the train station in Riomaggiore, which will connect you to the other Cinque Terre towns or carry you onward to other Italian cities. Riomaggiore is quite small, so all of the vistas, the marina, and many restaurants are very accessible by walking and never farther than ten minutes away.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The hostel offers travelers the choice of dorm guest rooms and also offers private rooms available in a separate building nearby. The rooms in the hostel are very clean and comfortable. Linens are provided for free and placed on the beds for guests. Towels are available upon request. The bathrooms are equipped with modern flush toilets and showers. There are not many power points in the room and the beds do not have individual reading lights. The rooms have lockers that are large enough to fit backpacks.

Common Spaces

The common area is a lounge area with couches, a television, and a computer for guests to use at their leisure. The kitchen is in an adjacent room with a seating area and there is also an outdoor terrace with incredible views. The kitchen is fully equipped. Cinque Terre can be quite expensive, so you may want to try your own hand at making pasta with pesto, the local specialty.

Breakfast is mentioned as included, but was not offered to us as we were the only guest during our off-season stay, and the restaurant was closed for renovations. There was no Wi-Fi at the time of our stay, but there is Wi-Fi at a bar nearby. Check-in is required before 7 p.m; email them in advance if this is not possible, as we arrived later and the owner happily accommodated our arrival time. The owner is incredibly kind and will offer you lots of guidance while you plan your Cinque Terre adventures. He will have updated information on which paths are open for hiking and be able to advise you on train times.


This is a great hostel to stay in while visiting Cinque Terre town. Riomaggiore is the furthest south of the five towns so it is a great starting point for the historic hike through the towns. There is also the option to take the train from town to town. You will be dazzled by the colorful buildings, incredible food, and authentic way of life that you will witness during your time here.
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Published on Jun 20, 2017


Mar-Mar offers dormitory-style accomodations for students & budget travelers. The dorms are co-ed (mixed sexes) and vary in their offerings (most have kitchens & a few have terraces to sit out on). Mar-Mar also offers private accomodations (rooms & apartments), so make sure to specify what you are interested in when you contact them.

Mar-Mar has no curfew & no lock-out period during the day. Each guest is given a key to their room & it is theirs to keep until check-out. Although there are no safes in the dorms, the office will keep any valuables that you might have in the office for you.

Mar-Mar has multiple dormitory rooms & apartments located throughout the historic hamlet of Riomaggiore. They have a large, 10 bed multi-room apartment (which tends to be a very social atmosphere & a great place for those looking to make new friends) as well as smaller (and usually more tranquil) dorms with 4 beds.

Mar-Mar has an English speaking staff & takes advance reservations. They do require that all guests check-in no later than 5pm on their day of arrival, so don't plan on showing up late at night!

This area is one of the most beautiful in Italy, so don't miss it while traveling this incredible country!

Location and Contact


• To reach Mar-Mar it is super simple:
• Exit the train station and head to the right (towards the big murals on the wall).
• When you reach the tunnel, go through it.
• At the end of the tunnel, the main street of Riomaggiore (via Colombo)will be on your left.
• Go up this street about 20 yards or so & you will see the Mar-Mar office on your left, next to La Lampara restaurant.



Address: Via Malborghetto, 4-8, Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy

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Website Mar-Mar Cinque Terre (if you know the URL of their website, let us know and we'll add it)
Phone Number: (+39) 0187-920-932
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Facilities and Amenities



Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Hot Showers


Credit Card Payments

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 2 nights

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Size: Small (less than 30 beds)


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