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“Enjoy all on a boat trip Monterosso to Portovenere.” 5 of 5 stars
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Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre
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Ranked #4 of 24 Attractions in Cinque Terre
Type: National Parks
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Zurich, Switzerland
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“Enjoy all on a boat trip Monterosso to Portovenere.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

With bad weather in the morning we put our hopes on a boat trip starting at noon...and the sun did come out ....seeing all villages as we approached each port and admiring its locations and all colors and rugged terrain-till we got to Portovenre for a 2 hour stop to look around this nice place and had lunch at the marina bay. More authentic than Portofino and sure better value for the budget watching traveller. I would come back for more days to Portivenere and see more of the town and the island opposite.

Visited May 2013
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“I can't understand why people enthuse about these villages”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

We caught a boat from from Portovenere. The Euro4 boats are very uncomfortable with wood lat seating too narrow and short in the back to provide anything but discomfort.

Monterosso is the furthest and largest of the villages and takes 1hr 15 mins to get there. The village is one big tourist trap given over to a myriad of mediocre restaurants and other ways to spend your money on tourist tat.

It's moderately attractive (no cars) but there are hundreds and hundreds of villages across the southern Mediterranean that are much more attractive. The only near-unique thing about Monterosso is that it is only accessible by sea or rail.

We disembarked next at the next village down (Vernazza) but it was just like Monterosso but on a smaller scale. Warning, disembarkation and embarkation at these smaller villages is hazardous if the sea gets a bit choppy. My sincere advice is to stay well clear of the boat trips on anything but totally benign weather. With the slightest swell in the sea you can be abandoned to find your way back by rail and then bus/taxi or of course walk many miles as the boats can't get close enough to the rocky shore.

I guess the only attraction is the trail walks. The scenery between the villages will be good if you're young or fit enough, (but many of the trails were shut because of landslides walkers told us).

Visited May 2013
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Bungendore, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

This National Park is gorgeous, you keep feeling you have fallen into a film set. As I am not particularly mobile we took the one day boat ride and that was the right thing to do as we got to 4 of the five villages with time in each and with one enough time to have a decent lunch. All the villages were wonderful, won't even attempt to separate them. The colours of the villages and the rivers through each one were magic. the water in the area of the Med was as clear as crystal. The mountains just run straight down to the sea and there villages cling around the rivers to the sides of these mountains, makes you realise just how tough life must have been before trains and cars. A magic day.

Visited April 2013
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Grenoble, France
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“A must-see National Park”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

We spent a day in the Cinque Terre, visiting 4 out of the 5 villages (not enough time!). Vernazza and Manarola were our favorites. Vernazza for its view and Manarola for the small-town feel. Bring your good walking shoes and take the time to walk from one village to another, through the vineyards. This National Park is a must-see, but avoid the tourist high-season as it must be miserable. We visited in early May, and the trains between the towns were full, cafes and restaurants were full at lunch...

Visited May 2013
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Nashville, TN
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“Beautiful place to explore”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

We are just finishing up our trip here and greatly enjoyed it. There are tons of hiking paths here. The region had a lot of rain in march and a few mudslides damaged portions of trail number 2 which is the most direct coastal path between the towns. That said, the path between Vernazza and monterroso al mar (2 hours and fairly challenging) of trail 2 is open and passable. trail number 2 is only one of many hikes between and among the villages that make up cinque terre so there is still much to do and see. Hiking maps are readily available and incredible vistas are available along many of the trails. You can find a strenuous 10 hour hike down to a moderate 1.5 hour hike to see a small ruin or church. The ferry service is up and running and is a great way to explore the towns after a good hike.

Visited April 2013
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