The gorgeous villages look every bit like the publicity shots and it is certainly a stunning location, but beware the hidden catches. It's extremely crowded even when we were there in June, and random bits of the track are shut for maintenance, and these change every couple of days. This would be ok however in order to buy the much-publicised Cinque Terre ticket, you can only get said ticket from the two park offices either side of the stretch of track that is open. If you happen to turn up between 12.30 and 3 like we did they are shut for lunch so we ended up getting on and off the train ( which is fine as they are generally an hour apart). The other park office staff are rude and can't be bothered helping at all, so we came away feeling under-whelmed, and that the whole place is actually over-rated which is a shame.
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