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“Touring Cinque Terre in a Day” 5 of 5 stars
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Cinque Terre Trails
Riomaggiore to Monterroso, Italy
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Cinque Terre Small Group Day Trip from Florence
Ranked #3 of 24 Attractions in Cinque Terre
Type: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Hiking Trails, Outdoors
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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“Touring Cinque Terre in a Day”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

This location on the Ligurian Sea has been on my bucket list for several years, and a recent cruise allowed us to spend seven hours exploring the delights of four of the five "lands". We started with a bus trip from Livorno, passing the leaning tower of Pisa on our way. An excellent tour guide provided us with historical and geographical info as we drove via La Spezia to Riomaggiore. Once off the bus, we walked down a very steep hill over uneven cobblestones. The town is built into the base of very jagged stone clifts which drop down to the sea. There is a "no cars allowed" policy, but during the day residents can come and go.
First, as another reviewer noted, hiking between the towns is not allowed now. Landslides have closed several sections of the trails, particularly the famous "Lover's Walk". But, boats and trains still connect them, so touring is very much a possibility. We used both of them during our stay.
It was market day in Riomagiorre, and the streets were filled with vendors selling everything from paper towels to fresh fish. We had a glimpse of the inside of one of the homes, and the steepness of the stairs would eliminate this reviewer from living here. In fact, if you aren't in great shape, it would be impossible to live in these towns. That said, the warm, almost tropical breezes from the sea, the lushness of the grape vines and olive trees make it an enviable place to stay. Our guide told us there were almost as many bed and breakfasts in these towns as there are houses!
From Riomaggiore we departed by train to Manarola, another town similar to Riomaggiore with its midieval homes perched on rocky outcroppings. The entire five hamlets have been turned into a National Park and proclaimed by UNESCO as a world heritage site. Once again, the houses are remarkable, and the narrow streets between them make auto driving impossible. It was in Manarola that we fully began to appreciate how difficult it is to harvest the grapes and olives. The terraces for agriculture are also cut into the steep rocks, and they are very high on the bluffs, quite a bit of distance from the town. Cultivation of the crops would be great for another essay.
We sat in the sun on the quay to await our boat for transportation to Vernazza (we skipped Corniglia). In Vernazza we had a wine and pesto tasting. The pesto is the best I think I've ever had (yes, I brought a jar home with me).
By now you may be tired of reading this, but I hope you'll bear with me until I get you to Monterosso, the most southern and largest of the five towns. This beautiful area has both old and new cities connected by a tunnel. Monterosso also has the largest beach, with plenty of umbrellas and chairs for rent. This town also has a four star hotel, though we didn't visit it. After walking through both towns, we decided to find a restaurant with outdoor seating overlooking the sea. Sunning ourselves, drinking local wine, and eating local seafood was a fantastic gift.
There is so much more I could tell you about this area, but I'll leave you with the recommendation to visit if at all possible.

Visited October 2012
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“What is closed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

This is a real time up date, all the #2 trail is closed between Riomaggiore and Monterosso and don't expect it to open anytime soon. There have been many rock slides and a wash out again on the Vernazza trail to Corniglia. Some people have tore down the tape closing the trails, but the signs are still there. Do Not Go On These Trail, They are Closed for a reason. The Via dell 'Amore is also closed as it is part of the #2 trail. Look for a spring opening or check in with the Trekguyd as to what is open or closed.

Visited November 2012
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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“Tough but worth it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

We did the Walk of Love at night-I would not recommend doing this. I'm sure it's perfectly safe, and although people may say it's lighted at night, the rocks BELOW are lighted and not the trail. It was very dark and pretty creepy. I'm sure it's great during the day.

We also walked the trail from Corniglia to Vernazza. It was a little tough to find the entrance to the trail from Corniglia where the bus drops you off from the train station, as there were no signs.

The trail was really beautiful with lots of spots to take pictures. However, it certainly was NOT easy. I saw fit looking 20 year olds huffing and puffing. I think people have selective memory failure when thinking back on this great hike. It sure is worth it, and is unlike any hike I've ever done, but it was a lot harder than I had expected. Wear good, supportive shoes and bring lots of water with you. The stairs are steep, uneven and very narrow. We saw some people walking in flip flops - clearly they did not do their homework!

We stopped at a great little restaurant just before the end of the trail in Vernazza and had WONDERFUL sandwiches. The caprese sandwiches were really awesome and it was nice to sit and relax at the end of the hike.

Visited September 2012
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Littleton, Colorado
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“Cinque Is Waste Of Time”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

Four of us went. Four of us hated it. Four of us couldn't get out quick enough. We went mid October and it was extremely crowded. You will fight crowds, cameras, and mean locals. This area is a very well thought out and planned tourist trap.

Visited October 2012
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Adelaide, Australia
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“Be fit , but enjoyable”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

Very scenic tracks but some steep climbing.Mostly about 90 minutes between the main villages.
When you,ve had enough just hop on a train back to you start point.
Also catch the boat trip from Levanto to Romaggiore or the other direction to Portofino ,it is very scenic from the water.
Also from La Spezia catch the bus to Porto Venere another lovely town.
On the tracks , it is very uneven , you need proper walking shoes, the girls we passed by in thongs had cut there feet badly !

Visited September 2012
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