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Cinque Terre area in August ?

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Cinque Terre area in August ?

It's our first trip to Europe. We've booked the Rick Steves 14-day tour, ending in Rome Aug 19. Then we have 6 days on our own. We will have come from Venice, Florence, Tuscany and Rome, in addition to bits of France, Switzerland and Austria. After the fast-paced structure of the tour, I would like an area to kick back and relax. Was considering the CT area until I discovered this site. Looks like a very popular destination. Will it be too, too crowed in August? What's temp like in August? Hot and humid or is it dry?

Or should we consider someplace else?

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1. Re: Cinque Terre area in August ?

We were in Cinque terre in July. It was hot, as most of Italy is in the summer, but not hot enough to stop us from having a great time there. We did get a simple but very nice place with good air conditioning (as a matter of fact there was a Rick Steves tour at our place). It is called the Hotel Villa Steno. We had a quiet room with a private balcony and a great view of the ocean. It does not have a pool, the lobby is small, and they only serve breakfast (in a nice breakfast area) but there are many wonderful places to eat in Cinque Terre.

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2. Re: Cinque Terre area in August ?

I lived at the 5 terre for over 10 years and my family is still there. August is going to be invaded by tourists more than July (that is charachterised by a more "elite" tourism). I would stay outside the Cinque Terre in places like Levanto or Bonassola. Look at "La Francesca" in Bonassola (it's a touristic village on the hillside, overlooking teh sea). I got married in Bonassola 10 years ago and my guests stayed all there, loving every minute of it.

You cna then go to the Cinque Terre by train on day/evening trips at your leasure, but you can avoid the crowds.

Try to avoid public beaches, unless you like people's feet in your face... sorry about beeing realistic.

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