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Cinque Terre

Is it best to stay in one of the end villages or in the middle? Are 3-4 nights enough?

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1. Re: Cinque Terre

The train takes less than 15 minutes to travel from one end to the other, so it does not matter all that much where you stay.

What time of year will you be visiting?

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Have you done any research? The villages are high and low. Most on the ocean..some not. What are you looking for?

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Will be there end of June, havent done much research, was thinking to stay closer to the beach, less stairs...but then again you probably get a better view up higher. Just want to stay somewhere nice, its our 21st wedding anniversary! Thanks

Edited: 5:47 am, December 09, 2012
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beaky...a big part of the charm of the Cinque Terre is walking between the 5 "lands" and that means stairs, hills and climbing...big time! It's not a destination to be sedentary....

Is a "hiking or walking" vacation what you are looking for?

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You don't have to do any of the trails to enjoy the 5 villages. You can take the train to each village and enjoy it just as much. Obviously, within each village you will be doing a lot of uphill walking. I also enjoyed seeing the villages from the boat that will stop at each village. I enjoyed staying in Vernazza but you'll have to do some research to see which village appeals to you.

Edited: 6:31 pm, December 09, 2012
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If you are not walking the Trails a couple of days would be enough to see the CT villages. One day to visit some of the villages using ther train and the other visiting Portovenere by fery and returning to the villages in the afternoon. Monterosa is the largest village and the only one with a real beach. Vernazza is regarded by many as the most scenic but it is very much on individual tastes!

You could consider staying at Levanto or Sestri Levante which are resorts with easy access to CT by train. If you are staying for more than a couple of days other places along the coast are easily accessable by train , Santa Margherita with regular ferry to Portofino.

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Edited: 6:24 am, December 10, 2012
Newcastle, Australia
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7. Re: Cinque Terre

Thankyou all for your feedback, great tips! Looks wonderful and can't wait to get there! Portofino is on the list too!

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8. Re: Cinque Terre

I'd stay Monterosso or Vernazza, 3-4 days is good, book hotel ASAP as high season fills up quickly

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9. Re: Cinque Terre

We liked our stay in Lerici close to the CT villages but a little bit bigger with more choice in restaurants and hotels. The boat to the villages departs there too.

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10. Re: Cinque Terre

You might find some useful info plus map here: tuscanyitaly.info/cinqueterre/cinqueterre.htm