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Lerici as a home base

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Lerici as a home base

We are spending a week in Lerici and want to visit the towns around there, the Cinque Terra, and with a day trip to Florence, and some wine touring / tasting. Is this all feasible? Should we rent a car? There are 6 of us.

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1. Re: Lerici as a home base

Lovely area but not a good base without a car, there is no Railway there, if there are Six of you wonder would you get a car big enough,

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2. Re: Lerici as a home base

If you dont rent a car you will need to get the bus to La Spezia, then get the train to where you want to visit, they run quite frequently and it takes about 15 minutes.

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For Pisa and Florence, rather than getting the bus to la Spezia, you can also get it to Sarzana. The overall journey is shorter and cheaper, but times can be slightly longer as the fastest trains don't stop at Sarzana. See http://trenitalia.it/homepage_en.html

Bus times are here http://www.atcesercizio.it/doc/liborario.pdf - scroll to page 48 for the la Spezia-Lerici-Sarzana buses.

Florence is a long day-trip - see http://trenitalia.it/homepage_en.html for train times, nearly two hours each way from la Spezia and 2.5 from Sarzana. Use a date in the next seven days to see all fares are some are NA online for later dates.

For the Cinque Terre, a car would be no asset - it's a very short journey on the train from la Spezia. There are also boats from Lerici to the Cinque Terre (sometimes changing at Portovenere). For times see http://www.navigazionegolfodeipoeti.it/ though only the very early season's times are yet available online.

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We're planning on renting a 7 passenger Fiat from AutoEuropeUK. The cost is about 600 GBP but then we wouldn't be buying train tickets from Rome to La Spezia and La Spezia to Venice so it would about even out. Do you know wineries to visit?

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5. Re: Lerici as a home base

So if we do rent a car, we would only use it to get to the train station for visiting the Cinque Terra. That's good to know. Or use the ferries.

Do you know wineries to visit that are within a 2 hour drive?

Any other places we should definitely see near Lerici?

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6. Re: Lerici as a home base

Lerici is such a lovely and authentic town!

An Italian Beauty Without Foreign Suitors:

…nytimes.com/2010/06/20/travel/20next.html

Avoid driving in Florence – Florence, Pisa and Lucca are best seen by train. You might drive to the airport and take the bus to Florence from the airport.

You might enjoy the ferry from Lerici to the Cinque Terre, but since the return to Lerici is quite early, take the train back to Lerici. If you’d really like an extended day trip, you might prefer to drive to the Cinque Terre and park in Monterosso.

There are many possible day trips in this area - The Lunigiana region with its little towns dotted with castles; Pontremoli; the Garfagnana; the park at Montemarcello – Ponta Corvo is an especially beautiful beach; the Roman ruins at Luni; the marble museum and quarries at Carra, visited by Michelangelo; Sarzana, the adorable hamlet of Tellaro; San Terenzo; La Spezia (market); Portovenere; Siena; Parma….

Portovenere or Montemarcello?:

tripadvisor.com/…7708355

Pontremoli and Bagnone advice:

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g187895-i68-k42637…

Home Base- Barga, Bagnone, Lerici, Lucca- or other?:

tripadvisor.com/…24158776

Home base for Lunigiana/Garfagnana?:

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g194792-i3274-k336…

You might enjoy the winery visit at Castello di Verrazzano in Greve in Chianti.

http://www.verrazzano.com/

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7. Re: Lerici as a home base

You should buy a copy of David Downie's Food and Wine of the Italian Riviera and Genoa. Not only will you get a lot of excellent restaurant recommendations, you will get the best recommendations for serious wineries and serious wine shops in and around Lerici. They are NOT in le Cinque Terre but tucked away in other parts of the Lerici area.

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You might be interested in the Sciacchetrà of the Cinque Terre….

parks.it/parco.nazionale.cinque.terre/…

Soc. Coop. Via dell'Amore a r.l. Onlus

Via del Santuario, 83

19017 Riomaggiore (SP)

Tel. 0187/920893

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9. Re: Lerici as a home base

This is great! First time I have used trip advisor and I love it already! wonderful suggestions from everyone!

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