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“Charming towns in Liguria, Italy”

Cinque Terre Travel Guide - Five Lands and Italian Riviera Tour Specialist
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Owner description: My name is Loredana and I am a professional licenced tour guide since 1994.I have a deep passion for my job and my region and my aim is to accompany people to discover the secrets of my land.My tours are always a perfect mix of knowledge, culture, fun, laugh, care of details, professionality, flexibility and passion, passion and more passion.I ‘ve been guiding lots of small groups, many vips and families to beautiful locations like the enchanting Cinque Terre, Portofino, Camogli,San Fruttuoso, Genova and many more.
Reviewed September 15, 2012

Cinque Terre refers to the five towns- from north to south - Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore, that are all connected to each other by road (hiking trail) and rail. I started from Pisa and took the train to La Spezia station, took a Cinque Terre card (10 Euro) that offers access to all hiking trails and Regionale trains as well as certain museums and boat rides. It is better to start from the northernmost towm (Monterosso) from where the trek to Vernazza is a strenuous two and a half hours hilly climb - so you got to have a nice cap, a large bottle of water and good walking shoes - and yes plenty of stamina. If you are not up to it, take the train to Vernazza. A nice small town. The road to Vernazza train station has a water fountain on the right where you can refill your water bottle for free (water fountains and taps in Italy give potable water). All the five towns are pretty but they are also quite the same, so if you are short of time, you could give Corniglia the miss. Nothing special about this own, even the medieval olive press was out of order when I went there. Remember that Cinque Terre card holders can have a complimentary bus ride from outside the staion to the Town Centre. The walk from Manarola to Riomaggiore along the Via dell'Amore is an nice, easy 20 minute walk. Riomaggiore is quite charming and about 8 min by train from La Spezia.

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Reviewed August 2, 2012

The northwest corner of Italy boasts the most beautiful, scenic, friendly people... possibly in all of Italy. The former fishing villages are now a wonderful vacation area for those looking to slow their pace, enjoy nature's beauty, and prefer the outdoor activities from swimming, boating ,mountain hiking and biking ...to the taste bud savory restaurants, quaint shops and traditionally timeless structures that dot the hill sides in all towns. Beautiful views abound!

Connecting to each town is doable by trails that range from leisurely to very challenging. Check with your hotel staff before venturing out to select the route that beat suits your interest...and ability. Additionally, ferry boats and remains run between the towns, but be aware, the tides are sometimes too strong to make all the scheduled stops. Likewise, trains are often cancelled so if you plan to leave by this mode, might be best to leave earlier in the afternoon, as you could find yourself without transportation as the evening approaches.

Keeping these helps in mind, you will truly enjoy this part of Itay, and like us, look forward to returning again and again!

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