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Cinque Terre Travel Guide - Five Lands and Italian Riviera Tour Specialist
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Second Yar running and still not open!!

Based ourselves in Rapallo his year, slightly further north and a bit dearer area. Good for trains... read more

Reviewed September 21, 2015
vantashtik
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Crowborough, United Kingdom
Bright colors, wonderful beaches and great sunsets

We spent two days in the area. We stayed in the most southern city and took the train to the most... read more

Reviewed August 16, 2015
JOHND253
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Topeka, Kansas
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Reviewed August 16, 2015

We spent two days in the area. We stayed in the most southern city and took the train to the most northern city and one in between. So much color everywhere you look. The food was great and the sunsets were breathtaking. Be ready to walk up and down hills everywhere. We did not see any elevators. The people are most helpful in assisting you in anyway you might need. We could have spent more time here and never repeated seeing new things. Plan on no less that two days.

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Reviewed August 6, 2015

just amazing !!
we had not actually planned this but kept it as an option from pisa.
i wud advise to keep pisa as an option , go to cinque terre villages directly from pisa centrale railway station (that takes around 1hr and 12euros) , stay there and spend no more than 2hrs for leaning tower.
I am not in to hiking but i enjoyed the view and atmosphere so much.. the main attractions of all the 5 villages are situated close to their station and u dont hv to walk much e.g sandy beach of monterosso or rocky beach manarola.

2  Thank wandering-acetabulum
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Reviewed July 19, 2015

Spent a whole day in the sun visiting each of the Five Lands
The guide was great and gave decent information about the area and things to do, great place to visit and very picturesque

Thank stuart w
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Reviewed September 19, 2014

First of all let me explain. Cinque Terre mean 5 lands or 5 towns/villages. So it is not one place.

We did it by train from Rapallo which was a fraction of the price of the ferry. You need to set a side a whole day, with five places to visit. Definitely worth doing but time it right with the trains.

We started at 11 am and got back at 7:30@pm as a guide.

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Reviewed September 12, 2014

We stayed in the NH Hotel, La Spezia ant the 'package was put together for us by Paul at Beacon Travel, Crowborough.

The hotel we selected was a typically ‘conference’ type hotel, clean good food and rooms but lacking any ‘character’. Service was good and location excellent with only 5 minutes’ walk from the ferry/boat terminals and 15-20 minutes’ walk from the station. (5-10 minutes’ walk from town centre). I would recommend this purely on its location.

You no longer catch a train from Pisa airport to Pisa Central as there is a shuttle bus service ‘Pismover’, and tickets are purchased at the airport and can be included in any train tickets. The shuttle take 5-7 minutes to get to Central station, and you board it right outside arrivals. Cost of train ticket from Pisa to La Spezia was €8.5 per person each way.

The train times we were given were very accurate but the Cinque Terre train times had changed (slightly). It took just over an hour from Pisa Central to La Spezia. The hotel provided us with maps and bus and train times-very helpful. Another pointer is that there are always queues for train tickets so I would advise purchasing your needs a day or so in advance. The tickets are valid until you ‘validate’ them in the machines at the stations. Train costs between the towns vary despite all being one stop. The price varies from €1.8 to €2.4

A good way to see the Cinque Terre is to catch a boat to the furthest village and then walk back (the hardest way). Also the first part, 'Lovers Walk', Riomaggiore through to Coniglia is now closed due to landslides and it is not anticipated to be open for at least another 18 months!!! No one tells you that. It is possible to do the open parts in a day-each part taking 1-1.5 hrs., but it is better to do it in two goes depending on the weather and heat. You can still buy a two day pass but the value due to the reduced walk makes it less cost effective. There are however many other ‘free’ walks which take you across the hills to each town if you so wish. Not so clearly marked though.

The big surprise for us was Portovenere which is just beautiful and access can be made either by local bus or ferry. Just so picturesque. It has everything going for it. €8 return ticket on the ferry.

The general experience we got from this region was that eating out can be quite expensive-meal for two (non turistca menu) £50/head upwards.(including drinks) Most places did the tourist’s menu for less than £20 (two course). The hotel did also a special for residents €25 for three course and coffee, which is a really good deal and the food was large in portions, no cover charge and extremely good.

La Spezia is a large town and has fantastic walks along the harbour area, a large town for all your retail therapy and some good gardens and places of interests. There are many tall buildings with large arched walkways with ceilings adorned with paintings which make the walking around very pleasant.

I totally recommend this area-so annoyed we had never ventured there before (been to Italy at least 14 times over past 20 years). We will certainly be returning.

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