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“Cinque Terre - A Long and Memorable Day”

Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre
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Pesto course in Cinque Terre with Boat Trip and Lunch from La Spezia
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Calgary, Canada
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“Cinque Terre - A Long and Memorable Day”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2013

Seeing Cinque Terre in a day is not recommended but it is doable and better than not at all. It is truly a beautiful, unique and colourful part of Italy. We considered a tour but decided to try it on our own. Our family of four (two teenagers) caught a 7:00 a.m. train from Florence to La Spezia with a change in Pisa. There are many departures through the day. I used the Italian train website, http://www.trenitalia.com, to familiarize ourselves with some departure and return trip times before we left. In La Spezia, we purchased “Cinque Terre Cards with Train” which gave us one day of unlimited train access between La Spezia and the five towns that make up Cinque Terre and access to the #2 walking path for about €10/per person. We stopped at the first, most southerly, town of Riomaggiore and walked the Via dell Amore trail to Manarola. The walk is an easy 20 minute stroll on a paved path that travels along the beautiful coast. It is the only walk we did, as the other trails linking towns were closed following the floods and mudslides of 2011. Local train stations are close to the towns and trains run frequently. From Manarola we took a train to Vernazza where we had lunch at the waterfront and enjoyed walking through the town appreciating the recovery efforts that have been undertaken since the floods. From Vernazza we took the train to the last town Monterosso al Mare. This is a much bigger town and perhaps not as quaint as Manarola or Venrazza. But if you want a beach this would be the place. The water was so warm and inviting and there were beach umbrellas and sunbathers everywhere. We had expected to escape some of the heat of Florence when at the coast but it was just as hot and humid and ocean breezes were ellusive. After a quick gelato we took the ferry boat, http://www.cinqueterre.eu.com/en/boat-excursions, back towards Manarola. This is a must to truly appreciate the colourful towns clinging to the coast. We headed back to Florence arriving around 8:00 p.m. We were exhausted, pleasantly surprised how easy it was to do this trek on our own and very glad we took the adventure.

Visited August 2012
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2013

Excellent view! Wonderful landscape, sea, hills, olive trees, viniards, the coloured houses crowded together...I definitely recommend it!

Visited May 2012
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Winter Springs, Florida
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“One of my favorite places in the world!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2013

I love the Cinque Terre! The hiking is amazing with breathtaking views. The towns are adorable, the food is great, and the people are friendly.

Visited May 2012
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2012

We went in September and it was absolutely beautiful. We decided not to do the trains and walk the whole way. there are 2 different trails. one that is easy and one that takes a lot longer because it is hiking through the mountains and such. We thought being young and in shape we were good to go with the harder one. It was prety stinking hard but worth it. However i dont recommend the harder one for the elderly. Overall, this place is definitely one of the most beautiful places in the world. A must see if you're in the area.

Visited September 2012
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“Cinque Terre is spectacular”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2012

A must for anyone wanting to experience Italy--you can book a tour or simply take the train like we did from Florence in the morning, and then connecting for a short train ride to the Southern most town. Hop off, walk a few hundred yards through the town to the ocean side trail and head North. There is a small town about every 2 kilometers--certainly some ups and down on the trail, so some strenuous points--but spectacular views of the coast, slopeside vineyards, and each town. Every town has shops, restaurants and gelato places, so you can easily refresh and replenish. The trail is well marked. End in the far North town or any point in between and after a drink on the beach, then get back on the train if not stopping at a hotel. We did it as a day trip--but can stop there too. A great day.

Visited December 2011
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