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“walkabout tours is the way to see Cinque Terre” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Small-Group Cinque Terre Day Trip from Florence with Vineyards Escapes and...
Spokane, Washington
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“walkabout tours is the way to see Cinque Terre”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2013

this was the best tour I did in Italy - Barbara and Sandra were excellent guides. Enjoyed every minute.

Visited April 2013
Thank Jenny N
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“update from cinqueterre - walking and parking”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2013

Just back from a very soggy week in Italy - they have had the worst weather ever recently!!! We decided to stay at Vernazza....the 'prettiest village' of the 5. To be honest when you are making your choice as to which village to stay then I would err for any of the others. I say this only for the choice of food/dining....and perhaps also for the views from the village itself....you can get more startling and panaramis vistas from any of the others and much more food options... in Vernazza you have only 3 or 4 restaurants and they are all 3-5 euro per dish more than in any of the other 4 villages. We would even gong to take the train to Manarola or Riomggiore to eat out one night...but the trains were less than reliable that day!!!
ALL of the hiking trails are still shut. The coastal path is showing NO signs of reopening - infact in places its not even there!!! The other trails are pot luck - but you wont get any tourist info staff telling you or helping you to find out whether to go - got the impression that they had been told to tell people not to go or on their heads be it as rescue services are expensive!!! Real shame.
The road to Vernazza from Levanto is closed. Saying that we drove it!!! Got within 10 mins of the village and came to the road block. Which some nice Italian workman opened for us and told us not to worry and go!!!! It was 15 mins of, on reflection, a suicidal drive....half the tarmac is missing, crash barriers were 20 metres in the bush below us....mud and water everywhere.... When we got to the bottom the place where you park your car is sort of open..... well... other cars are parked there, the payment cabin was shut up but then when we went to leave 2 days later it was open and we paid the fee then. You then have a 15 min downhill, muddy, dirt track walk into Vernazza itself....get to see the impact of the devastation though....
Trains excellent value - 10euro day pass...and the timings re fine to fit all the villages in. You truly cant pick one from another....Corniglia being the only one that, being on the hill top, has a dfferent feel to it. We really lucked out with the weather....taking the car isnt as hard as people lead you to believe... and in the trains you really dont get much of a view. The drive from Vernazza back to La Spezia was outstanding also to get right into the hills and vews of the coastal path...

Visited March 2013
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“Disappointment turned into a great opportunity”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2013 via mobile

After much anticipation I was looking forward to hiking the Blue Route only to find it had not reopened after the landslides. After consulting the authorities there was still a way to enjoy the sights along this gorgeous coastline. The one day train pass is a great way to move between villages when you are not hiking. Start early and you can see the five villages and still have time to hike and enjoy a relaxed lunch.

Depending on your base, catch the train to Riomaggiore and explore the town taking photos of the iconic scenery. Then catch the train to Manarola. You can either catch a local bus from Manarola to Volastra using your train pass or walk steeply uphill for about 45 minutes. Highly recommend hiking the 6d and 7a trails to Corniglia (4.8km). Walking through the grape vines and forests on this section taking in the coastal views is just breathtaking. Stop for lunch in Corniglia before catching the train to Vernazza. Enjoy an espresso here before catching the train to Monterosso for more photo opportunities.

This was definitely a highlight of my trip to Italy.

3 Thank Pendooly
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Sydney, Australia
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“The hike of a life time!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2013

When we visited the easy coastal walk was closed but to be honest this was a blessing. We took one of the hard trails up into the hills and the view was absolutely breathtaking! You will see the towns like no other as the view is 100% better from the higher trails. It does take a full day but you will not regret it!

5 Thank Angela L
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Benoni, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2013

Where earth ends and heaven begins. Just be sure, if you choose to hike the trails and you're 'elderly' like me, unless you have excellent knee function and consider yourself fairly fit and not afraid of heights - no kidding! don't attempt the trails. Except for Lover's Walk between Riomaggore and Manarola, the others are killers - I stupidly walked the trail from Corniglia (which was actually closed to the public) to Vernazza and on to Monterossa and couldn't walk for 3 days after that, so stiff were my knees. BUT! That didn't stop me from enjoying heaven - and heaven this area certainly is - because of the train and especially the boat-taxi service between each of these 5 most gorgeous little villages are really not expensive for pure beauty and pleasure they give. Save your knees for getting up and down and around each of these most beautifully characteristic, but steep and stepped villages. I had to miss a walk around Riomaggore because my knees simply wouldn't allow me the climb, but sore knees and all I did manage Lover's Walk. Corniglia, with its most spectacular views, just gorgeous and 'flattest' must not be missed because it doesn't have a 'harbour'.... If you are there, like me, without a car, take the train from Vernazza or Manarolo, but get there! And when you get there, take the little bus service from the station to the Piazza, the 400 steps are another killer for the weak kneed. Another 'shouldn't miss' is the extended boat trip to Pontevenere, it is also utterly beautiful, the town itself, the vistas it commands and the coastline getting there. The vistas from above (atop the mountains) and the views of the 5 villages and coastline from the sea are equally as spectacular and should not be missed from either level.

Visited May 2012
7 Thank Wanda012
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