I was a little skeptical because I read some of the bad reviews, but this area is absolutely gorgeous. there is no other place like it along the riviera. I think the negative reviewers either spent too much time here or didn't hike any of the trails. We went the last week of June and hiked the blue trail (along the coast) from Monterosso to vernazzo. we went early in the morning and we are both in shape so it wasn't a hard hike but it was a good workout to start the day. the views of vernazzo, when you are approaching the town, are stunning. We had lunch and wine at an excellent restaurant. Yes, there are fast food pizza type places, but there are nice restaurants too. maybe if the negative posters were willing to spend a few more dollars they would have had better food. The souvenir shops have local lemon flavored olive oil and limoncello from local lemons. I don't consider this very "touristy". we picked up a few small bottles of each and took the train back to our beach/hotel which was home base (outside of cinque terre). I am SO glad I did not listen to the negative posters and miss this experience. The half day I spent here was plenty of time and well worth it. It gave me a feel for cinque terre and I was on to my next adventure.
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