We are planning a trip to Italy for 2.5 - 3 weeks around late Sept-early Oct 2004. One place we had heard about was the Cinque Terre (the five villages). We are planning to travel by car and are looking for a fairly inexpensive trip. Would this be a good place to go for several days?
Also, does anyone have any general advice regarding Italy? Such as great places to stay, eat, etc? We are considering mostly the northern half of Italy, but would be open to other ideas.
I backpacked Europe last summer I stopped for about 4 days in Cinque Terre, and let me tell you it is a must see. It is by far one of the most beautiful places I went. As for driving there, good luck. You must understand that Cinque Terre is spread out along cliffs, and when it was first settled, cars were not a reality, so the streets are VERY narrow....but it is possible. Although it may be hard to navigate there while driving, don't let it turn you away from going. The best thing to do is park it where you are staying and get the train pass for like 10 euro that connects all the towns.
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all i can say is DEFINATELY go there! its absolutley amazing and beautiful... Best to take scotts advice and leave the car where you are staying and walk - thats what i did and its the best way to see EVERYTHING!
Thanks for the advice! It sounds like a great place to go...I'll definitely make it a priority.