I'm interested in going to Cinque Terre. However, I have some questions.
1. which village should I base myself in?
2. which is the easiest way to get there by train?
3. any recommendations on accomodation in Cinque Terre?
4. Is 2 days enough in Cinque Terre?
5. What are some of the must see and must dos beside the Cinque Terre Walk?
Thanks a lot! Happy Easter in advance.
Three years ago I visited Cinque Terre for I think 3 days, which was a good amount of time. I based myself in Manarola at the youth hostel, which was a nice place to stay. (Also there's a great swimming hole at the bottom of the road in Manarola, good for an evening dip in the ocean.) I'm pretty sure the train does go to Manarola, from Genova, although it doesn't go to all of the other towns, and the hostel is within walking distance of the station. I didn't walk straight through the five towns, but rather took day hikes to two of them and then took a short train ride to the fourth along the line. Besides the hiking, it's just a really nice place to explore, and there is at least one beach (with sand) along the way through.
I'm looking forward to visit the cinque terre too, it seem's like a really wonderful place. I hope I can do it this summer, by car or inter railing.
I saw some pictures on the internet and got stunned by it's beauty.
I actually stayed in Monterosso. It's the biggest of the five cities and has the most to do (well it has a really good bar anyways ) plus it has a lot of accommodations. But if you're going in high season, don't forget to reserve beforehand! We got one of the last hotel rooms in the city when we got there and we were lucky! The travelling gods were on our side. We went to Cinque Terre from Florence with a pit stop in Pisa. It just went with out travel plans, so if you work out the direction you're travelling in, then you'll get a better idea on which way to get there from.
2 days is enough, we spent three. One day was devoted to the walk (which is graet excerise and sooooo beautiful!) and the other two we just spent bumming around. It was a great relaxing leg of our trip, but if I did it over again, I'd probably spend 2. There's not much to do (cute little shops and stuff, but you can go through those in a few hours in all five cities). Most of the beaches are private so you have to pay, and if you're on a budget you're limited to small beaches that take awhile to find. They're beautiful and worth it once you get there, but a pain in the butt to find!