Will be staying in Cinque Terra for 2 weeks late October am unsure whether to book places to stay before I leave Perth WA or do it when I get there.
Am travelling alone and prefer bed and breakfast. Are the walks between the 5 towns relatively easy to navigate and walk? Thought of doing the 5 towns over the 2 weeks imagine that is is very doable but would it be better to say in one town and just explore?
If thre is anyone who has done this and we could email would really appreciate it.
You can check some info http://www.cinqueterre.it/en/index.asp
this is the official site of tourism of 5 terre
I recommend booking before you leave. When we got there we litterally got the last room in Monterosso. (well, second to last, the other room we found was 125 Euros per night ) It's definately not fun walking around a small tourist place like that during high season not knowing if you'll have a place to sleep.
PS: Beppe, that's great that there's a CT tourist site! I soon as I hit "submit" on this message I'm gonna check it out as well!
LOL! Sorry, I realised I didn't even answer your questions!
As for the walk, if you do it straight it's a 6 or 7 hour walk between the five cities. Different stretches of the walk are harder than others. The most difficult is between Vernazza and Cornigiglia - it is straight up and straight down for about 2 hours. If you have bad knees or ankles or such, I don't recommend doing that. I believe you have take a shuttle up to the town from the train station if you are unable to do the walk. Between Monterosso and Venazza is moderate, and can be a little scary for those afraid of heights. The rest of the hike is very easy and has a beautiful seasside stone path from city to city. Oh and you need a ticket to access the trail - it costs about 3 Euro per day.
As for staying in one city and exploring, the cities are very, very tiny. Monterosso is the biggest (I believe) and literally has three or four streets in it. CT is beautiful because it's quaint, but I recommend going to all five cities and experiencing them all.
If you have any more questions, feel free to ask!