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13. Posted by alinealcantara (Budding Member 5 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Susiedee, you`ve changed your schedule to spend three days in Cinque Terre.. Have you researched if three days aren't too much?

I`ve never been to the region, but I'm planning to a Italy trip as well, and I was thinking in take a `one day` trip to Cinque Terre, since I`m gonna spend six days based in Firenze. What do you think, guys?

14. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 832 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Quoting alinealcantara

Susiedee, you`ve changed your schedule to spend three days in Cinque Terre.. Have you researched if three days aren't too much?

I`ve never been to the region, but I'm planning to a Italy trip as well, and I was thinking in take a `one day` trip to Cinque Terre, since I`m gonna spend six days based in Firenze. What do you think, guys?

When we visited the Cinque Terre we had four days, plus one in Pisa (it was a short break trip from the UK). That gave us enough time to visit all five of the villages and do part of the coastal walk. In one day you can't possibly see all five and while that isn't essential I would certainly recommend staying long enough to visit several as they are quite different. Vernazza is usually considered the prettiest and I can see why, but personally I liked Riomaggiore where we stayed as it felt more 'lived-in'. Manarola and Corniglia are small and a short visit to each is enough. Monterosso is more of a beach resort at first glance but has an interesting old town behind the beach. You can travel between them by ferry (when the seas are calm enough), train (when there isn't a strike!) and on foot, and it's good to have time to sample all three of these - I liked the ferry best as it was great to see the coastline from the sea.

So in short, no, three days is not too long

Edited to correct typo

[ Edit: Edited on 06-Feb-2019, at 00:25 by ToonSarah ]

15. Posted by goodfish (Full Member 154 posts) 1w 1 Star this if you like it!

Good move to substitute the Cinque Terre for the A.C.: eliminated some backtracking. Do be aware, however, that the region will be HEAVING with summer tourists, although that wouldn't be much different in the Amalfi area.

As previously cautioned, the C.T. is one lousy place to have a car. Parking is scarce and expensive, and you won't be using the car to get around anyway: the villages are almost totally pedestrianized. Consider parking the car in La Spezia and taking the train to whichever village you decide to stay in, which leads to the next point....

Make your reservations NOW! Accommodations book up quickly and early! If you have trouble finding something to suit, try La Spezia or Levanto: both are just a few minutes by train into the most southerly or northernly villages, respectively, of the CT.

Regarding the train/hiking pass, you only need the pass for hiking any of the 4 segments of the most-traveled Sentiero Azzurro (Blue Path) route between Monterosso and Riomaggiore. 2 of the 4 segments which make up that route (Corniglia>Manarola>Riomaggiore) have been closed to damage for some time and it doesn't appear as if either be open for 2019 season. The other two (Monterosso>Vernazza>Corniglia) are currently closed for winter repair but should be open again in the spring. The Sentiero Azzurro is the only route with kiosks at points along the way for checking hiker passes.

That said, there are many other trails in the park - albeit most are longer and more strenuous - and a conditioned hiker will find welcome breathing room by choosing some of those anyway. Here's the park's website:

http://www.parconazionale5terre.it/Eindex.php

Trail map, trail descriptions and current closures:
http://www.parconazionale5terre.it/Esentieri-outdoor.php

Info on the Cinque Terre Cards. Note that there are two versions: one that combines trail/train use and one that's just for the aforementioned trails.

http://www.parconazionale5terre.it/Ecinque-terre-card.php

The treno card covers 2nd-class journeys between La Spezia and Levanto plus regional buses. With train travel between villages in high season running about 4 euro a pop, it won't take long to make good on a pass if you use the trains a moderate amount. You do not have to purchase it in advance - it's sold at the stations and TI centers - and make SURE to validate it before boarding your first train.

One more note about the car? Do read up on ZTLs before your trip. These Limited Traffic Zones have a host of restrictions and are largely off limits to tourists, and accidentally driving into one is an expensive error. Some helpful background on driving in Italy:

https://media.sumo.com/3edd7a94b19350d13b81f277e1c2f5b5c0f917d5965b529d238da52daa2b93f6

[ Edit: Edited on 06-Feb-2019, at 06:24 by goodfish ]

16. Posted by alinealcantara (Budding Member 5 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Quoting ToonSarah

When we visited the Cinque Terre we had four days, plus one in Pisa (it was a short break trip from the UK). That gave us enough time to visit all five of the villages and do part of the coastal walk. In one day you can't possibly see all five and while that isn't essential I would certainly recommend staying long enough to visit several as they are quite different. Vernazza is usually considered the prettiest and I can see why, but personally I liked Riomaggiore where we stayed as it felt more 'lived-in'. Manarola and Corniglia are small and a short visit to each is enough. Monterosso is more of a beach resort at first glance but has an interesting old town behind the beach. You can travel between them by ferry (when the seas are calm enough), train (when there isn't a strike!) and on foot, and it's good to have time to sample all three of these - I liked the ferry best as it was great to see the coastline from the sea.

So in short, no, three days is not too long

Edited to correct typo

Thanks for the advice!! I was totally wrong thinking i could spend just a day. I need to find more information about the region, to conclude how many days i would stay there.. or if it`ll be better to let the site to another trip, maybe a coast italy travel. Thanks again.

17. Posted by goodfish (Full Member 154 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

I was thinking in take a `one day` trip to Cinque Terre, since I`m gonna spend six days based in Firenze. What do you think, guys?

Without wishing to hijack susiedee's thread, I'll back up Sarah's vote for spending several days in the region. If you day-trip it, especially during high or shoulder seasons, you'll be just another body in the day-tripping crush. The golden hours are before that mob arrives in the morning and after they leave in the afternoon/evening. In the middle of the day, heading to the upper reaches, where fewer of those day-trippers go, can provide some welcome breathing room.

We had three nights in the C.T. and wouldn't have enjoyed it nearly as much if trying to rush through in a day. Interestingly enough, as Sarah mentioned it, we ALSO had a train-strike hairball trying to get there from Florence! Chances are fewer rather than more that would happen to you, though.

[ Edit: Edited on 06-Feb-2019, at 12:46 by goodfish ]

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