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Cinque Terra - yikes help, which town???
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Yo peoples, need some advice…

My bus gets to La Spez at 12.15. I have the rest of that day, the whole following day, then I have to be back in La Spez at 12.15pm the 3rd day – so that’s one full day and two half days (two nights).

Right so if I haven’t just confused the hell out of you… where should I stay?? Should I stay in the first town that first night, walk all the way to the fifth town and stay there the second night, then train it from the fifth back to the first on the third day and make it back in time?

Is one town not worth seeing? How long does it take to get to the first town from La Spez?

Basically I know nothing and any/all info is very much appreciated! Cheers!

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You’re worrying too much. On your full day, you can always take a sidetrip to visit any of the other towns.

It’s Cinque Terre in case you have any problems with internet searches. Smile


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Check out www.cinqueterre.it
Cinque Terre suffered through some big storms this winter 2008/09 that caused some land slides on the popular trails. They are working hard to repair the trails for the summer tourist season. Check national park web site http://press.parcona…
and tourist office in the train stations for trail closures and updates.
Train time is 10 minutes from La Spezia to the first town of Riomaggiore. and about 5 minutes between each town.
First it depends on what time of year you are going. When you get off the bus in La Spezia, go inside the train station and check on what tourist train passes they sell for Cinque Terre. The train fare is very cheap. In my opinion here is what I think of each town.
From the south (La Spezia) Riomaggiore is filled with loud and drunk backpackers. You must walk from the train station through a tunnel to see the other half of the town and small rocky beach. Go here to drink and meet mostly american backpackers at Bar Central.
Manarola has the best hostel in Europe, www.hostel5terre.com, lockout and curfew. This is the most scenic and less touristy of towns in the afternoon and at night. Small harbor for swimming. Use the swimming pool ladder to get out. This town is perfect for those that want to get away from tourist stops, chill out and feel like you are in Italy without seeing McDonalds and Starbucks. Be sure to walk up through the hillside grapevines and soak in the culture.
Corniglia Town # 3) is way up on a hill, 370 steps from the station. Visit on your hike from town to town only.
Vernazza Town # 4) is prepped for thousands of bus tourists each day. More for the older crowd. Harbor wall protects the beach and swimming area.
Monterosso (Town # 5) has car and bus access so can get very crowded on summer days. Beach is rocky, but local vendors start raking rocks back out to the water to offer some sand and pebbles. Rentable chairs and umbrellas are taking over the beaches. When you exit train station, go right to more modern hotels and newer part of town.(not much to see) Turn left out of the station and follow the mobs to the Old Town through tunnel. Before tunnel walk right around the point on water side and return back through tunnel. Bars, restaurants and gift shops crowd the small quaint streets. More lively bars that cater to the tourists.
If you visit midweek in May, June and July without reservations, You may luck out and rent a room. Ask the Tourist Office or at any bar or shop. Otherwise rent a room or hostel in advance. If trails are still closed, just take the trains from town to town. Be sure to check the schedule for departures and write them down. This way you can stay at the water till 5-8 minutes before departure and than head to the train. This will save time and you don’t get stuck walking to the station and finding out that the next train will be in 1 or 2 hours. Read about C.T. in Rick Steves guide book, pages 282 – 340 on line at rintsec=frontcover&source=in&hl=en&ei=f_j1ScenJpmWswOu0LHkCg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=11#PPA282,M1” title=“http://books.google.com/books?id=3aRwId4TCFkC&dq=rick+steves+cinque+terre&amprintsec=frontcover&source=in&hl=en&ei=f_j1ScenJpmWswOu0LHkCg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=11#PPA282,M1”>http://books.google….

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Oh no, I’m off to a good start! Wink Thanks!

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Packer – thank you so much, you’re amazing! I really appreciate all that info, you have no idea! Thank you!!

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one thing i would encourage you to try as much as possible is the local cuisine

compared to a lot of italy, food is inexpensive in restaurants
very reasonable for a plate of pasta with mmmmmmmmmmmm pesto or walnut sauce….my mouth is watering now at the memories
i stayed at the awesome hostel in manarola – the hostel has their own kitchen that sells dishes at meal time too! you can eat pretty good stuff while relaxing on the porch or on the roof and looking at the blue blue sea

it really doesn’t matter what town you stay in as you’ll probably be hiking a lot in between towns or hanging at the beach or in the water.

one night we had pizza for dinner. mine had leeks as one of the ingredients

hiking: on one of my full days, i hiked from town 2 – manarola – to town 5 *monterosso’
started about 9 am i think. ended at 3 pm or so. in between, we stopped for gelato, shopping, having lunch, taking photos along the way through towns 3 and 4.
then paid for the train back to town 1 and walked from there to town 2.
it takes old people about 5 hours to walk town 1 to town 5 no stopping. you’ll probably do it at least 1 hour faster but enjoying the stops along the way

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Hey guys,

I am currently in the stages of planning a 3 month trip around europe from june/july. Its still uncomfirmed. But one of the places I want to go is to Cinque Terre. I was really keen on the idea of walking between the villages per day. But I dont think that is going to be practical with a 75-90L backpack. So I thought I could stay in one place for a few days and do it. Now I am more curious for the following to be answered: How many days would you guys recommend in the area? What town/village should I locate myself in? I know trains are easy to go from town to town so that would be good to get to where I ended the previous day. Any ideas guys?

Cheers.

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Trent84, Respectfully, Did you even read the other posts? Did you click on the links and read the C.T. National Park web site – It has info on trail closures, luggage storage and more very helpful information (in english). Did you click on www.cinqueterre.it ? Did you click on the link or Google Rick Steves Cinque Terre — You can read the entire chapter on C.T. without buying the book. With all this information, you can decide for yourself on what town to stay in and for how long based on your interest and how much hiking, suntanning, swimming, nightlife you want to do. It is impossible to suggest what town and number of nights when we do not know you. Cinque Terre is a very special place and if you really want a break from backpackers, drinking and want a relaxing memorable stay with great views and the best food, Manarola is the place. But if you want to meet and hang with tons of loud American backpackers and drink and party each night, stay in Riomaggiore or Monterosso. The National Park has so many trails up in the hillsides away from the tourist traffic. You can also go mountain biking, scuba diving, snorkeling, ocean kayaking to name a few. Places like Cinque Terre, Italy and Interlaken, Switzerland are great places to take an extended break on your busy 3 month tour to do some physical activity/sports or have a relaxing vacation and to take a break from museums, monuments and churches. Most travelers hate to leave Cinque Terre after 3 days, so figure out how many days and if you do as much as 4 nights, spend 2 nights each in 2 different towns to experience the difference in tourists and locals. The towns are very close together.
As for the most popular hiking trail along the coastline, here are the average hiking times between cities. It varys person to person and depends on physical condition, weather, picture taking, picnics, shopping, time spent exploring each town, how much gelato you eat, etc.
Starting in the south heading north:
Riomaggiore to Manarola (via Dell Amore) 30 mins. mostly level stroll. This is a must to visit after sunset as well.
Manarola to Corniglia 45 mins. Easy hike with a short uphill grade. Level stretch to train station, than 370 steps uphill to the town of Corniglia. Corniglia to Vernazza 2 hrs. rugged/hard hike. Alot of rocks stairs as you decend into Vernaza.
Vernazza to Monterosso 1hr.30mins. rugged/hard hike. No matter where you start the hike, bring food, sunscreen and plenty of water. On very hot summer days, start as early as possible and don’t hike in the heat of the day. (Sun stroke/heat exhaustion). Check the Tourist office or the National Park web site on trail closures due to rockslides in winter of 2008/09. There will be wood shacks along the way where you show your National park ticket/hiking pass or you can purchase one at that time. (bring cash).

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Hey Packer, just thought I’d let you know I’m now booked in to stay at hoste5terre! I’m so excited, thanks again for info that goes above and beyond

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Congrats ccc333, When are you staying there?
Just remember that it is not a frat house and they want people to be mellow and enjoy the beautiful town. Be sure to print out the map of the village and note the hours of lockout and curfew. If you arrive during lockout, walk downhill from the tunnel and hang out at the harbor till check-in. Be sure to explore all the trails on each side of the village as you go downhill to the water. I have had a few people complain of the 1:00am curfew and I always say start earlier, the doors open at 7:00am, have breakfast, go hiking, swimming, cliff jumping and have a great dinner with wine and you will want to be in bed by 11pm. If still don’t like it, CHECK-OUT and let someone else enjoy it.
Just a few tips: If walking back up the hill before curfew, make sure no one in your group is talking loud or yelling…just whisper. The locals yell at the hostel staff if clients are drunk and loud walking back up the hill. Take time and look over all the information they have posted in the lobby and dining area. They have done a fantastic job decorating with local antiques. Read before asking questions. Always inform the staff that you want a drink and never open the drink case before telling them. They have wood lockers in the rooms and you need to bring a lock. You will have to leave your passport at the front desk so they can log in the info and it is kept during your stay as a deposit. You will get it back after you turn in your key and your bill is paid in full. If you meet a few nice people, ask where they are having dinner and see if you can join them. If you eat at the hostel and if each person in the group wants the same pasta, ( check daily specials) they will cook it in one large pan and bring it out to the patio if weather is good. It is great when a few in the group do not eat as much and you can scarf the rest of it down. If you are going on the hike with others start early. Buy a jar of pesto in the market and bread from the bakery on right side just before the hotel at the harbor. Spread the pesto on the bread for a great meal. The market also sells fresh made pesto in the deli case. Be sure to have Pesto pasta before you leave. There is one small bar by the bakery and usually there is someone inside that plays a guitar. If you meet others, be sure to walk on the trail from Manarola to Riomaggiore (via del Amore) I would go just before sunset and walk over to Riomaggiore, You can bring a bottle of wine and just sit on the tables and enjoy the view. If you want to meet more people, go to Riomaggiore, walk through the tunnel and go uphill 100 yards to Bar Central (Large covered patio w/Gelato and Alcohol Don’t eat any food at their tables unless you bought it from them) Walk back after dark (before curfew) and enjoy the floodlights on the waves below. If you want to avoid the crowds, get your new friends and a bottle of wine and walk down the steps on the left side of the harbor railing in Manarola. Keep walking left all the way out to the small concrete pier (used only during the day for the shuttle boat) sit back, and watch the waves and the stars. Also walk to your right all the way to the point before sunset and get a great shot of you standing with your back at the railing and the village behind you. Please be sure to pick up all your trash and bottles so that when I and others visit the same place it will be clean and safe as you found it. Have a great trip!

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cinque terra mean city with 5 tower, if you want watch condo skyscraper make trip but if you wants to has fun & girl, very espensive and tanned ppl wit 2 much grees in hair

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This guy’s becoming a one man wrecking crew for the Russian tourism industry

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