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The Cinque Terre

A July 2000 trip to Cinque Terre by Kontesssa

Quote: Some thoughts on the couple of days I spent in these five tiny fishing villages on the Ligurian coasts.

The Cinque Terre

Overview

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Hike the hikes and watch the spectacular sunsets, and swim in the rocky coves of one of the bluest waters you'll ever see.

Quick Tips:

If you're going on a summer weekend, RESERVE a place in advance. The Cinque Terre is immensely popular with Italians and Europeans, and it is increasingly being 'discovered' by Americans, Canadians, and Aussies, thanks to travel guru Rick Steves. For more information on the Cinque Terre, check out Rick Steves guidebooks.

Best Way To Get Around:

Hiking from town to town, or training in and out. Depends on whether you have more athletic abilities or cash.
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My friend and I arrived in Cinque Terre one late Friday afternoon with NO place to stay. After gadzillions of phone calls and three calling cards later, we got one. Ivana is one of the many locals renting out rooms to travellers. Her house is cluttered and cozy. The room was medium-sized, clean and homey, with books and pictures scattered all over the place. It had French windows with a partial view of the gorgeous sea, and at night, you could hear the surf crashing into the cliffs. The bathroom was down the hall. Ivana does not speak a word of English, and I speak about ten Italian words, but we got along quite well. I managed to find the place too - it's up the elevator, a little to t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 2, 2000

Cinque Terre National Park

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Attraction | "The Easy Hikes"

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The five towns of the Cinque Terre can be hiked. However, I only did the easy parts - specifically, from Riomaggiore to Manarola, and then from Manarola to Corniglia. From Riomaggiore to Manarola, it's an easy 30-minute stroll along the famed Via dell Amore, the Path of Love, a little walkway with ocean views (everything has ocean views here) and romantic graffiti all over. The next one, from Manarola to Corniglia, is a bit longer and more challenging. It took us about an hour, with several stops along the way, to sunbathe, to eat ice cream, to chat with fellow hikers. The trail turns slightly rough halfway through, but it is really easy - nothing to worry about. Because if I can do it, EVERYON...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 2, 2000

Cinque Terre National Park
Via Telemaco Signorini, 118
Riomaggiore, La Spezia 19017
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Attraction | "Rock Jumping and Swimming"

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There are good swimming spots along the Manarola to Corniglia coastline. These aren't smooth, lazy beaches though. They're something more NOVEL (which is always good) - craggy rocks and crashing waves. Usually, you have to maneuver past rocks and jump into the furious azure sea from a natural ledge. The current is strong and I'd probably only recommend doing this to fairly good swimmers. Very popular activity - the coves were quite crowded when I was there. But that also make it lots of fun. Civilized people all of us, nicely lining up to wait their turns. Getting out of the water is a bit trickier, and in some places, there are rope tugs to help you pull yourself out of the water. Also lots of people...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 2, 2000

Cinque Terre National Park
Via Telemaco Signorini, 118
Riomaggiore, La Spezia 19017
0187 760508

Exploring Vernazza

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Of all the Cinque Terre towns, I heard the most raves about Vernazza. I trained into Vernazza from Corniglia, and set off to explore the town. Like the others, Vernazza has colorful houses, winding streets, and a delightful small-town ambiance. Strolled through town, played soccer with some kids, had some gelati, and ended up on the Vernazza harbour. The harbour has a tiny beach. Lots of colorful fishing boats and small motorboats moored. The place was crowded with vacationers who spread towels along the man-made rocky ledge, some facing the harbour and people-watching scenery, some facing the water and the great beyond.