An October 2002 trip
to Cinque Terre by AndrewL
Quote: As the title of this journal says, when we visited Cinque Terre it rained almost the entire time during our three day stay. Despite the rain we had a wonderful time there
As the title of this journal says, when we visited Cinque Terre it rained almost the entire time during our three day stay. Despite the rain we had a wonderful time there. The main drawback to the rain was that most of the trails were closed due to risk of landslide. We were however able to do the walk between Vernazza and Coniglia. It was well worth it even though it poured the whole two hours it took us to complete the walk.
Hotel | "Porto Roca"
The rooms are very comfortable and ours offered a fantastic view. The hotel is actually situated just outside of time. To get to the hotel you do need to walk up to the top of a fairly steep hill, which could be difficult if you have much luggage. The hotel does offer free taxi service from the train station to the hotel. However, there is only one taxi in town. So if you will need to use this service you should get the number of the taxi from the hotel prior to arriving or contact the hotel once you arrive at the train station.
The hotel has restaurant, but we didn’t eat there except for breakfast that was included with the room. There is also a bar in the hotel. The bar offers seating both inside and outside. The outside seating offers fantastic views of the town and the water. Sitting outside having a drink and enjoying the view was a perfect end to a day of exploring Cinque Terre. Even if you aren’t staying at the hotel it would be worth it to stop and have a drink outside and relax for a while in the evening.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 23, 2002
Carriage Hills Resort (Carriage Ridge Resort)
90 Highland Drive
Shanty Bay, Barrie, Ontario L0L 2L0
We ordered seafood both times we ate there, and were not disappointed with either with the quality or quantity. We enjoyed the mixed seafood grill (see picture) as well as the seafood salad (enselata al mare). There is also a good selection of local wines.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 23, 2002
The food here was very good. I ordered the sea food risoto and it was fantastic. It actually had a curry flavor that I hadn't experieiced in Italian sea food previously. If I go back to Cinque Terre I will go here just for the risotto.
The service was friendly despite being understaffed.
It rained, at times very hard, during our entire trek on the trail. Despite the rain we had a wonderful time. The trail offered some unsurpassed views. Some of the best views were as we were leaving Vernazza, seeing the town and the ocean in the background. Equally good was the view approaching Corniglia - it was a fantastic sight seeing this town perched up in the hill in the distance.
We did the hike from Vernazza to Corniglie. Looking back in hindsight I would have done the hike in the reverse fashion, going from Corniglia to Vernazza. We started out Vernazza nice and dry in a town where there were quite a few restaurants and other places to get dry and stay out of the rain. We arrived in Corniglia soaking wet in the rain to find a town without a single shop, restaurant, or bar open. If we had done the opposite and ended in Vernazza we would of have had a number of options of places to get out of the rain. There is a nice restaurant just outside of Vernazza, on the hills above town. I’m afraid I don’t remember the name, but it is a perfect place to relax and enjoy the view after the hike if you go from Corniglia to Vernazza.
The trail guide said the hike would take about one and a half hours to complete the trail. However, it ended up taking us a little over two hours due the weather.
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