Cinque Terre Journals

Cinque Terre for all the Senses

An April 2000 trip to Cinque Terre by T-bug

Quote: These "Five Lands" are connected by winding, narrow paths along the Italian Mediterranean coast. It's beauty must be experienced with all senses... hear the waves crashing against the shore, smell the salty sea, see the colorful villages, taste the region's wonderful wines, and let Cinque Terre touch your heart.

Cinque Terre for all the Senses

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A fellow traveler stated, "You haven’t lived your life until you’ve been here." She was speaking of the Cinque Terre or the "Five Lands" that lie along the northern Mediterranean coast of Italy. I couldn’t agree with her more. Made famous, most likely, as one of travel guide Rick Steve’s "back doors", Cinque Terre, today, has the reputation of being overcrowded with tourists. However, we traveled in the spring (April) and still found all the beauty that is to be absorbed from this gorgeous area. While tourists did speckle each town and along the paths, we found many of them to be Germans. Furthermore, there was never a point in our stay that we were annoyed so much that we wished we wouldn’...Read More

Albergo Della Gioventù-Ostello "Cinque Terre"

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Hotel | "Albergo Della Gioventù-Ostello “Cinque Terre”"

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Although you will get a light workout hiking / strolling in the Cinque Terre, the true test is getting to this hostel. Follow the Ostello sign from the train station and go uphill. It is well-worth the hike. This was the best hostel we stayed in in all of our 10 weeks in Europe. The friendly owners set you up in the dorm-style rooms and run you a tab, so you need only pay when you leave. Although this hostel has a lock-out during the day and a curfew, it is not anything to worry about. The hills and scenery of the Cinque Terre are meant to be explored during the day! To stay in the hostel would be a crime! Furthermore, you will be worn from your lo...Read More

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Getting There - Treni Ritardo

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Getting to the Cinque Terre can be a chore, but well worth the effort. It took us approximately 9 hours and several train switches to get to the Cinque Terre from the Mediterranean coast of France. Our first switch was at the French/Italian border in Ventimiglia . It was here where we got our very first glimpse of Italian culture… We waited on the platform for our train. Several minutes went by, then 20, then more. An Italian woman came up to us and asked " Treni Ritardo ?" We just looked at her and motioned that we didn’t understand, but a few seconds later, we did. She was asking if the train was late . It sure was… as were many of our trains in Italy. Thi...Read More

Hiking

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One of the highlights of the Cinque Terre is its spectacular view... of both the blue-green Mediterranean and of each neighboring town. To appreciate the Cinque Terre in its entirety, you absolutely must walk the paths that lead from one town to the next. Many guidebooks illustrate which routes are the easiest or most difficult, as well as the shortest or the longest. Take the one or the few that suit you and use the train when/if you are fatigued. On your hike, you will wander along cliffs, through lemon and olive groves, through vineyards and on terraced land, while taking in the most breathtaking view of the Mediterranean Sea. This is one place you will never forget....Read More