We just returned from a trip to Italy and spent two days in Cinque Terre. We stayed in Monterosso at Villa Steno which was awesome, and we would highly recommend the hotel!!! However, we were slighly disappointed in the changes in Cinque Terre since we were last there 10 years ago. It seems much more toursity, and you now have to pay to hike on the trails!! We also encountered many people with Rick Steves' books and some restaurants even had "recommended by Rick Steves" in their windows. It is no longer a "hidden gem" in Italy which makes me a little sad. The hikes and scenery are still amazing but .... Anyone else visited in the past and recently???