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Considering two day trip from Florence.

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Considering two day trip from Florence.


These forums have been really helpful in planning our trip! I have three questions:

1. We have a car and are coming from Florence. We are thinking of staying in Levanto and taking the train in each day to CT. How late do the trains run? Is this a better option than staying in one of the five towns?

2. We are planning to spend two days in Cinque Terre and would appreciate any feedback on our planned itinerary. The first day we were thinking of taking a ferry to one end and hiking back. Is that too much in one day? We're not afraid to get a little sweaty. The second day we were hoping for some beaches and wandering around. We've heard of the more isolated beach near an abandoned train tunnel, would this be recommended?

3. Finally, how touristy is CT really? We've read a few things about how Rick Steves has made it really popular (to be honest, that's what made us consider this place!) Will we have a bad time with the crowds or is it still worth the visit.

Thanks so much for the feedabck!

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1. Re: Considering two day trip from Florence.

1.Stay in Levanto as it is only minutes from any Cinque Village and easy to park a car....there are free spaces at rear of village.

2.takes approx 5 to 6 hours to walk the trail .....but you will want to linger in at least 2 places for eats and drinks.

Do not do beaches as they are all so second rate to our Oz beaches.....grey pebble sand. Best beach is at Levanto if you are beach orientated.

3.CT was as busy as in April and we did not bother staying around and gladly headed back to Levanto to escape the Terror Rick Steves acolytes.

4. do take the boat to Portovenere and see the villages from the Ocean as well.

Edited: 27 June 2011, 05:15
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2. Re: Considering two day trip from Florence.

1. You can look up the train shedules at: http://www.fsitaliane.it/homepage_en.html

Each village has its own schedule, not every train stops at every village so look up the one you will be departing from.

2. The hike from one end to the other (Monterosso to Riomggiore) can be done in 5-7 hours depending on fitness level and time spent in each village on the way. It is easily done in one day. Some of the trail sections may be closed for repair so you might have to hop a train for that section.

3. Yes, the crowds have gotten really bad, especially the day trippers. Things settle down once they leave. You don't say what time of year you are traveling but the summer months are worse.


Edited: 27 June 2011, 05:27
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3. Re: Considering two day trip from Florence.

1. We had no problem taking our car to Monterosso and parking it there for our four night stay, but, it does cost money. If you are fine to stay in Levanto, then do that. The trains run frequently. Sometimes they are 10-15 minutes late but that won't create an issue considering if you won't have to make any connections.

2. I think it's an excellent plan to take the ferry to one end and hike back. This is what we did. We are in our 30s and are fairly fit. Depending on what time of year you go, it will be hot. It might also be crowded. If you can tolerate the heat and the crowds, you will be fine to hike all the trails in one day. We also spent a day on the beach in Monterosso. Monterosso has the best beach, but it is a "pebble" beach. If you enjoy the beach atmosphere of umbrellas and lounge chairs then this is the beach for you. I wouldn't consider the are you reference as an "isolated beach." It's a place where you can get water access but I wouldn't consider it a beach!

3. CT is very crowded. Rick Steves aside, it has always been a tourist destination for inland Italians. You don't mention what time of year your trip is. If it is June / July / August, be prepared for massive crowds. Weekends are even more worse than weekdays.

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4. Re: Considering two day trip from Florence.

Crowds, crowds, crowds. More English spoken than Italian. I did all the trails in 5 hrs before they got hot and crowded.

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5. Re: Considering two day trip from Florence.

Thanks for the responses so far! We're visiting during the week of Aug 20th for a conference in Florence. We'd be going Monday - Wednesday, so hopefully it won't be as crazy as the weekend.

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