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!