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Worth it for 2 days in November?

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Worth it for 2 days in November?

We are arriving in Livorno by boat on a saturday morning and leaving on a sunday evening in mid-november. Heard amazing things about Cinque Terre but wondering if it's worth doing in that time frame and time of year. Would rent a car and stay in Cinque Terre overnight. Is this the right idea or better to do something in Tuscany?

Really appreciate the feedback!

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1. Re: Worth it for 2 days in November?

I'd say stay in Tuscany. If you have the flexibility, you can see how the weather is and then decide, but if it's rainy you'll not have much to do here in the villages.

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2. Re: Worth it for 2 days in November?

You’d better appreciate a base in Tuscany and enjoy the flexibility to visit the Cinque Terre if the weather cooperates.

Vagabonda

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3. Re: Worth it for 2 days in November?

Thanks for the help. I appreciate it!

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4. Re: Worth it for 2 days in November?

Would you recommend staying in Lucca instead?

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5. Re: Worth it for 2 days in November?

We also consider if it is worthwhile to hike the cinque terre in mid November and where bet to stay as a base in case of rain? we only have train for transportation and were hoping to hike! Advise Lucca or is it worthwhile to go north to La Spezia? Or if weather cooperates stay right in Cinque Terre? thanks

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6. Re: Worth it for 2 days in November?

Before making any plans for the Cinque Terre, check the website for the national park. When we were there three weeks ago, all of trail number two (that's the trail that goes along the sea from town to town) was closed due to landslides.

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7. Re: Worth it for 2 days in November?

In my opinion, in winter time nothing beats Chiavari (or Lavagna) as base. Chiavari and Lavagna are structured with arcades, so even if it's raining you can visit the towns without an umbrella. If it's rainy, you can also quickly get to Genova for more sightseeing. If it's sunny, then Cinque Terre are just half an hour away.

As a town, Lavagna is probably prettier (and has a nicer beach as well as several hiking trails), while Chiavari offers better train connections and a very popular restaurant (Luchin).

As for hiking, there's much more than just the Cinque Terre trails. You can get some alternate hiking ideas on http://liguriah.wordpress.com

If you're based in Lavagna, I definitely recommend walking up to S.Giulia and down to Sestri Levante.

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8. Re: Worth it for 2 days in November?

andvid has offered excellent suggestions if you were to decide on a base in Liguria, but Lucca would be convenient as a base for exploring Tuscany.

Vagabonda

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9. Re: Worth it for 2 days in November?

You're right, Vagabonda. Lucca is a splendid town, I just didn't notice post #1 (but only post #5 and #6). The only drawback with Lucca is that train connections to Cinque Terre are not very convenient (2 changes of trains are usually needed)

But then, since the car was mentioned, it's not an issue!

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10. Re: Worth it for 2 days in November?

Grazie andvid!

Lucca is a splendid town and conveniently positioned for driving to the Cinque Terre, Sienna...

But take the train from Lucca to Florence, even if hiring a car!

Vagabonda

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