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Is 5 nights in Cinque Terre too much?

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Is 5 nights in Cinque Terre too much?

We are planning to spend 5 nights in Florence, then head to Cinque Terre. We are undecided about staying in CT for 3 nights or 5 nights. We are planning to stay in Manorola because we want the quiet and aren't interested in night life, per se. If we choose 5 nights in CT will we run out of things to do? We are planning to hike, spend some time in each village, go to the beach, etc. I thought if we ran out of things to do in CT, we could take a day trip to Lucca. Can someone tell me how long it takes to take the train to Lucca from CT? Is Portofino worth a day trip, or is it too touristy?

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1. Re: Is 5 nights in Cinque Terre too much?

We based ourselves for 5 nights in a wonderful hotel inSestri Levante. It is about half way between Santa Margherita and Cinque Terre. From our base we did day trips to CT, Santa Margherita, Portofino etc. It worked out perfectly. We did all our day trips by train and it was very easy.

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2. Re: Is 5 nights in Cinque Terre too much?

The one fly in the ointment is longer distance trains mostly skip 5lands exept Mont. You can gain by walking to Rio train station to save sometimes long waits for jammed local trains, but even that isn't too well serviced. If you can't see the picture on trenitalia.com (which has bugs in it's english mode) find the german train site. Not only excellant english translation but clever ways of displaying routes and options - yes, even within Italy or where ever. Lucca is a gem, as is SML/Comogli.

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3. Re: Is 5 nights in Cinque Terre too much?

I love the Cinque Terre....have been there several times and personally do not think that 5 days is too long, but that really depends on how much you want to see in Italy on this particular trip. Each of the towns are interesting, Monterosso is nice for spending time at the beach, Kayaking from Riomaggiore, Manarola is a bit more artsy in feel and Vernazza is just perfect. Hiking between all of the towns is a must. Lucca is an easy day-trip from La Spezia and takes just about an hour and a half...you would need to change trains in Viareggio or Pisa (Which if you have never seen the leaning tower, might be another interesting stop on your way to Lucca) as the tower is once again open to the public. Portofino is also lovely but very touristy and pricy. Also about an hour and a half from Monterosso. Buon Viaggio!