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Navigating Cinque Terre and Porto Fino

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Navigating Cinque Terre and Porto Fino


I'm trying to put together an itinerary of a trip to Italy and cannot decide whether to fly to Genoa and visit Cinque Terre and Porto Fino from there or whether to fly to Pisa and visit those locations from Pisa before moving on to Florence. Do I need to visit both Cinque Terre and Portofino or are they largely the same. I don't drive so I will have to be doing this by day tours or public transport.

Any advice would be appreciated.



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1. Re: Navigating Cinque Terre and Porto Fino

Depending on what season you go you can travel from Genova to Portofino and Cinque Terre by boat. (www.liguriaviamare.it)

If you have the opportunity and time to do both I'd visit them both. You can do one by train and one by boat.

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2. Re: Navigating Cinque Terre and Porto Fino

Potofino and the CT villages are basically old style Italian fishing villages but that is where the similarity ends! Portofino is very much up-market place with designer shops and some very expensive hotels and resteurants. The CT are a cluster of 5 villages very close together extremely popular with tourists therefore rather spoilt but are relatively unique. Since they are quite a distance apart it is not easy to visit both from the same base using Pisa or Genoa.

I suggest to spend a three nights in Sestri Levante which is quite close to CT and a relatively short train trip to Santa Margherita Ligure from which there is an hourly ferry to Portofino.

You can get a direct train from Genoa to Sestri Levante from Pisa it would mean a change of one or two trains.




Edited: 09 September 2012, 16:56
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3. Re: Navigating Cinque Terre and Porto Fino

For seasonal boats from Genoa to Portofino and the Cinque Terre see also http://www.golfoparadiso.it/public/index.htm

To me, the jewel of the area around the Portofino peninsula is Camogli rather than Portofino itself. If you are a walker, the seaside paths around the peninsula are much less frequented than those in the Cinque Terre.

Edited: 09 September 2012, 18:31
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