We wanted to take the train in La Spezia and wanted to buy a Cinqueterrecard (for the paths and train) in the trainstation. We arrived half an hour before the train left, but we didn't catch it. There were about 50 or 60 people before us waiting to buy the card! There were only 2 people in the office, giving all details to people who came for information, so everything went very slowly.
Most of the coastal paths are closed. Of the coastal paths, only the Monterossi-Vernazza part is open. It is very steep, with hundreds of steps, with very little views to the sea or the villages. Moreover it was crowded, with only 1 sign about halfway. They should put more signs so that you could have an idea about the distance you had done and had to do. We also walked from Riomaggiore to Madonna di Monte Nero: also poor signalisation about where to start and on the way. There are almost no benches to take a rest.
We visited several info points in the Park, but they all gave different information about the length of the paths. In Riomaggiore there are still signs to the Via d'Amore, allthough it has been closed.
For the money they ask from the tourist (very expensive parking lots, eg), they should restore the paths and put more signs!
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