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Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre
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Roeselare, Belgium
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“Poor organization!”
Reviewed 4 June 2014

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!

Visited May 2014
3 Thank Marc D
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Cranleigh, United Kingdom
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“Wonderful seascapes and escapes”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

The five centres are unique and beautiful. Such vibrant colour and all built into extraordinary mountain countryside. The train trip is short but exciting and any one of the towns is worth exploring and walking. The sea is so blue and the good weather stays by the shore which is clean marble chippings.

Visited May 2014
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“Nothing special very touristic and crowded”
Reviewed 28 May 2014 via mobile

I have to agree with the other reviewers , trains overcrowded, people being pick pocketed by the locals taking advantage of the overcrowding of the trains, authorities closed one of the paths to charge 7.50 which means more money and more people like sardines, anyways it's a must do but once not for more than a day or two , better the campania in the south where sorrento and positano are , less crowded better customer service , this place gets just a B+

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London, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
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“A bit deflated”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

Having seen so many amazing pictures from Cinque Terre I went there with the expectation of a dream trip. Unfortunately, the reality did not match the expectations: the villages are cute but quite run down (buildings) and over crowded. The walking paths were closed. The transportation infrastructure is terrible, with trains and train stations over crowded, mainly because they are not very frequent. There are too many organised tours, some of them with people that have problems to negotiate the steep and rough small streets. The highlights of this trip were: driving from La Spezia to Riomaggiore, as the views are very nice, and Portovenere, which is a much better alternative to the Cinque Terre.

Visited May 2014
4 Thank Dana P
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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“Difficult but worth the extra sweat.”
Reviewed 26 May 2014

This as not as easy to do as I was led to believe. you need hiking shoes and poles if 50+ even in good shape, but it is beautiful, but challenging. Just do it!

Visited May 2014
1 Thank Pej60
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