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Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre
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Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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“you must go there if in Italy”
Reviewed 16 June 2014

We went by car on a very small and curvy road because we had the car, but if you can, rent a scooter or go by train. The amazing views and the whole Italian experience is unforgettable.

Visited June 2014
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Quebec City, Canada
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“Really a beautiful place to visit”
Reviewed 14 June 2014

We were on a cruise that stopped in Livorno in May 2014.

We got off the ship early and took a shuttle from the port to Piazza Grande (5 Euro for a day pass) and then took the bus #1 to the train station (Piazza Dante). We then bought our train tickets for "La Spezia" which were 18 Euro for the round trip. The ride is about 50 minutes and do not forget to validate your ticket prior to getting on the train.

In La Spezia we bought the "Cinque Terre Card Treno" that is a daily pass for all Cinque Terre parks and train transportation. The card cost 12 Euro and the ride from La Spezia to the further village (Monterosso) is about 30 minutes.

We started our visit in Monterosso which has a beautiful beach and is very nice. We walk around a little, and then headed for the blue trail to reach Vernazza. This trail is about 3km long and it will take you about 2 hours to reach Vernazza. The view is magnificent all the way but be aware that you will have to climb some steep steps and the walk would require some efforts but it is definitely worth it. In fact, you have to climb all the way up the hill that separates Monterosso from Vernazza. But when you reach the point where you can see Vernazza, you will have the best view of the day!

We ate lunch in a small pizzeria of Vernazza and then headed to the pier to take a ferry that took us from Vernazza to Riomaggiore for about 6.5 Euro.

From the ferry you have the best view of Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore.

In the beginning we wanted to get off in Manarola and walk the "Via dell'Amore" to Riomaggiore, but the time was going fast so we decided to get off in Riomaggiore and just take a quick look at Via dell'Amore.

That was a good decision because the train we planned to took back to La Spezia (a 10 minutes ride) was over 20 minutes late and we almost miss your train from La Spezia to Livorno. So be aware and give yourself plenty of time for thing like this if you plan your visit by yourself.

Cinque Terre is really a beautiful place to visit and we appreciated it very much.

Visited May 2014
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

We booked to spend 5 days exploring the 5 towns of the Cinque Terre. Our break started on the wrong foot as the hire car we arrived in from Naples was to be returned to La Spezia our first day. The address was wrong on the drop off sheet and could not find the rental depot. This meant we had to keep the car with us until we could off load it. The car parking in the cinque Terre is limited and costly 23 Euro per day and we had to sit in a line for 1 hour to get a park. We stayed in an apartment in Riaggamore which was very good. The trains run between the five towns and are quite cheap. You can also catch the ferrie to each town. The Coast trail between Riaggamore and Manarola is closed and you must use the inland trail which is quite steep with many stairs to climb. You need to have a bit of a fitness level to conquer this trail. Overall a very extraordinary area worth the look but I must say 3 days would be quite sufficient time to spend here.

Visited June 2014
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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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