My mom and I are backpackers and we went into Cinque Terre, but many of the hostels were booked. Instead of staying directly in Cinque Terre we went to this wonderful town called Levanto which is not part of the original 5, but is equally as beautiful and has a large beach. It also has a free hiking trail from Levanto to Monterosso and is by far the most beautiful trail, but pack lots of sunscreen water and a hat because its quite the hike (3 hours). Definitely worth it, and the town can be reached by the same train that goes through Cinque Terre and is easily accesible. It had cheaper prices and wonderful places to eat.
Not many people outside of Europe know about Levanto but its a great place to visit.
*****THINGS TO KNOW****
---warning about one of the Cinque Terre towns, Corniglia, if you are taking the train to this town be prepared to climb a HUGE staircase up the mountain. Some people say its not a big deal but for us it takes at least 20 minutes and especially with heavy bags.
--Right now the roads between the second and third towns are closed due to landslides which we did not know and our GPS lead us there. We had no notification but we were able to use the train.
- Also Known As:
- Basso Stefania Apartments Corniglia, Italy - Cinque Terre