Don't let the three stars put you off if you are in Vernazza with a backpack and plan to hike your tail off in the Cinque Terra for a couple of days. The benefits are an easy location, comfortable and relatively clean space, good shower, and easy pre-booking on the internet. If you are looking for easy access, personal touch and a good breakfast move on down the trail. We never saw Rina or anybody for three days. We arrived later in the evening after battling a train strike all day, tired and hungry - in the rain. With two roller bags on cobblestone we walked about 100 yards down into town then turned right at the 'trailhead' for Monterosso, walked up maybe 20 steps with a turn to the left - Rina Rooms door on the left - pushed the button, door opened, walked up twelve steps to the first terrace, went through another door, up twelve steps to the three Rina Rooms for let, saw our name on the door with a key, opened the door and walked up twelve steps to our space. Laid on the bed and died. Then saw the crass note that said, 'leave 200 Euros here in cash' and the processed garbage for breakfast. Oh well, it still worked as a place to sleep and to take a shower.
This was our second time to the Cinque Terra (2007) and it was so sad to see the dysfunction as compared to the first time. Seaside trails washed out, nearly completely ineffective park management (par for the course in Italy - apparently yet another government thief wrecked the finances and is now living on a yacht in Greece). Townfolk were still hurting from the 2011 mudslide. Everybody and everything was so tired. Don't pay any attention to the trial closure south to Corniglia - just no one to take your money at the trailhead - the trail was lovely and relatively uncrowded because of the trail closed sign. The trail from Vernazza to Monterosso was like a two-mountain highway choked with RV's - narrow and super crowded. But, the views are spectacular! Still worth it, but it could be SO MUCH BETTER.
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