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Tips for Travelling in Cinque Terre

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Traveling through the Cinque Terre is sure to be an amazing experience, as millions can already attest to. With so much to see and do, there are some tried and true travel tips for travelling in the Cinque Terre, some of which can save a lot of time and money, and allow you to get the most of out your vacation. There is a plethora of things to do and see, the hotel accommodations are relaxed and affordable and the cuisine is out of this world. Of course one knows that the Cinque Terre virtually incorporates the five villages which include: Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore and you will likely want to see what all five have to offer. Those looking for things to see and do or who need general traveling tips for the Cinque Terre need look no further.

Seasonal Traveling

riomaggiore-1As amazing as the Cinque Terre is, this is one location where it is necessary to plan your trip around the seasons and weather. Visiting the Cinque Terre in the months of May through August will ensure that your vacation is all inclusive and you won’t run into some of the common issues such as exhibits and hiking trails being closed.

The winter and spring months bring about very cold temperatures and a lot of rain, which causes many of the hiking trails to shut down for safety and navigation reasons.

During the May-August months everything is alive here and you will be able to gain entrance into all the trails, walk through the wineries and visit all the museums and festivals. There are also a lot of restaurants which have verandas and the warmer weather allows visitors to eat outdoors and enjoy the scenery.

These months are most busy so booking accommodations ahead of time is essential.

September and October are also good months to book a vacation here and these months are a little less busy, but all the trails are generally open, the beaches can still be explored and most festivities are still abound. You may also find some good deals on lodging during these months.

Getting Around Cinque Terre
 

Getting from point A to point B beholds a series of choices, so it is best to choose the mode of transportation that best suits your needs and capabilities.

A popular mode of transportation involves cars and motorcycles, however it is important to consider that the entrances of each of the five towns will not allow cars to go past the entry gates. If you plan to rent a car, scooter or motorcycle, once you reach the entrances of the towns there are designated parking areas that you will need to pay a fee for. From there you will embark on a hike so wear proper shoes and dress according to the weather.

The hiking trails range from easy to challenging and most people complete the entire tour in two days or more. There are also shuttle buses that run throughout some of the towns if you need a break during the hiking for small fees.

gulf-of-poets-boatBoating tours are also available during most months and will begin at the del Golfo Paradiso located in Genoa and travel through the waters, hitting all of the five towns. From the months of March until the end of October the Golfo dei Poeti boat company runs tours and will bring tourists through each of the five towns in the Cinque Terre and will even stop in the towns so you can do some shopping, sightseeing and dining if you choose to.

Trains are also a popular method of travel here and begin running at 6:30 a.m. and continue to run until 10:00 p.m. with as many as three trains leaving the station each hour. Each of the trains leaves Genoa and end at La Spezia and will stop in all of the five towns of Cinque Terre. You can purchase an all day pass so that you can go from one town to the next or a single locale pass if there is only one specific place you wish to travel to. The trains tend to be the most cost efficient and convenient due to their constant running on the hour.

Lodging 

ct-viewThere is no shortage for lodging for your stay in the Cinque Terre. There are plenty of affordable places to stay while visiting and with some pre-planning those who wish to visit this majestic place can do so with minimal funds being put aside for lodging and still end up with great accommodations. Lodging in the Cinque Terre includes renting out private rooms, accommodations at hotels and quaint bed and breakfast lodging.

Most lodging facilities in all five of the towns are reasonably priced and the staff is friendly. You can choose to book your hotels or hostel with a travel agent, or once you are there, if you’re advantageous enough you can scour the towns and look for “for rent” or “camera” signs which are often advertising vacancies and many have incredible deals that won’t be found by travel agents. Some of the hotels and rooms are closed during off peak months which are November through March so if you plan to visit at that time, a little pre-planning and booking may be the wise thing to do. Double occupancy rooms typically range from 40 to 80 Euro per night.

  Special Deals for Cinque Terre Hotels here: Hotels.CinqueTerreVillages.com.

 

What to See and Do 

The Cinque Terre is packed with things to do whether hiking the trail through all five of the small towns, shopping, touring the vineyards or taking cooking classes. There is something for everyone here to enjoy.

blue-path-trail4If you aren’t up for a full hike, stopping by the Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre which is a trail that leads from Monterosso to Vernazza is worthwhile. It costs 5 Euros for a day pass and the views are stunning. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the easily hiked terrain or stop within one of the towns’ restaurants for a great meal. The Church of San Lorenzo, one of the smallest in Italy is absolutely gorgeous and rests alongside the sea and many who visit it recite feelings of tranquility and peace. Inside you will find beautiful alters and wonderful art work to take in. The climb can be rugged but it is well worth it, so wear comfortable shoes (Left Image souce).

Click here to read the article: Top 10 things to do in the Cinque Terre!

 

The Cinque Terre Card 

This card can be invaluable to visitors and was created by National Park of the Cinque Terre in order to simplify visitor’s activities while here as well as to obtain some profit for the upkeep of the parks and towns. The Cinque Terre Card is needed to enter into the Via Dell’amore which is where your hike will begin. The card is also necessary to have to go from one parking facility to another along your travels as well as gain you entrance into Center of Naturalistic Observations of Guardiola Tower.

This card will enable you to get into all the wildlife and natural parks and serves as an unlimited pass for the trains that travel between Levanto and La Spezia. You will also receive a map that will show you all the walking paths that are recommended with distances included. Having the card is worth the price and will help you to better plan your activities throughout your visit.

Finally, since much of the activities take place outside in the Cinque Terre it is pivotal that you were the right shoes for comfortable walking and that you dress according to the weather. The summer months are long and it can get quite hot so dressing in comfortable and loose clothing is recommended. The fall brings about a lot of rain so packing an umbrella and a sweater is a good idea. Winters, though still milder than other regions of the world, can still get very breezy as much of the land nestles next to the sea, so a light jacket is recommended.

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