We have had some discussions on VirtualTourist regarding recycling. Fortunately the community I live in has been very much in the forefront of recycling in the 30 + years we have lived here. In our travels in Europe I have also noticed that there are quite a few places where someone can dump their trash and recyclable items.
Please educate yourself when you visit towns, villages and communities around the world. Do your best to be a good citizen of the world and recycle and throw other trash in proper containers.
In the Cinque Terre region and I'm sure in other hill towns throughout Italy you should be sure that you do not venture across the Yellow Line by the train tracks until your train has come to a complete stop and you are ready to board.
In our short visit to Riomaggiore we took the local trains getting to, going around and leaving the area. Some of the trains are local and stop at every village. Others are expresses and may or may not have a stop in the village you are in. If it is indeed an express and you are on the track side of the yellow line you will be perilously close to the passing train which whoshes by at a very good clip. And if you were to step across and stick your head out to see what train was coming through the tunnel. Well, you've heard of what happened to a number of people during the French Revolution!!! And you don't want to lose your head waiting for your train.
If you are planning on walking between the villages on the Cinque Terre, then take care!!
Some of the paths are pretty narrow, and along the edge of a cliff..... A lot of walkers carry large sticks with them to assist with climbing and helping to stop any slips and falls.
Just ensure you have sensible walking shoes and take it easy - it is not a race?.perhaps you should leave the high-heels at home ; )
During the summermonths the athmosphere of the old harbour of Rio
gets 'an extra touch' at sunset.
Loads of drunk 'tourists' (mostly American college types) gather
together to watch the sunset but also by making a lot of noise,
shouting, playing drums, .... The amfitheatre shape of the harbour
and houses makes everything more loud, so avoid this area in
summertime if you want a good night sleep !!
We noticed a signpost in Riomaggiore stating to aware of people trying to sell rooms, apartments to tourists getting off the trains. The sign claimed these rooms were substandard and overpriced. We didn't notice any on this trip, but there were certainly groups of people asking if you wanted a room when we were there the previous time. Best advice, book your accommodation in advance.
Gypsies and African immigrants tend to operate mostly in the larger cities or on trains. We noticed 4 suscipious guys get off in Riomaggiore one day. They didn't look like tourists, and the way they walked around, seems as if they were looking for targets. It could be my imagination, but I don't think the small touristy towns of the Cinque Terre (Riomaggiore and Monterosso especially) are immune to these sorts of pickpockets.
The trip is fabulous and worth any price, walk the 5 towns, a must. Just where ever you stay in Cinque Terre, there is extreme moisture and various molds will grow everywhere, even if you don't see it right away. Keep luggage and belongings dry and have for respitory medications on hand.
We'd JUST gotten off the train and my friend needed money to pay for the apartment rental. The Bancomat in Riomaggiore (not near the train station but through the tunnel) ate her card without giving money, We were just lucky that the next day was Friday and the bank was open. The teller said that that the machine just does that sometimes.. . After that, we only used the machine by the train station!
If you arrive on a holiday or a day preceding one, you may find it difficult to find a car park , even if Riomaggiore offers a spacious payment parking area.
Hmm... maybe better to go there by a train or a ferry.
Avoid walking on the long "via dell'amore" during hot summertime hours. And don't forget to bring water with you.
Don't be hurry to reach the wonderful sea.
It will be dangerous fall from the rocks and some tourist have been died recently. Keep attention
Haha, it doesn't happen often in summer but... it was raining maybe 5 min. when I visited Riomaggiore.