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Favorite thing: The shore along Cinque Terre is very steep, with high cliffs, and very hard to approach! Even nowadays it's difficult to reach any of the villages of Cinque Terre (unless you take the train) because although small distances in kilometres, due to narrow roads, very curved and with the abyss beside is quite difficult to drive, and it's very slow! So, the villages are situated in a wilderness let's say :) but that only preserves their authenticity!
Written Dec 25, 2004
Favorite thing: There are 2 places to use the internet in Vernazza.
The main one is The Internet Point, which has several terminals. The other is at the Blue Marlin Cafe, where there are a couple of computers.
We normally go to The Internet Point for our computing needs (ie. checking VT!!).
It is not cheap, but I can only go without the computer for so long.....
Coming from the train station, it is located on your left towards the bottom of the hill.
Written Nov 15, 2004
Favorite thing: Corniglia is placed on a kind of hill plateau and can be reached by steep steps from the train station. The village was built around the year 1000 and has two small beaches. Corniglia is connected with Manarola by a paved coastal path, whereas the trail to Vernazza in the north just leads along a small natural coastal path.
Written Oct 12, 2004
Favorite thing: The coulorful houses of Manarola are situated on the end of a small hill. The medieval village is famous for its vineyards and the Cinque Terre wine. Manarola is connected with Riomaggiore by a paved coastal path called "Via dell’ Amore".
Written Oct 12, 2004
Favorite thing: At the peer of the "town harbour" there is a beach that people actually use for swimming although it's tiny and not so clean, and there are boats everywhere. Vernazza is not made for swimming actually. it's more interesting to stroll around, enjoy the view and observe the peculiar style of building houses on steep cliffs.
Updated Sep 26, 2004
Favorite thing: Planning your time in the Cinque Terre can make the difference between spacious relaxation and fighting for a spot at the beach. Because of the Cinque Terre's proximity to Germany and other Italian cities, it has become a popular weekend trip for German and Italian tourists (not to mention Americans on vacation). Try to plan your visit on a weekday, when many of the day trippers are still at work.
Written Sep 19, 2004
Favorite thing: You'll run into lots of people who will tell you that the Cinque Terre can be hiked in one day. It can, but don't do it. Not only is it a good 4-5 hour hike in the hot summer sun, but you'll miss the finer nuances and scenery of this beautiful area. Spend some time in the individual villages, shoot lots of pictures. We spent 5 days here which we thought was just enough. We had time to walk the whole Cinque Terre trail, both ways, and to experience most of the food and scenery that the region has to offer. A note on Cinque Terre trains, they are notoriously slow and sometimes they don't come at all. If you plan on hiking to another village, be sure you know the train schedule back. We arrived in Cornilgia one night expecting to catch the 8:00 pm train back to Vernazza. Without explanation, the train simply didn't show. The next train wasn't until 11:00 pm. 3 hours is a lot of time to spend in Cornilgia, so we ran the trail back to Vernazza before it got dark. (BTW, it can be done in 30 minutes)
Updated Aug 25, 2004
Favorite thing: If you have to stay in only one place in Cinque Terre, stay in Vernazza. Don't rush your visit, the place is beautiful. We stayed 5 days, which gave us plenty of time to take leisurely hikes between all the villages and lay around in the sun. You can also rent your own motorboat in Vernazza for a day on the water. Monterosso is overpriced and lacks the character of Vernazza. If you must experience the beaches, people, and nightlife in Monterosso, do yourself a favor and just take the train for a day trip and return to this wonderful village at night.
Fondest memory: Renting a motorboat for two hours and seeing all the villages from the ocean. Eating the best gelato in all of Italy. Buying some cat food and feeding the "homeless" cats between Vernazza and Corniglia. Italians (particularly in Cinque Terre) love their cats and take care of them. Even the homeless ones are well fed. Too bad they haven't learned to have them "fixed." Earn yourself some good karma and feed these guys on the trail. Often you'll find a bag of catfood nearby that someone else has left them, they may just need a scoop on the ground. At the very least leave them some water as the trails areas are very dry.
Written Aug 25, 2004
Favorite thing: A self-service laundromat can be found on Vernazza's main street. It costs 4.5 euro to use the washer and another 4.5 euro to use the dryer. Tokens for the washing machines are available at the Blue Marlin Bar next door. Instructions are in English. Allow about an hour for a large load. Benches are provided for the wait, but time is better spent wandering down to the harbor to look around.
Written Jul 23, 2004
Favorite thing: The Cinque Terre Card provides a convenient way to travel between villages. Available at train stations, the card covers all train, trail, and bus fees for a one day (€5.20), three day (€12.40), or seven day (€19.60) period. The card is a great value if you plan to hike between three or more villages and use the trains. Buses run twice every hour between the villages. If traveling by train, be sure to validate your card in a yellow punch box before boarding.
Written Jul 23, 2004
1 Review and 122 Opinions As with most accommodation in Vernazza, La Mala is accessed by many steep steps. Be rest assured...