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Cinque Terre Recommendations Please

karenb

New Member
Hello! Would appreciate recommendations for which Cinque Terre town would be a good base ... and also hotel/B&B/Apt. We will be there in mid-October.
 

Pauline

Forums Admin
For the Cinque Terre I stay in Levanto, the town to the north. You can take the train into the Cinque Terre easily from there. There is a nice walking trail from there into the Cinque Terre. Less crowded than the main trails.

Villa Margherita is a nice hotel there. I’ve stayed there. They also have apartments. We rented an apartment from them last May.

 

joe

500+ Posts
I'll second Pauline's recommendation of Levanto, we stayed there for 3 nights in the beginning of November 2008, I believe. It's a vibrant and lovely town, with a nice beach and a good assortment of shopping and eating places, the train station is well located and connects you easily to the Cinque Terre villages. The agroturismo we stayed at there has since closed, so can't give you advice on accommodation. I'd choose to stay there again if we went back to the area.
 

NoSpin

10+ Posts
We spent a week in Lerici. A ferry boat leaves right from the town center to all the Cinque Terre towns.
 

Penn251

10+ Posts
Helpful hint (because it is not "standard" pronunciation): Levanto is pronounced LAY-vahn-toe.
 

Alex1983

New Member
Planning to visit but I have heard that it's super crowded in July and August and they are even thinking of limiting the number of tourists, has anyone been there recently? Maybe September a better time to visit?
 

Alpinista

100+ Posts
Planning to visit but I have heard that it's super crowded in July and August and they are even thinking of limiting the number of tourists, has anyone been there recently? Maybe September a better time to visit?
Usually avoid CT and go to Portovenere instead, but had a guest this year that wanted to see the towns. I was surprised that the trail from Riomaggiore and beyond was still closed. We took boat to Manarola and then a train back, so don't know if the trail is open to/from the three northern towns, but would do some research. We were there in early June and were surprised at how uncrowded the two towns were that we visited (but most US schools were still in session at that time). Late July and August are always the worst times to visit -- heat, humidity, and closures due to ferie. September is still warm weather (still nice in Tuscany into the middle of October, usually) and kids/families are back in school.
 

lisaonthecape

10+ Posts
Planning to visit but I have heard that it's super crowded in July and August and they are even thinking of limiting the number of tourists, has anyone been there recently? Maybe September a better time to visit?
September would definitely be less crowded than July or August, but I would also think about nearby towns: Lerici, Tellaro, Levanto, La Spezia are some good options. Cinque Terre has, sadly, gotten so, so overtrafficked.
 

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