My husband and I recently visited the Cinque Terre. We only had one day though and had to get from Portofino to Riomaggiore and back to Portofino within 8 hours – almost impossible on a week day due to the train schedules — lack of trains. We had two choices on the train – catch a train from Riomaggiore at 5:30 p.m. (too late for us as we had plans that evening), so our only other choice was to catch the earlier train at 2:30 p.m. — way too early to do much exploring at all.
The exploring we did was completely uninteresting. It was a cold, rainy day (early May) yet still quite crowded. In fact it seemed to be a haven for backpackers. Also, lots of Anglo kids sitting on the sidewalk – kind of depressing. I didn’t go all the way to Italy to see these disrespectful kids.
Anyway, I was extremely disappointed by Cinque Terre. We were able to see Riomaggiore and Manarola only (walking the Via De L’amore which by the way was dirty and full of graffiti). The towns were uninteresting and the walk was down right ugly. I think we should have stayed in Portofino for the day.