I was in Cinque Terre at the beginning of October of 1999, with my (now ex-) girlfriend and her children. We stayed in the Ostello Cinque Terre (in a 4 person family room with a bathroom for 100’000L a night). It was quite adequate, the staff were very friendly and the setting and views were wonderful. We hiked and swam in the sea every day. It was an ideal time to be there, after the high season but still warm and sunny.
I did a trip to Cinque Terre in July of 2000, with a Canadian friend of mine. We lay on the beach much of the time, did some hikes and went to Pisa, one hour away by train. The Blue Marlin Bar in Vernazza now has internet access, very useful.
The trails are actually still closed, only the Levanto-Monterosso, Monterosso-Vernazza and Vernazza-Corniglia are open. Via dell’amore was in trouble, but some work have already been done. The administrators say that the paths will be all open before Easter. In the picture below you will see the rocks have fallen down in Via dell’amore (I could…
I did a trip to Cinque Terre in the Fall of 2001, with 3 friends. We stayed in one of Edi’s apartments in Riomaggiore (very nice), swam in the Mediterranean at Guvano beach, hiked the high trails and had dinner on the piazza in Vernazza as night fell – surreal.
I was in Cinque Terre at Easter 1999. I went with some friends, we stayed in the new youth hostel, it was very nice. Luckily we had booked three weeks in advance. A lot has been done for the tourists in recent years, the via dell amore tunnels have been constructed, elevators and walk ways…
My last trip to Cinque Terre was long overdue. I went in the spring of 2004, with two friends. We stayed in Corniglia for the first time, in an apartment belonging to Fabrizia Guelphi. It had the best view I have ever had in Cinque Terre, our balcony looked right out on to the Mediterranean….