Just to let you know that we had a great time in the Cinque Terre. Access by car is easier than I thought it would be. We parked in the Riomaggiore ramp. Accommodations for my wife, son and I were much better than I expected –the “harbor” was right out side our window (30 feet or 10 meters), big rooms and a new bathroom–and inexpensive.
Hiking was not difficult. Scenery superb. Only a few places tested my fear of heights. Although I can see how others would not enjoy larger parts.
Thanks for your site and input.