Walking The Cinque Terre, An Awesome Experience | Reader Feedback

I found your web site a few days before leaving for Rome. Walked Cinque Terre on March 18, 2005. Awesome experience. Surprisingly a lot of teenagers on spring break/class trips. Not well supervised. Fortunately most of them gave up after Riomaggiore trail. The trail between Corniglia and Manarola was partially closed due to landslides. Hiked halfway and then turned around and went back to Manarola and caught the train to Corniglia and then hiked to Vernazza. I started by taking the train from Portofino to Riomaggiore. Hiked to Monterrosso and then caught the train back. The weather was perfect.

Sharon Gibson
Franklin Michigan

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  1. I just want to take time to thank you for the beautiful web site on Cinque Terre. My friend and I will be going on our first trip there the end of May and are very excited about seeing such a beautiful place. Your information and photos have helped us more then any other site so far. Great work and thanks again.

  2. I visited your website on Cinque Terre and it had so much wonderful information. Three friends and myself are trying to plan a trip to Cinque Terre for June 2006.

    My hope was that you could give me some suggestions on planning our trip.

    Which village would be best to start in and consequently, which is best to end up in and spend the night? Is it possible to transport our extra luggage that we can’t carry with us on the hike from the first village to our final hotel stop in the last village so that we don’t have to hike back? Another thing I was wondering is can we find accommodations easily along the way in any of the villages that we may decide to spend the night in?

    My apologies for all of the questions, I have just heard so much about this area of Italy and it is a dream of mine to see it so I have a lot to learn before we book our trip.

    Any suggestions would be so helpful.

    Thank you so much in advance for your help.

    Warmest Regards,
    Manessa LaRose

  3. Thank you for the wonderful Cinque Terre website and reader’s comments.

    What an exciting life you have, and thank you for sharing with all of us. My husband and I (early sixties, but very fit and avid hikers who regularly do 10-mile hikes here in the mountains of Utah….and my husband is running the Venice Marathon October 23rd — just to let you know “we can handle trails and such”) will be in Cinque Terre at the start of our Italy journey in mid October.

    We are looking at two lodgings: ilvigneto in Volastra and Hotel Gianni Franzi in Vernazza. While we really like the website and guidebook description on ilvigneto better, we are a bit worried about location, few and irregular navette schedules, (trying to get our luggagae — albeit a small amount, still lugging a wheelie up the trail?) from Manarola up the hill to Volastra, and how long/how easily it will take to get back and forth to other parts of CT in general if we are that far removed from the regular trails and train stations .

    So, here is my question: How far REALLY is Volastra from the nearest of the 5 villages?

    I am having trouble finding out, and have been given information anyway from one kilometre to six miles! Knowing this true distance, and connection conditions, would just be so helpful.

    Thank you for any thoughts you can give me! I will be so grateful.

    Sharon Rishe

  4. What a great website. I sort of stumbled on it after not finding much information on the Cinque Terre through other means. There seems to be a general lack of information, regarding the area, in Australia. Lots of Australians seem to know about it, have heard of it but no one knows the details.

    So thank you everyone for your wonderful information & for your generosity in sharing it. My husband & I are planning on visiting Cinque Terre in the last week of Oct for 3 or 4 days. Can anyone tell me what sort of weather we might expect & what are the chances of finding accommodation on arrival? Do hotels & restaurants operate all year round or close down after the high season?

    I really appreciate the feedback & the chance on, our return, to add to the comments.


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