Been to Cinque Terre in January?

Sep 29th, 2004, 04:16 PM
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Been to Cinque Terre in January?

Hi everyone,
We'll probably be going to Italy in January to visit the in-laws and I am thinking about spending 2-3 days in CT. Hiking, eating and enjoying panoramas are all high on my list. I don't mind cool/cold temps but was curious if that's typically a rainy/foggy time. Anyone with experience?
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Sep 29th, 2004, 06:01 PM
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Sep 29th, 2004, 09:56 PM
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A few years ago I had a relative stay there and he said it was awful, cold, chilly, windy, rainy etc. Have not experienced CT myself in January but from what I heard I would not be interested. Do not think you would have muchWould your in-laws in Italy be able to give you advise??
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Sep 29th, 2004, 09:59 PM
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good grief, I was editing my message and somehow my message "went through" Sorry! Anyway, from what I have heard I do not think you would enjoy to much outdoor time. But maybe your Italian in-laws could advise you better.
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Sep 30th, 2004, 05:04 AM
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I was in cinque terre last December for 2 nights. It wasn't that cold although it did rain a lot. The area is beautiful, but it is quiet at that time of year (which some people think is great). However, if I had my choices I would have done it in warmer months since it is a coastal town after all and I am sure is a different experience when you can swim/suntan and don't have rain every day.

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Sep 30th, 2004, 05:42 AM
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Most of the hotels in that area close at the end of October.
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Sep 30th, 2004, 11:43 AM
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OK, thanks for your thoughts. My inlaws have never been there and the closest relatives live in Siena so...
It doesn't sound too promising, though. What about Sardinia?
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Sep 30th, 2004, 12:24 PM
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I have been there with family friends over the Christmas and New Year's holidays for the past 2 years, staying until mid-January. The weather is chilly, often cold and rainy, but not unbearably so. We walked from Riomaggiore to Manarola on the Via Dell'More in a light rain/mist, temps in the 50s. There were a couple days of brilliant sunshine interspersed. It never gets cold enough to snow, although the temps do drop at night. I don't think you should avoid the area altogether, it is certainly not sun-tan weather but what is in January anyway? We usually go even to Lucca for a couple days and I have found the temps there even colder than the CT - I think the coast has a more temperate, mild climate with less extremes than the "hinterland" and inland areas.
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