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Nicko May 2nd, 2004 06:04 AM

CIENQUE TERRA!! recommendations!!!!!!!!!
Hi, I am going to the Italian Riveria -Cienq Terra, from 27th May- 4th of June. Wondering which of the 5 villages is best to stay for money, beach,base and general feel. Also I am flying into Genoa, is it worth staying a night in Genoa? how long does it take to get to Cienq Terra? and which is the best form of transport?
cheers Nick

cmt May 2nd, 2004 06:25 AM

It's Cinque Terre. Your searches in books and on the Internet are more likely to yield helpful results if you enter this spelling.

peggybauer May 2nd, 2004 07:15 AM

It is relatively easy to get from Genoa to the CT by train. It would be about a 2 hour ride. I don't know how you would get to the station from the airport. Can't recommend a town to stay in because where we were there in March, we stayed in Deiva Marina at the Hotel Clelia. It is on the same train line as the Cinque Terre towns, and we loved it. It is worth considering, especially if you have any difficulty finding a place in the CT towns. Sestri Levante and Santa Margarhita Ligure are also very nice towns with nice beaches and many more hotel options.

marktynernyc May 2nd, 2004 08:32 AM

Nicko -
I'm going to be on the Liguria coast around the same time. Considered Sestri Levante
( about mid point between Genoa and la Spezia) but kept getting the run around at the Hotel Vis-a-Vis (great view) so I'm staying in Camogli instead. Last couple days I'm staying in Nervi so I can explore Genoa. Had also considered staying in Moneglia - which looks to have a nice beach.

I found this website to be very helpful:

tmway2000 May 3rd, 2004 11:17 AM

I was in Cinque Terre for 2 nights in April and stayed in Manarola which was a great base. Smaller than the other towns so it's quieter and you don't have to deal with crowds--nice way to end a day of hiking. Not sure what your budget is, but Arpaiu B&B was absolutely fantastic. Lovely modern rooms with awesome views.(

Huitres May 3rd, 2004 11:55 AM

You can take a train from Genoa down to the Cinque Terre. The trains usually make many stops along the way, most generally stopping in Sestri Levante, then another 5 digit train down to the CT. I would recommend making Riomaggiore your base. It has a variety of things to do in the town and is not as hilly or difficult to access as Corniglia is, nor is as touristy as Vernazza. Likewise, Manarola is nice, and Monterosso has a beach (which the others really don't have). I would not rent a car as the towns can all be accessed through either walking the paths that connect them; taking the local trains back and forth; or even taking the 5-Terre boat service. There are discount CT cards that you can buy for the # of days you will be there that will save you some money. I would suggest visiting Portovenere, and also Lerici (down near La Spezia) as they are nice little towns that often don't get the tourist crowds as the CT seems to these days.

capo May 3rd, 2004 12:17 PM

Hi Nick. For a beach, the best town would be the northenmost, and largest, Monterosso.

The most picturesque, in my opinion, is Vernazza. Vernazza has no beach but it does have a great harborside piazza, and seawall you can hang out on.

cmt May 11th, 2004 05:05 AM

Since you've posted this same question repeatedly, with a different spelling each time, I wonder why you never tried posting with the correct spelling.

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