Cinque Terre/Nice or Almalfi Coast?

Feb 27th, 2016, 09:43 AM
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All three of the places you mention would work but I would pick just one: Amalfi Coast, CT region, or Nice area. There is plenty for a week in any of them.

If you choose CT I recommend Rapallo. I spent a week there and did day trips to the CT towns, Santa Margherita Ligure, Camogli, Portofino, Portovenere. I didn't get to Genoa but I will next time. I would base in Rapallo, Camogli or S. Marherita - all three have nice centers with lots of eating and shopping choices as well as at least small beaches if you get good enough weather, and all are central to the other places mentioned. Trains are fast, frequent and inexpensive in the area. Here are my photos of the area, I stayed in the hotel in this photo, overlooking the adorable little castle and the beach. Highly recommend it.

If you choose the Amalfi Coast I would recommend staying in Sorrento because it has better transportation connections to the numerous great day trips in the area: Naples, Pompeii, Positano, Amalfi, Ravello, Capri, Ischia, Pasestum. Much more than enough for a week. I would never drive along the coast in the summer, but I was there in late March a couple years ago and it looked like it wasn't too bad at that time, not sure how April is. Might be easier with a toddler but also check when the boat schedules are like at that time.

If you choose Nice you can do day trips to not only Eze but many other towns along the coast by bus (or train). But the inland towns in the hills above Nice are really wonderful although for really seeing those it would be best to rent a car. I especially love Vence. Much more than enough to do in that area for a week as well.
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Feb 28th, 2016, 11:00 AM
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Renting a car in Nice is much cheaper than in Italy because you can waive the CDW which is probably covered by your credit card (see Auto Europe web site). Further, Nice is one of the easiest airports to get in and out of. We fly into Nice (9 trips so far), rent a car immediately and start driving to Italy. From San Remo to La Spezia you will find many places to suit your needs. My last trip we stayed in Santa Margherita Liqure which gave access to the plentiful trains to CT (very easy). As others have mentioned Lucca, Pisa and Florence are easy inland locations. I have come to the conclusion it doesn't really matter where I go, I am all but guaranteed a great experience. However I would say CT is a MUST even if you do not stay the night. Sorry I can't help with Amalfi but that is next on my list.
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