Cinque Terre or Amalfi Coast

Sep 24th, 2012, 05:54 PM
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Cinque Terre or Amalfi Coast

We will be in Italy for 2 weeks Spring of 2014 and do not know if we will have time to see both, so which one?
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Sep 24th, 2012, 06:57 PM
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Where else will you be in Italy? One might make more sense geographically than the other.
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Sep 24th, 2012, 09:01 PM
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You might want to search this board - there have been many posts about this question. The good news is that both are wonderful - enjoy!
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Sep 25th, 2012, 04:38 AM
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Been to both, for me the AC every time.
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Sep 25th, 2012, 04:51 AM
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When in Spring? For Italy, spring is March 21 to June 21, and in le Cinque Terre especially, spring rains can be frequent and heavy. For the Amalfi, the last week of April begins to bring the kind of weather that is ideal for the region, but once you get toward the middle of June, strong sun and heat makes stairclimbing only for the toughies (whereas the Riviera has a train line and plenty of swimming spots, and lots of flat strolls you can easily reach).

Depends too on what you like to eat. Pesto sauce with your pasta -- only available in the north -- or pizza, which you really can't find done well around le Cinque Terre.
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Sep 25th, 2012, 05:33 AM
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What are you looking for?

The CT is a group of small cliffside towns on the coast and hiking between them is the main activitiy. Also - since further north weather will be cooler.

AC is a series of resort towns - some along the coast, some on Capri - but also access to major sights (Pompeii is incredible) and Naples (archeo museum is great and there are many others). It's not swimming weather until mid May or later.
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Sep 25th, 2012, 05:54 AM
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The logistics of visiting Naples or Pomepei from the Amalfi coast are really daunting, so I wouldn't pick on that basis, especially not in the earlier parts of Spring, when not all ferries are running.

Le CInque Terre has a train line which makes escaping rainy weather to sites of historic interest and museums in Tuscany much easier to do than once you've parked yourself on the Amalfi Coast.
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