Is the Cinque Terre overrated?

Old Mar 3rd, 2017, 09:15 PM
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Edward2005 is that an oxymoron?
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Old Mar 4th, 2017, 06:20 AM
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May be it should be: No EUROPEENS go to 5Terre anymore.
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Old Mar 4th, 2017, 09:30 AM
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We have stayed in Camogli a few times. Loved the town and easy to reach the CT by train.
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Old Mar 4th, 2017, 11:10 AM
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Sundried -- it's Yogi-ism
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Old Mar 4th, 2017, 01:51 PM
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But the mantra often seems to be like Yogi Berra once said of some popular restaurant - 'no one goes there anymore because it's too crowded'!!!>

Yes a Yogi Berraism as I paraphrased way above.
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Many complaints about le Cinque Terre crowds are about very large groups of northern European walkers with sticks, so it can't be that. Also, the advice about "don't go on a nice weekend" can only be because local Italians go there (or maybe Europeans flying into Pisa on impulse?). Would also think that many of the European owned cruise ship companies whose route is Rome to Nice to Barcelona and back again, and which dock at La Spezia or the small ports in Portovenere and Santa Margherita Ligure, also have more European passengers than American ones.
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Old Mar 4th, 2017, 03:12 PM
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Cinque Terre is beautiful. Yes, it was very crowded when we visited last July. Don't pass it up.
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Ah, I missed your Yogi joke, PalenQ.
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Old Mar 4th, 2017, 05:09 PM
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For people who have seen the CT a number of times, perhaps it is overrated.

For the first time, YOU WILL LOVE IT.
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Old Mar 4th, 2017, 09:08 PM
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Yes, it's hugely crowded in high and shoulder season. Just like Bruges, Florence, Paris, Venice, Luzern and many other places.

But these places get so popular for good reason. So it's really up to you to decide whether the genuine merits of the CT outweigh the mob scene. For me, it would be a no. For others, it would be a resounding yes.
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Old Mar 4th, 2017, 09:17 PM
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I thought it was overrated 20 years ago... but I'm lucky and live near the coast, so can hike cliffside any time. View beautiful, and little towns pretty. But felt (even back then) like the little colorful boats were just props and now it seems really overrun. Then again... any place in Italy is worth visiting!
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Old Mar 5th, 2017, 01:30 AM
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If you want to hike, you shouldn't find many crowds on the high trails. The day trippers don't go there for the hiking. The trails that are closed are mostly the sea level ones, because of the risk of landslides. There's not much land to slide above the high trails.

The last time I checked, there was only one low trail open. Two of the low trails have been closed ever since 2011, and are unlikely to reopen any time soon. The other two are usually open, but one of these was also closed a month ago, probably because heavy rain had increased the risk.
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Old Mar 12th, 2017, 01:55 PM
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Thanks everyone! I appreciate the responses so much!
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Old Mar 12th, 2017, 02:16 PM
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Here's my short answer - not overrated - it's beautiful. 3 nights is not too long. Manarola is a great place to stay - we stayed 4 nights. We were there in September and hardly met any people on the trails (but the guy hiking in a cast made me laugh).

If you want more detail though, read my trip report - I started to copy and paste things for you, but I wrote too much to do so. You will have to scroll down to about the middle of my report to Oct 23 where I started writing about Cinque Terre.

http://www.fodors.com/.../abruzzo-20...l-rome-cinque- terre-florence.cfm

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http://www.fodors.com/.../abruzzo-20...l-rome-cinque- terre-florence.cfm
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Old Mar 12th, 2017, 02:28 PM
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I don't know why the above link didn't all turn blue when I posted it, so it doesn't work if you click on it, but it does if you copy and paste in google
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Old Mar 12th, 2017, 02:37 PM
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Here you go:
http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...e-florence.cfm
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Well, that worked...thanks elberko!
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We spent 2 days there mid-March a couple years ago. We were blessed with extremely nice weather and were able to do the hike from Monterosso to Vernazza in just short-sleeves and sunglasses. We passed maybe 10 people the whole hike. I cannot imagine doing it with many or any more people than that. The path isn't meant for that type of traffic. We took trains between the rest and then the ferry back to Monterosso from Riomaggiore. It is beautiful and I don't regret it, but I'd never do it in high season.

We stayed in Levanto and took the very brief (mere minutes) train to Monterosso to start our day. Worked fine for us, dispelling the myth that you must stay in one of the 5 towns for it to be "worthwhile".
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We stayed in Manarola 3 years ago for several nights in April and enjoyed it very much. (Check out the Trattoria Dal Billy for dinner.)

We tried our best to avoid the crowds and succeeded for the most part. Cruise ship folk tend to congregate closest to the embarkation points, so if you venture further afield and up, you can find some respite.

We did several of the longer trails and also the short trails that originate in Riomaggiore. Check out current trail conditions in the town tourist offices and look into the Cinque Terre Card for trail access and to support the trails. Also check this site for trail info: http://www.parconazionale5terre.it/E...ri-outdoor.php

Manarola-Volostra-Corniglia: About 2 hrs (unless you stop in Volostra for cappuccino break). A beautiful hike, not over touristed, that takes you high above the coast through vineyards. There is a helpful description of this walk in Rick Steve's "Italy Cinque Terre" snapshot book. Take the steep route up through the vineyards to the religious scene if you like a challenge. Plan on lunch in Corniglia.

Levanto-Monterosso (could be extended to Vernazza with the Sentiero Azzurro Monterosso to Vernazza trail, which may be open): Loved the Levanto-Monterosso portion; we did the Monterosso-Vernazza portion another day and found it--as the only part of the Sentiero Azzurro open--to be very crowded. From the Levanto train station, hike towards the harbor, turn left on Corso Italia, and keep an eye out for signs for the Sentiero Levanto-Portovenere.
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