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Travel between La Spezia-Portofino-Monterosso-Vernazza-La Spezia

Old Jun 25th, 2013, 08:36 AM
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Travel between La Spezia-Portofino-Monterosso-Vernazza-La Spezia

Hi Everyone,
I am planning a trip in mid-August to Italy with two girlfriends and we would like current up-to-date info on the Ligurian Coast and the Cinque Terre.

I envision taking the train from La Spezia to Portofino, followed by a ferry to Monterosso, followed by a hike to Vernazza and then the ferry back to Porto Venere and eventually returning to La Spezia where our car will be parked.

Is this do-able and distance in time between La Spezia and Portofino? We plan lunch in Vernazza, so how early a start from La Spezia do we need to have?

Thanks for your help in advance. Btw, I am a seasoned traveler to Italy and understand the schedules of trains and ferries are not always what We hope. II just haven't been to this area in about 7 years.

Grazie,
~Mare
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Old Jun 25th, 2013, 10:04 AM
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No trains to Portofino I believe but a bus or boat from La Spezia.
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Old Jun 25th, 2013, 10:10 AM
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Train to Santa Margherita Ligure, then easy bus or taxi to boat to Portofino.

SML is closest to Portofino.
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Old Jun 25th, 2013, 10:11 AM
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Oh... you want to do this all in one day? Where are you spending the nights on either end?
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Old Jun 25th, 2013, 10:12 AM
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I was in Portofino one September day and it was one of the most mobbed tourist scenes I have ever seen - arrive early to avoid an elbow-elbow seen in this cute but very tiny old fishing port that now angles mainly for tourists' euros. I left thinking without the mob scene this may have been sweet but with it it wasn't worth the hassle - in August it will be even more mobbed!
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Old Jun 26th, 2013, 07:51 AM
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Hi Everyone,
Thanks for your replies. I will investigate catching a train to SML to Portofino and then continuing on from there. When I was there last, in July of 2005, the CT was very busy but very manageable. I anticipate the crowds during August so will be prepared. Any suggestions for lunch in Vernazza?
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Old Jun 26th, 2013, 08:10 AM
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Potofino is a long way from the CT---I would not try to mix them in one day.
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