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What are your favorite towns to stay in on the Ligurian Coast and the CT?

Old Jan 28th, 2024, 06:40 AM
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What are your favorite towns to stay in on the Ligurian Coast and the CT?

Hello friends! We are spending 5 days each on the Italian and French Rivieras in late-June / early July. (Two of the 4 of us are teachers, so we have no say in our vacation schedule!) The French part of our stay is booked, but trying to decide on the best place to stay in Italy. Iím leaning towards Camoglie or Santa Margherita, but itís my sister and her husbandís first visit, so I feel like they would love to see the Cinque Terre. Iíve not visited this area in years, so am not sure if CT is too hard to include if we base in Camoglie or SML? Should We spend 2-3 days in one of those and 2-3 in one of the CT? Any recommendations for hotels in the $300-500 range? Thanks for any advice you can offer.
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Old Jan 28th, 2024, 06:45 AM
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I like Imperia and Sanremo.
Genoa is an interesting mix of tough commercial shipping centre, ancient almost Damascus like ancient centre, hidden city walls, and modern blocks of flats. (don't mention the autostrada bridge).

5T is going to be expensive and very very full of tourists. I think the villages are best seen from the sea
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There is no problem to reach both, Genoa and 5Terre by train from Camogli, Rapallo, Santa Margherita Ligure, Chiavari or Sestri Levante.
Small places like Camogli have only 1 train to 5 Terre every hr (1 hrs journey), whereas Rapallo, Santa Margherita, Chiavari, Sestri and Levanto have at least 2.
So, I would just stay for the whole period at the place you like bests and day trip to the others by train.
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I love Camogli and this is the hotel we stayed in, it was fantastic. We stayed five nights, took the train to Genoa for the day, ferry to Portofino, bus from Portofino to Santa Margherita Ligure, train home. I would spend all your time in one place, If you really want to you can take the train to CT or better yet a boat trip but personally I avoid CT like the plague, it's way too crowded and the scenery is just as beautiful in Camogli, Santa M L, Rapallo etc.

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Old Jan 28th, 2024, 11:31 AM
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Both Santa Margherita Ligure and Camogli are wonderful places to stay.Consider a day trip to the Cinque Terre from one of them or spend a night in Monterosso.
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Old Jan 28th, 2024, 11:42 AM
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I ❤️ Camogli. We’ve stayed at the Hotel Cenobio dei Dogi right on the water and Villa Rosamarino located slightly uphill from town. You can take ferry to Cinque Terre, Portofino and San Fruttouso (wonderful monastery and small restaurants).
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Originally Posted by macdogmom
I ❤️ Camogli. Weíve stayed at the Hotel Cenobio dei Dogi right on the water and Villa Rosamarino located slightly uphill from town. You can take ferry to Cinque Terre, Portofino and San Fruttouso (wonderful monastery and small restaurants).

I, also, stayed in Camogli at the Cenobio. I thought Camogli was more lovely than Santa Margherita. It's smaller and gets fewer tourists, I think.
If you book that hotel, make sure you look at the various rooms on offer, as there are several different types and they vary quite a bit. In Sta Margherita we stayed at the GH Miramare, which has a heated pool, if that is important. But again, Camogli ice more charming and you can get a train to the 5Terre.
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Old Jan 28th, 2024, 05:25 PM
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We had 5 weeks in Italy a long time ago and stayed 4 nights each in Manarola and Santa Margherita. Enjoyed both but I'd suggest staying in Santa Margherita. It's a bit bigger and you could visit the nearby villages. The Cinque Terre hiking trails seem to often be closed due to mudslides, maintenance etc, that may affect your plans.
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Old Jan 28th, 2024, 05:33 PM
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Camogli is lovely, stay there. Where are you staying in the Crench Riviera?
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Old Jan 29th, 2024, 03:23 AM
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The Cinque Terre hiking trails seem to often be closed due to mudslides, maintenance etc, that may affect your plans.
One of the most popular trails has been closed for over 10 years because of the danger of mudslides. I just checked the trail map and see that all of the sea level trails seem to be closed at the moment; I'm not sure if this is temporary. Here is a trail map that is updated almost daily:

https://www.parconazionale5terre.it/...ri-outdoor.php

The trails marked in black are closed. Those in blue (of which there is only one open at the moment) are considered "tourist level". The green trails are "excursionist" level; you should be relatively fit and have good hiking shoes.

I myself will never return to the Cinque Terre. I've been there twice, which was once too many for me, but we were with friends who wanted to go there.

If you want to do some serious hiking, it might make sense, but there are great hiking trails elsewhere in Italy. There is a mountain range right down the middle of the country, and splendid hiking in all those mountains.

​​​​​​​The towns themselves are usually unbearably crowded. (I was there on a drizzly day in October, and it was already past my comfort level.) There's absolutely nothing to do indoors: no interesting churches, no museums.

I would follow the advice above and stay in one of the other towns on the Ligurian coast. A boat excursion along the coast of the Cinque Terre might be nice; the first time we were there, we took a boat from one town to another, but I don't remember which two towns. We walked between other towns, on some of those trails that are now closed.
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Old Jan 29th, 2024, 07:49 PM
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Grazie! I was worried about the crowds in CT, so based on your feedback, we’re going to stay in one place and maybe do a boat trip to CT. Now to decide which town! I’m going to check out H. Cenobio. Any other hotel suggestions for the area in case they don’t have availability ? Thanks again!
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Camogli is lovely, stay there. Where are you staying in the French Riviera?
Villefranche (Welcome Hotel) and Nice - not booked yetÖ Any favorites to share there?
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Any other hotel suggestions for Camogli (Cenobio booked!) or one of the other lovely towns in Liguria. Grazie!
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Weíve stayed in Bogliasco, usually at a friends apartment but there are multiple hotels and airbnbs there too. Itís a lovely small town and part of the Ligurian Golfo Paradiso. Check it out, you wonít be disappointed. The beaches are rocky and small but get pretty hot. The water, obviously, is sublime. Weíve been there in July and then September one year. Definitely less crowded than other towns but then again the last time we visited was in 2012.
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Old Feb 14th, 2024, 04:58 PM
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We enjoyed Hotel Continental in Santa Margherita Ligure. It is directly on the waterfront with no road between them like most of the other resorts..
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Hello friends! We are spending 5 days each on the Italian and French Rivieras in late-June / early July. (Two of the 4 of us are teachers, so we have no say in our vacation schedule!) The French part of our stay is booked, but trying to decide on the best place to stay in Italy. Iím leaning towards Camoglie or Santa Margherita, but itís my sister and her husbandís first visit, so I feel like they would love to see the Cinque Terre. Iíve not visited this area in years, so am not sure if CT is too hard to include if we base in Camoglie or SML? Should We spend 2-3 days in one of those and 2-3 in one of the CT? Any recommendations for hotels in the $300-500 range? Thanks for any advice you can offer.
Santa Margherita is your usual big sea resort ; no charm ! stay in Camoglie and visit the fantastic Cinque Terre (and taste its famous dry white wine)
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