Where to stay in the Cinque Terre, Italy

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Oct 5th, 2009, 12:17 AM
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scrb, there are direct trains from Santa Margharita to all of the villages in the CT (you don't need to go to La Spezia which is at the end of the line). SML is midway between Geneoa and the CT. About 40 mins from Geneoa and about 45mins from Monterosso. The villages are about 5 mins by train apart and the trains run hourly. (timings are approx.)

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Oct 5th, 2009, 02:51 AM
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correct you only go to Spieza if yu want to catch a boat. Gorgeous viee of the Cinque Terre from boat and you can et off and on ay each village. From St Margarita you can take the train to each village. Get off at Monorola and walk the Via del Amore to Montorosso. Go back to Veranza and eat at the cliff side restaurant Belleforte. Then when back in St Margarita, have a Proseco at the outdor cafe overloking the infinity pool at the Helios hotel. Thn take the bus from the square-right in front of the tourist office #82 to Portofino for dinner or an expensive drink and apperitivo included appetizers.
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Oct 5th, 2009, 07:06 AM
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OK, thanks.

Now if I can only get trenitalia.it to show the trains.

Going to fly into GOA and see if I can take the train to SML directly. Only tough thing is arriving Sunday eve/night.
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Oct 5th, 2009, 08:19 AM
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Another vote for La Toretta. Stunning views!
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Oct 12th, 2009, 10:54 PM
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La Mala in Vernazza. http://www.lamala.it/en/index.html
Fabulous stone terrace right on the sea and great attention to detail. Check it out on tripadvisor.com

Vernazza is the town you want to be in at night. So much activity and charm!
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Oct 12th, 2009, 11:19 PM
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We stayed in Vernazza - yes, touristy, but it was heavenly.
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Oct 13th, 2009, 11:37 AM
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Do you also want to plan for going to Portofino as well as CT?
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Oct 13th, 2009, 12:10 PM
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I stayed in Manarola - not at the place that you have mentioned, but at another B&B which was terrific. I was there for 3 days/nights and loved it. We traveled to all the little towns and found that we loved Manarola the best because it was small, quiet and less touristy than some of the others, especially Vernazza. Vernazza was the town that we ended up liking the least because it was so over-run with tourists. I know that "each to their own" but just wanted to share our opinion.
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Oct 13th, 2009, 01:39 PM
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we rented an apartment.. great view from Edi. Located in Riomaggiore, we liked getting food from the great little market... and dining on the terrace. Google Edi in Riomaggiore.. We booked through them twice.
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Oct 13th, 2009, 07:28 PM
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The beauty of traveling to the CT in Winter is that you will probably have her all to yourself!
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Oct 30th, 2009, 05:46 AM
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Thanks again everyone. I've decided to go for Manarola. Will report back in a few months!
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Nov 8th, 2009, 05:19 AM
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Manarola is an excellent choice.

We just got back yesterday from 6 nights in our beloved Vernazza. After spending more time soaking in the other villages, we loved the feel of Manarola. The harbor is gorgeous and the walking path to the right (as you're looking out towards the sea) had stone benches with travelers sketching the beauty in front of them. Also, the Punta Bonfiglio "park" right across from the harbor is a peaceful respite from a long day of hiking.

As the "Blue Trail" winds around seaside toward Corniglia, there is a rest area below the trail(complete with picnic tables) that is close to the ocean and is perfect stop for a snack and quiet contemplation with Corniglia in the distance.

Buon viaggio....
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