We continue our little visit through the Cinque Terre villages. What’s really nice about this place is that you can choose between lazing on the beach or sweating off gallons of water by walking through the paths that link the villages to one another: cocooning or sporty vacations, YOU decide.
On these pictures, a glimpse of the path that links Monterosso to Varnazza: a walk of 1h30 to 2h by on the cliffs, and your reward is discovering Vernazza and its small castle.
Following my previous post, some of you wanted to know all about the access detail, transportation and housing in this beautiful place. So during this post, I’ll try to act the part of a tourism office hostess (on an “intern” level only though, because I looked around on the internet for information before I left).
I flew from Paris to Pisa, got to the main train station to take a train all the way to Levanto (where I was residing) but you can stop in all the different Cinque Terre villages, it all depends on where you choose to set your bags. There are probably other ways to get to Cinque Terre, but I found that one relatively simple.
once you get to Cinque Terre, to go from one village to the next, you have various options:
Train: there is a daily pass (10 euros) or 2 day pass (19 euros) to take the train, the bus, and benefit from reduced rates in the museums, take the hiking trails of the national park (these paths are not free of charge, so the pass encompasses everything, just to be clear), all unlimited. It’s pretty practical because you can travel indefinitively between villages.
you can walk from village to village by borrowing the different hiking trails. I didn’t try them all, because we wanted to keep the rythm rather laid back, but do know that it’s not a good idea to go hiking in flip-flops or 12cm heels. However you don’t need big hiking boots (or at least not on the paths I took!): sneakers are quite sufficient!
All in all, you can more or less keep on acting as a fashion blogger (except when you’ll be sweating heavily … except if you decide to set up a rather hot-caliente-dripping wet photoshoot).
we took it the last day to go to Porto Venere and get an idea of the villages on the seaside. It stops in all the villages, except for Corniglia, that doesn’t have a harbour.
there are a gazillion guest houses and hotels in all the Cinque Terre villages, for various prices. I wouldn’t quite know how to advise you on this aspect, because it all depends on your criteria (budget / comfort / luxury / no fuss?) but it is easy to book … at least in June!…I suppose during the summer it might be more complicated.
I don’t know if I answered all your questions, but I’m closing the counter in 5 minutes ladies and gentlemen. (I’ll answer your additional questions in the comments during my working hours). Baci baci! (English translation by Bleu Marine)