ITALY- Chinque Terre.
Trip Start Apr 14, 2010
35Trip End Feb 16, 2011
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I spoke to various people about it, to find the best way to get there and how to walk it.
Most feedback indicated that it was easily do-able in one day.
"...one day??? That can't be right! How can I make this longer?!..."
So instead of just walking for just one day through only the four main fishing villages, I decided to extend it "a little". After lots googling, I took the train from Venice to Milan. One night there to have a look around town. The Duomo church is worth a tour! Next day a train from Milan to Levanto, the start of my walk. Walked into town and picked up a map from the Local Tourist Office (detailed enough) and some food from a local shop in the side street. The walk starts from the southern end of the beach.
The path travels through a "less-traveled" part of the Chinque Terre with few others around. However, once you get to the first fishing town, this is where the pedestrian traffic starts.
Stayed the first night in Ostello Corniglia. Suggest booking ahead. Nice, clean hostel. Plenty of alternatives available.
Took the high level path in the morning, as the lower track was closed for maintenance. The views from up high are worth the climb. Recommend doing a high level section at some stage, even if the lower track is fully open!
Made Portovenere by the afternoon, then took a bus to La Spezia and a train trip to Florence for a few nights. Florence is a great place and easily worth a few days on its own.
Pick up food from shops along the way and have sea view lunch anywhere you wish.
This area really is worth a short detour if you are in this part of Italy.
Still go there from elsewhere in Europe and combine it with Florence, etc.
Other than booking the accommodation, very little pre-planning required.
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