a VirtualTourist member asked on Nov 24, 2010
I and a friend will be staying in Levanto between 28 and 31 Dec. Our aim is to relax.
Can anyone suggest things to do / an itinerary or guide me in the write direction to research things to do ? We wouldn't mind a guided too either (day trips etc..)
What would the weather likely to be at that time of year ?
Levanto is a lovely, little town, but not exciting. You have to visit the villages in Cinque Terre. They are easy accessible by train. I'm not sure about if it's feasible in December, but the walk from Levanto to Monterosso (2,5 hours) was for us, a great experience.
Westwards towards Genoa, you have a series of other villages to explore. Take a look at the Travel Guide, where VT-members share their experiences.
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You can find train times, details and fares in English here;
Your dates might not yet be uploaded, so just choose the same day of the week next week. Times and fares won't change.
You can also use the train to visit other places, as well as the CT villages e.g. Genoa, La Spezia, Lucca, Pisa...even Florence. You don't need to buy tickets in advance online, or book in advance. You can just buy them at the station (ticket machines are easy to use ad have English language options).
As for the weather: take clothes you can layer. sensible footwear and warm, waterproof coat/jacket. It may well rain and will certainly be schilly once the sun sets (if you see the sun).
Climate averages for La Spezia will give you a rough idea what to expect:
Levanto is a great town. More often you will see Italian tourists in the town. We have been to Levanto a few times and really enjoyed the town. One of our favorite restaurants is the Ristorante L' Oasis which is just off of the Piazza Cavour. The food is excellent and the staff friendly.
Many thanks !