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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 29, 2016
From Milan to Cinque Terre  (3 Answers)

Hi VTers,

We are deciding on a two / three nights stay to explore Cinque Terre and seeking advice or tips which will help us with our decision.

We arrive to Milan and plan to stay for two nights before exploring. We are not hikers but would like to see and explore Cinque Terre.

Where should we base ourselves, in one of the villages ? or in Levanto / La Spezia ?

Accommodation suggestions are welcome. Thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 08, 2015
Places to visit in Liguria  (4 Answers)

Hello everyone!

I am planning on staying in Liguria for a full week in May. We chose Rapallo as a base city to stay in and travel around the region from there since we will have a car. We already visited the area a few years ago and really enjoyed our time. We visited beautiful places like Santa Margherita, Camogli, and Portofino.

We're wondering this time what to visit and where to go. We have a feeling that the region offers a lot more than the main highlights I mention above and need your valuable input and suggestions.

Thanks in advance for making our (second) trip to Liguria a memorable one!



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 05, 2015
Lavender field and wineries  (5 Answers)


I wonder if there is any lavender field and/or wineries in the Liguria region. We will stay in Levanto and visit CT park but is also interested in lavender field and wineries.

I've searched on Google and some say it is impossible to find lavender in Italy and some say I can.
Anyone here?

We will be there in the middle of May.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 30, 2015
Hotel in Cinque Terre or Levanto  (7 Answers)

I´m going to Cinque Terre in the middle of May and has been looking for at hotel in one of the five villages, preferable Monterosso. But that was a difficult task so now we have been looking outside the park, ie Levanto.
Is it okay to stay in Levanto or is it wrong decision to stay there?
Is Cinque Terre easy accessible from Levanto? Is the Cinque Terre rail pass valid from Levanto to Cinque Terre? Is Levanto a nice city?

Anyone who have a hotel to recommend in Cinque Terre and/or Levanto?
A hotel which is not listed on the big booking sites…

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 23, 2015
Weather in late September through mid-October?  (3 Answers)

We are planning to go to Liguria either the week of 27 September or 11 October. I've read conflicting information about the amount of rain we might expect. Do you recommend avoiding this time of year? A little rain is OK, but we don't want the torrential rains.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 20, 2014
Diano Marina or Pietra Ligure?

Hi, I'm travelling to Ligura in August with my family (2 children, 3 and 6). We'll stay for about a week. We're booking late but there are still some places to stay and both of these towns look good - nice beaches, beautiful area. What would you recommend? Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 26, 2014
Rapallo - what to do in 2 days  (3 Answers)

Hello, we will be arriving in Rapallo at the beg of Oct, on a thurs.....what must we do and see in the surrounding area ....we will be there for 2 days. We will be hiring a car, but is it easier to use the bus and train to visit Portofino/Cinque Terre etc going north (we will be heading further south by car onward to Tuscany thereafter)...suggestions, ideas? thank you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 31, 2014
Where to stay  (2 Answers)

dear all ....I would like to go to Liguria in July...I have not picked a place....I do not know which city...this depends on the hotel/place you recommend. ....I am pretty laid back but my travel companion is a bit more picky....any suggestions...? p.s. I like something of the main stream.....

I would be greatful to get some recommendations wheter it be a b&b, hotel , apartment etc.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 08, 2014
Walking in Cinque terre and transport around portovenere and bay of poets with disabled daughter  (5 Answers)

we are staying close to portovenere next week, my wife and I with disabled daughter. She does not normally use a wheelchair for short journeys, but we have decided to bring her chair with us as she has been having some difficulty recently. She can climb stairs but is quite slow. My plan is to spend perhaps 2 days visiting the 5terre, one day by boatand one day by train. Are any of the walks likely to be suitable with a wheelchair? She can climb a few flights of stairs or small groups now and again whilst I can carry the chair up, but we couldnt manage hundreds.

We have 4 or 5 days in the area, my plan would be to do the islands off portovenere on one day and the bay of poets (by bus) the other. does this seem a reasonable plan? any suggestions to make getting about easier? I am assuming a hire car is more trouble than its worth.

I would like to be in 5terre for sunset at least one evening, how frequent are busses trains in the evening to get back to portovenere (le grazie).

There appears to be a ferry marked on maps from le grazie to lerici? Any info?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 27, 2013
Retiring to Italy  (10 Answers)

Hi - we are a retired couple, one English, one Italian ( who has lived abroad for 40 years,) intending to relocate to Liguria next year. We are hoping to rent, a permanent home, small 2 bedroom place but we don't drive and would need to be within walking distance of the sea , shops etc. We would love to hear from any expats with regard to rental prices, general cost of living etc - any help would be much appreciated. We live in Gozo, Malta at the moment...

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 25, 2013
Relocating  (1 Answer)

Hi - another possible location is Liguria, Italy. Any hints on cost of living, rentals etc in and around Levanto, Deiva Marina, Rapallo ?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 20, 2013
Need good base hotel close to train station to explore around Cinque Terre area.  (3 Answers)

Need to find a good base from which to spend three days around the Cinque Terre area. We need (1) close to train station (2) clean (3) good breakfast. Prefer not to have to climb up to the hotel - ok if owners pick you up, and prefer train station. Having a nice location is a plus, like being able to walk to the beach, but if there is an inland place where we can catch a train that would be fine. Getting a tad tired of not getting responses from the top rated places, we don't really care to be in the maddening crowd (reason why we have not visited there yet) - but would like to see the area. This got posted only in Vernazza - but I don't really care where we stay as long as it's pleasant.


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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 09, 2013
Cruise port of call La Spezia  (8 Answers)

Hello, our cruise ship docks for 10 hours in La Spezia, welcome recommendations for what to do/see in the area?

Thanks in advance

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 16, 2012
cInque Terre  (9 Answers)

Can someone list the distances between any two villages in CInque Terre. (Walking distances).

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 13, 2012
Looking for a cheap/free beach between Genoa and Pisa area.  (3 Answers)

My friend and I are flying into Genoa mid August. We'll have one or two days between Genoa and Pisa (on our way to Florence and then Venice). We want to hang out on the beach for a day but we're not sure where to stop. Any ideas? We like the idea of Portofino but it seems way too busy and expensive, looking for something a little lower key. We'll be driving. Thanks!!

p.s. I guess we'll need a place to stay too. Any ideas on where to stay (not necessarily specific hotels but general areas) would be great too.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 27, 2012
Public transportation in Liguria  (3 Answers)

Where in the web can one find details about public transportation in the area in Italy close to Menton (France)?.

As we will stay in Menton for a couple of days we want to tour ,this time,the villages in Italy on a daily tour basis.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 12, 2012
Cinque Terre  (16 Answers)

I'm going to visit the Cinque Terre with my parents in June, which one is the best in your opinion? Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola or RioMaggiore? or are they all beautiful. Any restaurants or attractions you can recomand? Thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 13, 2011
Travel to Northern Italy  (5 Answers)

My husband and I are traveling to N. Italy in July with friends for their 30 anniversary and am wondering if anyone can give feedback. We are thinking of staying in a VRBO and taking train trips to Venice, Cinque Terre, etc. What else is not to be missed? And would it be better to stay in several places? We will have 8 days to travel. We want it to be the trip of a lifetime.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 07, 2011
Nice to Sanremo by train (and hopefully back)  (20 Answers)

In doubt whether to go on Saturday and catch the market - is it 8- 12 only?
Or leave commercial matters to Ventimiglia, and stick to educational travel – are trains more frequent on a weekday?

What do they do on the Liberation Day in Italy - parades and fireworks? Or is everything closed, including the train station? I checked Villa Nobel, they seem to be closed on Monday anyway. I wrote to them, hope to get an answer this century.

By the way, can one find a sensible map of either town anywhere?

Thank you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 04, 2011
Summer holidays date in Liguria  (2 Answers)

Hello !
Please tell me beginning date of summer holidays (end of school year) in Liguria in 2011.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 07, 2010
So many lovely towns, where to stay?  (3 Answers)


Winter is creeping up on us in Northern Europe, and it's time to start planning for the summer of 2011. Last year I made this post, about who we are and what we want:

Collioure was a great success, but there seams to be a consensus of returning to Liguria, to explore more of the area, next year. For us, flying into Pisa are the best option. We want to be by the seaside and close to the railroad. So far I've been looking into these towns between Levanto and Genoa: Sestri Levante, Chiavari, Rapallo, Santa Margherita and Camogli.

Camogli and Santa Margherita are my favorites, but all of them seams nice. Should we just go for the most suitable accommodation, in any of the towns, or could anyone make an convincing recommendation?

It's early days yet, but planning is half the fun!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 06, 2010
Camping in Liguria  (1 Answer)

Hi, I am planning to visit Liguria for camping during July. Where is the best place for the age of 20-30? The thing is that I would like to be among people of my age (25) and have some fun. Any help is appreciated.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 24, 2010
Advice on a day trip to Cinque Terre  (8 Answers)

We will be day tripping to 5T from Lucca. Early start would get us in the car and on our way at 7:00am. We are a family of 5 w/ 3 children ages 14,11 and 8. We've hiked before so not afraid of some moderate exercise.

Does anyone have a recommended itinerary?

Best place to park the rental?

Is it better to start north and work your way south?

I'd like to start in Vernazza and walk down to Riomaggiore and catch the ferry to PV at the end. Some have suggested to park in La Spezia and catch the train up to Vernazza. In a prior trip to the area I've taken the ferry from Lerci to Manarola and loved that but in my opinion it may limit how far north we can start. Is it reasonable to think one can do all 5 towns in a day??

Without a rental car, how do you get back to La Spezia from PV?

This part of the trip is still a bit of a mystery right now. We're in the area in 2 weeks!!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 02, 2010
Monterosso day trip inland  (3 Answers)

Hi all,

I'm going to be spending a week in Monterosso and am wanting to do a day trip to a cute town inland from the Cinque Terre. Any recommendations?

Trish :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 27, 2010
How 2 get 2 Nice from Genova airport?  (2 Answers)

Hi I need to get to Nice from Genova airport and then back again 3 days later. I am arriving at 12.55. Is there a minibus or a bus running between there and Nice? I know there are trains but it looks like they take ages to get to Nice. Any advice on it will be much appreciated. Cheers.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 24, 2010
Any good stores for suits?  (3 Answers)

I know this might not be the right forum... at the very least maybe someone could point me in the right direction, but Im staying in camogli for 9 days this summer, and I was wondering if I anyone knew where would be a nice place to get a (relatively) cheap suit? Im looking for a OTR/RTW/MTM suit, not quite sure yet (I'm a 42XLL and a pain to find suits for). Maybe someone knows if it would be better to get a MTM suit? At any rate hopefully someone knows where I can look for tailors, info, prices, etc


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 12, 2010
Budget accomodation in The Cinque Terre area.  (4 Answers)

I'm looking for a budget accomodationbed in one of the Five Lands. I could spend around 40 euros per night for a single room. Could you suggest one?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 05, 2010
Cinque Terra - best time vs busiest times  (3 Answers)

When are the busiest and hottest times to avoid visiting this region please?
From what I can read it is always popular
Thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 05, 2010
Top 3 Places in the Italian Riviera?  (10 Answers)

Hi everyone,

I'm looking at spending around 10 days in liguria, and would appreciate some suggestions on which towns to stay in. The rough plan is to stay in 2 or 3 towns, about 3 nights in each. I think we'd like to spend some time in Genoa, and I definitely want to see the Cinque Terre. However, I'm not yet decided where to stay (was thinking Monterosso or Santa Margherita Ligure).
I also want to experience the western riviera, but I'm not sure if we'd rather spend those days in the French riviera instead. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I'm looking at a place that's not too crowded, but has a reasonable amount of variety in things to do.

Thanks for taking the time to read, hope to hear your views.

Trish :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 05, 2010
travelling from monaco to italy  (5 Answers)

Hi all
I will be visiting a friend in monaco in april and want to travel into Italy for a few days with my boyfriend.. Any suggestions of places that are good to visit and obviously not tooooo much travel involved.. Thanks

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