Region: Liguria Coast
Cost: Just the cost of transport and accomodation.
Date: 17th January 2003
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Location: On the coast East of Genoa. Nearest main train station is La Spezia.
Cinque Terre means 5 lands. Five ancient and isolated villages cling to a steep hillside and are linked by a walking track. While CT has recently been discovered by mass tourism and is soon to achieve World Heritage status, it is still a wonderful place to visit. Tourism is fast becoming the main industry but the hillsides are still covered in vineyards and olive groves. Take the train from La Spezia to Riomaggiore and walk along the coast to Monterosso Al Mare. Allow a full day or better still stay a night at one of the picturesque coastal villages on the way. Catch one of the regular ferries back along the coast to Porto Venere where there is a bus service back to La Spezia.