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    City Travel Guide – Corniglia

      When taking the train to Corniglia, town #3, passengers arrive at the train station a little outside and below the actual city.   A walkway, which then turns into stairs, leads up the hill through beautiful scenery.   The effort and sweat of walking into the city is paid off the latest at the last step. The view over the surrounding hills, the shore and the light blue water in combination with the athletic activity, of walking up the stairs, is literally breathtaking 😉   Yet for those who can’t or simply don’t want to walk all those stairs, shuttle buses pick up tourists right in front of the…

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    City Travel Guide – Vernazza

    Cinque Terre town number 2 is Vernazza, a very beautiful and charming little city. Even though it is very touristic and crowded it maintained its charm and beauty.   The steep and narrow serpentines can’t be driven all the way down into the city. Cars have to be parked either in a parking lot – which costs 2€ per hour – or in bays at the roadside – which are rare. Once passed a sign that says “residents only” one has to be aware that parking the car there, may result into paying 85€ of a parking ticket. (with steep and narrow serpentines I really do mean steep and narrow.…

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    City Travel Guide: Monterosso

      Continuing to drive from Levanto, the first of the 5 towns that together are Cinque Terre is Monterosso. Small serpentines lead down to city #1, and actually allow tourists, and all kind of travellers, to drive down all the way – which is not always the case in all of the other cities. Once successfully driven the narrow streets, it even gets smaller and the only place to park the car is the parking lot that demands 1,80€/h. Since Monterosso is a dead end and not directly connected with any other city, cars have to turn at the shore.   Between the colourful houses and the sea, beach chairs…

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    City Travel Guide: Cinque Terre

      The 5 small towns which together are Cinque Terre are a very popular photo scene. I’m sure you’ve seen a picture of the colourful houses built into cliffs right by the ocean. Levanto and La Spezia are the cities marking the beginning and the end of the 5 towns that are only connected by trekking trail or train.   The streets that lead down to the cities are all dead-ends and some even turn in streets for residents only and won’t allow any tourists. Even though visitors can’t go down all the way, there are a few other options to get there.   By car. You could park the…

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    City Travel Guide: Lazise

      Our very first night of our almost 2 week long lasting road trip, we had spent in a parking lot right by the lake, with an avenue of cypresses, a garden with a breathtaking view and olive trees just a little before Lazise.   The next day we woke up early and as we did a little morning walk among the olive trees and cypresses, which were dipped into the golden light of the morning hours, we stumbled upon a lacking sprinkler system. More than happy about “constant water” we quickly turned it into our bathroom lol.   Refreshed and washed we visited the “centro” of Lazise. Free parking…

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    City Travel Guide: Levanto

    Levanto is the city that marks the beginning of Cinque Terre, the 5 small towns with their colourful houses spread out along the coast all the way till la Spezia. The roads which lead to the city right by the ocean will make you feel like you’re driving through a jungle. All kinds of greens and vegetation do not only grow next to the street but also above and sometimes even in the street.   Whereas a few hundred kilometres away the countryside is as flat as a pancake, the landscape around Levanto and Cinque Terre is determined by mountains and sea. Tiny serpentines going up and down, around and…