10 days exploring the beauty of Liguria, Italy
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Europe10 days / June - July 2019
Highs & Lows
Liguria offers an unbeatable landscape and exploring opportunities. From the beach to the Alps in 45 minutes by car!
Cinque Terre is usually assaulted by tourist, spoiling most of the atmosphere.
Q & A
What would you have changed?
We would have picked another place as base for our daytrips to Cinque Terre instead of Zoagli that has little to offer. Perhaps Chiavari or Sestri Levante that being bigger cities offer more interesting evenings than Zoagli.
Anything go wrong during the trip?
We got stuck for many hours on the highway on our way to Nice airport at the end of our trip. Liguria has an insufficient road system that can easily go in tilt for accidents or heavy traffic. In high season, we would recommend you to keep this in mind while planning your trip.
How was the food?
Be ready to eat tons of focaccia, Ligurians love it. They also have a variant filled with cheese, known as Focaccia di Recco. It is very popular in the east side of Liguria. Also popular the 'farinata', a kind of focaccia made with chickpeas flour. With a sprinkle of salt and pepper is to die for. Other traditional dishes you may want to try are locally made pesto, fish (make sure it is local) and rabbit.
What tips would you give a friend?
It may be difficult to find someone speaking a fluent English, but usually people are ready to help. This might be challenging in mass tourist places, where the 'locals' might be fed-up with tourists. Tips are not generally expected, but you can round up your bill if you liked the service.
Pack comfy shoes, since you'll be walking a lot and power banks to be always fully charged. If you rent a car, get with you a good amount of water before you leave. During summer it can get very hot, especially if you get stuck in traffic.
We recommend you to rent a car. Much easier to go around. Public transportation is available but it is not that easy to move around. The main lines connecting big cities run regularly and the service is quite good, but if you want to visit small towns inland there is the risk you wait for the bus for a long time. Taxis are generally available but expensive. We'd only recommend to visit Cinque Terre by train, since traffic is horrible and access is usually limited to residents
We were positively impressed by the beauty of Cinque Terre. Better than expected.
We booked everything through a well know booking website that offered good deals. We recommend you to double check your favorite establishment website as sometimes there are discounts and offers not reflected elsewhere.