In case you’re wondering…

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  1. last Sept. we took a day trip to Cinque Terre and what made it worthwhile was doing the walks you had suggested and places to eat. Unfortunately there were so many tourists, the trains were pacled like sardines…but the food was great and the walks were enjoyable. Grazie and good luck.

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    1. Ciao Tina!

      First and foremost, thank you for your well wishes!

      September is still peak-season in the Cinque Terre (things start to slow down mid-October but our off-season officially starts in November). This year in particular we were absolutely overwhelmed with the amount of people coming to the Cinque Terre and a movement has started to limit and control the large tour groups coming through (to date, there have been absolutely no controls or limitations and the villages are suffocating in peak-season). As for the trains, for next year they are planning to instate a Cinque Terre “light rail” (on the same train tracks but with more frequent trains, one stopping in each village in each direction every half hour). While this will help to resolve the train crunch/crisis we experienced this year it doesn’t do anything to alleviate the overcrowding the villages are experiencing during peak-season (on the contrary, there will be increased capacity for more arrivals). If you are interested in helping to preserve the Cinque Terre and their natural beauty by limiting the number of people (read: large groups) permitted to visit, please read, sign and share the following change.org petition: SAVE CINQUE TERRE I do plan to write a blog post on this soon. 🙂

      I’m so glad to hear that you were able to get off the beaten path and enjoy some of the hikes and local cuisine!

      Take care,
      Amy

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