Rick Steves walks in Vernazza by night and up to Reggio, and the Cinque Terre magic is back
The message we like to give about traveling in the Cinque Terre is also to avoid them.
Let’s be clear here: we love the Cinque Terre. As locals, we learned to walk on the thousands-years old mule tracks connecting the vilages with each other. To us, beaches are not just places for relaxation, at least not until you have reached them with challenging walks. We love walking and laying on rocks, we have special techniques for that.
But as locals, we have learned to avoid the Cinque Terre villages, and we suggest to visitors to see also behind the “Cinque Terre” brand, where the beauty and the charm is not less. Because the international interests around the area has created traffic jams that are way too far from the most genuine atmosphere of the villages.
Except for the night time and, of course, the off-tracks trails, that stay free from the crowds thanks to they are tough, or possibly too long fot the hit-and-run tourism times.
But now Rick Steves, the American Guide Books and videos author has revealed these secrets to the world with a series of nice videos about how to avoid the crowd in the Cinque Terre.
To be honest, the lonely walk Rick Steves can take in the village of Vernazza at night is partly possible because the spring is so late this year (he is even wearing a scarf!) and that didn’t help bookings in the area. In the actual high season (proper spring and summer days) you will have a lot more people around.
Yet, summer nights in the Cinque Terre even with a fair amount of poeple around are still very nice.
And definitely the suggestion to just walk in the Cinque Terre area is the one to give: as we have also written here, the sanctuary road of the Cinque Terre is not only so much more peaceful than the villages below, but also one place where to find a rare kind of peace and beauty.
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