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.