Cinque Terre by ferry
I absorbed the wonderful sights, scents and tastes of Cinque Terre in 2007, while staying in Lerici at the Hotel Florida.
The towns are about a 15 minute boat ride away. It could be a little longer, but there is so much to see that I didn't notice.
While approaching the towns, the ferry goes slow enough that with a decent camera, you can capture some great pics. We were there in late April, early May, so the weather was gorgeous and tourist traffic was moderate.
Each town has a unique character and each is a delight to visit. Some of my favorite photos were taken here. I would go back in a heartbeat. Oops, thought I had photos on my iPad, but no. Will add later if that's permissable.Andrew's reply:
Thank you Pati for the great tips and I'd really love to see the photos too. I have just sent you an email with the address to send them to. I hope you like the one I've added which was taken by Maria Michelle - I can almost smell the fragrance of lemons and the scent of the sea just by looking at it.
Lerici has always been a favorite of mine and it has been simply ages that I've been planning an article about it but I never seem to get around to it. Definitely on my to do list.
For those who don't know, Lerici is a small town with a character that hasn't been spoilt by tourism.
Amongst its many attractions are its eight hundred year old castle and the fact that it has one of the best beaches on the entire Ligurian coast. In fact I nearly included it in my article on the best beaches in Liguria.
I was limited in the number of beaches I wanted to include so Lerici just missed the cut-off. The Hotel Florida
, which you recommend is right on the beach too.
Actually you've inspired me to return and do an entire feature on Lerici and this special part of Liguria - I've started with an article about the next-door town of Tellaro
- a real little gem and as yet undiscovered..
The boat trip, which I did ages ago, is amazing and it is not only the Cinque Terre villages that are gorgeous but the entire coast. Did you see Portovenere? That is another great spot just before you get to the Cinque Terre. Honestly, there can be no better way to arrive in the Cinque Terre than by boat...an unforgettable experience.