How To Get Married in Cinque Terre | Reader Feedback

Hi, thanks for a great web site, it is helping us plan our holiday there.

One thing I’m hoping you could help us with (because I have no idea where to start) is how could we find out if we could get (legally) married there?

We are simply after a celebrant, just the two of us (and I guess 2 witnesses?) and would like to get married in a spot we will pick once there. We are only going to be in the Cinque Terra for 4 days and will most likely stay in Vernazza and day trip around from there.

If you could help in any way we’d really appreciate it.


All Saints Day in Cinque Terre – Overrun With Tourists | Reader Feedback

I read your C.T. information with great interest as we planned a holiday in Oct/Nov 2005 for this area of Italy . As we traveled there we had the idea that we would be stepping back in time to an area that was quiet and quaint. Much to our surprise we arrived on a train packed like sardines!!!!

I am not sure about other times of Oct, but as we traveled there the weekend of the All Saints Day, all 5 towns were overrun with tourists. Americans and Italians invaded the towns the three days we were there. These towns are certainly not your small quiet quaint towns of yesteryear from what we saw, although the scenery and outlying areas were nice and the towns are certainly small. The hikes between towns while having fabulous views were like Italian foot freeways. Just as busy and crazy as the traffic in cities, only it was all people, one can’t imagine what it would be like in the busier tourist season.

There were so many people with Rick Steve’s Travel Books than I have ever seen traveling. Personally, I would advise staying in towns close to the C.T. as prices are higher in the C.T. The food was fabulous in some spots and terrible in others, just like any American tourist spot.

The weather while there was fabulous!!! If you look beyond the tourists and go to the areas that the locals frequent off the beaten path, which we had to do, you could see the beauty of the towns as they were before the American invasion with Rick Steve’s. He may be an American leader in Travel books and very informative about what he writes, however, it has also meant that he has sent loads of Americans to invade the quiet places of other countries, rendering them no longer quiet. Please don’t lead travelers to believe that the C.T is a quiet idyllic place to visit. While I am glad to have seen the area, I will worn people, what it is really like there and to be prepared.

Dawn Hallman, Toronto, Canada

Cinque Terre – The highlight Of The Italy experience | Reader Feedback

We stayed in Vernazza, this past Sept. We had never been to Europe and on our way to Portugal to visit my niece, we took the train down the Italian coast and met a gal from Seattle who was meeting friends at Vernazza. Since we were just out exploring, we decided to get off there, and I have rarely been so pleased with any decision I’ve made.

I loved it, and now on the web I am seeing others say that the Cinque Terre was the highlight of the Italy experience, I felt so satisfied that I went back up to Genoa and along the French Riviera to Barcelona. Definitely want to go back. We were delighted to find the Pensione Sorriso there in Vernazza and were very pleased with the whole experience.

Thanks for sharing your pictures. I took some, but I am crazy to see anyone else’s.

Kathryn Morrison

Porto Roca Hotel, Monterosso Italy | Cinque Terre Reader Review

Enjoyed your website! We just returned from a 2-week trip to the Ligurian coast. We rented a villa in Pieve Ligure, and took the train to Monterosso, where we got a room for the night at the Porto Roca.

The concierge was extremely helpful, and made dinner reservations for us at a restaurant in Groppo, above Manarola. The restaurant, Cappun Magru, was mentioned in an issue of Wine Spectator.

After we hiked from Monterosso to Vernazza, which was an amazing walk with beautiful views, we took the train to Manarola. The chef/owner’s wife came to the upper end of town, picked us up in her car, and took us to the restaurant, where we had one of the best meals of our lives. The chef is very talented and the wine list quite impressive–the owner’s wife served us and was very knowledgeable. We would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves great food and wine. It wasn’t cheap, but it was truly the finest meal we had during our stay, and we’d go back in a minute.

Dave Minier

A Day Trip To Cinque Terre | Reader Feedback

I loved your website on Cinque Terre. My husband and I recently went on a trip for our 10th wedding anniversary to Tuscany. We stayed in a villa there with a chef from the town where we live in Canada. One of our day trips was to Cinque Terre. After hiking and taking the ferry up to Monterosso we had lunch in a fabulous restaurant there. Our host has eaten in all the restaurants in the area and he recommends this one as the best seafood restaurant he has eaten in anywhere in northern Italy. It is called La Lampara Ciak, and it was the most amazing meal I have had in my life. If you love seafood don’t miss this place. The seafood antipasto is an unbelievable array of hot and cold fish, shellfish, etc. I can’t even describe the variety of things they offered. It was all just caught that morning!

For main dishes, my husband had the grilled seafood platter, which was to die for. All the dishes anyone tasted at our table were fabulous. Mostly there were locals at there, including a group of local construction and electrical workers (I couldn’t believe how much they all ate for lunch). The local white wine went perfectly with the food, and for dessert we shared a sundae of vanilla gelato topped with locally produced honey and grappa – it was heavenly. Don’t miss this fabulous dining experience – it helps if you love seafood, but they do have other options.

Jacqueline Crosby,
London, Canada

Very Satisfied With Bed and Bed il Girasole | Cinque Terre Reader Review

Thank you for compiling the information in this web site. We found it while searching for Cinque Terre, and found it very helpful. In fact we printed out numerous pages and took them with us for our visit last week. We stayed at the Bed and Bed il Girasole.

We tried corresponding with several B&B and hotels listed on your web site. Some did not reply, and others had a three night minimum. Stefano Raso responded quickly, and answered all my questions, and accommodated out two-night request without any hesitation. We were very satisfied with the rooms and accommodations.

We also used suggestions for restaurants, with mixed results. We had the Seafood Risotto in Monterosso at the restaurant with the yellow umbrellas (il Gabbiano). The Seafood Risotto was excellent, but we were not at all happy with the service. The staff were not very pleasant. Maybe they were just having a bad day. Some other people we talked to said they had the Seafood Risotto at Ciak’s in the old section of town and the food and service were both great. The next night we took your recommendation to eat at la Laterna. The food and service were great. As you mentioned, the place was booked with reservations, but Cerrado worked a miracle and got us a reservation for 7:00 PM right at opening. Cerrado was excited when we showed him your recommendation from the web site, including his name. He was more excited when we gave it to him. He immediately took it and read it to his staff. We can not say enough about the service and staff at la Laterna – but do get a reservation.

Our visit to Cinque Terre was great. We will recommend it to our friends, and we will recommend your website as well.

Jim and Nguyen Wessner

Chiming Of Church Bells Near Hotel Villa Argentina Not To Be Missed | Reader Feedback

My wife and I plus our two oldest daughters and three of their friends stayed for a week in a villa in Tuscany (il Borgo near Luca) then went onto the Cinque Terre in August 2004. We (my wife and I) stayed at Hotel Villa Argentina for a week at the top of Riomaggiore whereas the remainder of our party stayed in a flat that had cooking facilities.

We all purchased a weekly train ticket that allowed us to travel at will between the five villages plus we walked between the entire five villages. The scenery was beautifully awesome and our cameras were well used.

The cuisine and culture of the people was enjoyed by all. In particular we found the exercise of walking between the villages and ascending or descending over three steps to get to and from our hotel kept us fit and with an appetite to enjoy the local produce.

The available swimming and sun baking facilities at the villages were also enjoyed by us all. The chiming of the church bells near Hotel Villa Argentina is something not to be missed. At night we often visited the cafe that is situated on a steep cliff on the sea at Riomaggiore and took in the sight of ships with their lights sailing by.

All our party would highly recommend the Cinque Terre and Tuscany of parts of Italy not to be missed. We all (Australians) regularly reflect upon the good time had at these locations. Will contact you again soon and if we win Lotto the first place we will go back to is the Cinque Terre.

Ate Seafood By The Water & Drank Caraffes Of Local Wine | Cinque Terre Feedback

Being one of those American students who are negatively commented about by many an older traveler, I’d like to take the chance to share my experiences in Cinque Terre, both as a student, tourist, and lover of Italy. I had the opportunity to live in Florence for 5 months and study with Florida State University, one of the first universities to establish a learning center in Florence, and therefore a smaller and more intimate program focused on becoming immersed in the culture of Italy. I was in Italy from the rainy, sometimes snowy, and cold month of January through the beautiful and mild month of May. While the weather was atrocious at times, being there in the extreme off season was a blessing – wandering the deserted streets, having time to sit, converse, and become friends with the locals, and really learning to love the Italian culture without the tourists and hustle of the high season. Many students in my program traveled to Cinque Terre in the early months, late February and early March, and while I don’t know if they were the rowdy American type, I’m more apt to believe from their personalities and the stress on respect from our director, that they were respectful and thankful to visit such a beautiful region.

I visited Cinque Terre the first time for a day with my close friend from the program. We’d started to make an exciting game of arriving at the train station and picking a destination on a whim, that’s how we discovered Assisi (charming and beautiful, especially when deserted in early January), Cortona (it was an experience staying at the convent and waking up to a blizzard! An American, Diana, works at the shoe shop on the main street – she took us to lunch and was a lovely woman, look her up! I went two times, first in February when I experienced the blizzard – it was beautiful in a blanket of snow and not a tourist in sight, and then again in May during a festival, and although crowded, the weather was sublime and everyone in a festive mood), Verona (beautiful in February and a great place to stay during Carnevale in Venice, when there isn’t a room to be found), and many other places. Cinque Terre was unbelievable. We poked around in shops, ate seafood by the water and drank caraffes of the local wine, which was delicious, practiced our Italian with the obliging and wonderfully hilarious waiters and shop keepers, and had an unforgettable time. Some students are obnoxious and disrespectful, I agree, but we tried to be as warm, friendly, and respectful as possible. The second time I returned to Cinque Terre was with my parents and what a wonderful time that was as well. We left Florence on a gloomy morning in mid-May, and I was afraid the weather wouldn’t cooperate, by the time we got to Monterosso al Mare, however, the sun and sea was dazzling. After having a quick snack at the little cafe overlooking the sea close to the train station, my parents and I wandered to the beach, poked around the shops, and boarded the train to Vernazza (my mother had recently fractured her foot so we couldn’t hike, unfortunately). Vernazza proved to be more quaint and beautiful than the already breathtaking Monterosso. My father and I had fresh seafood, delicious local white wine, and watched the small boats cruising in and out of the tiny harbor while my mother explored the tiny shops. I found the other tourists to be in equally blissful moods, as I was, and knew we were all reveling in the beauty of the place. Corniglia was wonderful, and Manarola exquisite and highly entertaining as there were throngs of young Italians and other foreign kids laying in the sun and diving off the rocks into the crystal clear water. My parents and I just sat and took it all in. Tourists or not, students or not, everyone who visits Italy deserves the experience of Cinque Terre – I love Florence and lived there, it became my home, but my favorite trip was definitely to Cinque Terre – my mother and I are going back for a post-college graduation Mother-Daughter trip! Thanks for the great website and the opportunity to post comments – everyone should go to Cinque Terre and Italy in general to experience the warm, vibrant culture that I love so much!

Caitlin Greenwood
(Atlanta, GA, USA)

Walking Through The Olive Groves of the Cinque Terre | Reader Feedback

What a pleasure it was to find a well put together site on the Cinque Terre. I served a mission in Italy and was lucky enough to serve in La Spezia for 6 months. Walking through the olive groves and conversing with locals throughout the beautifully sculpted towns reside as some of my most treasured memories in Italy. When I think of a place that is serene and delivers comfort the Cinque Terre quickly comes to mind. When friends travel to Italy I stress the importance of making time for the five cities.

Thank you for sharing some wonderful pictures of one of the truly best places on Earth. Wishing I was there.

Nichole Snow (Sorella Montano)

Coming Home Each Night To The Quiet Of Corniglia | Cinque Terre Feedback

After some searching (the fourth search period, in fact) for accommodation etc in Corniglia I have found your webpage and have found it to be excellent. We visited this area in 2003 (from Ballarat Australia) and stayed in a great place in Corniglia overlooking the water. I agree with everything your notes say about the place – we had a great time and it was wonderful to come ‘home’ each night to the quiet of Corniglia and then enjoy a fantastic meal at the restaurant near the top of the steps from the station.

So, apart from taking a bit of time to find your Cinque Terre webpage – I don’t know why this was – it has been a happy find. In particular, your reference
list of accommodation, restaurants, etc are most helpful.

Malcolm Mackinlay

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