One of the most popular series on this blog has been my “near but not in Cinque Terre” series. I highlighted several towns and areas around the most famous Cinque Terre. Although I like the 5 towns, there are a lot of great places nearby that get overlooked. So here are 5 places nearby that are near Cinque Terre but not a part of the famous 5. Each post has far more detail, but this will serve to link them together.
Likely the last in my “near but not in Cinque Terre” series, which is a look at several towns in the same area as the famous Cinque Terre, but are likely overlooked. While most of the towns in the series are on the same stretch of Ligurian Coast as the famous five, Sarzana is inland and to the east of la Spezia. This was one place I had never heard of, but I fully enjoyed it.
And another in the “near but not in Cinque Terre” series, which is a look at several towns in the same area as the famous Cinque Terre, but are likely overlooked. Santa Margherita Liguria is a name that I saw several times in my previous trips to Cinque Terre. As train stops in this area go it is a fairly major one. So if you come into the Cinque Terre from Genoa you will have likely stopped here too. It is also the jumping off place to Portofino. The town is well worth a visit on its own though.
And another in the “near but not in Cinque Terre” series, which is a look at several towns in the same area as the famous Cinque Terre, but are likely overlooked. Portofino is a town that may be less overlooked than others in the area, due to being nearly as famous for being the playground of the rich and famous.
Here is the next in my “near but not in Cinque Terre” series, which is a look at several towns in the same area as the famous Cinque Terre, but are likely overlooked. The city of La Spezia is certainly the largest in this end of Liguria and an ideal home base for exploring the area.
This is NOT about Cinque Terre, the famous and beautiful set of towns along the Italian Riviera. This series is about other less well known towns nearby. The “off-the-beaten-track” parts of Liguria region if you will. Presenting Portovenere, south of La Spezia and down the coast from the favorite 5.
“I need to go back.” That was the first thought I had on the train out from Venice.
I was traveling around Europe a few years ago after my semester was done and planned to go to Venice before heading back up to Germany. I ran into a problem where there were so few hotels open in the middle of Febuary. I had not realized that it was Carnevale. I was lucky and managed a hotel next to the station anyway.
Venice is a very evocative place. February is cold and foggy. Yet honestly I can’t imagine Venice being any better. I loved the fog and the feel of the place. Waking up early mornign and walking through the deserted winding passageways makes me think of mystery and intrigue. The eternal sound of water somewhere just out of sight adds to the feeling.
I was traveling alone, and due to the holiday ended up in a hotel not a hostel, so I didn’t meet anyone along the way. I really want to see it again with people to enjoy it with.