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Cinque Terre + Portofino: an Italian dream trip

Cinque Terre + Portofino: an Italian dream tripTrip Plan

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outdoors + nature,
design + architecture,
hiking + trekking,

A few of the high-spots I hope to hit in the Cinque Terre + Portofino region of Italy....


See + Do Portofino, Cinque Terre + Portofino

This tiny harbor, circled by the gaily painted facades of what were once fishermen's houses but have since become millionaire's retreats, is excessively pretty.... more

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See + Do Vernazza, Cinque Terre + Portofino

With its ripple of bright houses on a rocky promontory and its main piazza chock-full of fishing boats above a pocket-sized harbor, it's easy to see why many... more

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See + Do Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre + Portofino

Riomaggiore is the closest of the five villages to the urban sprawl and naval dockyards of La Spezia—which provide employment for a number of... more

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See + Do Portovenere, Cinque Terre + Portofino

Though it's not strictly one of the Cinque Terre villages, it would be a shame to miss out on a visit to historic Portovenere. The town lies just around the... more

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Monterosso al Mare
See + Do Monterosso al Mare, Cinque Terre + Portofino

Monterosso is the only one of the Cinque Terre villages that even begins to resemble a seaside resort. Significantly larger than the other four villages, and... more

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See + Do Manarola, Cinque Terre + Portofino

Manarola is just as picturesque as Vernazza, but it feels a little more reserved and private—though privacy is a relative concept in high season, when the... more

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See + Do Corniglia, Cinque Terre + Portofino

On a rainy day in January it may be difficult to see its charms, but come here on a weekend in August when there are pedestrian traffic jams down in Vernazza,... more

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Grand Hotel Miramare
Hotel Grand Hotel Miramare, Cinque Terre + Portofino

This 84-room white Belle Époque pile stands at the Portofino end of Santa Margherita Ligure's seaside promenade. If you can't afford the rates at the... more


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Eating La Cucina di Nonna Nina, Cinque Terre + Portofino

In such a dramatically perched village you'd expect a panoramic terrace, but apart from a handful of tables near the entrance, "Grandma Nina's Kitchen" is all... more

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Hotel Splendido & Splendido Mare
Hotel Hotel Splendido & Splendido Mare, Cinque Terre + Portofino

Owned and run by the Orient Express group, the Splendido is an Italian hospitality legend: It vies with the Villa d'Este on Lake Como and the Sirenuse in... more


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Eating Luchin, Cinque Terre + Portofino

When you've had your fill of Portofino's yachty elitism, head for the historic town of Chiavari, around 20 minutes away by train. Chiavari rivals Bologna as... more

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Shop Shopping in Cinque Terre, Cinque Terre + Portofino

When it comes to shopping in this part of Italy, you'll do better to contain the spending urge until you get to Milan, or even nearby Genoa. But what you can... more

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Eating Cappun Magru, Cinque Terre + Portofino

The hamlet of Groppo is just a scatter of houses high up on the hill behind Manarola, but it's here, in two rooms of a converted private house, that you'll find... more

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