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Give yourself the gift of Italy! Rome – Cinque Terre – Tuscany. Budget

Tanyusan ” 04 Sep 2017, 22:31

To all lovers of Italy and readers of this forum – Buon giorno! Here is a report about our trip to Italy last year. In it I tried to collect my memories, impressions, as well as important practical information and budget. I will be glad if the information from the report will be useful. All historical and cultural accents will be deliberately omitted, because they have already been told – retold and there is no point in repeating.

Prologue: In the distant 2013 my dear friend Petya and I discovered Italy quite spontaneously. It was decided to break my autumn melancholy and to go to Amsterdam for three or four days. However the price of the flight did its fateful deed, and thanks to Ryanair we found ourselves in the unknown Bergamo. Since our arrival on the Italian soil we were seized by a wave of justified and unjustified enthusiasm, we managed to visit three cities in three days: Bergamo-Milan-Genoa. Upon our return to the homeland, oaths of allegiance to Italy were taken and the promise to return as soon as possible. The text of the oath also obliged to learn the language, which was safely and enthusiastically begun and finished in a couple of months. And now three years have passed. I’m going to the island of Bali. Not bad. We are waiting for the paycheck to buy tickets. We agree with Petya, we go as a family – a quartet. But one April day something clicks in my head, and I remember our vows of fidelity, our desires, dreams about Italy, Tuscany, Tosca-nee, Tos-kaaaa-nee, and immediately buy tickets to Rome

Flight Destination: St. Petersburg-Rome (FCO) Dates: 09/18/2016-02/10/2016 Direct flight, Alitalia airline Cost: 17 000 rub/person Found through SKUSpanner, bought on the website of the airline. Then I, following my bad habit, monitored the price of our flight, close to X hour it had already reached its climax at around 32,000 rubles, which made me very happy.

And we began the voluptuous torment of preparation – the trip takes exactly 5 months.

Логистика и план поездки 18 сентября. Прилетаем вечером Рим. 19-20 сентября. Рим + Ватикан 21 сентября. Переезд в Ла Специю. 22 сентября. Национальный парк Cinque Terre 23 сентября. Свободный день (был посвящен Портовенере) 24-25 сентября. Флоренция 26 сентября. Аренда авто – > A tour of San Gimignano. Check in agriturismo. September 27-30. Travels in Tuscany on October, 01. Return to Rome. October 02. Flying back to St.-Petersburg.

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The itinerary is designed so that we spend in one location at least 2-3 nights

Trains in Italy Two months before the trip, for the first time in my life, I bought train tickets online in test mode. Destination: Rome (Termini) – La Spezia Website: Trenitalia.it Cost: 9.9 €/person, 2nd class with seat selection. It turns out that everything is simple and straightforward: * choose a destination and date * choose a convenient time from the list * fill in passenger data and contacts * after payment – check your mail, tickets arrive immediately. You can print it out and show it to a fellow controller, or you can show it in your smartphone.

The ticket for the train La Spezia – Florence was purchased in the machine at the train station, the price of 18.5 €/person Summary: in the Internet to take easy and simple, and sometimes even much cheaper. Now only if a clear route is defined.

The airport transfer in Rome We took a shuttle to the train station Termini In my opinion, it’s not necessary to worry and buy tickets in advance. The shuttle stop is on the right side of the exit of terminal 3. You can also get a ticket when getting on the bus – there’s a specially trained person at the entrance. Here you can see their schedule tambus.it Cost 6 €/person Travel time 30-40 min

Bus Flixbus Destination: Florence – Rome Travelling time: 3,5 – 4 hours The cost: 9 €/person (I took it almost 3 months before the departure date) The site is simple, Russian-language – flixbus.ru. I kept the ticket in my Apple Wallet and showed the QR-code to the driver during boarding. Unfortunately, by the time of our trip Flixbus had absorbed Megabus and I couldn’t go for 1 €… Summary: cheaper than the train, not at all tiresome, comfortable bus, and the driver was firing the whole way

Rent a car in Italy The most important section for those who are going to rent a car abroad for the first time, and even in Italy, that is, just like us. It took us several working days to collect all this information. All points are guidelines and are not mandatory, but the risk is a noble thing

Rule #1. The topic of registration/non-registration of international driver’s license is a subject of much discussion. We did not allow ourselves to try our luck and my husband obtained an ID card for 15 minutes …

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Rule number 2. Here you can check whether your card is a credit or a debit one: bindb.com/bin-database.html We had a debit card only, so we took care of getting a credit card beforehand from the bank where they give it free of charge.

The MVU and the credit card were registered in the driver’s name, i.e. in the husband’s name.

Rule #3: Get full insurance (Super cover) including windows/mirrors It was a unanimous decision to overpay and get full insurance without thinking about anything in the process. And we are very nervous guys. As a result, the car was not inspected at pickup and delivery, neither by us nor by the renters.

Rule #4. It is necessary to get acquainted beforehand with Italian traffic regulations, to know what is ZTL (Zona Traffico Limitato) and how to avoid it, the rules of parking, the order of using an automatic gas station

ИТОГО: Прокатчик: AVIS Бронирование: в приложении AVIS за три недели до аренды Использован скидочный купон K449900 ->Discount 36 € Car: Group C, e.g. Renault Clio 1.5 DCI Live. In fact, they gave a Fiat Punto / gasoline Cost: 138.80 € + about 160 € insurance Spending on gasoline for 5 days: 110 € Deposit: not blocked, probably because of the purchased super cover, blocked only the cost of a full tank of gasoline (around 60 euros). After the return of the car with a full tank, this amount was unfrozen. Navigator: bought in advance in the AppStore SYGIC (Italy) and a duplicate free maps.me

I’ll clarify one point that experienced car enthusiasts may laugh. If possible to rent a car from AVIS directly in Florence – we went to the airport to get it, spending a lot of time, nerves and money on the airport shuttle. And all because we were panically afraid of ZTL. As now I remember the horror of the first minutes of driving: leaving the parking lot, steering onto the track, and even a manual gearbox…ah, no, I do not regret anything.

Now, let’s go get some nuts, as my grandmother says!

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Cinque Terre: guide and our review

Cinque Terre Italy

A small guide to the towns of Cinque Terre in Italy. Find out how to get there, where to stay inexpensively, and when it’s best to go so you can enjoy the outing rather than jostle for elbows with other tourists. Check out our review and tips!

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Why are the towns of Cinque Terre so popular? It’s all the fault of the colorful Italian cottages nestled on a cliff and cascading down to the sea. Although there are many other picturesque villages and towns in Liguria, it is Cinque Terre that is in the limelight.

There is a legend that once someone praised a new attraction in a guidebook and crowds of tourists flocked here. Now it is a tourist hell, and you definitely will not like it if you do not know a few nuances – but about that below.

Of all the towns in Cinque Terre, I liked Manarola the best! Although Riomaggiore is also very nice! This was the first city we visited in Cinque Terre.

My impressions

You may ask, why follow everyone to Cinque Terre when there are no less picturesque fishing villages nearby? We first thought so, too, but then we looked at the photos and it happened. This place is without exaggeration beautiful! Just trust me. And check out the other places too – as a nice addition or on another trip.

So, what you will see in Cinque Terre. There are no iconic sights – famous cathedrals or palaces. Five lands – that’s how Cinque Terre translates from Italian – are five vibrant seaside towns connected by railroads and hiking mountain trails: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, Monterosso. The lodges, the narrow steep streets, the lookouts, the trails – these are the sights. It all looks lovely and can’t help but captivate even seasoned tourists. We loved it in Cinque Terre – I’m sure you’ll love the colorful, photogenic houses too!

Of all the towns in Cinque Terre, I liked Manarola the most – I do not know why. I just fell in love with it. Probably the great viewpoint, where we admired the huge waves that crashed with noise and splashing on the rocks and breakwaters. We spent a lot of time admiring the waves and the golden sunset.

Our editor-in-chief, Alexey Sinitsyn, is very pleased with Cinque Terre! I too am fascinated by the sleepy seaside towns of Cinque Terre.

When is the best time to go

Remember – not in high season! We arrived at the end of November and were pleasantly surprised – the towns stood almost deserted. I thought that Cinque Terre was so raped by tourists that in any season the towns were overcrowded. But no! Sometimes it’s nice to be wrong.

If going in low season from another city like La Spezia, plan your trip carefully. Daylight hours are short and trains don’t run every 5 minutes, so arrive as early as possible. Sometimes we even didn’t have time to visit all the observation halls. You want to walk leisurely, enjoy the view and eat something delicious. But 2 hours for each town is enough!

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Advice: in low season the weather is changeable, so come in waterproof clothes and shoes. For example, the day before our trip there was a storm and heavy rain, but we were lucky – the next day the only reminders of bad weather were huge waves and strong winds. It was warm and sunny.

If you want to hike the trail (and if it’s open at all), all the more necessary is a trekking trail. The official website says be sure to have a Vibram type sole. No slippers or sandals!

During our visit to Cinque Terre the weather was wonderful: a strong wind raised huge waves that crashed with noise and splashing on the rocks and breakwaters. We spent a lot of time at the Manarola observation deck admiring the waves and the golden sunset. While the wind is raging at the lookouts and on the shore, the narrow streets are quiet and peaceful. The photo is of Riomaggiore.

How to get to Cinque Terre

Since it is better to allocate a whole day to Cinque Terre, you need somewhere to stay overnight. The most convenient is in La Spezia, and that’s where we stopped. It’s only 15 minutes by train to the first town of Riomaggiore.

In principle, you can travel from other cities, but it will take a long time. Tickets for trains and buses between Italian cities we find and buy on Omio – a very handy site that compares tickets of many carriers.

In the train to Cinque Terre. The journey from La Spezia to the first city takes only 15 minutes. A good lookout point in Vernazza. Not a single tourist from our train went up here!

Tickets to Cinque Terre

Entrance to the towns themselves, of course, is free. Tourists pay only for the train and bus fare, as well as the 4 trails between the five towns. The rest are free – there are more than 30.

The shortest, most beautiful and popular Ligurian Trail, or Love Trail, is toll-free and is often closed due to landslides. Landslides are a big problem in the Five Earths, so check this site for the condition of the trails as well as prices and trails in general.

At the time of our visit the trails were closed, so we only bought an unlimited train ticket for 13€ per person called Treno Card. With this ticket you can travel between Levanto and La Spezia on the regionale trains as much as you want and get off anywhere during the day. Also included in the price is bus fare to Corniglia, because the station is a bit far from the city.

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These tickets are sold at the train stations in Cinque Terre, La Spezia, and Levanto. Look for a kiosk labeled Cinque Terre Point. On the ticket you must write your first and last name in the Latin alphabet. You don’t need to validate it, unlike regular tickets.

In high season, it’s best to buy tickets online – there are likely to be lines at the kiosk. On the website you can choose the type of ticket – only for train (Treno) or for trekking (Trekking Card).

This is what train tickets only look like. Ours cost 13 euros. The trains are comfortable, double-decker. There is a free shuttle to Corniglia from the train, because the station is quite far from the town.

Where to live cheaply in Cinque Terre

It’s pretty expensive everywhere. It’s a tourist attraction, and prices for hotels in high season start at 90€. If you really, really want to live in Cinque Terre, stay in Monterosso al Mare – it’s cheaper there.

And even lower prices in La Spezia and neighboring towns to Monterosso. For example, in La Spezia we rented for two days a nice apartment with all conveniences for 40 € per night – for such money in Cinque Terre you won’t find even a modest room.

For your convenience, we found some cool hotels with a balcony or terrace in Cinque Terre and neighboring La Spezia:

    in Riomaggiore in Manarola in Vernazza in Corniglia in Monterosso in La Spezia.

Where to eat

Our landlord told us that in low season, the chances of eating in the old town of Monterosso are higher than in other towns. This is indeed true – in other towns many cafes were closed. I think this is also true for high season – Monterosso is larger than the others, and there are more cafes marked on the map, too. In general you won’t have problems with meal in the summer – there are a lot of cafes and restaurants everywhere.

The food is not worse or better than in other Italian cities, and the prices are about the same or slightly higher. For example, we had a “Margarita” with beer for 7 € for two. Find out what the prices of food in Italy are.

In the low season there were few working cafes. Prices are like in other Italian cities. The alley in Vernazza.

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