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stella1

where to stay in Florence and then near Cinque Terre

by stella1 »

Would love a recommendation for hotel in florence southeast of the Duomo.

I had reservations in Rapallo in order to visit Cinque Terre for two days but through discussion have decided there are other lovely towns to explore that might be more interesting. I will be travelling to Milan from whatever town I stay in.

So confused-Levante, Lucca, Monterossa-thoughts?

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Road Crazy

RE: where to stay in Florence and then near Cinque Terre

by Road Crazy »

Regarding the Cinque Terre, most of the towns you list are in the area but are not in the actual Cinque Terre - Monterosso is in the CT.  If you want to see the CT villages, I recommend you stay in one of them.  They are incredibly crowded during the day but sweet at night, so that's when you want to be there.

Sorry, I don't have specific hotel recs.  It will help those who might if you give your price range.

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mushroom

RE: where to stay in Florence and then near Cinque Terre

by mushroom »

What time of year are you going and do you want to hike while visiting le Cinque Terre? 

If you are visiting the Italian Riviera between now and the end of April, staying in Rapallo is a good choice because there is more to do there in case it rains. If it is sunny you can easily take the train to see le Cinque Terre, but between now and the end of April, you need to be careful about hiking, because if it has rained a lot before you get there, the high trails can be dangerously slippery.

If you are visiting between May and the middle of October,  it is a good idea to stay in one of the 5 villages of le Cinque Terre, especially if you want to hike.  It will be hot on the hiking trails, so you will want to get an early start, and the villages will be so crowded during the day that you will appreciate how quiet they are at night time.

If you don't want to hike and you don't like crowds, and are worried that maybe the villages will be too tiny for you, both Levanto and Sestri Levante are nice alternatives to Rapallo (Sestri Levante is especially nice if you like to swim).  

But if you like a lively town with a food market, Rapallo is a very characteristic Italian Riviera town which has very nice views, cable car rides, lots of fun shopping, easy ways to visit nearby towns that are charming and also have lots of shopping and hikes and views.  (Zoagli is especially nice for walks, or Camogli for lunch and boat rides.)

As long as you don't carry very heavy suitcases, it is easy to take the train from anywhere on the Italian Riviera to Milan (but the shortest train ride without changing trains is from Rapallo).  Be careful on the trains in this region. Because the area is now so popular with tourists it has attracted pickpockets & thieves. They are not dangerous, but you need to mind your belongings getting on and off the trains.  Don't let people crowd you.  Let others go first. Go slowly.

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mushroom

RE: where to stay in Florence and then near Cinque Terre

by mushroom »

Regarding a hotel in Florence, I recommend that you look at Booking.com.  You can search for availability using your actual travel dates + your budget, plus filter the search to show you only rooms with wi-fi, elevator, air con -- whatever you might need.  In addition to showing you only what's available for your dates, you can read loads of reviews from people who actually stayed in those hotels & get multiple perspectives about noise, cleanliness, staff attitude, and you can see loads of pictures.   Lastly, Booking.com will also show you where the hotel is on a map of Florence if you are looking for a specific neighborhood, and show what else is available right near by if you want more options.

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