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Cinque Terre steps?

My wife and I are considering a trip to the CT and wondered about all the steps from trains to the towns. She has a back problem and has trouble with too many steps.

Is it an issue?

Posted by
8 posts

The only town where there are tons of steps between train station and town is Corniglia.

Posted by
3580 posts

There are some steps at all the train stations, in the neighborhood of at least 20-25 getting to or from the tracks. Corniglie (town) can be reached by shuttle bus with the only steps those to cross the tracks to the other side, and so is probably a best bet. Riomaggiore has an elevator to the top of the town, but it is a downhill walk from there. Monterosso is fairly level walking after the few steps at the train station. That's where I stay.

Posted by
4950 posts

More so than just the town, take care with where you book a room. Vernazza for instance, most rooms are up winding sidewalks of steps, though the main street is all downhill from the station. Corgniglia is certainly a long flight of steps up from the station, but as the previous poster mentioned, the shuttle has taken care of that, and once there, it is pretty much step free.

Posted by
14 posts

The Cinque Terre is so beautiful, I would hate to tell someone not to go. But it is very, very hilly and consequently there are lots and lots of steps. Except for the hike from Riomaggiore to Manarola, the hikes between towns are fairly strenuous, in my opinion. In other words, the trails move up and down frequently and they can be rocky in places. Perhaps if you just kept looking at all the photos you can find on the Internet, your wife might be able to tell what she thinks of the terrain. They may not help too much, but I have some photos of CT on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/40303595@N00/sets/72157594558500904/

Posted by
147 posts

Nice Pics and tks for the info.

We were thinking of taking trains, etc. between the towns instead of hiking.

Posted by
5 posts

By all means, take the trains between the towns. I think that most people do... it's very fast, easy, and cheap.

Posted by
6 posts

Or take the boat between the towns! More expensive than the trains, yes, but it's absolutely gorgeous and fun to get a view of each town from the water. You could take the boat from Monterosso to Riomaggiore, and then take the train back.

Posted by
147 posts

Yes--- good plan for sure as I love boats anyway!

Posted by
147 posts

We decided on Edi's Apts in Riomaggoire on the 1st floor so there are not many steps and the incline walk up is not far.

Tks for the info!