Is such a thing remotely possible?
We've been to Italy before. But we skipped Cinque Terre for reasons too complicated to get into here. Now thinking about a quickie trip there, but...well, I have this problem. I have trouble sharing my special vacation moments with thousands of strangers. I know, it's selfish of me. I guess I'm just a misanthrope - being surrounded by crowds of idiots waving selfie-sticks really bums me out (and even clumps of Ricknics all clutching blue books kinda depress me, too). So I'm a bit leery of CT (and other very popular tourist places, too - it's not just CT). I know, CT is popular for a reason (well, several reasons - they're nice, and they've been heavily promoted, too). Still, I know I'll be happier if I can see the place without crowds. If that can be done.
So, my question: is it possible to ever hit CT during "shoulder season" (or maybe the edge of winter?) and experience the place without crowds?