Subject: Re: milan, lucca, cinque terre
Mary, A few years ago we stayed in Cinque Terre for three nights - one night in Riomaggiore and two nights in Monterosso al Mare. We preferred the latter as Riomaggiore is separated from the sea by a railway track and isn't quite as attractive. The Cinque Terre area is small - 18 kilometres - and the walk along the lower trail between Riomaggiore and Monterosso is about five hours. It is also serviced by a train that connects the five villages. You can easily see all five in two full days. These villages are very small and an hour or two exploring them is all you may need in each of Corniglia, Vernazza and Manarola.

Portovenere has a lovely waterfront area and plenty of restaurants. I agree with Julie about Santa Margherita - it's beautifully located. Portofino is nearby and, in my opinion, not to be missed. You may want to check whether there is a water service between SM and Portofino. Lucy, Toronto