Cinque Terra Sept 7-15

Hello,

Wondering about what to pack for our hiking trip in Italy. It has been a long time since I traveled overseas. Since we are on a hiking tour can we stay with casual clothing even for evening meals?  Anyone have suggestions? 

  • Although I am not on this tour, I have been to Cinque Terre several times. I've also not stayed in Portovenere (stayed at Monterosso al Mare twice and Levanto once). The whole area is ~very~ casual and you should be fine with your hiking clothes on for dinners.

    TBH on ALL the RS tours I've done to Europe I just went to dinner in my tour or walking clothing from the day.

    It will still be pretty warm in CT this time of year so I'd prepare for that. The paths in CT are pretty rocky so I'd have sturdy trail shoes. You won't need heavy duty hiking boots but I'd have something with a good sole. You WILL see people hiking along in flipflops and other inappropriate footwear, lol.

    My normal European "tour clothes" are 4-5 Lands End cotton/modal Short Sleeve Tees, capris (poly/cotton) if it is hot, long pants for the plane. I would take a waterproof rain jacket with a hood. I'd have a sunshirt, sunhat, sunglasses and sun screen, lol! I'm also a light packer and do my wash in the sink in a 2 gal ziplock bag.

    Make sure you've got some money with you on your hikes because there are some stands selling HOMEMADE limoncello in some places along the CT trails, lol! Not sure if they will be on the trails you visit but they are definitely on the trail between Vernazza and Monterosso!

    ~Pam
  • In reply to PamInIdaho:

    Thanks for the helpful information. How much Euros do you suggest taking. We will be in CT for 12 days. I read that most places take credit cards, but is that the case in small places, or a markets?