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Cinque Terre or San Marino/Rimini

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Cinque Terre or San Marino/Rimini

Hello we are touring Europe for three months and in our 2nd month (July) we will be visiting Florence, we are then looking at either going to San Marino/Rimini or to Cinque Terre, which almost seems out of the way as we are travelling to Venice next, but I just wondered if Cinque Terre was worth the extra travel rather than go the route via San Marino?

We are 2 adults and 1 11 year old in a motorhome, love sightseeing and want to see things out of the ordinary. Also to note we would have just travelled up from Amalfi Coast area aswell if that helps! thank you in Advance

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1. Re: Cinque Terre or San Marino/Rimini

Rimini is more of a flat beach holiday type place whereas the Cinque Terre are a backpackers version of the amalfi.

If you just want a beach holiday break then go to Rimini OR the Tuscan beach resorts of Viareggio etc. If you want to see stunning landscapes, small towns and beautiful backdrop then Cinque Terre wins hands down

Portsmouth, United...
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2. Re: Cinque Terre or San Marino/Rimini

Thank you Piggles, it sounds like Cinque Terre might be the better option then, the only other question I have is, will I have seen something similar if we have been to Amalfi ?

thank you

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3. Re: Cinque Terre or San Marino/Rimini

They are similar but different ie the CT are more fishing villages - less wealthy. Not as stunning a coast as Amalfi (which lets face it, is just jaw dropping and my favourite place!) but compared to blackpool-esque flat beaches and flat coastlines on the other side, they are definitely worth visiting.

My husband actually prefers the CT to amalfi as they are less pretentious. We backpacked using the trains there one summer and enjoyed Monterosso which has a good sandy beach and more going on than the other towns

Yes they are similar in terms of rockiness but have a different feel to them.

Edited: 11 May 2018, 07:21
Akron, Ohio
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4. Re: Cinque Terre or San Marino/Rimini

San Marino and Rimini for sure.You will see tourists at CT as in Amalfi. Avoid crowds and travel to San Marino.

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5. Re: Cinque Terre or San Marino/Rimini

I agree with Guido's very coherent suggestion.

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6. Re: Cinque Terre or San Marino/Rimini

San Marino is absolutely excellent place to visit (and you can tick off a different country on your holiday). You can spend a whole day walking the mountain and checking out the castle. Rimini isn't that great of a place but if you want a beach go for it.

Otherwise if you are on your way to Venice do San Marino and then hit some of the beaches in Veneto or Friuli which are known to be awesome without the touristy issues

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7. Re: Cinque Terre or San Marino/Rimini

Forget to say that I can't comment on San Marino as I've never actually been.

Rimini indeed won't have as many tourists - but it will have more Italian holidaymakers there.

And as mentioned, there is of course a Lido beach just outside Venice which is a similar promenade/flat beach.

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8. Re: Cinque Terre or San Marino/Rimini

If you decide to go to CT be aware that most of the villages will not be accessible to your motorhome. The standard way to visit CT is by train or ferry.

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9. Re: Cinque Terre or San Marino/Rimini

You are driving the Amalfi Coast, in a motorhome, in July? Wow. Please do post about that when you have done it. I imagine you are using the motorhome as your place to stay so camping areas will need to be within walking distance of places you want to visit? or near public transportation?

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10. Re: Cinque Terre or San Marino/Rimini

Thank you for all your suggestions, it definitely gives me more to think about !

As for taking the motor home in the Amalfi I hope I'm avoiding that by coming across from Bari and then Google maps takes us in past Herculean and Veshvious into Sorrento where we are staying in camper, I'm hoping to do Amalfi by boat and bus so we don't get involved in the chaos if it all.

Thanks sooooo much for all your help

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