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Plan Your Trip To Cinque Terre


Travel Tips for Monterosso, Vernazza, Riomaggiore, Corniglia, Manarola


 

Cinque Terre is the name of five neighboring communities on the beautiful Italian Riviera.

 

The five centuries-old coastal villages are known for their colorful houses and the vineyards with sea views. The harbors fascinate with small fishing boats, delicious seafood and the typical Italian atmosphere.

 

One of the highlights is the Sentiero Azzurro trail that connects all the villages and offers some panoramic views over the sea.

If you want, you can walk from village to village and explore Portovenere as well as La Spezia.

 

The picturesque villages in the National Park Cinque Terre are really crowded through the high season between June and September but they still own their charm.

 

The towns are really close to each other, so it’s possible to explore Cinque Terre in two to three days, because it’s all about exploring and hiking. I will show you the highlights of Cinque Terre, some tips on where to stay, what to see, how to travel and the best things to do in Cinque Terre.

 


HOW TO GET THERE


There are several ways to travel to Cinque Terre. Winding paths crisscross impregnable cliffs, while a 19th-century railroad runs through coastal tunnels.

Thankfully, cars were banned over a decade ago.  You always have to park your car outside the village and pay between 1€ to 2€ per hour.

 

The best way to travel to Italy is by plane or by car. 

Simpley leave your car in La Spezia and take the train or a boat. It’s far cheaper then parking outside of the villages and you won't need your car when you're there.

 

To get from village to village it’s easy to walk, to take the train or to book a boat.

 

 


WHERE TO STAY


Cinque Terre is known worldwide and that’s why hotels are extremely expensive. The best way is to check the prices on sites like booking.com and to get an overview of prices and locations.

 

I definitely recommend booking an apartment on Airbnb. I love to stay in little charming villages and apartments to get to know to “real” Italian vibe.

Look for beautiful views and balconies!

 

You can also stay in La Spezia and take a train or a boat. Use the tourist boat excursions with a hop-on, hop-off service. The day pass cost €35.

 


WHAT TO DO IN CINQUE TERRE


Get to know my travel tips for all those pretty villages on the Ligurian Sea.

Cinque Terre isn’t known for its museums, galleries or classic "sightseeing stuff".

It’s perfect to experience the Italian way of life.

 

 

         Hiking is one of the most famous activities, even for Italians itself. You can explore one of the many paths that lead from village to village. Enjoy the most beautiful sea  views and sunsets.

 

 

         If you want to enjoy the views from the other side, make a boat tour. You can start in Portovenere and hop-on and hop-off wherever you like.

 

 

         The Cinque Terre is known for its beautiful beaches. So if you’re not hiking just take a sunbath.

 

 

         Explore other places like Portofino, Portovenere or Lerici.

 


TRAVEL TIPS FOR CINQUE TERRE


When you plan your visit to Cinque Terre, there are several things you should consider:

 

 

          Cinque Terre is extremely crowded. That’s why you should explore the villages in the morning. The typical tourist groups always walk through the central streets  
 between 10 a.m and 4 p.m. So simple avoid those hours or take other streets

 

 

          In Cinque Terre it’s all about walking and hiking. The towns are very hilly with a lot of stairs. So pack your hiking shoes and enjoy the pretty views. But be aware that
 the hiking trails aren’t always open and sometimes really challenging. Always pack your sunscreen and two bottles of water.

 

 

          All towns are pedestrian-friendly only. So it’s expensive to travel to Cinque Terre with your car.

 

 

          Internet and cell service aren’t always accessible. Some Hotels and Apartments offer Wi-Fi, but there isn't a citywide connection.

 


THE FIVE VILLAGES OF CINQUE TERRE


Corniglia

As the only one of the five villages of Cinque Terre, Corniglia isn’t located at the sea, it’s on a 100 m high hill and surrounded by vineyards.

 

Monterosso

Monterosso is the most northern and largest village of Cinque Terre. It consists of two parts: the center on a natural beach and the district Fegina with beaches and a boulevard.

Manarola

In the narrow valley of Manarola, the locals used every meter to build houses over and next to each other. The place is a beautiful composition and it’s known as a place for painters.

Riomaggiore

Riomaggiore leads a wide main street with multi-storey buildings through the village to the sea. The houses shine in different colors and shades. So romantic at sunset!

Vernazza

Vernazza is incredibly beautiful - the location on a small peninsula thrilled, the old castle, the rocks and the piazza on the sea are inspiring.

 



Do you miss anything in my Travel Guide for Cinque Terre?

 

Let me now in the comments!

 

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Comments: 16
  • #1

    Anthony (One of FourFriendsOneWorld) (Monday, 08 January 2018 03:02)

    Your photographs capture the region beautifully.

    I really like the fact that cell phone and wifi are not overly accessible in the region. It is actually a selling point for people who work too much and need to get away from office stress.

    Did any one of the five villages stand out as more memorable?

    Thanks for sharing. Keep travel blogging. Adventure is better shared with friends!

  • #2

    Nathan (Monday, 08 January 2018 06:03)

    Lovely summary of Cinque Terre! Italy's definitely on my bucket list and I hope to visit it in the coming years. Thanks for the tips on how to manoeuvre our way around the 5 villages - they are really helpful! Cheers :)

  • #3

    Unta (Monday, 08 January 2018 21:59)

    I love Cinque Terre, been there few years ago but thinking of going back. Beautiful photos also! :)

  • #4

    punita (Tuesday, 09 January 2018 12:28)

    Cinque Terre is such a stunning part of Italy. The drama starts even before you arrive, while on the train along the Ligurian coast. I loved every second of our time there. I don't think there'a a better way to enjoy one's time in Cinque Terre than by lazily strolling around the villages.

  • #5

    Dominic (Wednesday, 10 January 2018 08:45)

    Travelling through Italy is one of my favorite things to do on non-adventure holidays. It's charming and a great way to soak up the Med vibes. Cinque Terre is stunning - great breakdown of what to see and do and exactly how you do it. I agree that exploring by oat or foot is the best way to experience this corner of the world.

  • #6

    samantha.sparrow@gmail.com (Thursday, 11 January 2018 17:37)

    I'm so desperate to visit this region and your guide makes it seem very straightforward - it had seemed too complex when I looked it up before. I'd love to see this by boat and just laze on the incredible blue see looking up at those houses!

  • #7

    Karen (Saturday, 13 January 2018 21:33)

    We were so disappointed with our visit there last year. The best bit was Portovenere without doubt.

  • #8

    Stephanie (Sunday, 14 January 2018)

    Cinque Terre looks incredibly stunning. I've been to Italy once and only hit the Amalfi coast, which is beautiful, too. Next time I go back I'd love to hit more of the country, including this area.

  • #9

    Lydia Smith (Sunday, 14 January 2018 12:26)

    I think your guide is just the best. While I visited Cinque Terra, it was only Vernazza due to one of my friends falling sick. I had issues with connection to, it was like I was forced to stay away from the world. But I loved the views I got from here especially Manarola, everywhere is colorful. I'll love to visit again and use Airbnb this time around.

  • #10

    Lydia Smith (Sunday, 14 January 2018 12:28)

    I think your guide is just the best. While I visited Cinque Terra, it was only Vernazza we couldn't visit due to one of my friends falling sick. I had issues with connection to, it was like I was forced to stay away from the world. But I loved the views I got from here especially Manarola, everywhere is colorful. I'll love to visit again and use Airbnb this time around.

  • #11

    Julia Guerra (Sunday, 14 January 2018 20:41)

    That's so cool that cars are banned there! I know it gets really crowded so having a lot of traffic would really detract from its car. If I were to go there, I know I'd really be into all the hiking.

  • #12

    Paula - Gone with the Wine (Sunday, 14 January 2018 21:00)

    I have seen so many beautiful pictures of Cinque Terre and have definitely added it on my bucket list. So many post card views there, love it! I have only been other parts of Italy so far.

  • #13

    amit (Monday, 15 January 2018 12:35)

    Ahh I can imagine the views from going on the hikes being just stunning and even from your pictures just how picturesque the riviera is. I've not been to Italy yet but do need to go sometimes and Cinque Terre will have to be explored. Was it quite pricey?

  • #14

    Chris (Monday, 15 January 2018 20:14)

    One of the most beautiful places in the world -- your pictures do it justice. I don't usually associate Italy with hiking but that's because my experiences were all in cities, although navigating Rome's cobblestone streets generally feels like hiking. Missing Cinque Terre was one of my main regrets from trip -- but a great reason to go back.

  • #15

    David (Tuesday, 16 January 2018 10:46)

    Cinque Terre is always somewhere I wanted to visit! Vernazza is the town I'd love to visit. This region of Italy is just so beautiful

  • #16

    Elise (Thursday, 18 January 2018 20:07)

    Everything looks quite beautiful. It is quite an enticing idea to visit (plus I love hiking). At any rate, my next trips will be Mexico, Texas, New York and Hong Kong.