Cinque Terre, Italy. Five beautifully colored villages hidden in the northwest of Italy. These sleepy fishing villages built on hilltops offer great walking routes through this national park and UNESCO area. Cinque Terre is easy to visit by train and an absolute must-visit in Italy!
Things to do Cinque Terre, Italy
The dramatic coastlines and picturesque villages of the Cinque Terre draw more than 2 million visitors a year! Cinque Terre has five villages, from North to South: Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore.
All villages can be visited within a single day trip. Should you visit all five villages? They are quite similar so it is best to read each village’s description and decide on your own.
We have visited 4 of them : MONTEROSSO, VERNAZZA, MANAROLA and RIOMAGGIORE.
Ready to relax on a beach? Monterosso is the village that has a large sand beach with sunbeds and umbrellas in high season. This village is also a good option to spend the night. For sure you have seen this beach on Instagram because with all these umbrellas became really famous.
Vernazza, Cinque Terre
Vernazza is the most picturesque village in Cinque Terre and thereby also the most visited. The harbor area has a couple of terraces, relaxing areas, a small beach, and an old castle tower that you can visit on top.
You can reach Vernazza by the hiking from Monterosso. We have made it! If you wanna do it , wear confortable cloths and bring a lot water YOU HAVE TO WALK A LOT! The other way to reach it is by train.
Manarola in Italy with its surrounding vineyards is a small village similar to Vernazza. Less visited, and even better walking routes. Don’t miss the view from the Nessun Dorma terrace. Book a tour in the area, especially if you love wine. This is our favourite especially for the sunset.
Good to know: Do not visit Cinque Terre by car. It is hard to get into the villages, and parking fees are as expensive.
Most people who spend the night inside Cinque Terre will stay in Riomaggiore. It is one of the bigger villages and has loads of small hidden streets to get lost. Wear good shoes as this village is built against the steep rocks. The best part of Riomaggiore is the view of the harbor.
Our tips is to buy a good ice cream and enjoy the wonderful view.
Best time to visit Cinque Terre
If you have the flexibility to do more than a day-trip, it is recommended to spend the night at one of the five villages or a hotel in Levanto or La Spezia. If you can only make a day trip, take the train as early as possible.
The train runs 24/7 so you might want to start at 6:30 AM and enjoy the calm morning.
Date-wise, before April and after October is the less-visited months but also has the most chance of rain and cold weather.
How to visit Cinque Terre
Cinque Terre’s train network makes it easy to get from one village to another because it runs every couple of minutes. A single train ticket costs 4 EUR, a Cinque Terre day pass 16 EUR and two-day 29 EUR. The price includes entrance to all the hiking routes.
Easily hop from one village to another by using the Cinque Terre Ferry. A day pass costs around 25 EUR per person.
It is not recommended to drive a car to Cinque Terre as the area is hard to reach and parking fees are very high.
Where to stay in Cinque Terre?
Accommodations inside Cinque Terre National Park are booked far in advance. Hotels are mostly available in Riomaggiore and Monterosso but expect to pay way over your typical budget per night. A more affordable choice is to stay in Levanto or La Spezia.
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