Updated on 22nd June 2019
Cinque Terre is a set of five iconic villages nestled on the beautiful Italian Riviera. These centuries old villages are mostly car-free and easily accessible from Pisa, Genoa and Florence! Each of the village is superbly well connected to each other via train rides <10 mins or scenic hiking paths (open in summer).
Best time to visit
When the crowds are bearable & the weather still warm.
$1200 - $2000 per couple
Depends on where you are flying from & accommodation preferences.
Scenic, Romance, Culture
People who love nature, hiking, Italian food and culture, wines etc.
Best places to stay
Monterosso (for kids or with car)
Getting to Cinque Terre
Best way to get to Cinque Terre is flying in to Florence/Pisa/Genoa and then taking the train to La Spezia or direct to Monterosso depending on preference and availability. If traveling during high season, you can save money by staying at La Spezia, a destination you need to get to, before you reach Cinque Terre. Get the Cinque Terre train/hike ticket online and avoid crazy long lines.
The best town to stay at is Manarola. It has less tourists than Vernazza but still is a gorgeous town. If you have kids or have a car, head to Monterosso. Monterosso has many beaches and is car friendly.
Places on Google Map
We recommend you to definitely do the red colored spots
Top things to do
Hike from Vernazza to Monterosso, requires cinque terre card
Pesto making in Nessun Dorma, Manarola
Go for a dip in a beach in Monterosso.
Nessun Dorma pesto & wine
Cannoli Focaccia at Batti' Batti'
Gelato at Gelateria Vernazza
Cannoli in Manarola
Fresh Fish at Trattoria dal Billy
Fried fish in cone at Il Pescato Cucinato
Fine dining at Miky, Monterosso
Local Cinque Terre white wine