Cinque Terre, or Italian words for 5 lands, consists of five beautiful seaside villages in the western part of Italy. The fabulous five villages are Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso. These villages are famous for its breathtaking view and colorful buildings. Not to mention, you must definitely try some restaurants (trattoria) there, because they sell the delicious and fresh seafood that you won’t miss.
So, how do I get there?
The location of Cinque Terre is a little bit isolated because there is no airport in there. The nearest airport is in Pisa, then the easiest way to travel to Cinque Terre is by train. From Pisa, you can take a train to La Spezia Centrale for 45 minutes, then you can continue to the five villages. The five villages are well connected by train, the journey from Riomaggiore to Monterosso is approximately 15-20 minutes. You can buy a Cinque Terre card for 16 euro to get a one day pass of train and bus so you can explore all villages easily.
Where do I stay?
You can choose to stay in 1 village of Cinque Terre or in La Spezia however, it’s not recommended to do 1-day trip because you need some time to explore and enjoy the beauty of the areas. In my experience, I stayed in Manarola which I think is the most beautiful village. There are many hotels in Cinque Terre, most of them are, yes, expensive, so you can choose based on your budget. As for me, I found a good room in Airbnb for 65 pounds a night.
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The five villages, from the closest to La Spezia
My second most favorite village in Cinque Terre. This village has everything you need, the instagrammable buildings across the beach and the bustling main street. My suggestion, try fritto misto or mixed of fried seafood for only 6-10 euro! Their shrimp and calamari are incredibly fresh.
Definitely my favorite village. Manarola is famous with this phenomenal view, the one you often see as a representative of Cinque Terre. The colourful waterfront promenade is amazing, especially during the sunset when the sky blasts into pink. There are also many good restaurants in Manarola, you can eat dinner in Trattoria Dal Billy. The restaurant has a very beautiful sea view and welcoming staffs, Billy often serves the guests himself. You don’t need to book the place, but if you want to enjoy outside dining, you must book it at least a day before. My favorite menu is grilled king prawn.
For a light lunch, you can eat bruschetta in Nessun Dorma.
This village is located in 100-m rocky hill with no direct access to the beach. You can climb up there while enjoying the scenery, but you can be as lazy as me by taking a free bus if you purchase Cinque Terre card. There is a hidden beach in Corniglia, which you can enjoy as your private beach.
It’s a small harbour with a perfect combination of colourful houses and boats. I did not spend too many times here, just took a quick snap of the seaside. However, there is a small market in Vernazza with various local foods, gelatos, and souvenirs, definitely worth to explore.
The closest village to the beach. Monterosso is very crowded with people playing and sunbathing. I love how the beach and the cliff are perfectly situated. Oh yes, it is so fantastic.
Other tips, bring your sunscreen and mosquitos spray if you travel at summer. I don’t recommend you to travel in the winter, cause it will be too cold. Overall, if you urge for a stress-free vacation to one of the most beautiful places on earth, pack your bag and enjoy Cinque Terre. It’s indeed a paradise on earth with its amazing seaside view and delicious Italian seafood.