After hearing about Cinque Terre about a million times and being Italy one of our favorite countries in the world we finally decided to visit this magical place.
Located on the coast of the Italian Riviera, Cinque Terre consists of five famous villages along the coast.
How to get there?
In our opinion the easiest way to get there is by train and this was our way of getting there. Wherever you are, take the train to La Spezia (you can find your way to the La Spezia station on Trenitalia website: http://www.trenitalia.com). After you get there, take the local train, treno regionale, towards Sestri Levante stopping at your destination (Cinque Terre train timetable). To have access to this train you need to buy the Cinque Terre Pass (parconazionale5terre.it) which allows you to move between all the five villages during a day.
How long should I stay?
Our initial goal was to stay longer than one day however it was not possible and we ended up staying only one day. It is perfectly possible to visit Cinque Terre in one day. But you need to take in consideration the season when you are visiting. If you go during winter, the days will be shorter and the hours of sunlight will be fewer, so you should go early in the morning to take the most out of it!
On another hand, if you want to enjoy Cinque Terre to the fullest, stay for more than one day! This way you will have the chance to get to know all the hidden secrets of each village.
The five villages
Riomaggiore is the first stop after La Spezia, followed by Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare.
The most touristic one, with more options to spend the night and the best place for those who intend to go to the beach. It is the oldest of the five villages and again best known for its beach, very popular during summer, it is also home to very fancy hotels. A true shining gem along the sea.
Probably the most picturesque of them all, do not miss the enchanting harbor of this little town. A good place to have lunch, there are several restaurants for every taste and prices. We had an amazing Pizza for lunch overlooking the beautiful harbor in Vernazza.
This is the highest village, placed on a steep promontory. To get there you have two options: you either wait for the bus (included in the Cinque Terre pass) or go for the steep steps on foot. We chose to go on foot to enjoy the magnificent view.
The most colorful village where you can appreciate a wonderful view from the path along the sea. In our opinion the best of them all for amazing photos!
End your day in this small town watching the sunset and eating an ice cream on the beautiful tiny harbor. We did it and just did not want to leave. Simply breathtaking!