Cinque Terre is located among some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in the world. Circuitous trails crisscross impregnable cliffsides, while a 19th-century railway line cuts through its coastal tunnels. It is an excellent holiday destination with so much to see and do.
How do I get to Cinque Terre?
If you are planning to spend time in one of the delightful villas that populate the breathtaking shoreline of Cinque Terre, it’s very easy to find your way there. There are four main methods of getting to Cinque Terre:
Traveling by train is the simplest way to get to Cinque Terre. Take the local train from Genoa towards La Spezia to your intended destination or take the express right to La Spezia and the local back to Cinque Terre. After La Spezia, Riomaggiore is the first stop.
The train is the perfect means of transport in Cinque Terre. The schedule is regular, particularly during the summer. The Cinque Terre Train Card contains endless train operations on the La Spezia – Levanto line.
It’s possible to get to Cinque Terre by driving, but it isn’t recommended by tourists who have attempted it. Just like in Venice, there isn’t any use for a car once you are there. Cinque Terre’s historic centers are closed to traffic. Manarola and Riomaggiore both have little parking facilities and mini-buses to transport you and your bags.
The Consorzio Marittimo Turistico operates boat trips between La Spezia and Cinque Terre in addition to tours along the shore.
The closest airports are Galileo Galilei International Airport in Pisa and the Cristoforo Colombo International Airport in Genoa.
How to get around Cinque Terre
All of the five villages have train stations. Riding these trains between towns is the simplest and most efficient method of getting from town to town.
Trails link each of the five villages of Cinque Terre. Many tourists from around the globe come to hike the trails linking the five villages.
Ferry boats operate between the villages. It’s really the best way to see the landscape, although it’s not the fastest or most economical. If you need to spend a day touring, it makes sense to get a daily ferry pass. Each leg of the ride between the hamlets is about 10 to 15 minutes long.
Ideas for your trip to Cinque Terre
You can go hiking, swimming, and exploring. Given that a majority of tourists make a point of getting the most out of what Cinque Terre has to offer, you won’t be the first to try piling everything into one holiday.
There is so much to do and see in Cinque Terre, we have picked out the best places to visit. These ideas for your trip cover all five villages.
Most tourists enjoy Vernazza more than any other village. It’s a pleasant spot to rest. There’s a lovely square with several restaurants offering a clear view of the sea. Following are some of the highlights of Vernazza
- Church of St. Margaret of Antioch
- Monastery of Reformed Franciscan Friars Minor
- Palazzo with porticoes
- Belforte Tower and Castle A. Doria
This is an area of the Municipality of Riomaggiore but is more historical than the latter, perhaps dating back to the Roman period. Manarola is an urban jewel. Typical tower houses of Genoese design are the primary sights in this town. Following are some of the highlights of Manarola:
- Presepe of Manarola (open in December and January)
- Church of St. Lawrence and Oratory
- Ruins of fortifications
- Via dell’Amore
Monterosso al Mare is the largest town in Cinque Terre and additionally is documented as the oldest. The loveliest beach can be found here right in front of the exit from the railway station. Following are some of the highlights of Monterosso:
- Church of S. Giovanni Battista
- Capuchin Monastery
- Castle, walls and towers
- The Giant or Neptune
To reach Corniglia from the train station, you must walk up 382 stairs because the city is situated at an elevation of 100 meters above sea level. Following are some of the highlights of Corniglia.
- Church of St. Peter
- Oratory of the Flagellants of St. Catherine
- Remains of Genovese fortifications
- Guvano nudist beach, how to get there
Riomaggiore rises between two craggy hills that slope into the sea. It’s broken into two parts. North and South are linked by a tunnel where a long channel goes through to the railway station. Following are some of the highlights of Riomaggiore.
- Church of St. John the Baptist
- Oratory and chapels
- Fortress of Riomaggiore
- Via dell’Amore
Eating in Cinque Terre
The featured dishes of Cinque Terre are quite simple. They offer unaltered, naturally scented and flavored, fresh products. Cinque Terre’s primary dish selection is seafood, and most dishes are spiced with aromatic basil, which grows in the area, as well as oregano, marjoram, and thyme.
Beaches in Cinque Terre
Cinque Terre has five miles of outcroppings and rugged shoreline surrounded by two peninsulas. Protrusions of rock overlooking the sea, little coves, gorges, bays, and beaches between rocks are normal sights. The beach has exceptional scenery with crystal-clear water.