When visiting Europe, Italy must be on your list. The country is full with beautiful cities like Rome, Milan, Naples or Venice. The entire country is seriously amazing to discover and it is well connected to facilitate travelers to truly enjoy the Italian culture and history.
And Cinque Terre which means five lands is definitely our best recommendation as the Italian city to visit this summer or during the low season.
Cinque Terre is located in the Liguria Region, the West of La Spezia on the Italian Riviera with a landscape right on the cliffs overlooking the sea. This medieval land is formed by five fishing villages which are Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore.
The charm of Cinque Terre is the lack of visible corporate development. The villages are connected through trains and boats. It is not possible to reach these villages by cars from the outside. Uniquely, Cinque Terre is not referenced in the traditional travel guide books and even with the lack of publicity, the region is extremely popular in the summer.
And the coastline, villages and hillsides are since 1997 a natural reserve by UNESCO. If you are traveling by plane, the closest airports are Pisa and Genova. And if you are traveling by train, the closest train stations are Genova and La Spezia.
Where to eat in Cinque Terre
With Cinque Terre located in the Mediterranean, there are incredible products to be found in the region like seafood, anchovies, pesto, focaccia, pecorino cheese, farinata or miele di Corniglia or a glass of sweet wine, Sciachetrà.
This region allows travelers to get introduced to the Italian cuisine and gastronomy. There are several restaurants and bars across the villages like Vertical Bar Riomaggiore where you can enjoy a drink and Italian sandwiches.
The atmosphere is extremely relaxing and you can spend hours drinking and eating here. Across the villages, travelers have the opportunity to stop at many local restaurants and mingle. From La Lantena to La Cambusa, seafood or pesto has never tasted better.
What to visit in Cinque Terre
According to us, Vernazza is the most beautiful village in Italy. It is a tranquil seaside village with yellow, red colored houses with mysterious streets and alleys. Monastery, churches, castles are to be found in architectural buildings and history.
Beside Vernazza, there many other villages to visit in the region. In Monterosso, the Blue Path from Monterosso to Riomaggiore is about 12 km long. This path reaches a height of 200 meters at Prevo which is a small but nice village near the beautiful village of Vernazza.
The High Path is a trail in the North of Levanto and the South of Portovenere and the path stretches beyond the National Park where serious hikers can truly explore the region.
This path is a difficult one and it is between 6 to 12 hours where you can enjoy nature and stop in the villages. For further physical activities, there are also the Sanctuaries Ways that link the villages and travelers can start from La Spezia where you will arrive in Biassa. The Sanctuaries Ways are 20 km and the path is easy to hike. After you have finished the different trails, you can go and relax on the many beaches.
Where to stay in Cinque Terre
Cinque Terre fishing villages have become so popular among tourists and the villages have developed accommodations across the region. There are hotels, guesthouses, B&B and private apartments to be found everywhere.
The best way to enjoy Cinque Terre is it to book a private apartment with a sea view in the village Monterosso and choose to stay for a week. For travelers willing to enjoy this part of the region, we strongly advise to take up to three months and live as the locals, walk, bike, hike and enjoy the incredible Italian cuisine from the different villages.
If you love the sun, the beach, small medieval villages, great local food and wine, boating, biking and hiking, this part of Italy is definitely worth your visit.
Keep in mind to visit Cinque Terre during low seasons to truly explore it. Welcome in the most beautiful part of Europe; Cinque Terre.