Why traveling to the Cinque Terre?
One of the most amazing itineraries for your summer vacation in Italy is the tour of the Cinque Terre, five villages situated on the rugged coast of the Riviera Ligure.
How to get to the Cinque Terre
Reaching the Riviera Ligure is very easy both if you are already traveling in Italy or you're coming from abroad. Genoa and La Spezia are part of the high-speed railway network so it takes just a few hours of train to get there from all main touristic destinations of Italy: for example, you can travel from Rome to Genoa on a Frecciarossa or from Florence to La Spezia on a Frecciabianca.
If the Cinque Terre are your first stop in Italy and you need to fly there, the closest airports are Genoa and Pisa. Once in Pisa, for example, a Frecciabianca high-speed train will take you to Genoa in just a couple of hours.
How to travel around the Cinque Terre
If you plan to spend a few relaxing days, this is the trip for you: reaching these villages by car is not so easy and parking might be stressful but the railway connection will take you from one village to another in the fastest and easiest way.
As a matter of fact, many of the villages of the Riviera are closed to car traffic and the roads connecting the towns are very narrow and twisting.
Car and train are not the only options, though. Since the whole area of the Cinque Terre is a National Park there are paths connecting the villages: hiking surrounded by the typical Mediterranean woods is a very nice way to go from a town to the next one.
For those who don't get seasick, we suggest traveling one stop on a boat to admire the landscape from the sea: definitely a unique point of view!
There are also electric buses running from a town to the next one but they are often very packed and not as fast as trains.
In conclusion, to get the most out of your holiday we recommend to travel the Cinque Terre by train as you will save a lot of time and won't have to worry about heavy luggage or parking. Traveling by train is also very cheap: the Cinque Terre Card will make you save money and give access to many services, such as free wi-fi connections.
Traveling around the Cinque Terre
Visiting the five towns of the Cinque Terre is the perfect way to spend your holidays in Italy as you get to enjoy the best of this country traveling very short distances.
Also, even if the five towns might seem small, there are a lot of things to do and you won't definitely get bored.
We prepared a smart guide for your trip, with some suggestions on things to do and info on how to get to the Cinque Terre and the local transportation system. Planning your trip on Wanderio will make traveling completely hassle-free!
If you choose to start your trip from the north, your starting point will be Monterosso al Mare, the biggest town of the Cinque Terre.
If you are wondering how to get to the Cinque Terre, the answer is simple: Monterosso is connected by train to all main cities of Liguria, like Genoa, Rapallo and La Spezia, so it is the perfect start for your trip.
The main attractions of the city are the church of San Giovanni Battista and the convent, visible from all parts of the Cinque Terre. Also, don't miss the Giant, the 14 meters tall sculpture of Neptune originally built to sustain the terrace of Villa Pastine. Last but not least, the beach of Fegina is the right place to start your holiday with a refreshing swim or a drink in the evening.
From Monterosso To Vernazza
It's time to leave for your next destination: in a few minutes a regional train will take you from Monterosso to the small but crowded village of Vernazza.
This group of pastel-colored buildings is situated on a very small portion of coast and has the only natural port of the Cinque Terre. Also, there is no car traffic in Vernazza.
The main attractions of the village are the Church of Santa Margherita d'Antiochia, situated near the port, the Doria castle and the beach.
From Vernazza to Corniglia
Your next destination is the small village of Corniglia. This is the only village of the Cinque Terre not situated by the sea and if you like challenges, here’s one for you: climb all of 382 steps of the Lardarina from the station to the village. Alternatively, there is a bus service.
Disappointed by the absences of beaches? Don’t be: the view from Corniglia is unique! All of the Cinque Terre are visible from a terrace built in the rock and the village is surrounded by green terraces used to grow olive trees and vines.
From Corniglia to Manarola
By now you will have noticed that the best way to get to the Cinque Terre and travel from a town to the next one, is by train: a few more minutes and the regional train will take you from Corniglia to Manarola. Relax and enjoy a glass of Sciacchetrà, the local wine, or take a walk to the port to admire the colorful buildings and the sea.
From Manarola to Riomaggiore and back
Your last stop is Riomaggiore. Its main road, Via Colombo, is surrounded by the traditional buildings and leads right to the port.
Enjoy the amazing view of the sea from the Torre Guardiola and take a walk on the Via dell’Amore (“Path of Love”), the path that connects Manarola to Riomaggiore.
More destinations for your holidays in Italy
Your tour of the Cinque Terre is over but we know you will probably want to come back to enjoy the view, the food and relax by the beach: that's why we want to suggest you some more villages and towns to visit during your next holidays in Italy or to continue your italian trip as well!
If you loved the small and hidden villages, you will definitely love Camogli and the San Fruttuoso Abbey, just an hour of train far from Monterosso.
If you like the idea, Santa Margherita Ligure and Portofino are just as worthy of a visit: many Italians love to spend their holidays there and there is always something to do. If you are looking for the fastest way to get to the Riviera, book a Frecciabianca from Genoa to Rapallo and then choose a regional train to your destination.
Moving south, don't miss Portovenere and Lerici, not too far from La Spezia and very easy to reach.
Last but not least, if you loved the relaxed and unspoiled atmosphere of the Cinque Terre but you're ready for some nightlife, try to spend a few days in Forte dei Marmi, one of the most glamorous destinations of the coast of northern Tuscany.