Are you thinking of visiting the Cinque Terre? Then you need to read The Ultimate Guide to Visiting Cinque Terre (2022). Cinque Terre is a beautiful coastal area in the region of Liguria. It is made up of five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. Each village has unique, but very similar characteristics to one another.
The seductive and magnificent Cinque Terre are famous for mostly, their unique beauty. The villages are all surrounded by vineyards and offer stunning views of the Ligurian Sea. They also offer the best sunset views!
Cinque Terre is located on the northwestern coast of Italy in the Liguria region. It is about two hours away from Florence by train and about three hours from Milan. The best way to get around Cinque Terre is by train, as there are very limited roads and parking spaces.
I highly recommend taking the train, do not use a car. The train is the easiest and most efficient way to see the Cinque Terre. The reason I recommend the train is because it takes about 2-5 minutes to get to each town since they are all connected by the local train.
Yes!! You can hike the world-famous “Sentiero Azzurro” which is a trail that connects all five villages. The entire hike is about 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) long and takes about 5 hours to complete. I suggest starting early in the morning to avoid the heat and the crowds of people.
I have overall been there three times. The first time I went for 3 full days. The second time 7 days. The third time one day. In my opinion, if you have the time and can splurge, one week is the best. That way you can hike, visit all 5 towns with enough time, and visit all the little beach spots.
The best time to visit Cinque Terre is from April until October when the weather is mild and there are many activities and events taking place in the villages. However, if you want to avoid the crowds, I suggest visiting during the shoulder season from November to March.