How to get to Cinque Terre, Travel Guide to Five Villages

Imagine the Italian coastline, fringed with colorful houses and spectacular views and with the option of not just one but five towns to choose from. The Cinque Terre, literally translating to five lands on the Italian Riviera is every traveler’s dream as they are an idyllic destination to get close to nature.

Cinque Terre Top View


The cluster of five coastal villages called 5 Terre as well. These five villages include Corniglia, Manarola, Monterosso al Mare, Riomaggiore and Vernazza and are equally stunning with their own distinct characteristics.

Cinque Terre Beauty

How To Get There

The train is the easiest way to reach Cinque Terre: from Genoa, you can take the regional train towards La Spezia; Riomaggiore is the first stop after La Spezia. If you are taking the plane, Cristoforo Colombo international airport in Genoa is the nearest airport; Florence and Pisa are other nearby airports. Milan is another option. For all these options, you would have to then take a train to La Spezia.

Cinque Terre Italy

Another option is to take the boat from La Spezia to the towns. Driving is not really recommended as the narrow roads to some of the towns are not navigation friendly and the trains are pretty regular and well connected.
Boats at Cinque terre, italy

5 Terre (List of five Village in Cinque Terre, Italy)

The five towns have a similar undercurrent and yet each town is marked by its own individuality.

Cinque Terre Facts

1. Riomaggiore

Closest to La Spezia and the biggest of the five villages, this pretty town has a few good bars and restaurants. You must try the fresh seafood and of course, the fritto misto (fried fish platter). A castle, a harbor, a church and a rocky beach are its other offerings.

Cinque Terre Riomaggiore


Cinque Terre Riomaggiore


Riomaggiore cinque terre italy

2. Manarola

One street town, Manarola offers spectacular views of the coastline, alongside a harbor, where you can swim. A hike to Punta Bonfiglio gives you panoramic views you would want to remember forever.

Cinque Terre Manarola


Cinque Terre Manarola

3. Corniglia

Located high up there with vineyards all around it, it’s probably best to avoid the luggage when visiting this town. It is the only village that does not have a direct access to the sea, but it makes up for it with its terrace spot from where you can see all the five villages altogether.

Cinque Terre Corniglia


Corniglia cinque terre

4. Vernazza

Arguably, the most photogenic of all the towns, Vernazza is quite the beauty. The pastel hued houses alongside a waterfront piazza, a harbor and a church on the water, this town is where you would like to relax and have a drink while looking out at the deep blue sea all around.

Cinque Terre Vernazza


Cinque Terre Vernazza


Cinque terre vernazza

5. Monterosso

The relaxed resort town, Monterosso is all about the golden, sandy beaches and juicy anchovies. Also, the lemons from this part are known for their freshness. The theme of the town is much less on hiking and walking, since the land is much flatter than the other towns and requires minimum uphill/downhill climbing. There are many streets to explore and some really nice hotels too.

Cinque Terre Monterosso

Monterosso beach cinque terre

Cinque Terre Hotels & Accommodation

The average hotel prices start from $80 per night. You may stay at an apartment or any budgeted hotel for less than $50 per night.
Cinque Terre Hotel


Agriturismo cinque terre
Cinque Terre is a combination of five villages, so to enjoy the real Italian local village life stay at any Agriturismo. It is an Italian word and it means farm house. Here you will find some of the best Farmhouse at Cinque Terre.

Cinque terre walking and hiking
Another way to explore the Cinque Terre is to hike through it. Get a map and some comfy shoes and you’re all ready to explore some terrific hiking trails by the Italian coast.

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