Cinque Terre is a little group of five picturesque villages which strings down the coast of the Italian region of Liguria. Riomaggiore, Manarola, Vernazza, Corniglia and Monterosso join together history, culture and tradition. These fishing villages are located on a cliffy shoreline with dreamy beaches and bays, crystal blue sea, combined with colorful houses and fishing tradition. It is recognised as UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a part of the National Park and Protected Marine Area in order to protect the cultural heritage and natural environment.
These five little villages are very hard to reach. The best, and practically only way is to get a local train in the city of La Spezia. It takes only 10 minutes to get from La Spezia to the first stop in Cinque Terre – Riomaggiore.
Cinque Terre is one of those places when you see the photos online and, you daydream about visiting one day.
Riomaggiore has preserved its rustic charm and fishing tradition. You can see laundry hanging over the tiny streets.
The best place for taking pictures, with the most familiar view is Manarola. With its long promenade by the sea it is also the favorite spot for couples. The sunset over this little town is amazing and very romantic. This place will provide you the postcard perfect shot.
The best place to take a break and eat something is Vernazza. There are many restaurants but it can get crowded and it might seem impossible to find a lunch table. But don’t worry. I decided to walk through the tiny side streets and find traditional restaurant. After a while I ran into Restaurant Al Castello which has big terrace and a view over the port of Vernazza. The food was nice. They offer pasta, fish, seafood, salads etc. and the prices are affordable. I would recommend this place especially to enjoy the view over the sea from one side and the picturesque Vernazza on the other side.
Corniglia is the most unique of the five villages because it’s located in a very inaccessible place on the cliff surrounded with vineyards. You will have to climb the 365 steps to reach the town from the train station but it’s worth it for the views.
Monterosso is the most touristic town with the sand beach that stretch along the coast. It offers a modern resort vibe and if you’re into swimming in the Ligurian Sea, this is the best place to do it. If not you can hide on a deck chair under the colorful umbrella and enjoy the view over this picturesque town.