Cinque Terre is a beautiful destination and is very popular among tourists. Literally meaning, five towns, the place has a lot to offer for every traveller. Read below for an overview of Cinque Terre that can help you in planning your trip.
Places to See
Cinque Terre comprises five towns, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, Riomaggiore and Monterosso. They are all included in the world heritage site list and are a very popular tourist destination. Corniglia is located on top of a hill while the others are located near sea level. Monterosso is famous for its beaches and should be on your list if you are a sea lover. The landscape of Cinque Terre is world renowned for its beauty and attracts many photography enthusiasts.
The place is known for its many trails but it’s always best to check with the local centre for weather forecasts as the place is a landslide prone region. The Lover’s walk is the most famous and is the name for the path from Riomaggiore to Manarola. It is suitable for people of all ages as it is paved and easy to access.
If you are looking for more unbeaten paths then the one from Corniglia to Vernazza is unpaved and a bit more difficult. If you are looking for some mountaineering experience then the path from Monterosso to Vernazza is one of the steepest climbs and is very good for budding mountaineers. Visitors need to purchase a pass before they can gain access to the trails so ensure that you visit the information centre and plan your schedule beforehand. A good idea is to purchase a train pass that allows for unlimited travel between the villages.
You can also enjoy a swim in each of the five towns. The beaches are relatively crowd free during the mornings and you can also enjoy watching the sunset at dusk. The region also organises many local festivals and it’s always a good idea to plan your travel to coincide with the festivities. It’s the best way to learn about the native culture.
The place is famous for its wines and you must try some if you decide to visit the place. A local dish, Trofie which is basically pasta is very famous and you must try it. Another famous delicacy on the menu is the vegetable pie and most restaurants in the region serve many dishes. Frittatas are the preferred option for breakfast and you will find a range of frittatas on offer in the many restaurants in all towns.
How to Reach?
Pisa and Genova are the nearest airports if you are planning to fly in. You can also take a train from Milan or take the road from La Spezia.
Places to Stay
Since Cinque Terre is a very famous tourist destination, there are many good hotels and budget options that cater to all sorts of tourists. Cinque Terre Holidays offer some of the best views of the region and are a good budget option for student travellers. In Corniglia, there is a monastery that allows accommodation for a modest fee.