Cinque Terre is hardly an undiscovered travel destination. But I can assure you that it deserves every bit of popular attention it gets! We spent two lovely days there this summer and I cannot praise it enough.
The Cinque Terre are five sweet little villages built into the rugged coastline in Northeastern Italy. The towns are called Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore (where we stayed). The best and nearly only way to travel from town to town is by train, or you can hire a boat. You can find some more transportation info here.
Take a look!
This is Manarola, the most picturesque of the villages in my opinion. It is truly breathtaking. #nofilter!
And here it is again, in different light.
The Sentiero Azzuro is a well-known hiking path that connects the towns. Unfortunately, the portion of the trail we would have ideally hiked was closed when we visited (in August 2016). I would recommend doing some research on the available hiking options before you go, as the trails open and close due to weather conditions.
We decided to hike the Beccara trail (#351) from Riomaggiore to Manarola early one morning, before the heat and the tourists were in full force. It was an incredible experience and one of the top highlights of our trip!
Here are some of the spectacular views from our hike:
Later that day we hiked from Monterosso to Vernazza. It was also lovely, but perhaps not as breathtaking as our earlier hike from Riomaggiore to Manarola. We came down into Vernazza at sunset, which rewarded us with some great views.
Riomaggiore, our home base. We stayed in this AirBnB and it was EXCELLENT.
The guard rails might not have been exactly up to code…but it all added to the adventure!
Monterosso is the only village with a big sandy beach like this one. The others have more rugged, rocky coastlines.
I don’t think I’ve ever felt so reluctant to leave a place as I did when I left Cinque Terre! It is a truly lovely travel destination. Keep in mind that crowds flood into the villages during the summer. That said, I was there in late August and while there were definitely many tourists, I didn’t find it too bothersome.
So, are you booking tickets yet?