Cinque Terre is the perfect spot to relax. Its name literally means five lands and it’s due to the five villages you can visit in the area. It’s perfect for beach hopping, hiking, water sports and just living the “dolce vita”. The perfect season to plan a trip here is from late May to early September, when the temperatures are mild enough to dive into the crystal clear sea. However, other periods of the year are also fine, since you can still enjoy the trekking trails and the village life. One night here is enough to visit everything you need to see. Some people also do it as a day trip, but we highly recommend to take your time and plan a 2-day itinerary in Cinque Terre instead.
Consider walking on Sentiero Azzurro (Blue Route – 12km) to get the full experience and see the dramatic coastal scenery while walking from one village to another. This path is the easiest one, it’s almost flat all the way and connects all the five villages. Experienced trekkers can plan a hike on Sentiero Rosso (Red Route – 38km), which is way steeper than the Blue Route and goes from Porto Venere to Levanto.
Before starting your trek, check the updates on the trails’ closure here and get the Cinque Terre Card to access the route and the local train and buses.
- Convento dei Cappuccini
If you’re following our 14-day itinerary, you’re getting here from Florence and the first village you’ll encounter is Riomaggiore. However, we highly recommend to book your stay at Monterosso and start your 2-day itinerary in Cinque Terre here. Monterosso, in fact, is the largest village in Cinque Terre, with its population of 1700. Visit Convento
Vernazza is definitely the most colorful and probably most famous of the five villages. Visit Santa Margherita di Antiochia, a gothic church overlooking the small beach. Walk around to enjoy the small streets of the village and stop along the way to take some pictures.
Corniglia is where you can find the best beach: Spiaggione di Corniglia. During summer it becomes very crowded, but fret you not, leave your stuff on the beach and run for a dive. If you’re visiting during colder seasons, you can still enjoy the vibes here, and why not?, a glass of wine to finish your day.
Keep it chill for the second of your 2-day itinerary in Cinque Terre.
Visit Manarola, an extremely photogenic village with its pastel-shaded houses. Go to the harbour and dive into the sea. Note, there is no sandy beach, only rocks. If it’s not the good temperature for a swim, go around the village, take as many pics as you can and enjoy the tiny streets around. Proceed to Riomaggiore, the most crowded village of Cinque Terre, since it’s the easiest reach from other places. It’s really worth a walk around the multicolored houses. If it’s warm enough, rent a kayak or the snorkels and enjoy a swim.