10 essential places to see in Cinque Terre


This list of places to see in Cinque Terre It will allow you to know and not miss any charming corner of one of the most beautiful areas of Italy and we would even dare to say, of the world.
Located on the coast between La Spezia and Genoa, you can find five picturesque villages hanging on steep cliffs, with colorful facades, which form the famous Italian Cinque Terre.
In addition to visiting Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore, all bathed by the Mediterranean Sea except Corniglia that is on a cliff, here you can enjoy spectacular hiking trails through its vineyard landscapes and exquisite Italian cuisine.

Based on the experience of our trip to Cinque Terre, we have made this list of what we think are the 10 best things to do in Cinque Terre. We start!

1. Riomaggiore

Riomaggiore, located in the Maggiore River Valley, is our favorite and one of the most beautiful villages to see in Cinque Terre.
Its privileged location on a steep mountain, where its colorful houses extend to a small port, is gorgeous. In addition to the views, it is worth getting lost in the narrow streets of the historic quarter dating back to the 13th century until you find the Church of San Juan Bautista, the Castle or the church of the Confraternita dell'Assunta.
To say goodbye to the town, there is nothing better than going down to the port and walking to a small stone boardwalk by the sea from where you get one of the best postcard photos of Cinque Terre.
From the boardwalk, if you follow a small path you will reach a rocky beach, perfect for a refreshing swim.

2. Manarola

Manarola is the most famous town to visit in Cinque Terre and another reason why this area has been declared Unesco Heritage.
Located on a hill, Manarola extends through a small valley to the seashore, where the port is located and a few meters away a bathing area known as the Marina di Manarola.
In addition to seeing the port, we recommend you to visit the Via di Mezzo where most restaurants and shops are located, and see the Church of San Lorenzo.
Finally you can take a romantic walk at sunset to a viewpoint that is surrounding a cliff in the direction of Corniglia, from where you get the best photos of the town.


How to get to Cinque Terre

To get to Cinque Terre the best option is to land in Pisa and catch a train from the station of this city in the direction of La Spezia, the gateway to Cinque Terre.
From this city you can take one of the local trains that leave every few minutes and pass through the 5 villages. The trip takes from 10 minutes if you go down to Riomaggiore up to 20 minutes if you do it in Monterosso and the price of the train is 4 euros for the journey and 16 euros if you buy a daily pass.
Another good option in summer is to take one of the boats that leave from La Spezia and get off at the town where you have the hotel for about 20 euros, which is also another of the things to see in Cinque Terre more recommended.

If you are staying in Florence or in other Italian cities and you don't have a rental car, you can take a train to Pisa or book some of these recommended day trips with a guide in Spanish:

Map of things to do in Cinque Terre

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