If you’re thinking about traveling to Italy, you have probably come across either the Amalfi Coast or Cinque Terre. Both are some of the most popular tourist destinations, and even though they are not close in the slightest – geographically speaking -, they look rather similar.
This article strives to answer some of the most burning questions regarding Cinque Terre.
Is Cinque Terre Worth It?
As we all know by now, the pictures shown on Google don’t always reflect reality. Especially when looking at photos of Cinque Terre online, it can be difficult to believe that a place this beautiful really exists. I assure you however, that in this particular instance, the city lives up to the expectations Google places on us.
Cinque Terre offers so much beauty in one spot that it can be hard to handle. It is the perfect combination of turquoise ocean, quaint fisher village vibes, and colourful culture.
If you have the opportunity, don’t miss out on Cinque Terre.
Visiting Cinque Terre From Milan or Florence?
If your schedule is not as flexible as you want it to be or if you can’t afford spending a couple of nights in Cinque Terre itself, visiting the cities from Milan or Florence is a definite option. In fact, it is rather easy and straightforward.
Going by train is the best option as it only takes a few hours to get there. To book a train you can either access TrenItalia’s website online, or you can buy your ticket in their office in the train station.
If you want to buy the ticket at the train station, make sure to be there at least an hour early so you can plan ahead.
If you’re arriving by train, you usually get off the train in La Spezia – right on the border to Cinque Terre. From here you can get the Cinque Terre Express that will pass through all five cities in about 30 minutes. You can buy a daily ticket which will allow you to hop on/off the train wherever and whenever you want to.
Which city in Cinque Terre should you visit?
Cinque Terre isn’t in fact one singular town, but it is actually a region, consisting of five different cities. These cities are Monterosso al Mare, Manarola, Corniglia, Riomaggiore, and Vernazza.
The most famous and most visited are definitely Monterosso and Manarola, yet all five are beautiful in their own way.
Monterosso al Mare is the biggest of the five towns and if you’re looking to stay overnight in Cinque Terre, you will probably be able to find some sort of accommodation here. This city is also perfect if you want to relax by the beach and get your tan on.
Manarola (see above photos) doesn’t have its own beach, but several steep cliffs to dive off of. The true highlight however are the terraces surrounding the colourful houses – they almost remind of the rice terraces in Bali.
If you have a few hours in Manarola, consider climbing up the steep hill up to the terraces – from there you will have an incredible view. Take water with you though because the climb is longer and steeper than you will expect.
Another city without a beach is Riomaggiore. The town does however have a natural harbour and beautifully coloured houses, making it one of the quieter parts of Cinque Terre.
Corniglia is perfect for you if you want to experience the more authentic Cinque Terre. Because Corniglia doesn’t have a beach, not a lot of tourists come here, but as the town is located on a steep hill, it has beautiful views to offer.
If you are in need of a good time and you want to treat yourself to some good food, Vernazza is the place to go. This city has various amazing restaurants, most of them located close to the water so you can enjoy beautiful views while enjoying pasta or pizza.
What did you like about Cinque Terre, and which was your favorite city? Let me know in the comments below!
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