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Cinque Terre - dreamy Italy's five

6 days trip of visiting the most popular colorful coastal villages in Italy.

by patríciaAtlasGuru Contributor

EuropeItaly6 days / August 2018

Highs & Lows

The most scenic Italy´s views.

During the summer season fully packed with tourists.

Itinerary Overview

We landed in Pisa and stayed there for one day. From there we took a train directly to La Spezia, which is probably the best place to stay when you are on budget and you want to stay in Cinque Terre area for a few days (prizes in villages are just crazy). We booked an Airbnb in La Spezia near the train station which I higly recommend as you can reach all the Cinque Terre villages only by train that goes quite often.

We started from the last village called Monterosso al Mare that is unique for its sizable beach and medieval church. We continued by walk through hills to Vernazza that is considered as the most scenic and photogenic village. Corniglia, third village, the only one without a harbor but instead you get a nice old town built in Gothic style. The next stop is Manarola with romantic restaurants with amazing views on small harbor and colorful houses. The last little village called Riomaggiore is often reached first by the tourists, we took there a  10min climb that brought us to two round towers as the remains of 15th century castle, the views are just spectacular as nearly from any point of the Cinque Terre.

  • 2 Nights: Monterosso al Mare
    Beautiful old town
  • 2 Nights: Corniglia
    Visit the most colorful villages in Italy
  • 2 Nights: Manarola
    Visit the birthplace of pesto

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    Cinque Terre deserves more than 6 days, next time I would reserve more time.

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    The trains that connect all villages are always full of tourists as are its streets.

  • How was the food?

    There is a wide range of possibilities where to eat delicious local sea food.