Cinque Terre Travel Guide

Italy's Coastal Jewel, Where Five Cliffside Villages Merge History, Scenic Beauty, and Culinary Delights

The five beautiful cliff-clinging villages (Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore), coined the Cinque Terre (“Five Lands”), rank among Italy’s most magical sights, with their irresistible mix of seaside views, ancient history, fantastic gastronomy and authentic, unspoiled rural setting. Each town has a distinct character, but all share a similar aesthetic: narrow, tower-like pastel-colored houses cluster atop one another in an appealing hodge-podge pattern, and steep streets are interrupted by staircases cutting through the towns’ historic centers. The scenery in Cinque Terre is simply breathtaking.

Located in the Italian Riviera, south of the lovely towns of Portofino and Camogli, and stretching 18 kilometers along the Riviera di Levante on Liguria’s eastern coast, Cinque Terre has been declared a national park and a UNESCO world heritage site. Its five villages are linked by train, boat, and trail, and hiking from village to village is one of the most appealing activities here. Scattered between them are a few small beaches where you can swim, snorkel and sunbathe. Beyond the villages, endless terraced vineyards are etched into sloping hills that plunge to the sea. More than 7,000 kilometers of stone walls prop up these ancient terraces. Wildflowers perfume the air year-round and the surrounding countryside is a marvelous area for walking. A web of trails (many of them hundreds of years old) meanders through the hills high off the sea, awarding trekkers with breathtaking views.

  • Monterosso al Mare
    Monterosso al Mare

    Monterosso al Mare

  • Vernazza


  • Corniglia


  • Manarola


  • Riomaggiore


  • Fried Fish, Typical Street Food in Cinque Terre
    Fried Fish, Typical Street Food in Cinque Terre

    Gastronomy & Wine


  • The beach at Monterosso al Mare

    The longest beach found in Cinque Terre, this stretch of golden sand crowded with colorful umbrellas gives the town an almost 1950’s glamorous atmosphere.

  • Via dell'Amore

    This picture-perfect seaside trail runs 2 kilometers along the seaside cliffs between Manarola and Riomaggiore. Of the area’s many trails, it’s one of the most picturesque.

  • Harbor of Vernazza

    The only natural port in Cinque Terre, this lovely harbor is a postcard waiting to happen.

  • Wine Tasting in the Cinque Terre

    There are a handful of lovely small boutique cellars that we can organize VIP private tastings at, as well as pleasant Mediterranean lunch.

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