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Cinque Terre travel guide

Picturesque harbors and scenic walking trails, historic architecture, beaches and sparkling Mediterranean water make Cinque Terre one of the Italian Riviera’s most alluring destinations.

Cinque Terre is one of Italy’s real treasures; a region of five charming towns and villages located in Liguria, on the Italian Riviera. Not only are visitors treated to picturesque fishing harbors and the pristine waters of the Mediterranean but also to the spectacular sight of pastel-colored medieval architecture perched on hilltops and surrounded by terraced vineyards and olive groves.

The entire Cinque Terre region is a national park and protected marine area, and is globally recognized, and therefore preserved, as  “common heritage of mankind”. That’s why you’ll discover a truly authentic collection of towns and villages, all thriving on their Roman Age origins and all devoid of major new developments. 

Visit Monterosso al Mare, the largest town, to sunbathe on the region’s most accessible beach. Experience the ancient maritime traditions of Vernazza. Climb the zigzagging stairway at Corniglia to explore a labyrinth of alleyways that lead to 14th-century churches and scenic viewpoints. Manarola is a great place to learn about the region’s winemaking and agricultural history while the harbor restaurants at Riomaggiore serve the famous Cinque Terre seafood.

Cinque Terre is ideal for walkers and hikers. The footpaths and trails connecting the towns cling to the coastline and present spectacular views. Make a day trip out of a walk from Monterosso al Mare to Riomaggiore. Via dell’Amore (Love's Way) between Manarola and Riomaggiore is the most famous section; a well-paved area that is suitable for strollers and wheelchairs.

A railway connects the towns of La Spezia and Levanto on either side. Purchase the Cinque Terre Card for unlimited train travel and access to the walking trails. From April to October, a passenger ferry operates between all the towns except for Corniglia. Drivers will need to park in out-of-town lots and then catch the free shuttle bus.

Many people choose to visit the towns on day trips, but you can also find upscale accommodation options in each and linger a while longer in this glorious setting.


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Hotel Souvenir

Hotel Souvenir

Via Gioberti, 24, Monterosso al Mare
4.2
of 5, from 496 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the historical district, this hotel is steps away from Monterosso Beach and Footpath Monterosso-Vernazza. Torre Aurora and San Francesco d'Assisi Statue are also within 10 minutes.

£37
Affittacamere Casa Danè

Affittacamere Casa Danè

Via Paleocapa, 4, La Spezia
4.3
of 5, from 139 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in La Spezia Historic Centre, this townhouse is within a 5-minute walk of Piazza Garibaldi and Church of Nostra Signora della Neve. Church of Nostra Signora della Salute and Amadeo Lia Museum are also within 10 minutes.

Antica Porta delle Cinque Terre

Antica Porta delle Cinque Terre

Piazza Marconi 31, Pignone
3.8
of 5, from 28 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Pignone, this bed & breakfast is within 9 miles (15 km) of Sanctuary of Nostra Signora di Soviore, Diocesan Museum and Vernazza Beach. Footpath Vernazza-Monterosso and Santuario di Nostra Signora di Roverano are also within 9 miles (15 km).

£62
Hotel Firenze E Continentale

Hotel Firenze E Continentale

Via Paleocapa 7, La Spezia
4.0
of 5, from 460 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in La Spezia Historic Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Piazza Garibaldi, Church of Nostra Signora della Neve and Amadeo Lia Museum. Church of Nostra Signora della Salute and Palazzina delle Arti e Museo del Sigillo are also within 10 minutes.

£65
NH La Spezia

NH La Spezia

Via XX Settembre, 2, La Spezia
3.8
of 5, from 327 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in La Spezia Historic Centre, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Piazza Garibaldi.

£38
Il Gabbiano

Il Gabbiano

Piazzale Giovanni XXIII, 1, La Spezia
4.1
of 5, from 137 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in La Spezia Historic Centre, this property is within a 10-minute walk of Cattedrale di Cristo Re, La Spezia Cruise Terminal and Ferry Terminal. Castello San Giorgio and Church of Santa Maria Assunta are also within 15 minutes.

Hotel Palme

Hotel Palme

Via 4 novembre, 18, Monterosso al Mare
4.0
of 5, from 11 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Fegina Beach, San Francesco d'Assisi Statue and Torre Aurora. Monterosso Beach and Footpath Monterosso-Vernazza are also within 1 mile (2 km).

Appartamenti e Camere Edi

Appartamenti e Camere Edi

Various Addresses , Riomaggiore
4.0
of 5, from 437 reviews
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These apartments are located throughout the area in Riomaggiore.

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