The Cinque Terre is a beautiful, rocky coastal area and is located in the South East of the Italian region of Liguria on the Italian Riviera flowers. It is almost entirely protected nature reserve and is part of the Unesco World Heritage List. The name "Cinque Terre" refers to five beautiful villages on the coast that are connected by a footpath (Via dell'Amore) and a railway line. From this footpath you have a magnificent view over the vineyards and olive groves and beautiful, quiet stretches of beach surrounded by wooded hills. The main delicacies of the Cinque Terre are: sea dishes, vegetables, and a very famous wine: Sciacchetrà.
Riomaggiore is the first city of the Cinque Terre on the La Spezia side. The main part of the city is separated from the train station and the quay through tunnels. Actually the city consists of three parts: the train station, here also the famous love path, the old town and the quay where you can find a jetty and a small pebble beach.
Manarola is the second and oldest village in the Cinque Terre on the La Spezia side. It is 500 meters away from the first village.
Corniglia is the smallest and the highest village in the Cinque Terre. It is the only town without a port. It is very difficult to get there by car. The only options are by train or on foot. This village is known for its steep vineyards and olive groves.
Vernazza is called the most beautiful village of all. This has a larger port and on arrival you are right in the middle of the village.
Monterossa al Mare has the largest sandy beach of all.
How can you best visit these villages?
The five villages of Cinque Terre are not accessible by car, but there is a good train connection between all five villages, with a train every half hour.
Would you rather visit Vernazza by boat? There is also a ferry between all the villages of the Cinque Terre. Depending on the weather and the season, this ferry will sail past all five villages between about 10.00 and 19.00 hours. Tickets are available in the small ticket offices in the ports of all villages.