Sunset in Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre National Park, Italy
Riomaggiore

Italy has many beautiful and famous coastal fishing villages. If you often looking for travel photos on Instagram, you will surely see so many colorful pictures of houses hanging on the cliffs, spread out on a very long coast of northwestern Italy. It is the Cinque Terre, means 5 small villages in Italian language, recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site in 1997. The 5 villages of Cinque Terre are Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso al Mare and they are connected together by a 42km long coastal road, with its beautiful architecture and impressive terrain. So, when is the best time to visit, how to get, where to stay and what to do in Cinque Terre…? Let’s check it out our Cinque Terre travel blog (Cinque Terre blog) with the fullest Cinque Terre travel guide (Cinque Terre guide) for a great trip on a budget to Cinque Terre for the first time with Living Nomads below.

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Vernazza Village. Cinque Terre is located in Liguria region, northwestern Italy. Formed from the early days of the Middle Ages, people mainly lived by fishing, growing vines to making wine, sour vinegar and growing olives making oil.
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Colorful houses hanging on cliffs.
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Colorful houses in Vernazza

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Riomaggiore Village
Colourful houses in Riomaggiore
Colourful houses in Riomaggiore
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Monterosso al Mae
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Manarola Village. Their ancestors had previously sought to climb, build houses on cliffs to escape the invaders and the Greeks to find new life. | cinque terre blog
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Corniglia Village. The life of the people at the Cinque Terre went quietly and peacefully until the arrival of color cameras, tourist boats and tourists. The visitors came here more and more in the summer after UNESCO brought Cinque Terre into the group of World Heritage in 1997.
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CinqueTerre streets
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Ocean view from the church of Vernazza
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Vibrant Cinque Terre beach
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Friggitoria, a delicious snack in Cinque Terre. | cinque terre travel blog

Cinque Terre guide: The first looks about Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre Tourist map
Cinque Terre tourist map

Overview on the map you can see the 5 villages of Cinque Terre are very close together, the distance is the same and all are located on the coast. These villages can easily be moved back and forth by local train, traveling time is 5-10 minutes for each trip. In addition, you can also climb the mountains of this Cinque Terre to cross between villages. This way is more difficult but it is very popular way for those love hiking and climbing.

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Cinque Terre Hiking Map | cinque terre guide
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Vernazza

The trip cost in the Cinque Terre is not so “super expensive” as in the Amalfi Coast with a magnificent of Positano, but it is not cheap either. Food or accommodation prices are quite high, especially in the summer. Average hotel room rates ranges from EUR50-150/night depending on type. Regarding the itinerary to go to the Cinque Terre you can refer to the following main ways:

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An aerial view of Riomaggiore village | cinque terre blog

In a day: Basically, you can make a day-trip to the Cinque Terre from another place of Italy. A short itinerary from morning to evening, visiting each village for about 2 hours is quite ok.

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A day in Cinque Terre maybe enough but seems a bit rushed.

Overnight: However, you should spend 1 or 2 nights in a specific village in the region, experience life here and have fun at night. Overnight in Cinque Terre makes you more comfortable to enjoy the trip as well as more convenient to travel between villages.

Manarola at night
Manarola at night | cinque terre visitor guide
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A cozy alley of Corniglia.

Cinque Terre blog: When is the best time to visit Cinque Terre?

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April, May and September: These are times that are not peak tourist season, the weather is also pleasant, beautiful sunshine in Southern Europe, very suitable for climbing activities. However, the sea water was still quite cold in April but in the September could still be bathed.

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Cinque Terre hiking trail
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Beautiful hiking trail with one side is vineyard and one side is ocean.

From June to the end of August: It is hot and crowded with tourists, but it is a good condition for beach activities. Climbing at this time is a bit hard because of the heat and scorching sun. Especially, August is the tourist month of European people, all beach are full of people.

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Monterosso al Mae beach
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Magical night in Manarola | cinque terre guide

In the rest of the year: Not very suitable for traveling to Cinque Terre because it is the low season, it rains a lot and cold. Stores and shops are also closed early, there are not many services to enjoy the most comfortable way.

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Lovely lane
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Cinque Terre in low season, it’s rain quite a lot.

Cinque Terre blog: How to get to Cinque Terre?

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You can getting to Cinque Terre by bus, train or boat.

Because it is located in a rugged mountain area, far away from big cities, you only have 2 ways to get to Cinque Terre by car/bus or train, with the transfer point is La Spezia. From big cities like Florence, Venice or Rome, there are direct trains to La Spezia without changing trains.

Cinque Terre Train Travel
Train travel

Train

La Spezia Railway Station in Liguria Italy
Express Train at La Spezia Station, Liguria

If you take a train from other major cities in Italy to Cinque Terre, the transfer station is La Spezia. From here you catch Express Train to the villages. From La Spezia to the nearest village Riomaggiore, it takes only 9 minutes. But if you go back from any village to going to another big city like Florence, Venice or Milan, you have to pay attention. Because normally you will have to change trains 1-2 times, but the station in these villages is very limited in information, there is no instructor but the train often run wrong schedule, so you can go to the wrong train without pay attention.

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Manarola Train Station | cinque terre blog
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Map of Cinque Terre

Bus

Explora 5 Terre a new bus service to visit the Cinque Terre
Explora 5 Terre: The new bus service to visit Cinque Terre

If you take the bus it will be a bit difficult because the Flixbus station is quite far from La Spezia station for you can catch the train to go to the village. If you renting a self-driving car, be aware that there will not be many parking lots here, and traffic for car is also not convenient. Explora 5 Terre is a new bus service to Cinque Terre from Spezia.

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Schedule of Orario bus to Corniglia
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Corniglia bus top | cinque terre travel blog

Boat

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Ferry boat in Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre

There is another option is to take a boat from La Spezia to the villages, of course not as fast and convenient as the train. Boats also only operate during peak season, the cold season they do not run much because of cold and rain a lot.

Boat in the Cinque Terre during peak season
Boat service in Cinque Terre in the peak season | cinque terre guide

Cinque Terre travel guide: How to getting around Cinque Terre?

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You can getting around Cinque Terre by bus.

The easiest way to travel between villages in Cinque Terre is by train or bus, and you can consider hiking if you love climbing. However, if hiking you will have to buyt tickets to travel along the coastline across the villages of €7.5/day.

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Hiking in Cinque Terre
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Cinque Terre trekking card for EUR75/day.

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Train: If you take the train, you have 2 options: Buy all day tickets or buy retail tickets, when to go, buy them. Train stations are always located close to the sea in the center of each village (the villages are quite small), so it is very convenient to travel.

Corniglia Train Station
Corniglia Train Station

For those who stay in the Cinque Terre long and want to go slow-travel style, for 2 days or more, whenever you want to go to another village, buy a ticket. The retail ticket for €4/way, ticket can be purchased at the ticket counter at the station or by the conductor on the train, if you are hurry. Note that buying tickets on train will be more expensive.

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Trains at Manarola Station

For those who want to visit the Cinque Terre during a day, or go to the “fast travel” to visit each village a little bit, you should buy the Cinque Terre Card to get the bus and the train. This card has 2 types, including train (€16/day, €29/2 days) or not including train (€7.5/day, €14.5/2 days). With Cinque Terre Card you will get unlimited travel between villages during the day, using free wifi at some points. If you go with your family, you should buy family tickets with price of € 19,60/day. See more here.

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Cinque Terre Card | cinque terre travel guide
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Cinque Terre Card with wifi password and map
Treno Card
Treno Card
Tunnel connecting Manarola station and village center
Tunnel connecting Manarola station and village center | cinque terre guide

Cinque Terre travel blog: Where to stay?

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Manarola, best village to stay in Cinque Terre.

If you visit Cinque Terre during the day, you will not need to think about accommodation in Cinque Terre. But if you really want to experience the Cinque Terre, you should find a place to stay at least one night in this wonderful land. There are two main options for you about accommodation:

  • If you have a budget trip, you can choose to stay in the town of La Spezia, which is cheaper than in the villages. From here you can take the train to visit the villages during the day.
  • Choosing to stay in one of the 5 villages is the best way to experience the Cinque Terre. Prices will be more expensive, but in return, sightseeing and dining are more convenient. The evening in these villages is quite bustling.
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Hotel Porto Roca, Monterosso al Mare (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).

To find a hotel room, please go to Booking.com, Agoda.com or Airbnb.com to choose. The room rates is not much different, on Airbnb there are more family-style rooms for rent, if the hotel room is full, you can find here.

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Hotel Villa Steno, Monterosso al Mare

I choose stay in Manarola because this is the most beautiful village, in the evening there are quite a lot of dining options. Tourists, couples also find big stones near the coast as a place to chat and enjoy the wind and sea waves.

Luxury Seaview Apartments Manarola
Luxury Seaview Apartments Manarola (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).
Ines Apartment (Guesthouse), Manarola

My hotel is 5 TERRE PELAGOSM, the room rates is around 100EUR/night and even higher on the peak season. My room is small but clean, fully equipped. The minus point is quite high and there is no elevator. Yeah! That is Cinque Terre!!! One of the most expensive places in Italy. Here I was really impressed with the good boss Lorenzo – the hotel owner helped me very, very much during my time in Cinque Terre. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).

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Close-up of the room, although it is small but extremely clean, beautiful and neat, fully equipped with no shortage of things.

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Some cheap and budget hotels with good reviews you can refer to below

Hotel Ca D’Andrean (Address: Via Discovolo, 101, 19017 Manarola SP, Italy), 3-star hotel, with room rates from $167/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).

Hotel Ca D'Andrean
Hotel Ca D’Andrean
Hotel Ca D'Andrean
Verry good hotel with 9.2 ratings on Booking.com

Luna Di Marzo (Address: Via Montello, 387 Volastra, 19017 Riomaggiore SP, Italy), 3-star hotel, with room rates from $137.48/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).

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Terrace
Albergo Luna di Marzo, Volastra
Good hotel with 8.2 ratings on Booking.com
Albergo Luna di Marzo, Volastra
Sunset

Hotel la Colonnina (Address: Via Zuecca, 6, 19016 Monterosso al Mare SP, Italy), 3-star hotel, with room rates from $167.58/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).

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Hotel La Colonnina - Monterosso (1)
Close to the beach
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Superb hotel with 9.3 ratings on Booking.com | cinque terre blog
Hotel La Colonnina - Monterosso (1)
Cozy room

Hotel Margherita (Address: Via Zuecca, 6, 19016 Monterosso al Mare SP, Italy), 3-star hotel, with room rates from $167.58/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).

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Hotel Margherita with 8.7 ratings on Booking.com

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Hotel Souvenir (Address: Via Vincenzo Gioberti, 24, 19016 Monterosso al Mare SP, Italy), 2-star hotel, with room rates from $100.58/night. (Check rates and reviews on Agoda.com or Booking.com).

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Very good hotel with 8.4 ratings on Booking.com | cinque terre travel guide

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Cinque Terre guide: Best places to visit and what to do in Cinque Terre in every village

Riomaggiore Village

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Riomaggiore Village

Riomaggiore is the closest village to La Spezia, this village is quite small but the beauty is not inferior to many other villages. The village is divided into two areas by a main road, one is partly located at the pier and another is located above the hill. The room rates in Riomaggiore are also lower than in other villages.

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Riomaggiore
Colourful houses in Riomaggiore
Colourful houses in Riomaggiore

 

What to do in Riomaggiore?

Photographing in the pier area: The colorful houses located close to each other on the cliff are the highlights of Riomaggiore. There are lots of shooting angles here and every corner also can be virtual living!

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The pier

Explore the upper town area: Follow the main road for a short distance, you reach the high point of Riomaggiore. View from here is quite beautiful, less touristy. There is also a small church from 14th century to visit. This is an ideal campsite and offers a panoramic view of the Cinque Terre landscape.

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Riomaggiore seen from above.
Riomaggiore from above.
The main road split Riomaggiore into two part. | cinque terre blog

Lover’s lane – Via dell’Amore: This lane is now closed but there is still room to stand and sightseeing.

Via dell' Amore
Via dell’ Amore
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Riomaggiore’s coast | cinque terre travel blog

Relax on the rocky beach: The area where many tourists sunbathe and sit and chat in the evening. Many young people come here to play “jumping bridge”!

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Riomaggiore rocky beach

What to eat?

Il Pescato Cucinato
Il Pescato Cucinato

Riomaggiore doesn’t have too many eateries, if you want to eat seafood you can go to Il Pescato Cucinato or Tutti Fritti. Delicious pizza has K&Pris Pizzeria Pinseria and Da Paolino. If you want a romantic dinner for 2 people, don’t forget to look for restaurants near the beach with beautiful sunset views.

K&Pris Pizzeria Pinseria
K&Pris Pizzeria Pinseria

Hiking from Riomaggiore to Manarola

The path from Manarola to Riomaggiore, Beccara trail
Beccara trail from Riomaggiore to Manarola

The Hiking trail from Riomaggiore to Manarola is quite close and flat, it takes only 30 minutes. However, it is currently closed for repair and it is unknown when it will open again.

Manarola Village

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Manarola, best village to stay in Cinque Terre.

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