Longing destination Cinque Terre - one of the most picturesque coastlines in Italy stretches for only six miles. The five villages of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore are the pearls of the Ligurian fishing villages. The narrow alleys wind up the steep coast, the little houses shine in bright colours with the lush flowers. This UNESCO World Heritage Site attracts visitors from all over the world in search of the dolce vita and storybook views. Enjoy small fish restaurants with sea views, a visit to the harbour of the fishing village of Vernazza and experience nature at its best on hikes along the coast.
Cinque Terre is synonymous with romantic fishing villages, a beautiful coastline, outstanding wines, great food and contemplative walks with magnificent views. The location of the villages, the variety of colours adorning the houses and the breathtaking nature make this UNESCO protected stretch of coastline a real feast for the eyes. Visit the five fishing villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare. Wander through the narrow streets and enjoy freshly caught fish in small restaurants with panoramic views of the sea. Hiking along the coast and through the villages, you will experience the landscape with its bizarre rock cliffs particularly intensively. Cinque Terre - these are five villages that seem to have fallen out of time.
With about 1700 inhabitants, Monterosso al Mare is the largest of the five fishing villages of the Cinque Terre. Here you will find most of the hotels, restaurants, shops and also the largest sandy beach. Monterosso consists of an old core and a new part. Worth seeing are the church S. Giovanni Battista from the 13th / 14th century and the Covento die Cappuccini.
Vernazza is considered by many to be the most beautiful of the five villages with its old castle towers, the piazza on the water and the rocks. If you want to see it for yourself, you can take the cliff walk from Monterosso and admire the best views. The narrow streets of the village are lined with colourful little houses, cafés and restaurants. The harbour is also worth a visit - best enjoyed with a glass of wine!
Close together, under and over - the houses in Manarola were squeezed into every little gap. The picture of the special village structure is absolutely worth seeing. If you want a view of the sea, visit the lookout point Punta Bonfiglia. This is only a short hike above the village centre and enchants with a magnificent panoramic view.
Warm red and orange tones characterise the image of Riomaggiore. At sunset, the village almost seems to glow. On Via Colombo there are numerous shops and cafés that invite you to stroll and stop for a bite to eat. Also famous are the bell towers and the Via dell'Amore, the famous coastal path between Riomaggiore and Manarola.
Corniglia is special. It is the only one of the Cinque Terre villages that is not directly on the sea, but elevated on a rock. From here you definitely have the best view over the coast. But you have to earn it: By climbing stairs!
In addition to the villages, the Via dell'Amore hiking trail is a highlight of the region. As a rocky path, it connects the villages of Riomaggiore and Manarola in a rewarding hike. Great views guaranteed! Less
Cinque Terre is worth a visit at any time. If you want to swim, you can count on pleasant water temperatures until October. The peak time for day trippers is during the summer months.
In Cinque Terre, as everywhere in Italy, you pay with the Euro.
Italian is the official language in the Cinque Terre. Many people also speak English.
No special vaccinations are recommended or required for Cinque Terre. As always, standard vaccinations against tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, measles and basic immunization against polio should be complete and up to date.
For Cinque Terre, summer clothes are the order of the day for the beach and exploring the villages. Those planning hikes should pack hiking clothes and hiking boots accordingly. In summer, be sure to wear sunscreen!