The world famous Cinque Terre (in the Liguria region) consists of the five fishing villages of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore and can be reached by car for a day trip.
Monterosso & Vernazza
Monterosso al Mare
In Monterosso al Mare, the largest village of the Cinque Terre, you will find a long boulevard that is flanked by wonderful beaches. There are also plenty of restaurants, bars, beach bars and terraces.
Vernazza is the most prosperous town of the Cinque Terre, thanks in part to the larger harbor, guarded by a watchtower that was once part of the imposing Castello Doria. It is also the only village in the Cinque Terre that is on the list of i borghi più belli d’Italia, the most beautiful villages in Italy.
Seen from the sea, you immediately get off at Vernazza square, which you almost literally receive with a hug. Walk from the piazzetta, square, up into the village and be surprised by the picturesque streets, charming houses and hidden loggias.
Corniglia & Manarola
Corniglia is the only village of the Cinque Terre that is not directly on the sea, but on a rock that rises a hundred meters above the water. On the way to this village you will see many terraces with vines. Small cogwheel trains cross the vineyards; this is the way in which the grapes are taken from the vineyards to the higher road.
From the coast you have to climb 365 steps to reach Corniglia. Fortunately a great reward awaits: a truly magnificent view! Also don’t forget to admire the village itself, including the fourteenth-century San Pietro, whose façade is entirely made of Carrara marble. You can find original souvenirs at MG (Via Fieschi 45 and 153).
The small Manarola is the oldest village in the Cinque Terre. The photogenic houses, in all colors of the rainbow, come into their own when you leave the busy “center” behind you and admire Manarola from a distance, from one of the coastal hiking trails.
You have a fantastic view during an aperitivo at Nessun Dorma (Localita Punta Bonfiglio, Manarola). You can taste fresh fish at Da Aristide (Via Discovolo 290).
Riomaggiore, winds slowly up from the sea. The houses seem to have gotten stuck to the rocky coast. You will find many restaurants, bars and a few terraces with a sea view here. Il Pescato Cucinato (Via Colombo 199) is a must for fish lovers. You can get fresh pasta (to prepare in your apartment) at Primo Piatto (Via Colombo 72).
Enjoy the atmosphere in the harbor, with floating boats in all colors of the rainbow and the equally colorful houses that are set in a warm glow by the sun.
With the boat to the Cinque Terre
You have the best view of the colorful villages of the Cinque Terre from the water. So if possible, opt for a trip with one of the boats from Navigazione Golfo dei Poeti.
In principle, the boat sails from mid-March to the end of October – depending on the weather – between approximately 10 am and 7 pm. It is advisable to leave from La Spezia, Lerici, Portovenere or Levanto, but usually you can also leave from Riomaggiore, Manarola, Vernazzo or Monterosso al Mare