Hiking Cinque Terre Trails: 21 Tips to Know Before You Go.

by Bianca Gignac

hiking cinque terre trails

“It’s the most romantic place you’ll ever see,” said my pretty Irish friend.

She pitched me that line 13 years ago, on our way to the train station to buy tickets to the Cinque Terre. That was “back in the day” when I was a student in Florence. I was more than ready to escape the Tuscan heat for the seaside.

On a Friday in July, we took the train to the first village. When I hopped off the train I squealed, “Seriously! This is amazing!” That was just the view from the train platform.

I still love hearing that phrase. I’m blessed to hear it every summer from my guests when they join my week long tours to the Cinque Terre.

My driver collects our guests from the sweaty train station. As we descend into the village of Riomaggiore, all that city commotion just washes away.

I love watching their faces as each hairpin curve delivers another peekaboo view of the village, and the entire Italian Riviera and all the way to French coastline.

If I could bottle those smiles and save them for a rainy day, I would.

You Wanna Hike Cinque Terre Trails.

But … you have about 500 questions.

I know!

It’s a place that’s crazy to figure out, and for first timers it’s really confusing. Because the Cinque Terre is a cluster of villages, not just one place, it can be so much “work” just trying to figure out logistics before you even figure out where to book a hotel. Florence is simple. Cinque Terre is HARD.

If you’re traveling on a wing and a prayer, I’d like to offer some help.

I get so many questions on Facebook and Instagram about traveling to the Cinque Terre. I wanted to clear up some confusion now.

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Local Cinque Terre Hiking and Trail Advice Is Key.

You can “research” your way to crazy town on the Google, right? Trying to figure out your Italian holiday is pretty much like having a second job.

Of course, I think going with someone who has local knowledge is key. But I own an Italian travel company, so of course I’m biased!

But seriously, it’s taken me over 10 years of working, traveling, living and guiding tours in the region to find my favorite places, restaurants, people, experiences, hole-in-the-wall eateries, secret beaches and hiking trails. My friend Christina, who lives in Riomaggiore full-time, (I split my time between Italy and Vancouver Island, Canada) tells me that I eat out in Italy more than her. Which I thought was pretty funny — but true.

So, yes, you can come and hike and enjoy the Cinque Terre with me one summer. I’d love that.

Or you can go on your own and wing it, which in that case read on.

The Top 21 Cinque Terre Hiking Trail Questions, Answered.

1) I’m going in winter? Will the trails be open?

Yes, they’re open year round.

2) Are the trails free?

Most of the trails are free.

The exception is the sentiero azzurro, also called the blue trail or trail Number 2. It’s the most popular. In high season (when people are checking tickets) you’ll pay for that.

3) How much is a hiking pass for the blue trail?

The current price for 2017 (remember you only pay for the blue trail) is €7.50. Two-day passes save you a whopping 50 cents at €14.50.

4) What is the Cinque Terre Card?

The Cinque Terre Card bundles the price of the trains between the villages (but not ferries) and a hiking day-pass. It’s €13. A 2-day pass is €23.

5) Should I buy the Cinque Terre Card?

Train tickets between any of the towns in the Cinque Terre (and La Spezia and Levanto) now cost €4.00 per trip (as of 2016), so even if you don’t plan to hike at all but are going to be taking the train more than twice in a day, buying the Cinque Terre Card is worth it.

6) Where should I stay if I want to hike?

There are no “bum” villages. Stay anywhere, they’re all amazing! And great for hiking. See my what to do in the Cinque Terre article, which has a free itinerary and some accommodation tips.

Many people get confused and want to pack their belongings between the trails and move hotels for the night. That’s not necessary. You can easily catch the train to each section of the trail head you want to conquer and sleep in the same place for your stay.

7) How do I get to the Cinque Terre?

You can take a train to any village.

You can drive, but parking can be drama filled.

The Cinque Terre means “five lands” which are the five villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare. But just think of the region as a spider web of trails, towns, and villages. This stretch of coastline is a mix of tiny hamlets, like Groppo, and bigger towns like La Spezia and Levanto.

You can find train schedules on the Trenitalia website here. The train passes through all the villages, and you can walk to the small hamlets or take the green bus.

8) I heard the xxxxx trail is closed? Is it?

Be careful what you find on the internet regarding trail openings and closures; there’s a lot of conflicting information. Why? Because trails open and close all the time for landslides and maintenance.

Long-term closures on the blue trail (sentiero azzurro / Trail #2) are still in effect between Riomaggiore and Manarola (Via dell’Amore) and Manarola to Corniglia.

Don’t get too freaked out by trail closures — there will always be plenty of trails to hike when you arrive.

9) Do I need a map for the trails?

Depends. You don’t need a map to do the main trail (sentiero azzurro). The trail is marked with paint and it’s easy to follow. For more complex trails, head down to my buddies Nicola and Christine at the gear shop in Manarola for advice.

10) Do I need hiking boots?

The trails are hard packed dirt or loose stones. Ideally, wear running/tennis shoes or sturdy hiking sandals. Hiking boots are overkill (if you’re doing just a day or two).

11) What should I pack on the trails?

A small day-pack with one liter of water. I bring sun protection, a bathing suit (if the weather is warm you can swim after), and a snack (you’re in Italy. On vacation. It’s mandatory to ingest something every 75 minutes). If it’s inclement weather, pack a change of clothes.

In truth, you’re never far from food and shelter — this area is tiny! (Says the Canadian.)

12) What is the Cinque Terre?

It’s an Italian National Park, called Parco nazionale delle Cinque Terre. That means that building laws are strict, and development permits are harder to come by than a clean public restroom. Translation: almost impossible. Which means that you’re not gonna see a Hilton built there, or a neon sign. Or cars and vespas buzzing around freely.

The waterways around the five villages are protected by the L’Area marina protetta Cinque Terre. Large vessels (like yachts) can’t dock here, and you’re not going to see a jet ski. It feels clean and uncontaminated.

The Cinque Terre is recognized by UNESCO as a place of worldwide importance to cultural and natural heritage. As of July 2014, Italy has 50 total sites inscribed on UNESCO’s list, making it the country with most World Heritage Sites (followed by China with 47 sites).

13) I like to skip the crowds. Where should I hike?

There are dozens of trails that run well beyond the five Cinque Terre villages. One to check out is between Monterosso and Levanto. That takes about 3 hours. The other is from Riomaggiore to Portovenere. That takes about 5 hours (without a map or a guide it can be confusing).

You can see the full list of trails on the Park’s site here, but it’s pretty confusing. When you’re there, just ask the villagers for the trail heads and reference a free paper map. You can get a map at the tourist offices located near or in the train stations.

14) I only have a half day in the villages, but still want to hike.

Cool! No problem. Train into Riomaggiore, walk to the top of the village (near the car park) and ask a local where the trail head that leads to the Santuario di Montenero (Montenero Sanctuary) starts. It’s about 45 minutes one way.

15) I just have one day, and I’m coming for something easy and fun.

With very little orientation, you can hike the section between Monterosso and Vernazza (the blue trail/#2/sentiero azzurro). It’s 2 hours. It’s steep in parts, but you get a postcard shot of Vernazza from that trail.

16) I’m active and want a challenge. Which trail should I take?

I love the trail I list on my One Day in Cinque Terre post. Or the section between Monterosso and Levanto (it’s 3 hours). If you can read a map, hike Riomaggiore to Portovenere (it’s about 5  hours). You can hire local guides like Marco (he works with me) or Pall to take you.

17) I’m traveling with kids — are the trails safe?

Yes, you can bring kids! Our young daughter is a trail pro. She first traveled from the cushy view from my husband’s back, then as a toddler (dawdler!). This summer her and dad will be trail running when I’m hosting my tours.

18) I’m super confused and stressed out by all this planning. I keep finding conflicting information.

Yup, the information on the trails always changes and some websites don’t get updated. Also, know that the pages that come up first in the searches are usually the oldest information (it’s how Google works), making the articles as useless as week old focaccia.

The easy thing to do? Just stop searching on the interwebs and trust when you’re there, you’ll have a great time. You’ll find what you need to find and life will provide what you’ve come to see. So take a chill pill and just show up.

When you arrive, grab a free paper map and pick a trail that you feel like walking that day. You don’t need to prep, bring dehydrated food, walking sticks or weird high tech clothing. Just wear what you have, and do what you can, with what you have right now.

19) I’m coming in winter, is it too cold?

For hiking it’s probably great. See my When To Go – Weather in Italy Infographic.

20) I wanna get away from it all. What village should I base myself out of?

If you want to pretend that the world has gone away, stay in the village of Volastra, high above Riomaggiore. Population: 200 seniors. There are some great trails that leave from there. I base one on of my hikes from that village.

21) Bianca, do you offer day hikes?

No, but you can come on one of my tours and I’ll take care of you. I also accept a few private clients a year.

If you have more questions, just ask them here.

Before you go, check out my other Cinque Terre advice.

Leave a comment! What’s the single most confusing things about finding info on hiking the Cinque Terre trails?

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Ashley

Great advice! We will be traving to the Cinque Terre in the beginning of June for our Honeymoon. We are staying in Monterosso. How late do the trains typically run to the other towns?

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Bianca Gignac

Ashley,
The trains run until about 11:30 pm. No problem to travel at night between the villages! It’s under $2 for your tickets.
Bianca

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Sopania Khun

Hi Bianca,

Firstly, can I just say (although I’m sure you hear it a lot), your blog is FANTASTIC! The information is clear and easy to read. I’m planning a 3 night, 4 day trip to Cinque Terre and have done so much googling it’s actually made me more confused than anything. You have really cleared up some information, especially with the hikes. I’m extremely new to hiking, and have felt really anxious about some of the information I have read regarding the hikes, but you’ve put me at ease and now I can look forward to it more. So thank you!!! I just have a quick question. I’m basing myself in Manarola, but am interested in what is mentioned above about a hike starting from Volastra, just wondering if you can give me the link to this or provide me with some information? I look forward to hearing from you 🙂
Warm regards,
Sopania

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Pall Forloney

Sopania, you will have no problem in getting up to Volastra from Manarola, either by bus or the #6 trail which you will see everyone climbing. This trail continues towards Corniglia after you reach Volastra. To find this trail, when you arrive up in Volastra you will come to a water station, take a left and follow the sidewalk. You will come to the end where a cross is sitting in a cement block. Take a left again and this will lead you towards Corniglia. There will be a junction just above Corniglia, this is the #7 trail which leads down into the village. These trails are commonly used, so you will not be alone on them. Follow the crowd the rest of the way on the #2 blue trail to Vernazza & Monterosso. There are red & white markers on the trails with numbers on some. With a map from the park you can find your way, but as I said you will not be along up there.
Enjoy,
Pall (trekguyd)

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Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Thanks, Pall!

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Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Sopania,
So glad we’ve been able to help you with your trip, and most importantly, to calm your nerves about it a bit 🙂
As Pall mentions, you can hike or bus it up to Volastra, and then hike down to Corniglia. From there you can even head over to Vernazza and Monterosso if you like, or save that hike for another day.
Have a great time, and do let us know how it goes!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

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Lucia

Hi Bianca
We shall be disembarking MSC cruise at 10am on 20 June and will only have 1/2 day to see Cinque Terre. Do you think we will manage and do you have some suggestions. I notice there is a ferry that also goes up to Positano, if time permits we would love to see that aswell?
Thankyou in advance

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Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Ciao Lucia,
A half day in the Cinque Terre isn’t really enough time to see Portofino (Positano is along the Amalfi Coast near Naples) – you’d have to choose one or the other as it’s over an hour away.
Check out our post on how to make the most of a short time in the Cinque Terre here: http://www.italianfix.com/one-day-cinque-terre/
Have a great trip!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

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Estelle Smith

Hello
I’ve been bringing teenage GROUPS to the Cinque Terre for a number of years. The group size is usually about 48 people and we have always stayed at the Youth Hostel in Levanto using the train between the towns.
BUT I am ready for a change.
I am looking at Portovenere. BUT i have a lot of questions:
where will I find accommodation affordable for this group in town?
how easy is it to commute between the 5 towns from there?
WHAT will your advice be?
Looking forward hearing from you
regards
Estelle
Cape Town

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Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Ciao Estelle,
Portovenere is a beautiful place, and we love suggesting it as a place to visit and stay, but if you’re concerned about an easy commute, then do consider that there is no train station there. To get to the Cinque Terre you would either have to take the ferry (which runs from around 10:00 to around 17:30) or the bus to La Spezia (which runs every 10 to 30 minutes until around 23:00) and then the train. There is a hostel there called Ostello Porto Venere. You might also want to consider looking into the youth hostels in Manarola and Corniglia and staying right in the Cinque Terre.
Let us know how the trip goes, ok? That’s a big group of teens to wrangle!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

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imrin

hey bianca,

My wife and i are visiting cinque terre on 28th july in the evening in riomaggiore ..
We have our train out of monterosso on 30th july at 5pm.
So basically we have one good day on 29th july.
what do you suggest we do in matter of stay and hiking?
Can we do the hikes alone or would you suggest a guide?
In spite of reading your entire blog I’m still confused as to what to do.
I really hope you can help me decide.. i wish i stayed in cinque terre for atleast 5 days and saw it properly.
Regards,
imrin

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Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Ciao Imrin,
Our post on making the most of one day in the Cinque Terre should be a great help to you, and like we mention in this post, don’t stress about the hiking! It’s relatively easy to figure it all out when you get here.
Here’s our One Perfect Day post: http://www.italianfix.com/one-day-cinque-terre/
Smile and have a wonderful trip!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

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Sierra Downey

Buongiorno Bianca,

I am currently studying abroad (ok, well, my semester ended in May :P) in Viterbo, and my friend and I would like to hike Cinque Terre soon. My question, is–if we want to hike to all the villages in a linear fashion–which village should we begin with to get the best views? Thank you so much for this article (and blog/website in general); it’s already been a great help!

Saluti cordiali,

Sierra

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Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Ciao Sierra,
It really doesn’t matter where you start for the best views, and since it’s all up and down, there also isn’t a better direction to go in to make it easier or harder. Some of the best views are on the stretch between Vernazza and Monterosso, but go one way or the other makes no difference.
Have fun!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

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Nancy

Can you use credit cards for the trains?

We want to take the train from La Spezia to Monterosso and then hike to Vernazza and then hike to Corniglia and then train to Manarola and train to Riomaggiore and train to La Spezia. So that’s 4 train rides and 2 hikes – should we just pay the train each time? Or get the pass (do those trails cost that we’ve chosen)

Thanks so much!

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Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Nancy,
Yes, you can buy train tickets with a credit card.
As for tickets, see point #5 above – sounds like the Cinque Terre card is your best bet.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

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Annabelle C

Bianca,
Thank you so much for all this advise! My husband and I are coming from the states for our first time and we can only dedicate 3 days to the Cinque Terre area. We will be returning i’m sure to do your tour, it looks fabulous. Since we cannot do your 7day tour do you have any recommendations for cooking classes we can look into? Also, we are young and don’t have children and we can’t decide were to stay . I know you gave some good recommendations for a few places to stay but all the dates are already booked. Is there a town with a lively atmosphere at night? We aren’t looking to necessarily party but we don’t want to pick a town asleep by 21h. Thank you so much for all of your blogs guidance, you truly made me feel more relaxed about this part of our trip.
Annabelle

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keRi

ciao bianca!
piggybacking on annabelle’s question! as my boyfriend and i are visiting late april and looking to hike around all 5 villages, but also want to stay somewhere that has a bit of night activity. we’ll only be there for 2.5 days. any suggestions as to which village to stay in would be greatly appreciated!

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Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Annabelle,
Riomaggiore is probably the most lively town when it comes to nightlife, especially if you’re here on a summer weekend. Friday and Saturday nights during the high season often have live music or djs playing and people dancing in the streets.
As for cooking classes, we love an agriturismo just outside of the Cinque Terre in Levanto called Villanova. We bring our tours here for a cooking class every year.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

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Jessica

Thank you for the advice. What about dogs? How dog friendly are the hiking trails and the towns?

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Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Jessica,
Italy in general is very dog friendly. For instance, it’s now against the law to turn people away from a hotel if they have a dog with them, meaning that all hotels are now dog-friendly hotels. And it’s not unusual to see people’s dogs sitting under the table at restaurants here while their owners eat. You can definitely bring dogs hiking with you — many people do.
Happy travels to you and your pup!
Kiiri

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Ingrid Dcosta

HI Bianca,

Your blog has been really helpfull. Thanks for that.
We would be either 2 or 4 females. we would be travelling in July. During our stay at florence we plan to visit Cinque Terre. we wanted to do a small trek and may be train ride to the villages of Cinque Terre. we have the whole day (approximately from 10.am to 6.30 pm ) as we need to take a train back to florence. Which trek should we take that will help us get back to La spezia station by 6.30pm and what would be the likely cost during the day (Trek and trains if needed)??

Also please let me know how to go about the Cinque Terre card. would it be cheaper with the card or should we buu tickets in advance. if we need to buy tickets without the card ..would it be costlier if we buy tickets on the spot??
Regards Ingrid.

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Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Ingrid,
If you just want to do a short hike during your stay and otherwise train it to the other villages, I would make my way up from Riomaggiore to the Madonna di Montenero, a church perched way up on a hill above town that overlooks all five of the towns. It takes about 45 minutes to get up there and is free.
And now that every train ticket costs 4 euro no matter what town you’re going to, it makes sense to buy the Cinque Terre card, even if you don’t plan on hiking the Blue Trail at all. It costs 16 euro for one day and you can just buy it there.
Happy travels!
Kiiri

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Geremy

Hi Bianca,

I am traveling to Italy in late March. I’m starting my trip in Venice and then plan to move from Venice to cinque terre, to Florence, then to Rome.

What is the best way to get to the Cinque terre area by train? I saw you mentioned there is no need to stay at a different hotel each place we hike to, so which town would you recommend staying in? I plan on hiking and trying to see as much as I can in those two days. I’m just a little lost logistically on how I will get there and how I will leave. But for your posts, it sounds like I shouldn’t need to worry about logistics once I’m there. Thank you for your advice!

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Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Geremy,
I would switch up your itinerary if I were you, and do Venice, Florence, CT and then Rome. Venice to CT is an awkward train trip since there isn’t a direct line connecting them, so you’re looking at between 5 and 7 hours travel time and at least two train changes. Venice to Florence is direct and takes two hours. Florence to CT takes about an hour and a half. CT to Rome takes about 4 hours or less is you take a high-speed train. Trenitalia.com is a great resource. Just remember to type in the name of the town you’re staying in, not “Cinque Terre.”
As for which village to stay in, check out this blog post: http://www.italianfix.com/what-to-do-cinque-terre/
Have fun!
Kiiri

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Tanisa

Hi Bianca!
I am a fellow Vancouver island citizen and I am so glad I found your page. I will be in Cinque Terre for 5 days and I have a few questions. My first, how to I get from Milan to Monterosso the fastest as that is where I will be staying for the five days. Also, I read Amy’s page on the 7 day card but I would rather hike more than train the only problem is the last shuttle back to my hostel is at 7pm so I’m worried if I’m hiking I’ll get stuck. And last (I think) do I need to get a park pass for everyday I’m there?
Thank you so much!

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Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Tanisa,
Yay Vancouver Island! (I’m from Toronto but love my B.C. peeps!)
Check out trenitalia.com for train schedules between Milan and Monterosso.
The 7-day pass is no longer an option since they hiked the price of the train tickets between CT towns this summer (2016) to 4 euro per trip. Now it makes more sense economically to buy the Cinque Terre Card, which costs 41 euro for a 3-day pass that includes trains and the Blue Trail. If you don’t want to include trains, then a 2-day pass costs 14.50. Remember that the only trail that you need the Card for is the Blue Trail, but there are dozens of other trails that snake up into the hills here that are free. Considering you can walk the Blue Trail in a single day, you may not need the Card at all after that.
Happy hiking!
Kiiri

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Racheal

This was SUPER helpful, thank you so much!! My husband and I are planning on coming to Cinque Terre in June. I wasn’t planning on looking at booking a tour but since you’ve already posted so much info on here and have been so helpful I think I’ll check it out. Thanks again! 🙂

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Kiiri @ Italian Fix

You’re very welcome, Racheal!

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Marijane Trombly

This is complicated. My husband and I are coming into Florence August 26 at 8 Am on the cruise ship, Insignia. We leave the next day at 8 PM. My husband and I really want to take an overnight hike, staying in a hotel or a B&B. Do you have any advice on how I go about doing this?

Thanks

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Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Marijane,
The trails here aren’t meant to be hiked overnight — they’re all do-able in a day, so it isn’t the kind of thing where you do half, stop and sleep at a B&B along the way and then continue the next day. What you should plan to do is book a place to stay in one of the villages and then spend your two days hiking the trails between the towns or up into the hills. Think of it like a ski resort, where you have your chalet but spend your days out on the slopes — only this is the summery, warm, seaside version.
Have fun!
Kiiri

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Chris

Bianca,
Great information. Sadly, we only have a full day in May and I plan on hiking Trail #2 from Monterosso to Riomaggiore. Next time I’m booking with you for a longer trip! Question: Are there any issues with hiking on a Sunday in terms of trains and information office being open to buy the permit card?

Thank you!

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Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Chris,
You shouldn’t have any problems with anything being closed any day of the week during the high season, which runs between Easter and Halloween roughly.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

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Fran

Thanks for all your great advice! I’ve wanted to visit Cinque Terre since we moved her 6 months ago…and we finally got the last minute long weekend chance – this weekend! I’ve been pouring over your great info and we’re ready to wing it and enjoy. 😉

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Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Yay! Hope you had a great time, Fran!

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wayne Barrett

Hi thanks for great info.We are visiting Cinque terre in June this year with 2 other couples having discovered it last september on a day trip from Genoa.We will be hiking for five days around the area and then having 2 days in Pisa before heading home [uk].We will be travelling by train and have no prolems with the fact that it will be super especially with the help of people like yourselfs .Thank you

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Kiiri @ Italian Fix

How fabulous, Wayne, and thank you! Hope you had an amazing trip 🙂

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Olga Mallo

Hi Bianca , I would like to make my trip to Cinque Terre a solo one. What do you think and . or recommend?

I also would like to spend about 3 days after that in a farmhouse in Tuscany maybe near Siena. Hoe do you recomend to ttavel form let;s say Riomaggiore to Siena ? is it tto expensive to hire a car with a driver to take to a farm ? do you have someone you know ?

Reading your site has been mega useful !

Thank you

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Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Olga,
Traveling solo (or sola in this case) to the Cinque Terre is awesome. That’s how I did it 12 years ago and never left 😉 It’s a really safe place, and it’s intimate, so it’s easy to meet people, locals and other travelers alike.
As for traveling to Siena, you could take the train, but if you’re interested in a private driver I highly recommend Marzio and Luciana at 5 Terre Transfer (www.5terretransfer.com). A trip between Riomaggiore and Florence (2016 prices) costs 280 euro, so it would likely be upwards of that.
Have an amazing time!
Kiiri

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Erin

Hello! Thanks for all the great information. My husband and I will be driving. Can we park and leave our car at a train station? I don’t want to try and drive into the town.
Thanks!

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Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Erin,
Well you won’t be able to, even if you did 😉 Since it’s a National Park, the villages are mostly closed to traffic. You’ll have to park your car at the top of the village you’re staying in (the train stations are at the bottom) and walk down. Expect to pay about 23 euro a day for parking (or check with your hotel to see if they own spaces that they can charge you less for).
Have fun!
Kiiri

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Heather Arbour

You’re website is absolutely amazing!! I have been searching and searching for information on Cinque Terre for a last minute trip my husband and I are planning, and until I came across your site, I felt hopeless with all the information about the place floating around! Just a few kudos for the amazing site and loads of thank yous for the killer information!!

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Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Thank you so much, Heather! Hope you had an amazing trip!

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Jason

Hi Bianca, What is a good restaurant in Riomaggiore that could accommodate a larger group for an early dinner/late lunch? Friends were talking about Vertical Bar, what would you recommend?

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Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Jason,
We love Vertical, but they don’t serve lunch/dinner (no kitchen) and could not accommodate a large group as they are small and have very limited seating. I would try Ripa del Sole up at the top of town. They’ve got lots of space, a great view, and delicious food. We bring our tours and workshops there every year.
Buon appetito!
Kiiri

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Mandie

Thank you – just thank you! Your blog has been beyond helpful to me in planning my vacation and I’ve referenced it a few times since I’ve been here. Truly appreciate your knowledge and honesty!

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Kiiri @ Italian Fix

You’re so welcome, Mandie! Thank you for taking the time to write!

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Joe Eriser

HI… your info is very helpful. I have developed a bit of a problem with heights. If the trail’s are narrow or if they have steep drop-offs, I will likely have issues on the trail. Are most of the trails of this nature. The views and scenery are spectacular. I’d love to be able to hike with family and friends. Is there any guidance on trails that are wider and less scary. Thanks so much!

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Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Joe,

If you have a problem with heights I would avoid the stretches between Corniglia and Monterosso on the Blue Trail, as those can get pretty high. I’d recommend walking up to the Madonna di Montenero, the church above Riomaggiore, if you want to hike but prefer something more gradual. It takes about 45 minutes to get up there and you’ll be on a meandering trail that runs through the woods. It’s high too, but you won’t feel it as much, so you get the spectacular view without the vertigo.
Hope that helps!
Kiiri

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Tariq

We are staying in Vernazza 25-27 April 2017. We will have a 10 month old with us. We do not want to hike the complete trails as it will be difficult for us with a small child. We are thinking of doing part of Vernazza to Monterosso trail uptill the point where we can get that beautiful view of Vernazza you see in the photos and than back to Vernazza. Was just wondering how far in the trail that part is located? Also if we don’t want to do the whole trail and just do the small part close to the Vernazza village, do we still have to pay the full CT card price. We plan to use trains to move b/w the towns, but we do also want to take those gorgeous Vernazza or Manarola photo shots we usually see. Also we were wondering about the usual late April weather in the area(too hot, cold or just right or rainy or windy)? Thanks for some useful information in the article as well.

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Mira

Wow !!! I loved all your articles. So helpful. Few questions. This will be our first time in Italy. Our kids are 5 and 8. What’s the best town from the 5 should we stay at considering we have kids and what’s the best top 2 or 3 hikes you recommend ? My kids did 2 – 3 hours easy hikes this year.
Thank you.

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Ross Montelbano

I’ll be making my 6th trip to Cinque Terre in June with my wife. I know quite a bit about the area and agree with your assessment of the area. I have to tell you, this is the best and most complete into that I have ever read and I have read all the guide books. Best of luck in your venture and if I was a first time lady visitor, I 100% would be interested in your tour.

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