The Beginner’s Guide to the Cinque Terre + Free Itinerary

by Bianca @ Italian Fix

beginners guide to the cinque terre and free itinerary

Note: This post has been updated for the 2017 season.

I love showing people the Cinque Terre for the first time.

I’m lucky enough to do that on my group trips to the Cinque Terre , and I dig seeing their faces when they arrive.

I’ve spent a ton of time in the area as a resident, a tour guide and a traveler. Whenever someone asks me, “What should I do in the Cinque Terre?” my eyes light up and I start listing off all my favorite things.

Since I get asked a lot of questions about what to do in the Cinque Terre, I decided to post this free itinerary for you to steal. Use it to plan your trip.

My DIY Cinque Terre itinerary is for four days and three nights and you can see it below.

Don’t make this #1 Cinque Terre planning mistake.

Some people think the Cinque Terre is just one place — but that’s a mistake.

First, understand that the word is used to describe an area of land, not one place.

Don’t waste your time trying to find train schedules for the “Cinque Terre.”

Don’t get confused trying to book a hotel in the “Cinque Terre.”

Know that there are five main villages that make up the zone — so before you plan your stay you’ve gotta figure out which of the five villages you want to stay in.

There are also other villages surrounding the Cinque Terre, like Levanto and Portovenere, which are not technically part of the “five lands” but are still wonderful options for a home base.

If you’re looking at the map, the Cinque Terre is located just north of the Tuscan border and takes about three hours to get to on the train from either Florence (to the south) or Milan (to the north). If you’re flying into Italy and will be visiting the Cinque Terre first, the best airports are Pisa (easiest), Genoa or Milan.

A note to hikers: Some people imagine the villages as spread over a vast area, but this isn’t true. If you want to hike between all the villages, there is really no reason to walk with all your belongings to each of the villages and change hotels, pilgrimage style. That’s a pain in the ass and is just not done here. I recommend just doing day hikes between the villages (you could hike them all in one big day), and leaving your gear at your hotel.

One last thing: The Cinque Terre is actually a national park, a protected waterway and a Unesco World Heritage site. Most vehicle traffic is restricted inside the villages. This explains why the area is preserved so well and has a way of transporting you to a simpler time… a time before neon McDonald’s signs and other eyesores of modern life.

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Step One: Pick a village.

The first thing you gotta do to plan your Cinque Terre stay is to choose one of the villages as your home base.

Don’t get overly caught up in which village to stay in — they are all wonderful, and I’ll explain them better below.

As I mentioned before, all the villages are close. Like really close.  It takes between three and twenty-five minutes by train to travel between them. There are also walking trails that connect them. See my Hiking Cinque Terre Trail Tips.

The five Cinque Terre villages from south to north:

Riomaggiore has one main street, a harbor, a rocky beach, a castle, a church, a pharmacy, and a dozen restaurants. It also has good train connections and is the closest to the main city of La Spezia. I met my husband here a decade ago, and some of my best friends live here, so I’m completely biased when I say this: It’s my favorite village.

Heading north from Riomaggiore is the second village called Manarola. It’s also a one-street town, with a small harbor where you can swim. It has an incredible spit of land where the most famous Cinque Terre photos are taken from. It’s very similar to Riomaggiore, but has a more grown-up, chill vibe.

The baby of the family and smallest village is Corniglia.  She’s a rebel. She’s built far above the ocean on the cliffs. To arrive in Corniglia you’ve gotta hoof it up the 365 steps (one for each day of the year) to reach the center of town. If you have excessive luggage don’t stay here. But saying that, it’s where to go to get away from it all.

The beauty queen of the Cinque Terre is named Vernazza. This village is the most popular girl at school; everyone wants to hang out with her and be her friend. She’s incredibly photogenic. Vernazza is a one-street town with a church built on the water. She has a castle, the remains of the old wall that protected against pirates, a gorgeous waterfront piazza and a harbor with a spit of sand I would even call a beach. A bigger beach was carved out by the floods in 2011 too — one of the only positive things to come from that disaster.

The northernmost village is called Monterosso al Mare. She’s the biggest kid in the family, and has many streets and even (gasp) a few cars driving around there. Her landscape isn’t as vertical as her sisters’ — you could spend the entire day not climbing hills and stairs here. Monterosso is made up of an old town, a new town, lots of sandy beaches, some larger hotels and a long seaside promenade suitable for strollers too. If you want to avoid stairs and have a more “resort” feel to your vacation, then you should stay here.

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Step Two: How long are you staying?

The second thing you gotta do to plan your Cinque Terre stay is decide how long you’re staying.

I recommend two nights minimum. My itinerary below is for four days and three nights.

If you’re traveling in the winter or really short on time, read my article, Should I Go to the Cinque Terre? or this guest post we wrote on traveling here in the off season.

If you’re just doing a day trip, read my article, One Day in Cinque Terre.

When I take people on my tours to the Cinque Terre, we stay for six nights. And no one ever wants to leave.

Step Three: Choose where to sleep.

The fanciest hotels are in Monterosso. A great option in the region is taking advantage of the many private apartments for rent. There are also B&Bs and hostels. You can rent an apartment for 60-200 euro a night. Truly, it’s amazing what you can get for 80 euros a night here, but book ahead. At the bottom of this article, you’ll see my recommended accommodations.

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Steal this: Your 3-night, 4-day itinerary for the Cinque Terre.

Notes:

  • This is designed for sunny weather. If you’re traveling in the cold season, read our articles, Should I Go to the Cinque Terre? and How to Travel the Cinque Terre in Winter Too.
  • It’s based out of the village of Riomaggiore.
  • The best way to travel between the five villages is with the train; traveling between each station takes mere minutes.
  • You can’t see it all and do it all in three nights. I’ve given you my favorite highlights, something that I would tell a friend to do. If you’re like me, and like to relax and soak up the environment, then you’ll dig this itinerary. If you like to be active then add my optional extras (listed at the bottom) to your stay.

Day 1.

Arrival Day. Check in to your hotel.  Maybe you’ve had a big travel day, so go stare at the ocean and drink a glass of local wine at:

  • A Pie’ de Ma’ (Via dell’Amore, Riomaggiore — take the stairs at the train station, and you’ll find it after a 30-second walk.)

This is my favorite drink spot in the whole world and a visit here is a mandatory part of your Cinque Terre experience. My recommended tipple is either local white wine, prosecco or the specialty from this area called sciacchetrà, a fortified wine made from dry grapes from the hillsides you’re surrounded by.

After that I would cruise down to the marina. Gather at the agave plant and watch the sunset over the harbor. Then head back up to the bottom of the main street, take the tunnel back to the train station, and head up Via T. Signorini, the street that winds up from there — this is the “residential,” back way up through the village and is so peaceful and pretty. Keep walking until you come to Fuori Rotta, our fave new “secret” place to sit and have a drink with views of the whole village, the sea, and the hillside. Make sure you order one of their aperitivo platters!

  • Fuori Rotta, Via Telemaco Signorini 48, Riomaggiore. Phone: +39 0187 920838

Then head up the wide stone steps behind the bar to Riomaggiore’s castle, check out the idyllic view from there, then take the metal staircase up to the street above and walk in the opposite direction from the sea until you get to Ripa del Sole — this is our favorite restaurant in Riomaggiore, and another hidden gem.

  • Ripa del Sole, Via De Gasperi 4, Riomaggiore. Phone: +39 0187 920143

Wander back down to the main street for a nightcap at Vertical Bar, a fairly new and super fun addition to the scene here.

  • Vertical Bar, Via Colombo 76, Riomaggiore.

Day 2:

Rise and shine because it’s a beautiful day and you have nothing to do except enjoy it. Head down to the village and catch the morning action. Drink a coffee on the main (and only!) street. Then head to the beach in Riomaggiore for a morning swim.

  • To find Riomaggiore’s beach, go down to the marina (take the steps you’ll find on the left at the bottom of Via Colombo). When you reach the marina take the stairs to the left all the way around past the ferry dock. Just past there, you’ll find a beach. The beach is rocky, not sandy. At first, the rocks look uncomfortable, but you can arrange them to create a nice little nest. I love that beach ’cause it’s mellow. If you need pure relaxation, just spend the day there. But but if you want to be active, hike up to the Santuario di Montenero. It’s about three hours round-trip. Directions are in my Hiking Cinque Terre Trails post.
  • Another swimming spot is in the next village over. Take the train to Manarola and head down to the harbor. You can cliff jump, or just join the Italians who set up camp on the boat launch. If you keep walking north along the walking path jutting out to the point, you’ll be rewarded with village views fit for a postcard. There’s also a playground if you’re traveling with children. And a killer cocktail spot, called Nessun Dorma.  (If you’re traveling with children you’ll definitely need a cocktail right about now.)

For dinner, I recommend staying in Manarola and eating at Da Billy. Bring your walking legs cause it’s up the hill, but the reward is a great view. They serve seafood.

  • Restaurant: Da Billy, Via Aldo Rollandi 122, Manarola ‎ Phone: +39 0187 920628

Another Manarola option is on the main drag, with no stairs.

  • Trattoria il Porticciolo, Via Renato Birolli 92, Manaraola. Phone: +39 0187 920083

After dinner head down to the local hangout where they have live music most nights:

  • Cantina dello Zio Bramante, Via Renato Birolli 110, Manarola. Phone: +39 0187 920442

Train home. The walking path called Via dell’Amore is still closed as of now (current as of February, 2017) and is unlikely to re-open for the next couple of years.

Day 3.

If you haven’t heard, the Cinque Terre is famous for its walking paths. Hiking the Cinque Terre trails is a wonderful thing to do, and there are trails weaving all over the region. Some are paid trails (a day pass costs 7.50), and some are not.

My favorite trails are: Riomaggiore to Portovenere (free but long) and Monterosso to Levanto (free). My other faves are Monterosso to Vernazza and Vernazza to Corniglia, but you’ll need a trail pass for these. They are both suited to beginners and lazy hikers, though promise me you’ll not wear flip flops on the trail. As the signs also say, don’t wear high heels. Glad they pointed that out.

If you just want a taste of the trails, I would suggest the section from Monterosso to Vernazza.

You can train it from Riomaggiore to Monterosso, visit the village of Monterosso, and then hike the trail to the next village of Vernazza. In Monterosso you can swim at the beach and visit the old and new parts of town. Bring a backpack and water for your hike. Live like a local and grab a piece of focaccia for lunch — try my favorite, focaccia di recco. Try the farinata too (it’s gluten-free).

Spend your hike afterglow in the village of Vernazza. It’s another one-street town, and it’s pretty interesting as it’s been under extensive repairs after a landslide and flood in 2011. It’s a lovely place to spend the afternoon.

For dinner, eat at my favorite seaside restaurant in all of the villages. You’ll find it down at the marina. If they have a spot on the lower balcony, take it. If not, there’s a higher one too. If the sea is rough you’ll be cooled off with sea spray.

  • Ristorante Belforte, Via G. Guidoni, Vernazza. (Follow these very Italian directions: Go to where the boats are tied up, and you’ll spot the stairs on the left.) Phone: +39 0187 812222

Day 4.

Parting is such sweet sorrow.

If you’re traveling today, a great idea is to buy your train ticket the day before. That way, when you show up to the train, it won’t matter if there’s a long line-up at the ticket office, you won’t miss it! Be sure to validate your ticket by inserting it into one of the machines on the platform on your day of travel, or you could risk a fine.

If your travels take you north, to Milan, Turin, Genoa, or into France, then you should get off the train at Bonassola. It has an amazing beach and is an adorable town. I love spending an entire afternoon here; you can rent a beach umbrella and beach chair and love summer like the rest of the Italians. It is the most underrated town of the area and worth a visit.

Options and extras:

If you have more time to spend in the Cinque Terre my other suggestions are:

  • Go to the market in La Spezia, on Fridays (cheapo clothes and shoes).
  • Go to the market at Forte Dei Marmi on Wednesdays (designer discount clothes).
  • Go to the market in Levanto, on Wednesdays (food and clothes).
  • Day trip to Portovenere on the ferry.
  • Day trip to Sestri Levante on the train.
  • Drive to Lerici and Tellaro (if you have a car).
  • Day trip to Bonassola on the train.

My accommodation recommendations.

In Riomaggiore, you can stay at a lovely sea-view property with incredible views from your own private patio at Christina and Alessandro’s place, I Limoni di Thule. If you’d like to rent an apartment, contact Amy at Riomaggiore Reservations. We also love Casa Lorenza and Allo Scalo dei Mille.

How I can help you go to the Cinque Terre.

  • You can join one of my group trips. It’s a week of heaven with zero stress and I plan the whole shebang.  Click here to read more.
  • Check out Gigi Guides, my new digital guidebook. It’s chock-full of insider recommendations for the Cinque Terre, as well as for Venice, Rome and Florence. (More cities coming soon too!)
  • Ask me a question in the comments below and I’ll help you out.

Feel free to steal* this itinerary, share it with your friends, re-post it to your blog or print it out.

* Steal my itinerary for your own personal use. If you want to reprint this itinerary on your blog, awesome, but please link to this original. Grazie

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Do you have a question or comment about the Cinque Terre? What is your favorite thing to do here?

Leave a comment below.

Baci + beaches,

Bianca

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gillian butler

hi B,
OK I wanna go to CInque Terra!
G xo

Bianca Gignac

Hi Gillian,

Well, yours truly will take you!

Love, Bianca

D. A. Hancock

Thanks for all the tips. We have a group coming 1st week of Oct. what is typical weather? We are starting from Rome. Thanks

kristy

Ha ha, love the bit about not wearing heels on the walking paths 🙂 Such a worthwhile destination to visit. Absolutely stunning and who wouldn’t love a seaside walk between villages. Great post, beautiful photos!

Bianca Gignac

Ciao Kristy,

It’s hard not to laugh at that sign every time I see it — even if I’ve seen it a dozens times. It has an icon of a high heel (didn’t know there was such a thing!), and then a circular red “no” sign. It’s posted on bold signage before the trail heads and I’m not sure who it’s for! The Milanese on a day trip?

Love, Bianca

Lucy Caine

THIS WAS SO SO HELPFUL! Thank you so much you are a lifesaver.

Kayleigh

Cinque Terre sounds amazing!!! My boyfriend and I are planning to go to Italy in May and we want a little of everything but only really have the budget for 12 days. I’m moving the itinerary around constantly and I certainly want Cinque Terre in there somewhere (since we love walking and the beautiful scenery)! As always, it will just be me planning every element of this holiday (he’s a lazy little thing) and so I could do with your help. At the moment this is how it is:
Day 1, 2 and 3 In Venice, on the third day a trip to Verona
Day 4 and 5 in Cinque Terre
Day 6, 7 and 8 in Florence
Day 9, 10, 11 and 12 in Rome, one day dedicated to a trip to Pompeii and the volcano.

Is this too ambitious? Initially it was going to 3 days in Venice, 3 days in Florence, 3 days in Rome and 3 days in Naples, but I wasn’t too sure we would gain as much from Naples. Do you think we should do one more day in Venice instead of Rome, or only 2 days in Florence and one more in Venice?

Sorry for so many questions but I want to make the most of this trip and you seem to have a great idea of the joys of Italy!

Any help would be amazing,

Thanks, Kayleigh 🙂 -x-

Namita

My itinerary is much similar to yours but with lesser days in Venice and Rome,and I am travelling this April.

Waiting to see the response from Bianca !

Can’t wait to hit Cinque Terre

Megan

I recommend 2 days in Venice. We were able to see everything, granted I woke up at 0500 to beat the crowds. We are planning to head to Cinque Terre tomorrow depending on the weather.
Ciao.

Rohit

Hi Kayleigh/Namita

Please do let me know how your itinerary worked?

Am thinking of doing the similar in October but in opposite direction.

Any feedback will be appreciated.

Thanks.

Rohit

Aastha Jain

Well, 2 nights in venice is more than enough. I did a one night, saw the night lighted venice, saw the sunrise, strolled , could do everything in a day. if u plan to go to islands like Burano then u would need an extra day……Again 2 nights in rome is all what u will need. florence has not got a lot of things to see but if u like museums with great artist then u might need an extra day, otherwise 2 days r good enough for here too. i would recommend u to stay in florence and go to small towns near to florence that will give u a tuscan feel. In your itinerary you don’t have rolling hills and meadows which r a must when u visit italy. let me know if u want to know more….i stayed in this area for 3 months….and am visiting again this june…

Bhooma

Hey Aastha,

Which part of Tuscany would you recommend for “rolling hills and meadows”? Am planning to go to Italy at the end of September and will be spending 4-5 days in Florence. Since I don’t want to drive, I am planning to keep Florence as a base and do day trips around Tuscany by bus/train.

Bhooma

Sean f

4 of us are planning on spending 3-4 days in Tuscany countryside, maybe near Siena….does anyone have recommendations on a villa, vineyard or small town to base our time out of there? Also, any recommendations on wine tours in that region?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Sean,
I’d recommend you get in touch with Kate at bgprincipessa.com or Olga at chiantimania.com. Both are Tuscany experts and can help you arrange for just the kind of accommodations you’re looking for as well as any kind of Tuscan tour.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

Aastha Jain

Well, 2 nights in venice is more than enough. I did a one night, saw the night lighted venice, saw the sunrise, strolled , could do everything in a day. if u plan to go to islands like Burano then u would need an extra day……Again 2 nights in rome is all what u will need. florence has not got a lot of things to see but if u like museums with great artist then u might need an extra day, otherwise 2 days r good enough for here too. i would recommend u to stay in florence and go to small towns near to florence that will give u a tuscan feel. In your itinerary you don’t have rolling hills and meadows which r a must when u visit italy. let me know if u want to know more….i stayed in this area for 3 months….and am visiting again this june…

Mithilesh singh

Hi Aastha/Namita

We have booked our family trip with two kids for Italy for 7 days.
Venice 3 days
Florence/Pisa 1 day and
Rome 3 days.
Please suggest me apart of Venice which other cities I should cover.We are not very interested in visiting museum and art gallery.

nTrama

hi there, planning on going to Northern italy in early august with 3 teens/tween for 10 days. flying into and out of Milan which includes venice. Can someone help me with an itinerary that includes a little bit of everything and not too taxing for the kids.

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Kayleigh!
Honestly, I think this itinerary is great! Dedicating an extra day to Rome is smart since it’s bigger than the other cities and more spread out. As other posters mentioned, let us know how it went, ok?
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Emma

I have just spent 4 nights in Rome and have not had any down time. I wouldn’t say i am a history buff but there is SO much to see and do. I expected my trip to Italy to be mostly about food wine and shopping, i have probably done 3 hours in total of “shipping” which was more just popping into shops as i walked streets for the next attraction. I was initially planning on spending my last 4 nights (after i do florence, Milan ane venice) on the amalfi coast but am contemplating swapping it for cinque terra…. im nervous as i hasn’t planned any of my trip incase i changed my mind along the way. I stumbled across as app called “visit a city” it then lists all the “attractions” and things to do in that area. This helped me figure out how long i wanted to stay in each place (even considering just doing a day trip to venice now instead of 2 night’s). The app is super helpful 🙂

Daniel

You definitely don’t need 3 days at Venice!
I would also reduce Florence stay and book something in the middle of Tuscany! Like Siena!
good luck

Paula Smith

Been 13 x and my hubby never plans either…lol! Less time in Naples…can do Venice in 2 days if you organize. My email is included… Feel free to write.

Lisa

Hello,

My husband and I are travelling to Italy for the first time in June. We have a number of places we want to visit in a short period of time and I’m hoping you could please give me some advice on the best itinerary. I’ve been doing a lot of googling but I’m still not certain on the easiest route and we will be travelling via trains so the names of the stations would be a great help.
We are going to fly into Venice and spend 2 nights then we wanted to go to Cinque Terre by train but thought to go via Bologna and spend the night or should we go via Milan? Spend two nights in Cinque Terre and then we want to see Tuscany. I’m unsure of where to base ourselves, we won’t have a car but I thought we could do day trips to Siena, San Gimingno, Florence etc and from there head to Rome for two nights and then down to the Almafi coast for two nights.
Any advice you can give us would be greatly appreciated.

Kind regards
Lisa.

Carlea

Ive visited all of the cities you listed and my advice would be: cut out a day in venice, cut out at least one day in Rome. Rome was our least favorite of all of italy. You can do the vatican in a day and everything else in a day. Its all close together (Colloseum, ruins, etc) and is soooo touristy and crowded. And then a third day for pompei. If youre going all the way down to pompei I would shave a day off of venice and rome and spend two days in Positano, Capri, or Ravello. Lastly, I would switch three days in florence to one or 1.5 days in florence and 1.5-2 days in tuscany. Specifically Montalcino and Montepulciano. Just my personal opinions! Enjoy your trip!

Carlea

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Carlea

Kayleigh,

Ive visited all of the cities you listed and my advice would be: cut out a day in venice, cut out at least one day in Rome. Rome was our least favorite of all of italy. You can do the vatican in a day and everything else in a day. Its all close together (Colloseum, ruins, etc) and is soooo touristy and crowded. And then a third day for pompei. If youre going all the way down to pompei I would shave a day off of venice and rome and spend two days in Positano, Capri, or Ravello. Lastly, I would switch three days in florence to one or 1.5 days in florence and 1.5-2 days in tuscany. Specifically Montalcino and Montepulciano. Just my personal opinions! Enjoy your trip!

Sheryl

My husband and I are planning to fly to Milan and train it to La Spezia to start our Cinque Terre holiday early May, hoping that will be an ok time to go. We have 8-9days and will return to Milan. Like you, we like to just “be” in a place to soak up the atmosphere. I like the sound of your extras, but am unsure of where to stay, were thinking manorola? What do you think of a combination of walks, trains and boat trips between villages? Thanks, Sheryl

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Sheryl!
I love Manarola. It’s similar to Riomaggiore but a little more peaceful, a little more… grown up, almost… mature. Combining walks, trains and boat trips is, in my opinion, the best way to see the villages. You get the best of all worlds! Have a great trip 🙂
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Ellen

Ciao Bianca!
I have loved reading your articles. My daughter is going to be an au pair for a family in Alba this summer and I will be visiting her. Cinque Terre definitely is a place we need to go. Ok, our favorite things to do is looking a beautiful places, shopping for clothes and shoes that aren’t too expensive, eating (me, wine), and going to the beach, so your information is invaluable to me. Thanks. Any more information is appreciated.

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

So glad we could be of help, Ellen!

Leigh Ann

This is the most practical post I’ve seen so far about Cinque Terre! Thanks so much. I’ve been looking into accommodations on Air BnB, and I came across a lovely apartment in Groppo – would that be a decent location? My husband and I are wanting to spend 4 nights and do a lot of hiking. Your thoughts would be appreciated 🙂

Beth Ann

Leigh Ann,
Would you mind telling me if you ended up saying in an airnb while in cinque terre….if you liked where you stayed, will you please share the information. I will be traveling in May with my 22 year old twin daughters 🙂
Thank you so much

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Leigh Ann!
Will you guys have a car? Many Groppo properties are listed as Cinque Terre because of the town’s proximity to the Cinque Terre, but it’s further inland and not one of the five villages. It doesn’t have a train station, so it can be difficult to get to without a vehicle of your own. Otherwise it’s a very cute little village though!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

marcela

Hello,
My husband, my mom (75) and I will be spending 1 or 2 nights in 5T.
I would like to know if you can help me:
1) To find a hotel/apartment for not more that $100 in Riomaggiore. We have a car, our idea is to drive from Genoa, park the car at the hotel, and start from there.
2) What should we do? Train to the North and boat back to the South? Or the opposite?
3) Do I need to buy tickets in advance?
4) Can you tell me the name/website of the train?
5) Can you suggest me a non expensive boat?

Thank you!!!!

I love your blog!!

Marcela

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Marcela,
I’d recommend checking out AirBnB for accommodations. You’re sure to find something that fits your budget for three people there. Don’t expect to park your car where you’re staying though. Parking is located at the top of the village, and most places to stay are not. Whether you take the train or the ferry towards Monterosso is really up to you, there’s no one way that’s better than the other. The Italian railway website is trenitalia.com, and the least expensive way to travel to each village by boat is on the ferry. Have a great trip!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Sharon Grover

So excited, just found your website!!! I will be in northern Tuscany (near La Spezia) the last week of May. We will only be able to devote one day to Cinque Terre 🙁

Here are my questions:
Ferry over to Cinque Terre or train?
We are all early 50’s but athletic and want to do a little hike and see beautiful scenery! We won’t be laying on the beach or swimming. We’d like to hike to a town…get a little beverage…poke around town about 1/2 to 1 1/2 hours and hike to another town…poke around town about 1/2 to 1 1/2 hour and get a nibble and hike to another town…repeat 🙂
I’m guessing we will probably only get to 3 of the 5 towns???? Just want to make sure we hike with the most beautiful views on hike and approaching towns. Thoughts?????

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Sharon!
You’ll have to take the train in from Tuscany (there is no ferry from there). As for making the most of your day, I would head to Monterosso and work backwards towards Riomaggiore if you aren’t sure how much hiking you’ll get done in a day – the main trail is open between Monterosso and Vernazza and is one of the most spectacular. As you move towards Riomaggiore, the main path is closed in sections and you’ll have to take the secondary routes. These are no less beautiful, but can take longer, so if you find you have to skip the hike and take the train or ferry to the last couple of towns, you’ll have at least already done what is arguably the best leg. Have a wonderful time!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Maggie

Hello Bianca,

I would like to first say that your blog is awesome! Got so much help information from it. I will be visiting Cinque Terre in mid May. Wish I can hop on with you but already booked the ticket. 🙁

Anyway, I have questions about parkings at CT. I will driving to CT from Venice, then to Pisa and finally to Florence. While I am at CT I am planning to drive as well. Tho, can I park at the train stations at Riomaggiore or Monterosso? On my first day I will eat at Ristorante Cappun Magru, do they have parkings available? I was actually planning to park my car there then walk down to Manarola. You think the owner will have a problem with it?

I will be staying at Hotel Due Gemelli so it is kind of far from Riomaggiore. Also, I don’t want to rent the car for nothing.

Looking forward to talk to you. Feel free to email me anytime. Thanks!

Best,

Maggie

Paddhu

Hi Maggie
We have a similar plan as yours- drive from Venice to CT and then to Rome. Can you share your experiences regarding car travel and parking around CT. We are planning this Vacation in June 1st week.

Thanks in advance!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Maggie!
Once you arrive in the Cinque Terre, you’ll want to park your car in one of the villages (if you’re staying at Due Gemelli, then Riomaggiore) and get around by train or ferry. Driving from village to village will literally take hours longer and can be kind of harrowing! (Think hairpin turns along steep cliffs and narrow roads.) There’s a reason this area is known for being mainly pedestrian 😉 Cappun Magru has unfortunately closed its doors this year. Have a great trip!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hilda Murray

Hi, i am helping to plan a birthday bash trip for 10-11 of my high school classmates who are turning 60 this year… we are working with Macs Adventures for lodging and self guided walking tours… i have been to Italy and feel comfortable in getting to Ciinque Terra… we would be staying in Monterossa for 4 night and moving to Portovenere for 2 then home bound… we are looking at Sept 3-9 th and have been urged to
book right away… we need to book this week… what would you charge to book our trip, rooms,

we all want to stay together ( 10 – 11 of us )…hike sho eat drink be happy !!! celebrate… would love to have YOU there but if you can support us that would be great!!!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Hilda!
What a great idea for celebrating turning 60! We don’t currently offer tour operator services, so we don’t book trips for people. We create weeklong personally-hosted dream vacations for small groups in Italy at set times during the summer. We’ll keep you posted on future trips if you sign up for our mailing list at the top of the page. And keep checking back – we’re always adding services.
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Constantine Christofaris

Hi Bianca

Love the look of I Limoni di Thule but they have no availability July 10-14. Can you recommend anywhere else with a similar feel?

Thanks a million for all the great information!

katie

I Limoni was booked for me also. This is what the owner wrote back to me:

Ciao,
Sorry we are full for the dates you requested! I can recommend a beautiful place called alloscalo, its situated at the marina, so the views are breathtaking, and the interior of the rooms are finished with the highest standard.

Contact Denise at http://www.alloscalo.com or info@alloscalo.com

Let her know I recommend you so she knows what type of room you are looking for! Enjoy your time in the Cinque Terre!

Regards
Christina

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Constantine!
As Christina mentioned in her email to Katie, Allo Scalo dei Mille has great, beautifully restructured rooms with sea views right in the marina. Other fantastic options in Riomaggiore are Alla Marina and Casa Lorenza (a personal favourite of mine).
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Will

Hi Bianca,
Thank you very much for your wonderful article and sharing so selflessly your tips about visiting Cinque Terre. My wife and I would love to visit here for a week during our 2.5 weeks Italian holiday around end of July-mid August. Firstly, how’s that time of the year? Will it be packed as other tourists are also coming around then?
We’re thinking only of doing 1 week in CT, 1 week in Rome and maybe 1/2 week in the Tuscan region such as Siena/San Gimignano. We’ve both been to parts of Italy before and loved it. But neither of us has been to CT and we’ve read so much about it that we didn’t want to rush it but try to leisurely absorb as much of its culture and beauty in a week.
One of our problem is trying to work out where to stay. Your article made it “harder” but it’s a lovely problem. We’ll take your advice about basing ourselves in 1 place and just take day trips around. Thanks also for your 4D/3N itinerary suggestion. We’d love to see your suggestion for a 7D/6N itinerary if possible. Thanks again and God bless.

Thanks & blessings,
Will & Jean

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Will & Jean!
July and August are very busy times of the year in the Cinque Terre. August is when Italians take their holidays, so the towns are visited by not only international tourists but local ones as well. That being said, we haven’t yet seen the kinds of crowds and congestion that places like Venice and Florence get at that time of the year, so don’t be discouraged. This is a wonderful place to come and relax and to soak up the scenery no matter what time of year it is. You’ll see!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Lorraine wayman

Hi
Just wondered if you could recommend anywhere traditional to stay as the one you put on your website Is full
I wanted to let you know your website is fab, very informative
Regards lorraine

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Lorraine!
Riomaggiore Reservations is run by Amy, who’s an American ex-pat and can set you up with a “home away from home”-type experience in one of her apartments or rooms in town, which are situated side-by-side with the homes of real Riomaggioresi. You can’t get more traditional than that, right?
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

trevor

hi, i’m interested in dog friendly hotels or apartments? any suggestions, awesome article!

I live in Nice france, I should write something like this for people… 🙂

Sue Woods

Yes, that would be awesome, Trevor.
We are 3 ladies from Canada travelling to Nice and CT in May/June of 2015. I’m having a hard time finding accommodation in both areas with 3 separate beds.
But we’re going to do it!

Bianca – Thank you so much for this itinerary! It looks amazing. I was in CT in 2013, so am taking 2 of my friends back in 2015. We stayed right in the marina in a 3 story – steep stepped couple of rooms, but LOVED every step! It was like living in a postcard.

Thanks again for an awesome blog!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Trevor!
Most places in the area don’t advertise whether they are dog-friendly or not, so you’ll have to just write to people and ask. Amy at Riomaggiore Reservations is a dog lover, and often works side-by-side with her French Bulldog, Gustavo, so I’d check with her for sure!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Rachel Friedman

Hi There!

I’m headed to Italy end of June for a wedding in Tuscany. Fly into Rome the afternoon of the 21st – Need to be in Pienza by the afternoon of the 27th, def want to do Cinque Terre – love off the beaten track stuff – do you have any suggestions of places to go, see, eat, etc after Cinque Terre on the way to Tuscany? Then flying out of Naples on the 30th any suggestions on the yummiest place to eat there, and if it makes sense to go somewhere for the afternoon on the Amalfi? Thanks! Rachel Friedman

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Rachel!
The Cinque Terre is very close to the border between Liguria and Tuscany, but if you want to make a few stops along the way, I’d hit up Portovenere for sure, and Lucca. Be sure to take the ferry across to the island of Palmaria when you’re in Portovenere – stunning! If you’re short on time in Naples, consider taking a private car to the Amalfi Coast with a provider like Positano Car Service or Jack the Driver. As for food recommendations in Naples? I have one word for you: pizza.
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Sezen

Hi bianca,your guidance ıs great but i still neden some advise.i was planning to stay 3 nights in portofino and travel to cınque terre from there since i read you.what would be the best plan for 3 nights?coming from genova..Thanks in advance…

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Sezen!
It takes about an hour to get from Portofino to the Cinque Terre, so you could spend one or even two of your three days exploring all five towns. Portofino is gorgeous and tiny, so one day is more than enough time to get to know it quite well.
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Eva

I will visit Cinque Terre this September.
but trying to figure out how to get there and get out of there.

I will arrive from Pisa.
What is the best way to get to Cinque Terre?
Do I get off at La Spezia?

I will then head to Venice afterward.
Do I also get on the train at La Spezia? or is there better methods?

Jessie

Hey Eva,

Did you ever figure out the best way to get in and out of Cinque Terre?
I will be arriving from Como, Italy and then heading to Rome.
Is La Spezia the correct place to enter and exit? Any advice is much appreciated!
Jessie

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Eva!
There is a train right at the airport at Pisa that will take you to Pisa Centrale. From there, head to La Spezia, and then in La Spezia, hop on a train to Riomaggiore, the first of the five towns in the Cinque Terre. And yes, to get to Venice, you’ll either have to take the train out of La Spezia or Monterosso. Train times and schedules are available here: http://www.trenitalia.com.
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Virginia

Hi! Thank you so much for this information, I am planning a trip for May and will be taking your recommendations! One question – I am travelling from Bologna to Riomaggiore and would love some advice. Currently, I am planning on taking a few different trains, switching at Prat Centrale and Viareggio in order to arrive at La Spezia. First question – is this the most direct route? Secondly, I know that you can take a regional train from La Spezia Centrale to Riomaggiore – is there a schedule for this that I can access ahead of time? It sounds fairly easy to buy the tickets but just want to get a better idea of the timetable. Please let me know, thank you so much!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Virginia!
Your best resource is the Trenitalia website: http://www.trenitalia.com. Remember to type in the names of the cities in Italian (Venezia instead of Venice, Roma instead of Rome), and then click on the arrow under Changes in the Duration column for each selection for specific information on schedules.
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Alicia

Hi there,

My boyfriend and I are coming to the area at the end of April for a Wednesday-Sunday trip, but we’re staying in a villa in Lerici. We will be flying into Milan – any idea what train we take to get there from Milan? Also, how would we go about getting to and from the Cinque Terre from Lerici? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Alicia!
Everything you need to know is on trenitalia.com, including train times for getting from Lerici to the Cinque Terre. Buon viaggio!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Jackie Faust

Hello, My husband, 22yr old son and I are coming to cinque terre in 2 weeks. We plan on staying for 2 nights and found a lovely looking place in Corniglia. I’m wondering if that’s a good location considering all the steps to come down in the morning and go back up each night. If we stay up there, should we plan to have dinner there instead of making our way back later in the evenings. We also found a less charming but still nice place in Vernazza. And with some of the trails closed, wondering which ones you’d recommend if we are average hikers. Thanks in advance for your advice, Jackie

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Jackie!
I love Corniglia – such a charming little village! You’re right, there are LOTS of steps (365 to be exact), but there’s also a bus that shuttles people from the train station into the village proper, so you won’t have to climb these every time you return to your accommodations. There are a few trails that are closed due to landslides, but there are secondary trails open between all five villages, so the entire hike can still be done. Ask at your hotel for recommendations based on your level of fitness. Have a great trip!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Anna

Hi Bianca – I emailed you about a month ago. I will be arriving in Pisa on Mon, Oct 6th and staying in Cinque Terre for 3 nights . I’ve emailed I Limoni d Thule on three occassions – to request booking. but have not heard back. I would love to stay there . Do you have any other contact information for them ? Thanks so much. and I aprreciate your itinerary as well –

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Anna,
How strange that you didn’t hear back from I Limoni… Christina is very good about responding to requests. Perhaps there has been a glitch on their web page? Try this email address instead: info@limonicamere.it.
Good luck!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

diane

Hoping to visit in early Sept.2014. Is the weather still good then, are the schools in Europe back in session? My husband will not be able to hike the trails,but will a single person be ok hiking? He has leg problems , will he be ok to walk around the villages, meaning the rocks,paths, stairs and streets ok to maneuver?
Any suggestions would be great. thanks

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Diane!
If your husband has mobility issues, I would recommend staying in Monterosso, the flattest of the villages and the one where you’re more likely to find accommodations with elevators. Keep in mind that even visiting Riomaggiore, Manarola and Corniglia might be difficult for him because they are built on steep inclines or atop cliffs and involve a lot of climbing. You, on the other hand, will be perfectly safe walking the trails on your own. September is still very high season, so you won’t be alone. Italian school is on, but the weather is still gorgeous – it’s one of my favourite months in the Cinque Terre.
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Sabina

Hi Bianca,

Thank you for the website info. This is great!

Question…are there any real beaches in this area?

Thanks!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Sabina,
Yes, absolutely! Monterosso has a large stretch of public and private beaches, and Vernazza has a new larger beach as well as a smaller sandy spit. Riomaggiore’s beach is small and rocky, not sandy, but the water there is beautiful. Corniglia and Manarola don’t have beaches, but Manarola has a swimming area where you can dive off of outcroppings of rock.
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Jenna

You mention going when the weather is warm, would early May 2014 be too soon? I was looking to get good weather and smaller crowds.

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Jenna,
In May the weather is quite nice. You’re usually looking at sunny days in the low 20s.
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

jess kaur

Hi i will be going to rome, florence and venice ….but i feel that cinque terra will be the highlight of the trip ..it is my first solo trip . How do you think i can fit cinque terra to my travel iteniary ?

1) as a day trip from which city
2) do i need to stay there for a night or two
3) if i go cinque terra , can i skip the italian lakes

pls advice …am travelling on for about 14 to 16 days and am planning on my own ..thanks

K

Hi Jess, I am planning a trip with my husband and sister in law to Italy in 2015. Our trip sounds much like yours.
Did you go already and do you have any tips on the sequence and duration of your trip?

Aastha Jain

Hey…

from which country will u be travelling from?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Jess,
You can’t do a day trip to the Cinque Terre from Venice, as you’re looking at 5 to 7 hours of train travel time one way. The fastest train from Rome takes about 3.5 hours, so not a great idea either. The fastest trains from Florence will get you here in about 2.5 hours, so that’s doable, but to really enjoy the laid-back vibe and beauty of this place, I would stay at least one night. The Lakes are a completely different place and experience. Skipping them because you’ve been to the Cinque Terre would be like skipping France because you’ve been to Italy. Apples and oranges 🙂
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Diane Newland

Hi Bianca, want to go to Cinque Terre in September 2015. there might be 8 or even 12 of us. My preference is to stay all together in a home that could sleep that many. Prefer Monterosso. Any suggestions?

Karina

It’s the most practical website I have found, thank you so much for all the useful tips.

We will be driving to CT probably from Siena, do you think the car will become a burden? Which town would be best to accommodate with the car?

I so much look forward to visiting this beautiful place. Thanks a lot.

Karina

Bianca Gignac

Karina,
You should be fine; just book a hotel with car parking. The most car parking would be in Monterosso. Alternatively, you can park your car in the La Spezia underground parking at the train station.
Bianca

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Diane!
If your top choice is Monterosso, then that’s perfect. It’s bigger and has larger, more conventional hotels, so you’ll have better luck accommodating a larger group all in the same place there than you would in smaller towns like Riomaggiore and Manarola.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Rebecca

You are so sweet to have this blog with all of this advice! Thank you so much.

PS I love a good love story, thanks for sharing yours!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Thank YOU for dropping by and taking the time to comment, Rebecca!

Aparna

Thanks Bianca for this great piece of advice. As a first time traveler to Italy, I found it extremely helpful

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

So happy we could help, Aparna!

Keewi

Thanks Bianca for great recommendations! I really didn’t have any idea what to do in CT. My husband and I will travel from Montpellier to Florence and lots of villages in between. I will just do what you suggested! I am so happy that I chose Riomaggiore for our hotel. Thank you!

Karen

Guess you reply to us all individually? Thank you this is so helpful. Think we may book a tour with you and will look at your site. We wish to visit Venice, Florence, Cinque Terre and Rome – what order should we do this in and how many days do you recommend – we only have around 7 days for Italy and Venice is a priority and Cinque Terre though we would like to go to Rome very much. Is August or September better for these place please as we are flexible – coming all the way from New Zealand – would love to pop in to Milan as lived there as a child though would rather do fewer places well. Thanks so much for your help. All best and keep up your great work. Thank you Karen

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Karen,
If you only have seven days in Italy, then trying to fit Milan in on top of the other cities you’ve chosen is going to be really tight. The order you do the cities in is also best determined by where you’re coming from. Are you flying in? To which city? The simplest route would be Venice, Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre, only because there is a direct route that connects Venice and Rome, whereas Venice to CT usually means having to switch trains several times. August is the month Italians leave the cities to go to the seaside, so not only will a lot be closed in Rome and Florence that month, but the CT and Venice are busier. I would choose September, which is just as beautiful, but also not as muggy. All of these destinations deserve at least two days, but if you’re going to choose one to do in one day, it should probably be the Cinque Terre. Check out Bianca’s post on how to make the most of it here: http://www.italianfix.com/one-day-cinque-terre/
Have a wonderful trip!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

amanda o'donnell

great site, thank you very much for sharing !

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Thank you for reading, Amanda!

Susan Dempster

Hi Bianca
I am heading to the Cinque Terre in 14 to 21 August 2014. Flying in to Genoa and then where I am not sure. My friend advised me to stay at the Suisse Hotel in Santa Margherita and do day trips from there. However after reading your suggestions I am unsure if this is a good plan. I am in my 60’s so I am not too keen on extremely hilly terrains or long treks. Could you advice of a suitable village and accommodation with character and the best way to get there from Genoa. Your advice would be very much appreciated Best wishes Susan

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Susan!
Santa Margherita is stunning, and right around the corner from Portofino, so you’ll feel like you’re vacationing in the lap of Italian luxury there. It’s an hour or so away from the Cinque Terre, so it’s convenient for day trips as well. If you do decide to stay in the Cinque Terre instead and want to avoid hilly terrain, choose Monterosso. It’s much bigger and so can feel less quaint than the other towns, but the Cinque Terre area is all about cliffs and steps and hills, and the other towns have those things in spades. Charming accommodations in Monterosso include La Casa di Zuecca, Stella della Marina and La Casa di Andrea. Train times from Genova can be found at trenitalia.com.
Have a wonderful time!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Sharon McFarlane

I want to visit Cinque Terre in September. I suffer from arthritis in my feet do you have any suggestions regarding accommodation , easy access etc I know there are lots of steps but don’t want to give up my quest to visit. Your help would be appreciated

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Sharon,
The Cinque Terre isn’t a great place to come for people with mobility issues, but if you’re determined, then I would suggest staying in Monterosso. It’s the flattest of the villages, and the biggest, so you’re more likely to find accommodations with elevators and very little climbing.
Here’s to quests fulfilled!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Linda

Hi Bianca, My husband and I will only be able to do a day trip to Cinque Terre from our cruise line. Tell me what you would do. We will be stopping in all the 5 cities. How much time to allow and is it possible to see a little of the Via dell’Amore or how to get to it?

Thank you,
Linda

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Linda,
They’ve just opened a stretch of about 200 metres on the Via dell’Amore starting in Manarola, so you’ll be able to experience a little of it. As for the rest of your trip, have a look at our blog post on seeing the CT in a day: http://www.italianfix.com/one-day-cinque-terre/
Happy travels!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Morgan

Hello,

My fiance and I are thinking about a trip to Italy for our honeymoon but it would be the last week of October and first week of November…we are a little worried about the weather that time of year, do you recommend Cinque Terre during that time? We were thinking of spending a few nights there and making our way down the coast…If you have any suggestions on nice places to stay in Cinque Terre for around $100USD that would be amazing!!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Morgan!
The weather in October and November is particularly hit and miss here, so it’s impossible to know in advance whether you’re going to luck out with bright, sunny days or a week of rain. It’s a bit risky, but the upside of coming during the down season is having the place almost all to yourself, lower prices, and a real feel for the towns with only locals around. You also shouldn’t have any trouble finding a room for around $100 at that time of year – as long as the US dollar remains almost at par with the euro.
Good luck!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Neil

Hi Bianca,

Unfortunately probably not enough to join you on your tours (I am staying in Nice, but will be in Cinque Terre only for two nights), but I just warned to say I found your website very helpful, thank you 🙂

Hope you’re well.

Neil x

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

How very sweet, thank you, Neil! Hope you have a great trip 🙂

Cat

Hello –

Two friends and I are coming by evening train from Rome and wish to stay in Cinque Terre for two nights. It is getting later – June 11-13 – any ideas for a b and b, hotel or apartment that is charming and fun for young adults?
A lot of inquiries are filled.

Thanks!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Cat,
Have a look at the section on our accommodation recommendations above for our favourite places to stay, or check out AirBnB. There are a lot of great finds on there in all five of the towns.
Best of luck!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Andrew in Australia

Hi Bianca,
Such a refreshing site. I have only read a few pages and have really enjoyed your style and enthusiasm.

We are spending July in Florence and then finishing our Italian sojourn in Cinque Terre in the first week of August. We are planning on staying three nights in Vernazza to use that as our base but have a flight out of Milan at 1:15 pm on the day of our departure. Is it feasible to travel from Vernazza to Milan Malpenza (train or bus) departing first thing that morning or should we plan to spend our final night closer to Milan?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Andrew!
It is possible to get to Malpensa in time for your flight – there are trains leaving from Vernazza for Milano Centrale as early as around 4:50 am that get to Milan at just before 8:30. You’d have to then take the Malpensa Express to the airport, which can take from 45 minutes to an hour and 15 minutes. Train service in Italy is notoriously unreliable, so whenever I have a flight to catch, I always take one train earlier than the one I should take, just in case. I would recommend the same to you, even if it means waking up at an ungodly hour 😉
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

sonya ditzell

hi – I am planning a trip for 4 days this June – picking up a car at Pisa. Unfortunately il Limeno is booked out – is there anywhere else you would recommend for a single woman with views preferably – I am reasonably fit so walking is not an issue – somewhere to leave my car is the main thing. Any ideas would be much appreciated.

Soooo excited!

Sonya

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Sonya,
All five of the towns have a public parking area, but you should check with whoever you stay with whether they have private spaces there, which is usually cheaper. If you’re looking to stay in Riomaggiore, try Allo Scalo dei Mille, Alla Marina or Casa Lorenza. Another alternative is to check AirBnB. A lot of properties have listed on there throughout the Cinque Terre, and there are some real gems!
In bocca al lupo!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Jackie Bowyer

I am looking forward to spending 2 nights in Vernazza in mid June with my 22 year old son. You mentioned in your blog that Vernazza suffered damage after the 2011 mudslide. We booked a room there, but should we reconsider and book elsewhere because of the damage? Or is it still worth it?
Also, my son wants to cliff jump while in the Cinque Terre. Where would you think best for that? and safest?
Also, any need to get train tickets ahead of time once we are there for going village to village and then the last day going to La Spezia to rent our car? Thank you so much for your help.

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Jackie!
No need to cancel your booking – Vernazza is virtually as good as new, and if you’ve never been there before, I think you’d be hard pressed to notice any damage. I have no doubt you’ll love staying there! As for cliff jumping, your son will want to go to Manarola where you can always find a gaggle of young daredevils perched on the rocky outcrops in the marina waiting their turn. Riomaggiore has some cliff jumping too he might enjoy. No need to buy train tickets in advance, you can pick them up as you go.
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Danae Simonsen

Hi Bianca!

Thank you so much for sharing your travel itinerary with us all! My boyfriend and I are heading to Turin for a few days for a work conference and then plan to go to Cinque Terre for 3 nights and then back to Turin for another day or so. We will be in Cinque Terre from May 29th-June 1st…I’ve reached out to Alessandro & Christina, but they are booked and have moved on to Amy’s Reservations. If she doesn’t have anything available, do you have any suggestions on hotels to stay in Riomaggiore? We are excited to check out the trails, but bummed to see that the Lover’s Walk is closed until 2015! Oh well, seems like there are good options. We considered staying in Monterosso but based on your descriptions it seems Rio is the best place to stay. One question I had was on the trains. I was looking at trenitalia from Torino P.N. to Monterosso, but then we’d have to what, take another train to Riomaggiore? Is there any alternative routes where we could go directly from Torino to Riomaggiore? Also, what are your thoughts in Bonossala? I know you suggested it, but wasn’t sure if it’s worth a whole night there or just a “stop by” on our way back to Turin? Again, we are traveling only by train.

Thanks for helping with our trip!!!!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Danae!
For accommodations in Riomaggiore, try Allo Scalo dei Mille, Alla Marina, and Casa Lorenza. As for the trains, only Regional ones stop in Riomaggiore, so if you’re coming from Torino on anything high-speed (Intercity, Frecciabianca etc…), then you will have to switch. Bonassola? LOVE IT. It’s a great alternative to the beaches in the Cinque Terre themselves, which can get busy in the high season. It’s about 45 minutes by train from Riomaggiore, so no need to spend the night. Grab your towel, throw some swimsuits on under your clothes and rent a lounge chair for a day of pure bliss.
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Sianne

Ciao Bianca! Thank you so much for your tips and advice. Your post alone has helped me plan my entire Cinque Terre trip! I am very grateful! I can’t wait to visit =D

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Amazing, thank you for commenting, Sianne!

Clare

I am heading to Riomaggiore next week and your article has been so helpful! Thank you so much! 🙂

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Thank you for dropping by, Clare!

Nano

Hi! I’m traveling to Cinque Terre with my best friend and was wondering if you have a hostel or very cheap b&b recommendation. We’re 22 and 23 and thinking either Riomaggiore or Monterosso, but open to other suggestions. Thank you!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hey Nano!
Both Manarola and Corniglia have youth hostels, so drop them a line for sure!
Have fun!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Mike

Hello Bianca,

I have been reading your wonderful website and I love all the information you’ve provided. I will be traveling with my girlfriend and my best friend from May 30th – June 2nd. You mentioned on your website that cheap (€60 – €100) apartments for rent can be found. Is there a way to find these online? If not, do you have any recommendations of inexpensive hotels, hostels, or B&B’s? Thanks for your help.

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Mike!
Check AirBnB for accommodations in that price range – you’re sure to find something you like. Another great resource is Amy at Riomaggiore Reservations.
Best of luck!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Sil

Hello! I’ll be staying at riomaggiore 20 and 21 of september, I can’t find available accomodation. Somebody recommended mi Casa di Yuri but I do not find any comment or pictures on the web. Do you know it? Thank you!!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Sil,
Yes, I do! It’s actually run by a Canadian girlfriend of mine and her Italian husband, is in the marina and has a great terrace with sea views.
Happy travels!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Michael

Hi Bianca,
We will be driving from Savona to the Cinque Terra July 15th 2014.
Do you have any recommendations on where to leave your car for 3 nights out side the 5 villages. We are planning to stay at either Riomaggiore or Manarola.
I hear Levento is a possibility?

Michael

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Michael,
If you’re staying in Riomaggiore and prefer to leave your car outside of the five villages, then your best bet is La Spezia. There is a parking garage at the train station.
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Aimee Ekvern

Dear Bianca,
Thanks for a great blog. I am traveling to Levanto with my family (3 children age 5, 7 and 9) my husband and 2 grand mothers. We will be staying 7 days in Levanto, where we have rented a villa. We would like to stay 3 days in one of the nearby towns but it is really hard to decide which one as they all are so beautiful. Do you have any recommendations?

Hope to hear from you
All the best
Aimée

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Aimee,
I have a personal preference for Bonassola. It has a beautiful beach and is a picturesque little town just twenty minutes from the Cinque Terre. And if you’re staying in Levanto beforehand, you can check out Bonassola by walking over along the sea through a series of old train tunnels that have been turned into a bike/walking path.
Let us know what you chose and how it went!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Rachel

We will be in Cinque Terre for one day with four children ages 1-10. No serious hiking for us. Can you help us out with suggestions of what we can do to best enjoy the area? Thanks!!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Rachel,
Check out our post on making the most of one day in the Cinque Terre here: http://www.italianfix.com/one-day-cinque-terre/
All the best!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

LUCINDA

HI THERE. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS THE EASIEST WAY TO GET FROM NAPLES TO CINQUE TERRE? IS IT BETTER TO VISIT CINQUE FIRST AND THEN NAPLES (END DESTINATION BEING POSITANO). HOW FAR IS BARCELONA FROM CINQUE? WE WERE THINKING ORIGINALLY OF DOING SPAIN AND THEN POSITANO, NOT SURE WHAT IS BEST and most economical? Any suggestions would be great. Thank you!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Lucinda!
Check out trenitalia.com for train schedules between Naples and the Cinque Terre. Whether you choose to do Naples first or vice versa is really just a matter of personal preference.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Lisa Lewis

Hi Bianca, very very helpful article. I’m even more excited to be visiting -and feel much more in control.

Thanks, Lisa from NZ
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Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Wonderful, Lisa! Have a great trip!

Alissa

Me and my bf will arrive Genoa this saturday 7th noon. We would like to spend a few days in CT right after and then head to Florence on Wednesday 11th. We confirmed our trip last minute, so we need some help on planning. Can you please suggest an itinerary for us, so that we can make good use of our trip?
Many thanks in advance!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Alissa!
We have a lot of great ideas for making the most of your Cinque Terre stay in this blog post: http://www.italianfix.com/one-day-cinque-terre/
Have a fab trip and let us know how it went!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

ES

Hi, I want to book one of the accomodations you recommended but some of the links aren’t working. Was wondering if you could help me find a good accommodation. We are two students.

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi ES,
If you’re having trouble with the links, then just google the name of the accommodation to go straight to their site. As students on a budget, you might be interested in the hostels in Manarola and Corniglia too.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Marina

Hi Bianca ,
We’ planning to visit Cinque Terre region in two weeks for 2-3 days, which will be the part of our north Italy trip. We’ll be traveling with our 1,5 year old baby girl . I’ll be very happy if you could recommend us which village or town will be best for us to stay just to enjoy being with a stroller and not to miss the sites, and also which trails would suit a walk with a stroller. Thanks

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Marina!
Almost all of the Cinque Terre trails are narrow, rustic and full of steps – not stroller friendly at all. I would recommend bringing along a baby carrier and doing the hikes that way. As for which village to stay in, Monterosso is the flattest and therefore the most stroller-friendly.
Have a wonderful time!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Ginni Jones

Hi! Your posts on Italy are amazing and can’t wait to use all your great insights this July. We are going to the Cinque Terre area for2 nights and wanting to stay in Monterosso… any recommendations of places to stay?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Ginni!
There are some really charming places in Monterosso, and some very luxe places too. Check out La Casa di Zuecca, La Casa di Andrea, or Porto Roca if you’re looking to splurge 🙂
Have a great trip!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Iris Wolfe

We have heard there is a ferry ride you can take…so hike one way and ferry back to your town. We heard the views from the water are beautiful. You have any advice or comments on this?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Iris!
Yes, there is a ferry that travels to each of the towns except Corniglia, which doesn’t have a marina. Hiking from one end to the other and then ferrying back is a great way to see the Cinque Terre from two beautiful perspectives, so yes, totally recommend it! Kiiri @ Italian Fix

JAYANT

Hi Bianca , your notes on CT are awesome. I am getting there for my 50th birthday and I instantly tried to get the limoni thule place but they have no rooms in September on the dates that I plan to be there – Any other recommendation in Rio Maggiore that is as good or better – Please help, looking for your advice
best – JAY

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Jay,
Happy birthday! Yes, there are a few places we love – Casa Lorenza, Allo Scalo dei Mille, Alla Marina, and Affittacamere Le Giare are all fantastic. Have a great trip! Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Kenneth Moore

Hey Bianca,

Thank your awesome description of the Cinque Terre area.

Im planning to come and explore on Monday the 16th of June for 6 days from London.

Do you have any tips for a single traveller?

Cheers
@digitalclaritys

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi @digitalclaritys,
When I first came to the Cinque Terre 12 years ago, I was travelling alone and had the most magical summer of my life. I would say to be open to meeting people, including (especially?) locals, and to rest easy. This area is super safe and you can feel completely comfortable here on your own. Have a wonderful time! Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Ryan

Hey Bianca,

This is a great itinerary. My wife, will-be-6-month old and I are going to France (probably just Paris) and Italy from Oct 5-14. We want to spend 2-3 nights in the cinque terre (coming from Paris or from Paris to another Italian city and then cinque terre, and then heading to Rome) but were unsure which town to stay in with a baby, especially with Via dell’Amore being closed. Riomaggiore would have been our first pick, but not sure how great that would be with a stroller. Any suggestions?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Ryan!
I live in Riomaggiore with a toddler, so it’s definitely do-able, but my honest suggestion would be to stay in Monterosso. It’s flat there, whereas in Rio you have to contend with steep inclines and especially steps. Lugging a stroller up and down from your apartment/hotel room can be a huge pain – there are no elevators – and the place is just simply not stroller/wheelchair accessible. If you have one, I would definitely recommend packing a baby carrier or wrap as well. You’ll be able to get around Riomaggiore, Manarola and Corniglia much more easily with that than with a stroller. Have a great time! Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Jessica

Hi Bianca,

We will be in Cinque Terra for two nights in a few weeks and we are staying in Monterosso. We will be coming from Florence via train. Any thoughts on how we should plan our time?

Thanks!
Jessica

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Have a look at the itinerary above for some ideas, Jessica 🙂 Have a great trip!

Sandy

Your website is wonderful! My husband and I are traveling to Italy mid August with our 18 year old daughter. We will have 9 days and 8 nights. We were planning on starting in Rome (3nights), then continuing on to Cinque Terre(3nights) and followed by two nights in Venice. What are your thoughts on this?

Thanks much!
Sandy

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Sandy!
That sounds great. Rome and Venice are all about sightseeing, museums and monuments, whereas the Cinque Terre is all about nature, good food, and relaxation. It’ll be a nice break between the two cities.
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Sheila

Hi,

This is so helpful! I was wondering though, would the national park/trails be open on August 15th (I know its a national holiday in Italy)?

Thanks,
Sheila

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Sheila,
Definitely. August 15th is a holiday for Italians everywhere BUT in the Cinque Terre (or that’s what it can feel like!). For us it’s the busiest time of the year because everyone comes here for their vacation. Nothing, including the trails, is closed. Have a great time! Kiiri @ Italian Fix

krista berube

Hi There,

Great site. Couple of questions:
Traveling with a family of 7. To adults and kids 20,19,18,17,16, and that’s the truth. First, which would be the best place to stay for young adults? Second, any thoughts on places to stay? (that will accomodate us) And lastly, is there really no train aceess?

Thanks!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hey!
Monterosso used to be known for its nightlife, but both it and Vernazza have become more upscale over the last decade or so and now tend to attract an older crowd. The towns on the other end (Rio, Manarola and Corniglia) still have hostels and budget accommodations, so young people tend to end up staying (or wanting to hang out) there. Riomaggiore also had an outdoor dance party every Saturday night all summer long this year.
It is more difficult to find a single place that will accommodate 7 people in these tiny towns, but because the towns themselves are so small, splitting your group up into a couple of apartments is also an option. You will always be within walking distance of one another. And yes, there is definitely train access to and within the Cinque Terre. Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Deb Heintzelman

Are you available for a few days or even an afternoon in late August this year? We are a group of 6 visiting and would love a guide. Also, are there any vineyards nearby that offer tours or tastings? Thanks!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Deb!
Thanks for reaching out. Unfortunately all of our tours were in July of this year. Bianca spent August travelling south to Sicily with her family to prep and scout for next year’s schedule. The Cantina 5 Terre is a cooperative in Groppo (right above Manarola) that provides tastings and winery tours. You could also get in touch with Orlando, Francesco and Luigi at litan.it. They’re a small winery in Riomaggiore, and fantastic. Have fun! Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Wendy

WOW!! Thank you for your article(s)!! Most helpful!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Thanks for stopping by, Wendy! 🙂

Leigh Ambrose

Hi Bianca,
Thanks for this wonderful information. I will be staying with my husband and 12 yr old boy in Camogli near Portofino for a week next year. I thought it would be a lovely idea to train down to one of the towns and walk between a couple of villages. Due to the 365 steps at Corniglia I wondered about training to there and walking down to Riomaggiore. Is it better to walk the route south or North starting at Riomaggiore as far as views go? Are the tunnels etc along this stretch of the coast? Would I be missing out if I didn’t see Vernazzo? Many thanks in advance for your help.

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi!
As far as views go, and as long as the Via dell’Amore between Manarola and Riomaggiore remains closed, I would walk in the opposite direction, towards Monterosso. The stretch between Vernazza and Monterosso is arguably the most striking view-wise and takes about two and a half hours. And there’s no reason you couldn’t take the train or ferry to see the remaining towns afterwards. They’re very close together 🙂 Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Jean

The information you offer is wonderful..I am coming in May of 2015. I want to photography the iconic Mararola scene at sundown. If I stay in Vernazza can I train or take the ferry from Mararola to Vernazza at night after sunset? How convenient is it to travel between the villages at night and how late do the trains and/or ferries run? Thankyou for any help you can provide..Jean

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Absolutely you can, Jean. The trains run until at least 11:30 each night from Manarola, Corniglia and Vernazza – after midnight from Riomaggiore and Monterosso. Ferries stop running in the earlier evening, before sunset. For the best sunset shot of the town, head up to Nessun Dorma. That way you can enjoy a prosecco AND the view! Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Jean

The app sounds like a wonderful idea. I hope you will include something about photographing the iconic night shots and how to get from one town to the other for the photographers. Thanks

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Great idea, Jean! The lovely and uber-talented Leela Cyd – our friend and international pro-photographer – already co-hosts our Photoly Tour every summer… She would be a great resource for fleshing out a photography portion of our app. Mental note!

Sue Durman

HI. My husband and I are thinking of visiting Cinque Terre the middle of October this year. Whilst we know this is not the best time to visit, will it be too wet and cold for us to really enjoy it? Thanks.

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Sue!
That’s really hard to say. October can be absolutely gorgeous some years, and totally rained out others. It’s not usually that cold yet then, but you likely won’t be able to swim anymore. Hiking is great that time of year, but again, only if it isn’t raining. In bocca al lupo, whatever you decide! Kiiri @ Italian Fix

linnnn

Hi,

I’d like to ask you. i only have two nights in cinque terre. would it be better for me to stay in la spezia or vernazza? and do u think it’s better for me to just explore around cinque terre or do a day trip to portofino on the second day? much thanks in advance. and id be travelling in late july. that would still be summer right?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Linnnn 🙂
If you can find a place to stay in the actual Cinque Terre, then I recommend that. If you’re looking to save some money, then you’ll likely find cheaper options in La Spezia, but otherwise, why stay outside of the place you want to spend time visiting? You can do the Cinque Terre in a day (see our blog post on that here: http://www.italianfix.com/one-day-cinque-terre/), which would allow you time to see Portofino too, but really making the most of the area generally requires two or three. Have a great time! Kiiri @ Italian Fix

jeanne

i want to go! But the week i was hoping to go is march 8th and now I’m scared of weather. is that too early? Would one week later help? I could go the week of April 1st, but I’m nervous about the week before Easter?

any advice much appreciated!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Jeanne,
The season really starts the weekend of Easter, but in March the weather tends to already be quite nice. Too cold to swim yet, but you can do a hiking trip instead and enjoy a less busy version of the place than most get to see. Have a great time! Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Matt

Hi Bianca,

Planning a trip, but I need to know if the Cinque Terre train runs to La Spezia on Ferragosto. If we’re driving to Florence that day, will we be able to eat on the way/buy gasoline?

M

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Matt,
Absolutely. The trains don’t stop on holidays, and gas stations and places to eat along the highways will be open as well for the most part.
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Jackie mendez

Hi there

Have been inspired by your site. We are travelling from pisa to portofino and thought we would stop one night in riomaggiore then take ferry to monterasso and then train to rapallo and then ferry to portofino does this sound viable or is there an easier way? J,x

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Jackie,
Sure, that sounds like a great way to make your way up there. Have a wonderful time!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

AP

Hello! I was just wondering what the most economic accommodation option would be in Riomaggiore for a solo traveler? And is Cinque Terre a good place to travel alone? I am planning to spend 5 days there this summer and will be going there from Florence and going from there to Rome–I understand that the trains cannot be bought in advance although I am having a hard time finding at least the schedules online!

Jared Queen

Email Enrico at Locanda del Sole and tell him I recommended you. We just spent 3-days there and it was an incredible value. Enrico is extremely helpful, courteous and he offers complimentary breakfast and parking. Its definitely an excellent place to start your 3-day tour offered by Bianca (see above), and he can work with your budget.

info@locandadelsole.net

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi AP!
If you’re looking for the most economical option you might want to try a hostel. Both Manarola and Corniglia have one. And travelling alone in the Cinque Terre is not only very safe, but it’s a great place to meet new people. For train schedules, check out the trenitalia site: trenitalia.com.
Have fun!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Jared Queen

Grazie mille Bianca! We followed your 3-day tour guide on our recent trip to Cinque Terre, and we had the most lovely vacation. You were right about everything — Riomaggiore was the best “home base” (we stayed at Locanda del Sole) and we had one of the best dinners of our life at Ristorante Belforte (Andrea waited on us at the “Lover’s Table”).

Thank you for offering complimentary advice on your website. We are very grateful for your help!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Jared,
That is so great, I’ll make sure Bianca sees this! Enrico is truly wonderful, I’m so glad you had a great time at Locanda del Sole.
Thanks for coming back and letting us know how it went!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Sue

Wonderful info on CT! We are taking train to CT from Rome in Sept.. 2014. only able to stay 1 night and have arthritic knees. Wondering best place to stay with minimal steps and near train station. also, is there a boat cruise you would recommend? Thanks so much!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Sue,
The best town to stay in for anyone with mobility issues is Monterosso. It’s the flattest of the villages and you’re more likely to find accommodations there with elevators. There is one ferry line that runs between the villages, as well as nearby towns like Portovenere. Have a wonderful trip!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Marni

Hi,

Me and some friends are coming from Nice and have a car, but are unsure about how to get to CT. Do you have any suggestions about the fastest way to get to CT? I would rather drive in a car as far as possible than take a train the whole day. Should we drive to a certain point and drop off the car and then take the train? Thank you for your help and time!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Marni,
You can drive to each of the villages of the Cinque Terre, but you’ll have to park your car at the top and then walk down to your accommodations since the towns are pedestrian-only. Once you’re here, the best way to get around is by train. You’ll save yourself a LOT of time, money and stress.
Have fun!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Tess

Hi,
This post is very useful thanks!
I was wondering if you can recommend any good backpackers or B & Bs for 1 person with a budget of about 30-40 euros a night in early August ? I think Riomaggiore would be my preference but I’m not to fussed
Thanks in advance

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Tess,
Even single rooms in regular establishments in the Cinque Terre rarely cost less than 50 euros a night (especially in August!), but there are two hostels – one in Manarola and one in Corniglia. They both also offer private rooms, so you may be able to find something there that fits your budget.
Have fun!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Christine

Hi ,
I have few questions concerning my stay in Monterosso :
1- How to reach my hotel in monterosso from the train station if i have a travelling bag, knowing that i will be coming from Venice.
2- Can we rent bikes to be able to turn the 5 villages in one day ??
3 – do u recommend me to come directly from venice to la spezia or go first to florence then to cinque terre.

thx u in advance for ur help..

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Christine,
You will have to walk from the train station to your hotel, as the Cinque Terre are pedestrian only. Depending on where you’re staying, you may be able to pre-arrange for your luggage to be picked up for you.
Unless you’re an avid and I would even go so far as to say semi-professional cyclist, this is not the place to tackle with a bike. We’re talking hundreds of meters of VERY steep terrain just to get out of the villages onto the main road, and then hours of serious pedalling to get from town to town. Not for the faint of heart or amateurs!
As for your route, getting from Venice to La Spezia takes anywhere from 5 to 7 hours. Breaking that up by stopping for a night in Florence might make the travel easier and more pleasant.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

jeanmarie Kearney

hi there, Bianca! we are 6 adults planning to stay 2 nights in Monterrosso this August. we plan to land in Milan, stay 2 nights, train to CT then on to arezzo to rent a car. our schedule is flexible. can you recommend a couple of restaurants in Monterrosso And a fabulous restaurant for the night we plan to treat our hosts?
is 2 nights enough? I CAN’T wait for your app!
our friends have a home in Anghieri, tuscany, which will be our home base , but we want to go to awesome places! any suggestions?
thank you kindly, jeanmarie

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Jeanmarie,
Sounds like you have a fantastic trip planned out! Check out our blog post on the best Cinque Terre restaurants here: http://www.italianfix.com/restaurants-in-cinque-terre/
Have a wonderful time!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Jarica

Hi!

I was just curious about arriving to Cinque Terre. We will be coming from Rome, so should we just get off at La Spezia? Do we have to hop a local train to get to Riomaggoire?

Thank you!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Jarica,
Only regional trains stop in Riomaggiore, and there are no regional trains you can take all the way from Rome. So you will have to hop off in La Spezia to get the train to Rio. It’s less than a ten-minute ride though, so you’ll be here in no time. Type in Roma Termini and Riomaggiore as your departure and arrival cities on trenitalia.com and it’ll give you all your options.
Have fun!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hunna Armstrong

Hey,

I was really interested in staying in the limoni Di Thule place, but they haven’t replied to my emails.
Are they still running?

Thanks
Hunna

Marni

I also emailed them for accomodation in August and apparently they are not running at the moment…

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Hunna,
The owners were away for personal reasons in August, but they are still up and running. Shoot them another email, and if you don’t hear back, try Allo Scalo dei Mille, Casa Lorenza or Alla Marina, three other fabulous options in Riomaggiore.
In bocca al lupo!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

anjli

Hi am travelling to Cinque terra in july and wandering what kind of clothing is appropriate. obviously no heels but is casual clothing ok does it get cold at night. also i heard a lot of mosquitoes is this true? i will be staying in manarola.

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Anjli,
July is usually hot, hot, hot! It’s always a good idea to have a sweater along just in case, but you’ll likely be wanting to peel off layers day and night, not put them on. There are mosquitos, but nothing crazy, in my opinion. If they tend to be attracted to you, bring along some spray.
Have a great time!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Janet Wilson

Hi
What a great itinerary…just printed the WHOLE thing!!!! Good job
My husband and I are fit seniors and hoping to spend some time in Cinque Terre after 3 weeks in Provence, France, Mid September, Mid October 2014
We would need information as to how to get there from Nice France, via train…and we would like to stay 3-4 days.
Any suggestions would be most welcome…thank you
Janet

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Janet,
Go to trenitalia.com and type in “Nice ville” as your departure city and the town you plan to stay in in the Cinque Terre (ie. Monterosso) as your destination. All of your options will come up, including where you need to switch trains and when. The trip takes about 5.5 hours total.
Have a wonderful trip, and so glad you like the itinerary! Hope you have fun with it 🙂
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

nina spiegelman

Hi
I would like to perhaps do your two day trip at the end of september or first days of October.
We will be in Venice then to Florence and could come to you from there. Do you pick up in Florence?
What is the min. # of days for that area of cinque terre?
and what is your fee for 2 people.
Thank you! Nina

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Nina,
Our tours are weeklong group trips at set times of the year (May through July usually). Next year’s tours will be launched in the fall – sign up at the top of the page and you’ll be the first to know about them.
Hope you can join us!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Amy

Hi Bianca.
Love the website – v. informative!
I’m off to Cinque Terre later this month and wondering whether you have any last minute packing tips for me? I plan on lots of exploring, but I don’t speak any Italian – will this be a problem?
Thanks for all your help already 🙂
Amy

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hey Amy,
We have some great packing tips here:
http://www.italianfix.com/6-things-not-to-bring-to-italy/
Getting around in this area with no Italian is definitely possible, and in fact most tourists do just that. But it’s always fun to learn a few keys phrases and words in advance, and the Italians appreciate the effort too 🙂
Have a great trip!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Maria

Hi Bianca, what an awesome web-site. Thanks for all the info. My husband and I will be staying in Riomaggiore in September. Once we have completed our stay there, we will be heading to Switzerland via lake Como and Lugano. Do you have any recommendations as to the best route out of Italy? We thought of hiring a car, but if that is the best idea, where would be the closest town to Riomaggiore to rent a car? Really can’t wait to see Cinque Terre. It will be a dream come true for me. And thanks so much for all your advice.

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Maria,
The closest city to Riomaggiore where you can rent a car is La Spezia. Just ask at your hotel or room rental for a recommendation. The car rental place will also be able to recommend the best route for you to take.
Sounds like an adventure – have a fabulous time!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

David

I heard that there was a great deal of flooding in the last year and that sadly some of the villages have been wiped out. How should one adjust his itinerary accordingly?

Thank you.

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi David,
There was horrible flooding, devastating both Vernazza and Monterosso, but everything is back up and running as it was before, so no need to make adjustments.
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Michele

Many comments, but no answers. Is this the way it works because I have questions but can’t wait months for answers.

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Michele,
That is the way it works when you’re providing personalized travel advice to hundreds of people for free. We do our best 🙂
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Anna

Which village do you recommend staying in if we are arriving by car to the Cinque Terre region (driving from Rome)

Loved your article

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Anna,
If you want to stay in the first town you meet travelling from Rome, then that would be Riomaggiore. When you arrive, plan to leave your car in the parking area and get around for the rest of your stay by train, ferry or foot. It’s inconvenient, expensive and takes much, much longer to visit each town by car.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Leonie

I LOVE your website and have found it very useful. I’m sure like most people I have a ton of questions. My husband and I are heading to Italy for a quick 9-day holiday. We had plans to visit Rome, Naples, and Florence. After exploring your website Cinque Terre is a destination I’d really like to visit. So my question is, is it doable to go from Naples to Cinque Terre, then to Florence without being completely burnt out and or not being able to really appreciate one or the other.

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Leonie,
The Cinque Terre are actually a great place to come between bigger cities for a break and to relieve “tourist exhaustion.” There aren’t really any museums and monuments to run around seeing here, just the hills and the sea, and the five towns to stroll through. The trip from Naples is about 6-7 hours by train, so unless you want to make a day of travelling, you may want to split that up by visiting Florence first (Naples to Florence takes about two and a half hours).
Have a great time!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Rebecca

CIAO! Great post! Planning a trip to Cinque Terre in August. My fiance and I are looking for a studio with a view and a terrace/balcony, pretty much the most romantic thing we can think of. I think we are most interested in Vernazza then Riomaggiore. What other routes of finding accommodations then the one you listed would you suggest? Are dates are flexible we are more interested in finding the right place. Thanks

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Rebecca,
You can check booking.com and Trip Advisor to see the places that are getting the best reviews. Another options that’s really picking up steam here now is Airbnb. For more exclusive, luxe accommodations, Cinque Terre Riviera is a great resource.
Here’s to a wonderfully romantic holiday!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Yung T

Thank you for the blog; great information. What would you recommend for non-hikers?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Yung,
No need to be a hiker to enjoy the Cinque Terre. Just take the train or ferry to get from town to town, and enjoy lovely meals, sunsets, shopping, swimming and strolling around.
Glad you’ve enjoyed the blog!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hannah

Bianca –

Thank you! I have six nights to travel at the end of my time here in Europe and this blog absolutely confirmed that Cinque Terre is where I will be!

I am looking for economical housing for a student… a bit hard to navigate the B&Bs/hostels online… do you have any suggestions on that front?

Thanks very much in advance!

Best,
Hannah

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Hannah,
The hostels in Manarola and Corniglia both have websites (http://www.hostel5terre.com and http://www.ostellocorniglia.com) and they should both also be on hostelworld and hostels.com. As for other types of accommodation, going to booking.com or Trip Advisor generally gives you a pretty comprehensive list.
Have a great time!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Sheridan Taylor

Hello! My friend and I are backpacking (cheap hostel hopping) from Pisa –> Florence –> the Cinque Terre –> Genoa/Portofinio –> back to Pisa in 8 days. How many days would you spend in each? Also where would you recommend students on a budget to stay in the Cinque Terre? Basically what we want to do is hike, eat a lot of cheese, drink a lot of wine, and a swim. Maybe drink wine while swimming and hiking. Either way, we would love any advice. Thanks for your great post!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hey Sheridan,
There is a hostel in each of Manarola and Corniglia in the Cinque Terre – you’ll find the cheapest accommodation in the area there.
As for portioning out your days, I would do one day in Pisa, three in Florence, two in CT and one in each of Genoa and Portofino.
What you like to do is what we like to do, so I’m sure you’re going to love it here 🙂
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

amy

I found your site after I had arrived in CT (based myself in Riomaggiore) and cannot say enough about how helpful it was. I wish I had found it sooner. Such wonderful first hand information on the place.

Highly second La Laterna (the gnocci is to die for) and Billy’s (amazing food and wonderful staff).

Can’t wait to go back and discover more of your special places!!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

So glad you had such a good time, Amy! Thanks for coming back and letting us know 🙂
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Debra Healy

Hi! Great, generous, thorough info. about CT. Thanks.
You are going to cringe when you hear this but we are doing a day trip to CT out of Florence sometime between Aug. 30-Sept 1st 2014. Which city do you recommend to leave the car in and jump on a train….that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg?

Thanks, Deb

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Deb,
So glad you’ve gotten so much out of our site!
I’d leave the car in La Spezia (there is parking at the train station) and train it from there. There is also parking in Riomaggiore (the first town in), but it tends to be packed and you can end up wasting a lot of time waiting for a spot.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

jss

Bianca, I love your site. I would be interested in your view but am mindful that we will be in the “angry day tripper” category. We will be visiting Viareggio for a week in September and wanted to visit the Cinque Terre on 2 (not consecutive) days during the week. Are we mad and what would the best way of doing this. I would be very grateful for your advice. Thank youooo J

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hey J,
Totally do-able. Viareggio is close, so you’re looking at about an hour of travel each way. You can get a lot into each day you visit if you leave early and go back late, so I think you’ll have a great time! And you’ll love Viareggio too 🙂
Have a wonderful trip!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Maile

Bianca,

Thank you for all your very helpful information. We will be in CT in early September, and I was wondering how far in advance we should be making reservations? Especially for Cappun Magru. We wanted to eat there for Sunday lunch on September 7th. If we wait until we get to Italy on Sept 3, will that be sufficient, or should we try and call earlier? Thanks so much in advance.

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi there,
I would recommend booking earlier than that. This restaurant is really small – I think they have eight tables total – so they fill up fast.
In bocca al lupo!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Mark

Hi there, Great article and a great website. Thank you very much for taking the time and effort to make this available for everyone. I am thinking of going to the Cinque Terre during the first week of May (2015) spending 4-5 days there and then taking the boat to Sardinia. Are all of the places and travel connections operating then or is it too early in the season?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Mark,
Thank you so much, we’re glad you’ve enjoyed the site!
There are ferries that run to Sardina from Genoa and from Livorno (each about an hour and a half away) year round, but since the high season doesn’t really start for them until June, they won’t be as frequent in early May. As for what’s open and running in Sardinia at that time of year, it all depends on where you’re going. Most things should be operational though.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Beatrice R.

Hi there,

Thanks a lot for all these helpful and sensible informations.
I am planning to go there beginning of October with my son for 4 days.
What do you think weatherwise?
Thank you,

Beatrice

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Beatrice,
It’s hard to say as October can be hit and miss. We’ve had some of the worst rain in history in October (the floods that devastated Vernazza and Monterosso happened at the end of that month), and we’ve had some beautiful sunny weather also that time of year. The beginning of October is usually still pretty safe (September is one of the most gorgeous months of the year here) so you should be ok.
In bocca al lupo!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Tee

Is travelling to Cinque Terre in mid November a bad idea?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Tee,
Not necessarily – it depends on what kind of trip you’re looking to have, and of course the weather. November can be rainy, but if it isn’t, you can expect to experience a more authentic version of the Cinque Terre than you will in the busier summer months. A lot is closed (though there will always be at least one restaurant, one grocery store and one bar open per town), but what is open is populated mainly by the actual townsfolk, the Italians who live here (and a few of us ex-pats). It’s intimate, quiet, and I think really beautiful this time of year.
Do come back and let us know how it went 🙂
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Jenny J

Hello! If we have a car (driving from Switzerland), where can we park? Is there an overnight parking outside of Cinque Terre? Do you have any suggestions? Thanks!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Jenny,
Each of the towns has a parking area above it where you can leave your car for the duration of your stay.
Happy travels!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

stacy

I am here with my 13 year old daughter now. We are staying in Monterosso – Can’t wait to try your suggestions.

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hope you had a wonderful time, Stacy!

Charlotte

Hi! I just stumbled upon this article and am SO happy I did! I’ll be traveling through Italy all of September as a solo female mid-20s backpacker. I want to spend about 3 nights in Cinque Terre, but all the accommodations I’ve found are hotel or apartment style. I’m looking for a hostel atmosphere where I can meet other travelers and be social while I’m there. Any suggestions?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Charlotte,
There is an official hostel in Manarola as well as one in Corniglia. Riomaggiore has a few dorm bed options as well – just google “dorm beds riomaggiore.”
This is a great place for meeting people, so have fun!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hardy Hodges

Hello!! We are a family with 2 children 9 & 12 looking to visit CT next summer. History says we will have a ton of baggage, so i’m looking for recommendations on family-friendly hotels accessible from train station without lets of steps (or with taxi). [don’t want to make same mistake when we went to venice and had to shlep luggage everywhere.] thanks!!!!!!!!!!!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Hardy,
I don’t want to burst your bubble, but this is not the place to come with lots of luggage – add a million steps to your Venice experience and you’ll get the picture. The towns are built into steep cliffs, are traffic-free (ie. no cabs), and in most cases accommodations are located at least a bit of a walk from the station. The flattest of the towns is Monterosso, so if you have wheeled baggage, it’s likely to be the easiest. Give it a try, and try to pack light 😉
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Rowena

Ciao Bianca,

You and this website are fantastic! Thank you so much for your amazing tips 🙂

My boyfriend and I will be travelling to CT towards the end of September, however we will only be able to dedicate one night 🙁

I would love to hear your ideas on the best places to see/stay in our short time.

I have fallen in love with this place already and I haven’t even been there!

Can’t wait.

Grazie, Ro x

Rowena

I also forgot to mention that we are hiring a car and driving through Italy, can you please suggest the best place for us to leave our car before we head into the area?

Thank you!!!

Ro

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Rowena,
Each of the towns in the Cinque Terre has a parking area.
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Ciao Rowena,
Check out Bianca’s blog post on making the most of a single day in the Cinque Terre here: http://www.italianfix.com/one-day-cinque-terre/
Hope you love it as much as we do!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Harshita

Bianca I must appreciate that is really a very helpful article. There are various websites and pages but at the end you end up getting confused.. This is very simple and precise information page…im in phase of making my itinerary and seek your help once i make a first draft.
Do you have such pages for other zones in Italy as well?? venice/ Rome/ Tuscany (specially country side)/ South Italy… if not can you share best info pages that matches your level of detailing.

Thanks a Ton
harshita

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Harshita,
We have several blog posts about Florence (Bianca used to live there), and we’re in the process of fleshing Italian Fix out to include other areas as well (next up – the south!).
Stay tuned!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Rujuta

Dear Bianca,
First of all, many compliments on the lovely compilation of this website, its very insightful. 🙂

I would like to ask you something regarding my trip ti the 5 terre. i will be arriving by train on 29th at about 22,00hrs at la spezia, and have my train back on 31st in at 14,30 hrs from la spezia.

i am confused in choosing the accommodation. Riomaggiore or Monterosso al Mare. besides i would like to spend both the nights at the same place, but i am not sure if there will be some mode of transport available at 22,30 to travel from la spezia to the villages.
Lastly i would be travelling with my boyfriend.

Looking forward to your views.
Thank you,
Regards
Rujuta

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Rujuta,
There are trains running to both Riomaggiore and Monterosso from La Spezia until after midnight, so you’ll be fine. As for where to stay, go with your gut, and don’t worry too much about it. The towns are all just a quick train ride from one another, so you can spend all day in your favorite and just head back to where you’re staying to sleep.
Have fun!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Harshita

Hi Forum members

So my Itinerary looks like this:

1. 4th Oct: Land in Milan in the evening. Overnight stay in Milan
2. 5th Oct: Lake Como. Stay in Varenna or Bellagio
3. 6th Oct: Head to Venice
4. 7th Oct: Venice
5. 8th Oct: leave for Cinque Terre. Take ocean feel stay in Vernazza.
6. 9th Oct: Hike to Monterosso. Spend day and take the train back.
7. 10th Oct: Head Florence via PISA . Evening in Florence.
8. 11th Oct: Tuscan country side- May be a day trip to Chianti
9. 12th Oct: Tuscan country side- val D’orcia
10. 13th Oct: Rome
11. 14th Oct: half day Rome and head back Home

See i have 9 and a half days in Italy and i want to do so much in that. i cant miss Venice.. i cant miss cinque Terre even before reading this article.
Now, i need help in Tuscany. I have 3 days and i want to spend most of time in countryside. I can chuck Pisa on the ways to Florence
shall i allot one more day to Rome and chuck lake como??
Also, suggest things to do in Venice.. Bianca has mentioned about kayaking on another page but my physical fitness levels are not great so kayaking is not for me..

Thanks a ton
Harshita

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Harshita,
I think this itinerary sounds good, and honestly no one but you can decide what’s worth skipping and what isn’t. You can get through a lot of Rome’s major sights in just a day, so you don’t necessarily have to skip Como. Then again, I’m not a huge fan of racing through a trip to anywhere just to check things off of a list – seen that, and that, and that. Consider paring down and enjoying more time in the places that capture your imagination the most. All it means is that you’ll just have to come back someday, and that’s not such a bad thing, is it?
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Julie

Sorry I didn’t have time to read through all the comments to see if you had answered this question already, but I was wondering what the standard check-in time for places to stay in the Cinque Terre (CT) was. We are flying into Nice and will stay in Antibes a few days…and then take the train to the CT. I am looking at the train schedule and if we leave in the late afternoon that will put us in one of the CT towns close to midnight. I am assuming they aren’t like American hotels were you can come in at all hours. Just wondering what time we need to shoot for getting into the CT. Thanks so much.

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Julie,
You’re right, there aren’t a lot of places around here that will accept guests that late. Many places, in fact, will not accept guests past the early evening, and if you arrive later than that, you’re out of luck. Make sure you talk to the hotel in advance about your time of arrival so that you have time to look elsewhere if they’re not cool with it.
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Stephen

Bianca,

Love the info, thanks for posting about CT!!

I wanted to get your professional opinion on where to stay/base out of while I will be in CT in September. My current itinerary has me leaving Rome and heading up to CT from Florence on Wednesday evening, September 17th. I’ll be there Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and head back to Rome via train on Saturday afternoon/evening.

Would love any and all insight as far as where to stay, what to do, where to eat, etc…

Thanks so much!!

Stephen

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Stephen,
Bianca has loads of suggestions about just these things in this and a few other blog posts about the CT on this site. Have a look around and enjoy!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

deeann

i am definitely stealing this itenerary, it is perfect because we planned 3 nights and 4 days! we will be there sept 15-18 this year, I heard some of the trails are closed. any advice here? we are looking forward to hiking! do you have any suggestions for like a vineyard tour/tasting or a little bakery for breakfast in riomaggiore?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Deeann,
So great that our itinerary matches your trip! Some of the trails – including the famous Via dell’Amore – are in fact closed, but don’t despair. Every trail that’s closed has an alternate trail to get you where you want to go. You may have to hike a bit further up into the hills, but that just means better views 😉
Give the boys at litan.it a shout about wine tasting and vineyard tours – they’re awesome. And you can grab some sweets at the Panificio in Riomaggiore, but you’re better off having breakfast at one of the bars in town like the Italians do. Most places have their pastries baked fresh and delivered every morning.
Have fun!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Jane

Fantastico article Bianca, thank you so much for writing this!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Thank you, Jane! So glad you enjoyed it!

Adelle Gabrielson

Lovetty love love! Thank you Google, for sending me over here. Five friends an I have decided on Italy for a trip in October of 2014. I. Have. Never. Been.

We plan to rent a villa in Tuscany – perhaps near Pisa – and rent a car. It seems, however, that Cinque Terre is further from the area than I realized. Is Pisa too far for a day trip? I read your articles – the most tragic thing about this trip is already realizing that we cannot possibly Do It All.

Looking forward to more Italy in my inbox! Cheers.

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hey Adelle,
Yay! We love helping to get people excited about their trips! Pisa is super close (just over an hour driving and an hour and a half by train) so you can definitely do a Cinque Terre day trip or two from there.
Have a blast!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Barbara

Are the boats running in October, 2014?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Barbara,
The ferries stop running around October 5th generally.
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Carl Uhland

Hello,
Thank you for your interesting website. It has been very helpful. We are a couple traveling to cinq terre from the 9th to the 12th of October. We were wondering where would be the best place to stay? We had found a residence .. a kind of monestery with pink walls .. But lost the link .. anyway if you have suggestions for us that would be great. We were leaning towards staying in Riomaggiore if possible.

Thanks for your help.

Carl Uhland

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Ciao Carl,
Did you try the suggestions in our post above? If so and they were full, give Casa Lorenza or Allo Scalo dei Mille a try. They’re excellent.
Have a great stay!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

dinmark

With such a great amount of excellence in such a consolidated region,Cinque Terre italy is an unquestionable requirement see terminus. Regardless of where you choose to stay in Cinque Terre you are certain to have a moderate and vital excursion

Joseph

Bianca, scusami. Andremo con un gruppo di 23 studentesse da Firenze a settembre. È meglio andare di sabato o di domenica?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Ciao Joseph,
Se volete trovare il posto un po’ più tranquillo, consiglierei la domenica, quando la maggior parte dei turisti italiani tornano a casa. Se volete un po’ di vita, meglio venire sabato.
Divertitevi!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Yechiel

What is the weather like at the end of October beginning of November. Is it too windy on the coast?
Or should we go for it?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Yechiel,
Rain is sometimes more of an issue that time of year than wind, but as with weather anywhere, it’s impossible to predict very far in advance. I happen to love the quiet and tranquility in late October and November, especially after a busy season, so if you think that that might also be your cup of tea then definitely, go for it 🙂
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Emily

My husband and I are staying in Volastra, just above Manarola. We are here now, and were hoping to go hiking on some trails and maybe a sailboat excursion. We have woken up to rain. Do you have suggestions for how to enjoy the area in rainy weather?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Emily,
That’s kind of a tough one – this area is all about being outside, so rainy days can leave you at a loss. Zio Bramante in Manarola is a cozy place to sip a caffe latte and read a book until the worst passes. They have live music in the evenings too. Check out some more of our rainy day tips here: http://www.italianfix.com/one-day-cinque-terre/
Hope you had a great time despite the weather!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Gabriela

Hi Bianca, I just wanted to congratulate you for your blog. I live in Italy and am planning a visit to 5 terre for the first time. Your article explains all the things I wanted to know before visiting 5terre, thank you for writing it!!

Gaby
http://www.gabyaroundtheworld.blogspot.com

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hey Gaby,
Thank you! Bianca will love reading this 🙂
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Arnie Rabinowitz

The best most wonderful “scoop” about CT.
Do you have a recommendation for lodging in Monterosso ( or Vernazza )?

Also any suggestions on how we get down to Amalfi .
Most likely by train, what is the quickest possible way.
Through Florence or Rome?

Many thanks in advance. Your info on CT …absolutely indispensable !!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hey Arnie,
In Monterosso we like Il Portico, Pietre di Mare, Zia Letizia and La Casa di Zuecca. Try Casa Cato’ in Vernazza. As for getting down to Amalfi, trenitalia.com is an excellent resource. It’ll pull up the most efficient options for you once you’ve typed in your departure and arrival cities.
Have fun!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Andrea

Amazing summary and suggestions, so glad I found this, hoping to go next week from Lucca, no idea what I’m doing. So this helped so much! 🙂 grazie!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hope you had a great time, Andrea!

Jenny

Hi — Can you advise about going to Cinque Terre in early November of this year? We could be there from November 4-6. It seems the ferry will be closed by then and the trails could be closed if it’s raining? Some people recommend at that time of year it’s better go stay in Portovenere, and make a trip over to Cinque Terre if the weather is good. (I don’t mind walking in the rain — just trying to assess if restaurants and trails will be open. If you do think it’s a good time to go, where would you suggest staying at that time? I was most interested in staying in Manarola or Riomaggiore.) Thank you in advance.

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hey Jenny,
Really it’s impossible to say very far in advance how the weather is going to be, as you know. Trails will still be open unless it rains and there are mudslides, but the ferries will no longer be running. You can still visit all five towns by train though, and though a few establishments do close at this time, there will still be restaurants and bars and grocery stores open. Staying in Portovenere is also nice, but no different from staying here at that time of year really. Same goes for the differences between towns – no one town is more tourist-friendly than the others once the season ends.
Have a great time!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Becky

Your blog is wonderful!! Thank you!!

Would you let me know your thoughts on driving vs taking the train in Italy? I am traveling with my mother (64 years old) and aunt (69 years old) in 2 weeks. We are flying into Rome and will either rent a car or train to Arezzo (or any other charming, quaint town in Tuscany where we can take in the vineyards and quiet, beautiful scernery)… then on to La Spezia where we will either park the car or board the other train to get to Cinque Terre. We will have 3 nights there before continuing on to Lake Como then Milan before flying back to the US.
Would appreciate your thoughts or recommendations on transportation in October (off season?). We are up for adventure and are going more off the beaten path this trip to Italy..

Many thanks in advance!

Bianca Gignac

Hi Becky,

Thanks for dropping by and great question! It’s an age old one. 🙂 I typically recommend train travel (simpler), but it sounds like a car would be suited to you, as you want to go off the beaten path. San Gimignano, for example is an very charming Tuscan hill town that is only car reachable. Your aunts may also appreciate the lift.

Yes, you can use the car park in La Spezia, or just book a hotel in the Cinque Terre that has space for your car. Always ask, if they have one it usually is 10 euro per night fee, which is worth it!

Let me know how it goes! I would love to hear,
Bianca

Gabriela

Hi Bianca, I went to Cinque Terre last weekend and tried some of your recommendations. They were fabulous, thank you! DaBilly’s and Belforte rocked! I wrote some of my impressions at my blog I hope you get a good laugh while reading them http://gabyaroundtheworld.blogspot.it/2014/10/be-traveler-not-tourist.html
Gaby

Bianca Gignac

Hi Gabriela,

Thanks so much for your comment Gaby and adorable post too! I did laugh 🙂

Keep in touch,
Bianca

Melissa

Hi Bianca,

Wondering if you would take 6 year old twin girls on this trip or wait until they are older?

Thanks,
Melissa

Bianca Gignac

Hi Melissa,

I would definitely take six year old twins to the Cinque Terre. My daughter is six too; I know that age well! It may be more relaxing for you to book a hotel on the promenade of Monterosso. It’s right on the beach, and close to the train station. The added bonus is that Monterosso has less stairs, so you will be less of a pack mule. What’s awesome about the villages, is that they’re mostly car free. This is such a bonus when packing kids around Europe because you can have peace of mind they can play freely without tight spaces and car traffic. Don’t miss the beach town of Bonassola with the kids too. Definitely my fave spot (wide traffic free main boulevard designed for parents to drink cocktails while kids run wild — molto Italiano). 🙂

Divertitevi in Italia con le bambine,
Bianca

cinqueterre properties

Thanks a lot for your information.That’s a great site

Cinque Terre self catering accommodation

Pierpaolo Paradisi

Hi friends, maybe you forget our house: http://www.theheartofcinqueterre.com/

remember that if you book by italianfix website you will have a discount of 25%!

Ciao
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Kevin McCormick

Hi Bianca,

I am planning on bringing my wife to Italy for her 50th birthday. We are planning on traveling between May 12th and the 29th. I was hoping to spend a few days in Paris, then to Florence as a home base for about a week or so (would like to venture to Rome and perhaps Venice for a couple days), with our final week or so in Cinque Terre. I was looking at VRBO for our rentals and was hoping to get your input. Which city would you suggest we use as a home base in Cinque Terre? I would prefer to have our final week be more of a “vacation” than the adventure that will precede it!

I would appreciate any thoughts and or suggestions you might be able to give me.

Thanks!

Kevin

Bianca Gignac

Kevin,
Congrats on your trip! Why not check out VRBo rentals in Levanto. It’s a bigger town with more choice — and right next door to Cinque Terre!

Bianca

Allison

Hi!
I will be in Cinque Terre in June for about 3 days. I was wondering if there are day trips to areas around Cinque Terre you would recommend? Perhaps a boat trip some where?
Thanks!

Bianca Gignac

Allison,
Yes! Check out my tips on this itinerary.
http://www.italianfix.com/one-day-cinque-terre/

Bianca

Bianca Gignac

Allison,
Yes, I have some tips for you:
http://www.italianfix.com/hiking-cinque-terre-trails/
http://www.italianfix.com/one-day-cinque-terre/
The boat from Riomaggiore to Portovenere is lovely!
Bianca

terri thomas

Do you know of any cooking classes in the area?

Bianca Gignac

Terri,
Absolutely! Call my friend Giancarlo at Agriturismo Villanova. I always bring my clients there!
Bianca

megan

Hi there

My boyfriend and I found your articles really interesting. We want to come to cinque terre late may and were wondering if the weather will be good enough to wear shorts and costumes etc or when is the best time to come? We want to avoid busy tourist season if possible.

Thank you

Bianca Gignac

Ciao Megan,
Yes you could probably find great weather. Check out my article on weather in Italy here.
http://www.italianfix.com/italy-weather-when-to-go/
Bianca
P.S. It’s always busy in Italy — 60 million people in a tiny boot — that’s part of the charm of the place!

Marissa

Hello! I am planning to spend about a week in Cinque Terre in April and was wondering if you could recommend the best places to stay on a budget as I am a student traveling?

Grazie!

Bianca Gignac

Hi Marissa,
I’m never short on ideas 😉
Check out my friend Jacomo’s place called La Dolce Vita in Riomaggiore. It’s called a hostel but it’s really just private apartment rentals at a budget! Also, the hostel in Manarola is lovely. Have a great trip!
Bianca

Kathy

We are two active senior couples travelling from Venice to Cinque Terra in May. Any recommendations for apt. for four nights. Trying to keeps costs down. Appreciate all your advice.

Bianca Gignac

Hi Kathy,
Congrats on your trip and hearing that you’re active in your golden years. Check out my hiking trips for the Cinque Terre here: http://www.italianfix.com/hiking-cinque-terre-trails/
Call my friend Amy for an apartment:
http://riomaggiorereservations.com/
Happy travels!
Bianca

Theresa

Hi there!
My husband and I are planning just one night somewhere in Cinque Terre. We will be arriving sometime around mid May 2015 and because we are coming in from Florence, I thought we may be better off staying in Monterosso?? Do you have any recommendations where to stay in that town?? I would love a “room with a view”!!! But not too expensive.. 🙂

Bianca Gignac

Hi Theresa,
Monterosso is lovely! A room with a view would be any hotel along the promenade. A few are Hotel Baia or Hotel Pasquale. They are pretty popular and could be pricey. Pro Tip: You could search for the Italian term “camere visto mare Monterosso” and you’ll see a listing of places that price concious Italians choose. Good luck! Bianca

Jodi

Hello Bianca,
I am enjoying reading your information on Cinque Terre. My husband and 2 children (aged 13 and 12) are planning a trip to Italy and hoping to stay in Riomaggiore around the start to mid September. Is the weather generally ok at this time of year? As we are a family of 4 will we need to pre-book accomodation before we arrive or would it be easy to find somewhere to stay once we get there (we are not sure of our dates as are planning on hiring a car and just driving for a couple of weeks)? Would you recommend driving around Italy for tourists or would it be better to use train travel (we have had conflicting advice)? We are planning on starting in Venice then travelling to Florence, Riomaggiore, Rome and Positano (roughly). Thank you for your time – I look forward to hearing from you.

Bianca Gignac

Jodi,
Yes, weather is great! You should definitely pre-book accommodation for your entire trip as September is very busy still. For all the towns you are listing, train travel will work for you. It’s easy to travel by train, and cheaper too!
Bianca
P.S. If you’re craving a car rental, why not rent one in Positano for tow days so you can whip around to the out of the way places. I would do that!

Jordanne

Hi!!!

So excited to find this site. Cinque Terre was recommended to us by a few friends. We love love walking, nature & site seeing. We will be flying into Pisa at the end of March & then would like to head to Cinque Terre and spend at least 2 nights. Here are my questions…

I saw that you don’t necessarily recommend Cinque Terre in March. What will the weather be like?
If we decide to give it a go – Is the train reasonable from Pisa?
Our daughter will be 7 months at the time of travel – any places (restaurants,beaches) you have noticed to be baby friendly?
What other areas do you recommend – we have about 10 days total?

Thx look forward to hearing from you!!!

Bianca Gignac

Jordanne,
The Cinque Terre is great for families. All of Italy is actually! My daughter gets treated like a queen there. 🙂 Here’s the temperatures for that season:
http://www.italianfix.com/italy-weather-when-to-go/
And more tips:
http://www.italianfix.com/one-day-cinque-terre/
Have a great trip!
Bianca
P.S. Best baby friendly beach and town is Bonassola (20 mins from Monterosso)

Theodore

Hello, It’s wonderful that people like you still exist on the terra and “cinque terre”. Thank you for existing.
My wife and me prepare for a trip in Liguria Riviera. We are well over 70!!. We plan ab. ten days for the full tour and two nights (almost two days) in “Parco di cinque terre”. What can I remove from your plan without destroying it and ourselves (though we are quite fit!)?
Thanks

Bianca Gignac

Theodore,
Thanks for your sweet words. Glad you exist on the “terra” too! So great to see you enjoying life in your 70’s and filling your time with more memories.
I think you should avoid the bigger walks I mention. Also, save walking muscles and take the ferry boat between the towns, as the view from the water is lovely (ferries are seasonal). Apart from that — you might also enjoy some tips I mention here: http://www.italianfix.com/one-day-cinque-terre/
Best, Bianca

Aditya Raja

Hi Bianca!
I was looking for some help with ‘Cinque Terre’ portion of my Italy trip, when I stumbled upon your blog. I am travelling alone (backpacking) and have 2 nights to spend in Cinque Terre.
I am really interested in doing the Cinque Terre Alta Via/Sentiero Rosso or the ‘The High Trail’. Could you suggest which village would be best to set base in, and how to go about hiking the best portions of the High Trail in 2 nights.
I leave will be there sometime in early April this year will be arriving into Cinque Terre from Florence.
Eagerly awaiting your response.

Thanks,
Aditya

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Aditya,
Have a look at our post on hiking here: http://www.italianfix.com/hiking-cinque-terre-trails/
Have a wonderful trip!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Sarah Nathan

Hi Bianca,
Love your blog!
My husband and I are planning to spend 3 nights around the Cinque Terra from 21 April. Is it a good time to be there? Where is the best place? What do you think about staying in Rapallo?
Many thanks
Sarah

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Sarah,
Rapallo is less than an hour away, so it’s a great place to stay just outside of the Cinque Terre. End of April is the very beginning of the season here, so everyone is bright-eyed and bushy tailed and happy to see tourists again. It’s usually already warm out, but not hot, so it’s a great time to visit.
Have fun!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Dave Rosenbaum

Hi, Bianca,

My wife are traveling to Italy in June and plan on spending three nights in the Cinque Terre. We were considering Cinque Terre Residences for our stay, but guess who has all of the rooms booked? You! (I’m just guessing it’s you since you have a tour on those days).

Anyway, my wife and I are both perfectly mobile with the exception that she has trouble going down a lot of steps (she’s okay with walking downhill but not so good with steps down). Can we still enjoy the Cinque Terre with this limitation? And would Monterosso be our best choice for a place to stay considering this?

Thanks,
Dave

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Dave,
I would say yes, go for Monterosso instead of Rio. There are a LOT of steps here and the whole town is built on a pretty steep incline, whereas Monterosso is flat. And consider the fact that Residence was booked out a blessing in disguise! It’s at the very top of Riomaggiore, so getting up and down every day might have been too hard on your wife.
Have the most fabulous trip!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Sophie

Thank you so much for this great information.
I an a Senior Travel Consultant in Montreal, Quebec and my clients are looking to travel to Cinque Terre for 2 weeks.
This is one of the regions in Italy that I have yet to discover so your insights have been wonderful.

Many thanks !

Sophie 🙂

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

So glad we could help out, Sophie! And hopefully one day you can come enjoy the area yourself too 🙂

Andrey Trifonov

Hello,

Me and my girlfriend plan to travel to Cinque Terre in the end of May or in the beginning of June? Do you think that this period is suitable and still not so overcrowded like in August and we can have enough sunny days? And one more thing we plan to stay in Monterosso at Eremo di S.M. Maddalena do you have any opinion of this place? And last but not at least we plan to come by car from Bulgaria can we reach Monterosso and this villa there by the car itself and we will leave the car there and will start exploring this beautiful region by walking and hiking? I highly appreciate your answer! Thank you in advance!
Best Regards

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Ciao Andrey,
May and June are very nice times of the year to visit the Cinque Terre. The weather is usually already quite nice and it isn’t as busy as it tends to get later in the summer. Ere di SM Maddalena is absolutely beautiful – a stay in Italy right out of a romantic movie – but it isn’t right in Monterosso. It’s about 3 km away, so you’ll need to drive to get into the village itself, or you could hike there.
Do come back and tell us how it went!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Sue

Hi
I’m traveling to Italy in early March and planned on going to Cinque Terre. It appears you suggest we don’t go due to the possible weather. I’m an amateur photographer and really wanted to go, is it really so bad in the early spring? Also I’m traveling with others who are more interested in museums so I’m breaking away from the group for one night to check out Cinque Terre. Let me know if you think this is really not advisable.

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Sue,
March can be hit or miss weather-wise, but if you’re in the area with friends anyway, then definitely take a day trip in! Sometimes the weather is just gorgeous that time of year 🙂
Have a great trip, and feel free to post some of your photos on our Facebook page!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Jess

Thanks so much for this fantastic post, it really has been hard to find useful information on the Cinque Terre!
I plan on travelling to cinque terre in early October. Just wondering what the weather is like there during that time. I have heard mixed things and am hoping that it will be nice weather.
Also we will be travelling from Florence to the cinque terre by train, do you have any tips?
Thanks so much!
Jess

Bianca Gignac

Hi Jess,
Yes, the Cinque Terre is very confusing and I’ve built amazing insider tours for small groups because it’s such a confusing place to travel. Here are my trips:
http://www.italianfix.com/travel/
I think you should travel in October no problemo. The weather will be nice. Here are the temps:
http://www.italianfix.com/italy-weather-when-to-go/
As far as getting between Florence and the Cinque Terre — it couldn’t be easier on the train. More tips for you!
http://www.italianfix.com/what-to-do-tuscany/
Have a great trip!
Bianca

Jordan

Thank you so much for explaining each of the towns. It is so hard to choose just one but this post certainly helped. Question: is the Cinque Terre area still worth going to in early March?

Thanks,
Jordan

Bianca Gignac

Jordan,
Yes, you can still travel Cinque Terre in early March. See my post:
http://www.italianfix.com/what-to-do-tuscany/
Weather tips are here:
http://www.italianfix.com/what-to-do-tuscany/
I hope this helps,
Bianca

Amelia

Hello,

I reserved a room in Monterosso because of the large beach, now I don’t know if it is ok, I also like Riomagiore but I do not know if is enough space where to take a bath in the sea and have a little sun.

Bianca Gignac

Amelia,
You’ll love the beach in Monterosso!
Bianca

Cara

Hi Bianca,

I am traveling to Italy with my best girl friend and her sister and I am dying to visit the Cinque Terre! I read this article (and many of your other articles) about whether I should go or not and I am looking for confirmation either way. We are limited on time, we are staying one night in Cinque Terre but will be there all Saturday and Sunday. We are traveling there for the very last weekend in March (March 29-30). From what I have seen and read, I would really like to stay in Vernazza. All that being said, is our short visit to the Cinque Terre feasible? Any recommendations of where three, mid-twenties girls-on-a-budget, should stay? I really do have my heart set on it.

Thanks for your advice!
Cara

Bianca Gignac

Cara,
Follow your heart and go!
There is a hostel in Manarola — but with 3 of you sharing a room you should be able to go pretty el cheapo sharing an apartment in Vernazza. Pro tip: Search “camere visto mare Vernaazza” to get some budget friendly options that are Italian “wallet savvy” approved. 😉
Bianca

Amanda

Hi Bianca!! I plan on visiting this beautiful place with three of my best girl friends! We’re all mid-20s. This itinerary sounds amazing. Quick question though.. We will be visiting at the beginning of October. How is the weather during this time usually??

Bianca Gignac

Amanda,
You’ll be blessed with good weather probably. It’s a nice time to go. 🙂
Bianca

Autumn

Great Article!! We are currently coming from Germany and planning on driving, i have heard Levanto would be a great starting spot (hotel and to leave the car) and than take the train into a new village each day, is that something you would recommend as well? Its already a killer drive so trying to avoid going further south just to travel up those days. Thanks for the detailed article

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Ciao Autumn,
Levanto is a great place to make your home base. It’s only five minutes by train to Monterosso, so really not that much more driving to get right into the Cinque Terre, but if you prefer something a little less busy, then go for it.
Have a wonderful trip!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Ed Salomon

My wife collects beach stones. Which beach in Cinque Terre has the best (i.e., smoothest, most colorful and/or most striated) stones?

Bianca Gignac

Ed,
Hands down, go to the Riomaggiore beach.
Bianca

Van

Hi Bianca,

Awesome write-up! I only wish my friends and I could join one of your group tours! However, we have already booked our tickets and will be visiting Italy from 2-16 April. Question for you: will it be too cold to visit Cinque Terre during this time of year? We will be starting in Milan and plan to travel to Florence. Any advice from you would be much appreciated!

Cheers,
Van

Bianca Gignac

Van,
Hopefully next time! Sign up for my mailing list so we can stay connected. 🙂
I think you could have a great time in Cinque Terre in April. You would stop in the Cinque Terre before you hit Florence. I hope this helps.
Bianca

Gail Crouch

Hi Biancia. Thanks for your amazing info. 6 of us (3 couples) are planning to visit Cinque Terre from 20 – 26th Sept this year. We want to be in one of the 5 villages. Our problem is finding a place that can gives us three double rooms, even if not together close by? Also we coming from South Africa are paying 15 South African rand foe 1 Euro so we have a budget of max 100€ per couple per night. Any help or advise would be appreciated. Thanks Gail

Bianca Gignac

Hi Gail,
We connected on FB about this. I hope it helped. Bianca

Poornima

Lovely article my husband n me are looking to travel to Italy during aug my itinerary is 2 days naples with half a day at pompie 1 night cinque terre 1 night bologna 1 night triest since both of us have been to the biggies we are looking at going to smaller towns. Can u guide me at cinque terre??

Bianca Gignac

Hi Poormina,
This summer, I just offer weeklong itineraries that are already organized. Thank you for asking however!
Bianca

Brad Jenkins

Hi Bianca,
Love your beginner’s guide. My wife and I are planning a fly drive to Italy this fall. We are planning to arrive in Cinque Terre on 9/28 for 3 nights by car. Would you be able to help us with guide services?

Brad

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Ciao Brad,
Our tours are already wrapped up for this year, unfortunately, but sign up for updates at the top of this page and you’ll be the first to find out about next year’s offerings 🙂
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Adelle Gabrielsonle

Disregard the tweet! Found it!

Vivi

hi Bianca,

We booked a trip with 7 girls to cinque terre 3-7 juni 2015. We stay in Monterosso. We like hiking, eating, drinking, relaxing. Do you have a suggestion for Some more difficult hikes in cinque terre? We like the combination of it all.

Greetings from Holland
Vivi

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Ciao Vivi,
The hike between Monterosso and Vernazza is the most difficult section of the Sentiero Azzurro (the main trail), but if you’re looking for even more of a challenge, you can just head up further into the hills. Another option is to hike from Riomaggiore to Portovenere, or up to Telegrafo, an almost vertical climb at some points (or at least it seems like it!). The Park’s information offices will be able to help you out with specifics.
Have a great time!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Debra Sarokin

This is such a helpful article. You are kind to share – it shows how much you love the area. I do have one question – Im looking for a place to stay in Vernazza and didn’t see a suggestion in the link at the end of the article. Anything you recommend? Three nights and I’d like something nice. Going late May…

thanks so much!

debra

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hey Debra,
Try Casa Cato’ or Casa Vacanze Zia Maria. Both are beloved by past guests.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Joshua Johnson

Hi Bianca,

My wife and I want to sneak in a short 2 day trip to Cinque Terre to conclude our European (London, Paris, Rome) vacation. We’ll be coming from Rome and will take one of the trains. Any travel tips?
Also, Can you recommend a condensed itinerary for 2 days. We wish we had more time, but we have to fly back to London to catch a flight back to the US.
We are active and like hiking and sight seeing.

Thanks,
Joshua & Joanna

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Joshua and Joanna,
Have a look at our post about making the most of a short stay in the Cinque Terre here: http://www.italianfix.com/one-day-cinque-terre/
Making time for the CT is always a great idea in our books. Have fun!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Patty

Bianca,
Loved your article can’t wait to go. We will be on a cruise coming into La Spezia cruise port on May 14, 2015 from 7A M – 7 P M. Please advise if we should take a tour or do it on our own. We would like to do it on our own so we can see and do things as we please. I am not sure if this could be done in a 8-9 hr span as we want to make sure we get back to the ship on time. Can you please give me suggestions on how I should plan my day and see as much as we can. Also, how would we get to Cinque Terre on our own? Thank you for your assistance in this matter. If you don’t think we can do it on our own can you recommend a tour group to use? Thanks again, Patty Shorr

Bianca Gignac

Patty,
Follow my tips on this itinerary and you should be good. I do think traveling with local knowledge is much more relaxing and time saving. Next time come with me!
http://www.italianfix.com/travel/
Bianca

Christine

Thank you for your great information! Would you recommend me a few great, local restaurants with delicious, home cook food or seafood. I am thinking of Vernazza as my home base, do you have any lodging recommendation?

Bianca Gignac

Christine,
Absolutely! I have an entire list of restaurant recs here:
http://www.italianfix.com/restaurants-in-cinque-terre/
My fave Vernazza places are:
http://lamala.it/en/prenotazioni/index.html
and
http://www.camerenicolina.it/room_nicoletta.htm
Enjoy!
Bianca
Bianca

Ana

What a wonderful blog ! Thanks for the detailed info, we surely are going to try it out on our next trip in May 2015. Cheers Ana

Bianca Gignac

Hi Ana,
Thank you for your comment! Let me know how it goes!
Bianca

Nikki

In regards to shoes, would comfortable sandals be okay to walk around in or are running shoes a must?

I will be backpacking Europe and Cinque Terre is only a day trip for us, so I would hate to pack running shoes if not necessary as I will not be wearing them again.

Bianca Gignac

Nikki,
Comfy sports sandals will work. I hate packing too much as well.
Bianca

Amanda

Sounds like a great itinerary! I’m thankful for your tips. I’m going there in mid-May for 4 days. Just wondering, I’ll be there Saturday-Tuesday. The 2 fulls days I’m there are Sunday and Monday. Do you think I’ll have any trouble finding places that are open? Mostly restaurants is what I mean. I read those might be the likely days that places are closed. Thanks 🙂

Bianca Gignac

Amanda,
Thanks for your comment.
Not everything will be open — but lots will be. The locals need to eat too. 🙂
Bianca

sue

hi, this is a great blog thank you!
I am concerned now as our travel agent has plonked us in Sestri Levante for the 3 days whilst visiting the area :-/ is this going to work? We are training it from Venice and were hoping just to be in one place and do day trips either by train or hikes. Would love to hear your thoughts on this
cheers

Bianca Gignac

Sue,
Sestri Levante is very nice, but it’s NOT Cinque Terre — about 30 mins away by train. It has a very different feel. More city-like. But it would be fine for day trips to the hiking.
Looking forward to hearing more from you,
Bianca

Sheryl

We will be leaving Rome flying to Genoa.
We have booked a hotel in Monterosso for 3 nights.
We want to take a train out of Monterosso to Turin.
Have been VERY confused about the train system.
We will be flying out of Turin so need to nail the train schedule before booking our flight out of Turin.
Any help you can give would be appreciated.

Bianca Gignac

Sheryl,
You can look at the train schedules here: http://www.trenitalia.com/
Trains leave all day everyday to Turin, so you should have no problem. Pro Tip: catch the train before the one you’ll need. Trains can be late, or you can miss a connection. For flights, I never take chances and always get there EXTRA early. I hope this helps.
Bianca

Kristen

Hi Bianca!

I’m making a short trip to Italy and much prefer outside large cities/ some greenery. I doubt my ability to use the train system in Italy, so are there any tours you recommend for trips from Florence to Cinque Terre even if it is a day trip?
Thank you!
Kristen

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Kristen,
We don’t have any off-hand that we recommend, but don’t give up on taking the train on your own before you’ve tried. It really is quite easy once you get the hang of how it works. Check out trenitalia.com, type in a couple of arrival and departure cities, and you’ll start to get an idea of what to expect. Then ask your hotel front desk in Florence for a tutorial before venturing out, or join forces with other tourists you see at the station. There will be a lot coming from Florence to the CT!
In bocca al lupo, and do let us know how it went, ok?
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Lauren

Hi Bianca. I was wondering. .. my husband and I booked an appt on Riomaggorie on June 24 but I just learned the’re is a festival that day. Is this going to be a berry crowded time and would it be better to stay in a different town?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Ciao Lauren,
June 24th is the celebration dedicated to San Giovanni Battista (St. John the Baptist), the patron saint of Riomaggiore. They do a religious procession down to the marina and bless the sea in the evening, but that’s really all there is to it. There’s no big party or anything, and it isn’t any busier than usual that day. It’s a great event to experience, actually!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

neil

Hi Bianca,
We are starting our trip in the cinque Terre. We are a family with twin 4 year olds, and grandparents. so 6 of us. we want a good base to stay and then the ability to do some of the hikes. can you recommend a 2 day/night itinerary and accommodations? probably prefer a hotel, but are open to other options.
thank you, neil

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Neil,
Check out our blog post on making the most of just a day or two in the Cinque Terre here: http://www.italianfix.com/one-day-cinque-terre/
Have fun!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Kimmi

Hi Bianca,
Thank you!!! I’ve been wanting to go to Cinque for 20 years and am finally going on the 27th-30th of this month. I had been looking for any info on how/what to do, and getting sidetracked at every hotel, village, tour, etc. Then I found your info, and as offered, I’m stealing it. Will send photos & review upon return.
Ciao

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Yes, please do, Kimmi! So glad we could be of help 🙂

Courtney

Hi Bianca! (& anyone else who may be able to help) =)
I have decided to travel to the Cinque Terre alone for a week followed by a train trip to Lucca in Tuscany and ending up in Florence (as per your wonderful suggestions). I am in my 4th year of medical school and will be starting my residency training in July therefore am on a smaller budget than what I think most people travel with, so I was wondering if anyone had suggestions for nice, but affordable accommodations in the towns of Monterosso and Vernazza? I have noted the recommendations for Riogmaggiore. Thank you! =)

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Courtney,
Monterosso and Vernazza have been catering to a more and more well-heeled crowd over the last several years and this is reflected in what it tends to cost to stay there. If you’re looking to save, you’re more likely to find something decent for less in Riomaggiore, Manarola and Corniglia. If you really want to go budget, look into the private rooms the hostels in Manarola and Corniglia offer. They’re simple, but cheap.
Come back and let us know how it all went, ok?
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Cheryl

Hi
Bianca, thank you so much for this itinerary. We are using the whole 4 day plan for our trip here in August. We added on one extra day and we will most likely do Bonassola. Where do you recommend we eat lunch and dinner? Nothing expensive, a “locals” place would be great! Thank you

Cheryl

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Ciao Cheryl,
For a casual lunch people in the area travel to Bonassola for, you must try the focaccia at Focacceria Atica Liguria Da Marisa. You can make a day of it too by renting a lounge chair and umbrella at one of the private beach resorts, where they serve delicious buffet lunches by the sea. (A favourite is the one at the second entrance to the beach coming from the train station, on the right.) For a wonderfully authentic experience (think your Italian nonna’s kitchen), try Ristorante degli Aranci for dinner.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Simon

Bonjour Bianca,
En ayant Gignac comme nom de famille, mon petit doigt me dit que vous êtes Québécoise, je me trompe? 😉
En tout cas, je serai en Italie pendant deux semaines au début du mois de mai, et votre blogue vient de changer tout mon itinéraire! En fait, des amis m’avaient vivement conseillé de passer par là, mais c’est vous qui m’avez convaincu. Pour le moment, ce que j’espère, c’est pouvoir trouver un lieu où dormir dont le prix ne sera pas exhorbitant…
Merci pour vos suggestions, c’est sûr que je vais en tenir compte!
Simon

Roland Austria

My wife and I are going to spend our honeymoon in Italy this summer. Because of this article, we have dedicated 5 days to Cinque Terre!

I went to inquire if Christina’s place is available during our stay, but she said that it is unfortunately fully-booked the whole summer.

Do you have any other suggestions of a place similar to “I Limoni di Thule” (gorgeous sea-view from a high balcony) anywhere else in Cinque Terre?

We are desperate. We need that beautiful view from a balcony!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Roland,
Try Casa Lorenza – you won’t be disappointed. Not only does she have panoramic views of the village and sea, one of her apartments has a little garden area to sit in as well.
Have a wonderful time!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Roxana

Hi Bianca,

Very useful info, many thanks for sharing. Is it OK to set up the base in Forte dei Marmi and then travel to the Cinque Terre villages 2-3 days?

Any recommendations much appreciated.

Thanks

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Ciao Roxana,
Forte dei Marmi is about an hour and a half away by train, so you can definitely do day trips from there to the Cinque Terre.
Have a wonderful stay!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Chelsey

If 3 single ladies are traveling Italy this summer (our first stop being Cinque Terre), does that mean we will meet our husbands too? 🙂 I SURE HOPE SO! 🙂

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hey Chelsey,
Let’s just say that the entire Italian Fix staff met their husbands in the Cinque Terre, so chances are high!
Have a blast 🙂
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Anne

Hello Bianca!

As I am preparing for a wonderful stay in Cinque Terre, I was wondering if staying in La Spezia during the trip was a good idea. Are the trains frequent and, as I guess it isn’t a long ride to go to the villages, is it easy to do? Can we also walk from La Spezia to the villages? And, last but not least, do the trains come back “late” at night? Would we have time to enjoy evenings in the villages?

Thanks 🙂

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Anne,
I would personally stay in the Cinque Terre themselves if that’s what you’re coming here to see, but if you do stay in La Spezia, then yes, the trains run quite frequently – about once an hour, and more at certain times of the day. The last trains come back between 11:30 and 1 am, depending on the town you’re staying in. Technically you can walk from La Spezia to Riomaggiore, but it would be along the winding road, is kind of dangerous, and would take a couple of hours. We don’t really recommend it.
Have a great trip, whatever you decide!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Gina

Hi, Bianca, great to come across your site! My husband and I are going to Milan at the end of May for 3 nights to world expo and then going to Cinque Terra to spend 4-5 days for my special birthday! Any particular restaurant you recommend? Also, we would have 2-3 nights left before flying back home from Milan. Where would you recommend, Monoco, Como or something else in the region? I’m Italian and have been to most of Italy visiting family but, not much in the north where for the first time I will be not be spending time with family other than my American husband! Best, Gina 🙂

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Gina,
Check out our post on restaurants in the Cinque Terre here: http://www.italianfix.com/restaurants-in-cinque-terre/
As for where to spend those last few nights, I would do to the lakes – Como, Garda etc… It’s just a really different landscape there and truly beautiful.
Have fun!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Brian Radloff

Hi, Bianca

Thanks for the great information. My wife will visit for a few days in May. I was wondering if there is a place to park our car overnight for three nights in La Spezia that will be safe? We plan to take the train and stay in one of the villages for three nights (of course exploring the area during the days) and then want to return to our car via the train on our last day. Thanks again for your wonderful blog. Best Regards, Brian

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Brian,
There is a parking area where you can leave your car at the train station in La Spezia, but there are also parking areas in each of the five towns. Another option would be to drive in and leave your car where you’re staying.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Dior

Hi everyone! My husband and I will be going to Italy this October. First stop would be Rome. After that, we want to go to Cinque Terre, Florence, Venice and Milan. What would be the most efficient route and city sequence after Rome?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Dior,
If you’re travelling by train, I would do Florence, Cinque Terre, Milan and then Venice.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Dior

Hi Bianca!

Such helpful information you’ve enlisted here! My husband and I will be going to Italy this October. First stop would be Rome. After that, we want to go to Cinque Terre, Florence, Venice and Milan. What would be the most efficient route and city sequence after Rome?

Mike

Two couples would like to spend some time there in 2 weeks. My question is, knowing that May 1 is a national holiday, should we schedule our one day in Cinque Terre on another date?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Mike,
No, no need. National holidays during the summer months are holidays for everyone in Italy BUT those of us in the Cinque Terre 🙂 Everyone comes to the seaside, so they are the busiest times of year here.
Have a great time!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Courtney

What a fun post! My husband and I went to Rome & Venice for our honeymoon last August and we are planning to return in September. I am very torn because we have 2 weeks to spend in Italy and I want to travel to as many cities as possible but I also want to just live in Italy for two weeks without the stress of trains and switching hotels, etc. If we are looking for a true Italian experience would you recommend staying at an apartment somewhere in cinque terre for the entire two weeks? We love eating, swimming, hiking and exploring. Thoughts? Thank you!!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Courtney,
Years ago my step-brother and his new wife honeymooned in Manarola for three weeks. They wanted to see other cities and areas as well and initially we going to shlep around from hotel to hotel but in the end just booked an apartment and used it as their home base. They LOVED that they did it this way. They were away a night here and a night there when they went to visit places a little farther away, but were so happy to be able to only bring an overnight bag and to have a “home” to come back to after all the sightseeing and travelling. They said that any extra expense was so worth it, just to have a home base in paradise the whole time.
Let us know what you guys decide and how it goes, ok?
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Nico

Great post, I’d like to add that another fun thing to do is take the ferry or rent a boat from one town to the next (it even goes to nearby Porto Venere). The seaside perspective is really interesting… You can see exactly how small the villages are and how they are perfectly nestled between the hills.

And what about cooking classes? That’s another fun thing to do that you can share with your friends when you get back home 😉

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Yes, Nico, so true! We definitely recommend seeing the villages from the sea 🙂
We always do cooking classes at Agriturismo Villanova in Levanto just outside of Monterosso on our tours. Such a great little place, and you’re right, a take-away that you can share with your friends back home forever.
Thanks for commenting!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Bindu Manchanda

Loved your post. We are trying to decide whether to spend 4 nights or 5 nights as we try to relax and soak in the atmosphere. This will be our fourth visit to Italy but our first to the Tuscan area. We will be there end April and the first few days of May. We await your advice.

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Bindu,
If you’re worried about running out of things to do, consider that there are lots of places nearby to take day trips to, like Bonassola, Portofino, Santa Margherita, Portovenere, and the list goes on!
Whatever you decide, do stop by again to tell us how it went, ok?
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Rebekah DeLibro

Ciao Bianca! Thank you for this very helpful post and I am totally considering signing up next year for your Photography tour. Wow, it sounds incredible! My husband and I went to Italy May-June of 2014 and it changed us both so much. So much so, that we will just be driving, working around the house etc and look at each other at the same time and say “Italy!” We have two children that we did not take with us but are planning to bring them in the future ( they are quite tired of hearing about Italy all the time and now can’t wait to go.) I like you had always wanted to go to Italy and planned our trip for almost two years and learned some Italian, which I am still keeping up with and learning more. We did not get to Cinque Terre and so that will be on our next itinerary. So, if I wanted to be able to sign up for the Photo tour trip you offer next year, how does it work? Do you open it up at a certain time? Before I traveled to Italy, I felt it calling to me. Now that I got to spend fifteen glorious days there, I truly hear it calling me back almost everyday! Thank you for your blog, da un amante all’altro d’Italia. Not sure if that is grammatically correct, but sto solo imparando 😉 Ciao!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Ciao Rebekah!
Stai imparando benissimo, brava!
We would love to have you on our next Photoly tour! It sounds like you are as passionate about Italy as we are, so you will fit right in 🙂 Just sign up for updates here http://www.italianfix.com/travel/, and you’ll be the first to know when next year’s tours are launched (this fall). We’ll keep you posted on what they’re all about and how to book via email.
Nel frattempo ti mandiamo un abbraccio forte e non vediamo l’ora di conoscerti di persona l’anno prossimo!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Judo Lata

Alright,

I am a a college student on a budget.
I would like to do two nights from June 22nd to June 24th. What are my options traveling from Rome and back to Florence? Which village would be the most affordable!

Thanks,
Judo

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Judo,
For train options, have a look at trenitalia.com. Don’t forget to type in the Italian names of the cities (Roma, Firenze…). As for the cheapest villages to stay in, check out the hostels in Manarola and Corniglia. There are also some dorm-style accommodations available in Riomaggiore.
Have fun!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Megan

Your blog is extremly helpful as my boyfriend and I will be visiting Cinque Terre this May. I was wondering if you could explain the the train tickets. We will be flying into Milan and then taking the train down. I was hoping you could give me a little background about how to purchase tickets and if they need to be purchased in advanced. Also I read in your blog that you must validate your ticket, was wondering if you could explain that too. Honestly, any and all advice regarding Italian train transporation and ticket purchasing would be great! 🙂

Thanks,
Megan

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Megan,
We usually recommend just purchasing your tickets when you get here. Make time for line-ups, or go earlier in the day than you plan to leave so you’re not rushing to catch your train. Validating your ticket means punching it in one of the green and white Trenitalia machines mounted all over the stations and on the platforms. This basically time stamps it so that it can’t be re-used. If you neglect to validate and they catch you, you can be fine 50 euro.
Don’t sweat it too much and have a great time!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

heather

I absolutely love and appreciate your blog post. We are doing a last minute 4 day trip next weekend, and your itinerary is so helpful! With last minute plans, unfortunately the accommodations you listed are already full. Do you have any other suggestions for places to stay? Ideally we would like to stay in Vernazza since we have friends staying there also.

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Heather,
Try Casa Cato’ or Casa Vacanze Zia Maria in Vernazza. Or have a look at AirBnb – there are a lot of cute options there that people don’t always know to check out.
Have fun!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Sheila

Ciao Bianco, Your blog post has been a great help in planning my trip. We arrive May 11th for 4 night and would like to book a tour with you if possible. Sheila

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Sheila,
Our tours this year are already wrapped up unfortunately, but if you want to jump on the bandwagon for next season, just sign up at the top of this page for updates. We’ll be launching next year’s offerings in the fall.
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Eric

Ciao Bianca, this is such an amazing post and has answered so many questions as we are preparing for our trip to Europe next month.

My wife and I are squeezing a few days in Cinque Terre between Venice and Nice, and curious what your thoughts are on a place to post up home base? How should we plan on getting there from Venice (train to La Spezia?)? Where should we stay for 2 nights, and what’s the best way to get outta there and on our way to Nice?

Would love your input for the last weekend in May 2015!

Thanks,

E

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Ciao Eric!
Getting to the Cinque Terre from Venice is a long day of train travel – between 5 and 7 hours. Head to La Spezia, and from there catch a train to Riomaggiore (or whichever village you decide to stay in). As for which one to go with, that all depends on what you’re looking for – each of the villages has its own unique personality, as Bianca mentioned in her post. But accessing all of them is easy no matter which one you choose, and it’s the Cinque Terre, so you really can’t go wrong! Getting to Nice will be another 5- to 6-hour train trip – check out schedules at trenitalia.com. Have a great holiday! Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Teresa King

Dear Bianca

I was so happy to read through your website on Cinque Terra, I am traveling with my very good friend and we both really want to visit Cinque Terra. We heard Vernazza is not the same since the 2011 floods. Can you share any new information. Is the town still struggling and what about the condition of the trails to and from Vernazza ?

Thanks so much, Teresa King Lakeway TX USA

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Teresa!
Vernazza was devastated by the floods in October of 2011, it’s true. But it was up and running by the time the season started the next year, and now you can hardly tell that the town was ever half buried in mud. The path from Vernazza to Monterosso (arguably the most beautiful part of the famous Sentiero Azzurro hike) is open, and the latest on the path leading from Vernazza to Corniglia is that it’s “officially closed” (apparently for bureaucratic reasons, not because of safety concerns), but still accessible. There are alternative paths throughout the Cinque Terre though to make up for any closures, so if you’re determined to hike, you won’t have any trouble finding spectacular paths to hike on.
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Vera Kendle

Ciao Bianca
Love your website and also all the information provided. Many happy followers.
We will be catching the train from Venice to Florence and have made our base in Florence staying at the Hotel Independent near the rainway station. We have three nights and four days in Florence before we head off by train to Rome. We would like to see Lucca, Pisa and visit Cinque Terra. Can we all this in our time in Florence. Train travel seems to be very easy to get to and from places. We are two Seniors 69 and 77 and would not want to do any hiking. Hope to hear from you. By the way we are travelling from Venice 19 August and leaving for Rome 22 August 2015. Kind regards Vera Kendle

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Vera,
You can definitely take day trips from Florence to each of Lucca, Pisa and the Cinque Terre, but that won’t leave you with a lot of time to enjoy Florence itself! Lucca is a tiny little town and you can see all of it in about an afternoon. If you’re really only interested in seeing the Leaning Tower, you could do both Lucca and Pisa in the same day, one day in the Cinque Terre (check out Bianca’s post on doing just that here: http://www.italianfix.com/one-day-cinque-terre/), and then the last day exploring your home base. Honestly though, that sounds pretty rushed, and Florence isn’t the kind of city you can (or should!) see in a day. You might want to consider paring your trip down a bit and focusing on making the most of just a couple of places this time around. Best of luck!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Cecilie Rudolph

Thank you, Bianca! This blog-post was just what I needed to plan our trip to Cinque Terre this July. However I do have one question: we will be arriving by car, so we are looking to stay somewhere where we can park the car. Which village would you recommend?

Thanks heaps!

Best Regards
Cecilie

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Cecilie,
Though the villages are mostly pedestrian-only, each one has a public parking area. Some hotels and B&Bs provide private parking spots (up in the public parking area) as well, so check with yours before you make the trip.
Have fun!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Lisa

Hi Bianca,
We are planning trip in late September to France and Italy. We plan to stay 3 nights in Florence and 3 in Cinque Terre. Can you advise us on the best way to travel from Florence to CT? Thanks so much, Lisa

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Lisa,
Your best resource for travelling through Italy is the Trenitalia website: trenitalia.com. Remember to type the names of your destinations in Italian (Firenze instead of Florence, for example), and to click on the arrow under Changes in the Duration column to see exactly which trains you have to take and at what time. Bon voyage and buon viaggio!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

ong ai leng

hi,
I am actually planning a family trip of 6 pax to florence from 28th June to 2nd july, then fly to paris.
during my stay in florence will be something like this:
28th stay in florence city
29th day tour to San Gimignano, siena and Chianti
do you think i should do a one day tour to 5T or overnight tour? because i am still trying to squeeze a half a day to montevarchi for outlet shopping. i actually hope to travel by ourselves, but i am worried that might take a lot of our time being lost.
2nd July we will have to fly to Paris, therefore we cant go anywhere on that day.
please advice

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Ong Ai,
Remember that you’re looking at around 3 hours of travel time each way between Florence and the Cinque Terre. That being said, a day trip is still do-able, though I’d recommend spending the night and heading back to Florence on the morning of July 1st – that way you’ll still have time to hit up Montevarchi in the afternoon. Check out Bianca’s post about the best way to see the Cinque Terre in just one day: . Also, the Trenitalia website (http://www.trenitalia.com) will help you not get lost! Happy travels!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Nicole

Hi Bianca,

I loved reading your articles! 🙂 My husband and I are planning our “babymoon” and are excited to come back to Italy and explore the Riviera, an area neither of us has been. We’re flying into Rome on May 29 and have until June 7. Under normal circumstances, we are both pretty active and adventurous and love to hike, but I’m not sure what is really recommended given that I’ll be 6.5 months pregnant. We can be flexible – how long would you stay in Cinque Terre? Where else would you go in the region? And do you think we’re better off relying on the trains or renting a car? All the hotels I’ve been able to find at that time seem to be outside of the 5 towns and most reviews indicate that a car is necessary. Any suggestions? Thanks so much!!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Nicole! I’ve lived in the Cinque Terre for eleven years now, and I’ve been pregnant here too! The longer, more gruelling trails tend to also be more rustic (think sometimes steep dirt paths and narrow stone steps dug into the cliffside) and difficult to access should something happen and you need help. There are easier, less intensive walks and hikes you can do here though, and you can definitely enjoy the Cinque Terre without doing any hiking at all – just visit the towns by train or ferry. If you’re staying in one of the non-CT towns further inland, then yes, you’ll need a car to get to your hotel and back. But if you’re staying in the Cinque Terre proper (and there are lots of rentals and hotels in all five towns, you should be able to find something), then train is definitely the way to go. Two or three days is a good amount of time for a quick visit from Rome, and if you decide to stay longer, there are other seaside towns up and down the coast, like Bonassola, Levanto and Portovenere that are worth checking out.
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Kate

Hi Bianca,

Your itinerary makes me want to jump on a plane right now! Thinking I’ll wait till my birthday though. Can you advise on spending money for 4 days? I’d like to enjoy all I can!

Kate

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Kate,
If you’re looking to travel on the cheap, there are hostels in both Corniglia and Manarola. Also, grabbing some cheese, fresh bread, a cheap (which in Italy doesn’t mean bad) bottle of wine, some olives and salami and picnicking on the rocks as the sun sets can be a heavenly alternative to eating out. The only hike that costs money is the main Sentiero Azzurro, so you can make your way from one end of the Cinque Terre to the other for free on the secondary trails. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to spend a lot here to have an incredible vacation!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Eugene O Connor

Hi Bianca we are a group of 4 middle aged and reasonably fit and we are going to Cinque Terra for 10 days. Do you recommend we stay in La Spezia or one of the villages? Kind regards Eugene

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Eugene! La Spezia is a pretty little city, but the real attraction here is the Cinque Terre. I would definitely try to stay right in one of the towns. Have a wonderful trip!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Glenn Teasdale

Hi B, thank you for the wonderful information. We have found researching the ins and outs of CT to be very frustrating. You have explained a lot and reinvigorated our wish to go to CT. we are arriving in Nice late on the 29th May and would like to finalise the middle part of our trip which may include Nice, CT, Venice and Florence. Our preference is to be in Rome on the 6th June. Any advice on which cities to leave out or an itinerary to follow would be amazing including rail, accomodation and time periods. My fiancé suggests we skip Venice?
Regards, Glenn

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Glenn!
Don’t get me wrong, I love Venice. But for this particular itinerary, your wife is right. If you’re going to leave one of these destinations out, that’s the one. Hitting Nice, CT and Florence is a route that moves in a fluid arc along the same coast (moving inwards slightly to Florence). Venice is way out on the opposite side of the country – at least 5 hours away by train. Save it for the next trip. Here’s hoping there are several to Italy in your future!
Kiiri @ Italian FIx

joe

Hello Bianca,
Your website is great and has answered many of my questions. We are a group of 10 (5 couples) traveling to Tuscany 10/3-10/10 and considering adding 2or 3 nights in CT. How is the weather in early October? Any suggestions for accommodations or dining for a large group?
Thanks,
Joe

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Joe!
October in the Cinque Terre is pretty hit and miss. Some years the weather is gorgeous – still sunny and mild. Other years, it’s very rainy (the floods that devastated Vernazza and Monterosso in 2011 happened in October, for instance). But early October is generally pretty safe – September is one of the most beautiful months here, and that usually carries over into October’s first days and weeks. There are no big hotel chains in the Cinque Terre – part of what makes this area so charming – and the villages are very small. This means that you can feel free to look for accommodations for your group with different providers – one couple can rent a cute B&B they find online, another can check into a fancier hotel. As long as you’re in the same town, you can rest assured that you’ll be within short walking distance of one another. As for restaurants, you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding places that can accommodate a table of ten.
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Joanna

Hi Biana
My husband and I will be in Cinque Terre at the end of June 2015. We will be there for three nights (staying in Manarolo) and I was wondering if you could recommend a guide for a day hiking excursion. We would like to explore some of the trails off the beaten path.
Thanks
Joanna

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Joanna!
There’s an American ex-pat named Pall who lives in Riomaggiore and runs a guided hiking tour business called Trekguyd. Check out his website here: http://www.trekguyd.com. He knows the area and its history very well, and offers a variety of routes. Have fun!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Daniel & Frances

Bianca,
We will be in Cinque Terre (staying in Monterosso Al Mare) in T minus 8 days! and will be spending 3-nights there. Can you recommend an itinerary and what would be the go to restaurant for a great Dinner?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Daniel and Frances,
You can easily modify the itinerary above for a stay in Monterosso – just catch a train to Rio the first day and go from there. For restaurants, have a look at our post on the best in the Cinque Terre: http://www.italianfix.com/restaurants-in-cinque-terre/
Have a great time!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hardini

Hi Bianca!

Your page is very very helpful! Thanks for sharing!

I wanted to ask you for recommendations for staying in Manarola. Something with a nice view of the sea and village. My budget would be around 100Euros. Do let me know soon since I will be in Cinque end of this month.

Thanks a lot !
– Hardini

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Hardini,
Our favorites in Manarola are Da Baranin and Manarola Vista Mare. Give them a shout 🙂
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Andrew

Hi Bianca thank you for this fabulous article and itinerary. I am going to cinque terre in June for 4 nights with my girlfriend and as I am coeliac I was wondering would the restaurants cater for coeliacs as I have been told that coeliac disease is not very common in Italy? Any help on this would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks
Andrew

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Andrew,
I think it’s probably more common in North America, but Italy is definitely on the gluten-free bandwagon, with products available even in small groceries (like Franca’s Alimentari at the bottom of the main street in Riomaggiore) for coeliacs. Restaurants don’t serve specifically gluten-free meals in the Cinque Terre though, so you’ll have to ask your waiters about what exactly is in each dish.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Tanya

Hi Bianca!
A strange question for you… We are travelling through Italy in August and have planned 4 nights in the Cinque Terre. But… we will have our springer spaniel with us. Are the hiking trails dog friendly? And are there areas of shade?
Thanks!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Tanya,
Yes, they are dog friendly, in the sense that there is no restriction against bringing your dog along. There isn’t a lot of shade, so take that into consideration, and of course make sure you bring lots of water for the dog and yourselves. August is hot!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Nicola

Hi Bianca

My sister and I want to visit the Cinque Terre in late September. We had thought of staying in Santa Margharita but now having read your blog I wonder if there is somewhere better. We need easy access to flights back to the UK at the end of our stay. Any ideas please? Thnx so much. Your blog is just great!!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Nicola,
Whether you stay in Santa Margherita or the Cinque Terre, access to the airports is the same. Each of the towns of the Cinque Terre has a train station. That being said, Santa Margherita is a beautiful town, and taking day trips to the Cinque Terre from there is easy since it’s about an hour away. Go with your gut 🙂
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

David

Totally agree. One of my favorite places in Italy. More laid back than Amalfi.

Sarah

Ciao Bianca,

My boyfriend and I are planning to visit Cinque Terre at the beginning of August. We are hoping to find a place that is cheap and private, somewhere between $40-60 a night. Would you be able to recommend any places? Grazie mille!

Sarah

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Ciao Sarah,
I’m afraid you’re going to have a hard time finding anything in the Cinque Terre for $60 or less in August. The hostel in Corniglia has very basic private doubles for 60 euros a night, so you may want to contact them to see what they can do for you. There’s also a hostel in Manarola and it too has private rooms (one with two single beds is 70 euros a night).
In bocca al lupo!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Eni

Hi Bianca,

I am travelling to Cinque Terre this summer, and I will be staying in Monterosso. Any tips such as café/restaurants and shops I need to visit in Monterosso?

Also I love the picture with the lemons and the food, where is that at?

Thank you!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Eni,
The lemons are picked off of the Riomaggiore trees and that picture was taken on the terrace of the place we stay at with our tours each year. The food shots were taken at various restaurants in the area, like Cappun Magru.
As for Monterosso, check out our post on the best restaurants in the Cinque Terre here:http://www.italianfix.com/restaurants-in-cinque-terre/
And be sure to stop by Bottega d’Arte Cinque Terre to see some of our friend Gina’s amazing jewellery! Here’s their website: http://www.lineacinqueterre.com/storie_in_italy.html
Have a great trip!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Cesar

Hey, your blog is indeed really helpful and I’ll try to follow many of your tips! I have one question. I could not find anywhere if trains run at night and also if it’s allowed to hike the tracks during the night.

Many thanks!!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Cesar,
Trains to and from Riomaggiore and Monterosso stop running just before 1 am, and just a little earlier in the other towns. The first trains in the morning depart just after 5.
The trails are by no means closed at night (unless they’ve been otherwise closed for safety reasons), but they aren’t lit for the most part and I wouldn’t recommend doing them then. If something were to happen and you needed help, it would be quite difficult for emergency services to get to you after dark. Also, there are wild boars in the area that can be quite dangerous at night if you get in their way.
Hope that helps!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Jenn

My boyfriend and I are going to be traveling Italy in August. We will be celebrating his birthday when we are in Cinque Terre. Any recommendations on making this a special evening? restaurants to celebrate? Also, any opportunities for hot air balloon rides?

Thank you!!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Jenn,
There aren’t any hot air balloon ride outfits in the Cinque Terre, but I’m thinking you may be able to organize something in nearby Tuscany. As for restaurants, check out this post for some great ideas: http://www.italianfix.com/restaurants-in-cinque-terre/
Happy birthday to your bf!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Fiona

Hi Bianca

I have absolutely loved reading your blog – thank you so much.
I read with interest your comment about something being gluten free and am hoping you might be able to help us. I will be travelling to Italy with my husband and children. Our 9 year old has coeliac disease, so is allergic to gluten. Will it be difficult to find food in supermarkets and restaurants that she can eat?
Thanks

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Fiona,
You might have a tough time in some restaurants, but Italy’s grocery stores are actually very well equipped with gluten-free fare – even the tiny mom and pop ones in the Cinque Terre.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Geoffrey Wall

Hi Bianca,
My wife and I just got back from a five week European honeymoon and we both agree that our three nights in Riomaggiore was our favourite part of the whole trip! We absolutely fell in love with this place, and there’s something really special about it. It was definitely our favourite of the five villages on the Cinque Terre.

We used your site for a few of the recommendations so we have to thank you for creating such a great blog! It honestly helped us in our decision to definitely go there, and we’re so glad we did. The hike between Monterosso and Vernazza was excellent, and we may have spent just a few too many hours drinking prosecco and eating focaccias at A Pie’ de Ma’ :p

Yours is definitely one of the best travel blogs that we’ve seen on the net, and we used quite a few along the way! Thanks again,

Geoff

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Geoffrey,
Yay! We love that you loved Riomaggiore as much as we do, and that you had such a good time. Thank you for coming back and letting us know, and for the blog props!
Here’s to a lot more focaccia and prosecco in all of our futures 😉
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Jordan

Do you have any hotel or apartment recommendations in Vernazza? My trip is coming up soon and a lot are booked already.

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Have you tried Casa Cato’, Jordan? Also, Casa Vacanze Zia Maria is bright, cheerful, central and a little less well-known, so you might have some last-minute luck there.
In bocca al lupo!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Eduarda Dinardi

My big question is where to stay based on where to park the car. We are renting a car and driving to Cinque Terre but don’t want to leave the car park on the streets. Should we stay on a near city hotel like La Spezia that has parking lot?
If I stay on Cinque Terre where to park the car please?

What do you recommend? Thanks very much

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Eduarda,
Every town in the Cinque Terre has a parking lot right above it, so you can leave your car at the top of whichever village you’re staying in.
Have a great road trip!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Aseem

Really useful and well written article. Many thanks

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Thank you for reading and commenting, Aseem!

Jonathan & Paula

Bianca,

Absolutely LOVE your site and detailed information. We are totally stealing your 4 day suggestions. Maybe we will see you on the trail in October!

Jonathan & Paula

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

We would love that, Jonathan and Paula! Have such a great time and thanks for commenting!

Renu

We are there in cinque for 3nights in Aug. Pls suggest hotels in Monteresso. Wud like a centrally located hotel with a good view in that town. Preferably around 100euros per night.

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Renu,
We love Il Portico, Pietre di Mare and Zia Letizia, but you might be hard pressed to find anything in Monterosso that’s centrally located with a great view for 100 euros in August. It’s the busiest, most important holiday month of the year here. Let us know if you do!
In bocca al lupo!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Chelsey

Hi there! I’m seeing so much conflicting information about hiking the villages, where to start, how extremely difficult it is, and how easy it is. Would you be able to shed a little light on the topic? Thank you!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

You’ve come to the right place, Chelsey! Here’s a post we did a little while ago on hiking in the Cinque Terre. Hope it helps! http://www.italianfix.com/hiking-cinque-terre-trails/

Zenia Delgado

Hello there! Loved reading your itinerary. I am traveling this June/July. Amsterdam, Nice, Como, Cinque Terre, week in Sienna, Amalfi, Rome. I’m looking for insider things to do. It’s a 3 week road trip and am looking for 1/2 day wine tours for every day/different regions while in Sienna, cooking schools preferably in a villa, don’t know what to do in amalfi or cinque terre, so I’m going to follow your lead on Cinque Terre. If you have any ideas pls do let me know.

Warm Regards,

Zenia

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Ciao Zenia,
As far as cooking schools in villas go, we love one just outside the Cinque Terre in Levanto called Agriturismo Villanova. Give them a shout 🙂 We’ve also just posted a 20-day travel journal featuring the Amalfi Coast. Check it out here for some ideas for your own trip: http://www.italianfix.com/bianca-daily-journal-italy/
Have a great time, Zenia, and do let us know how it all goes, ok?
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Sibel

Hi,

I am interested in doing the cinque terra walk most likely coming in from Milan to cinque terra on the 11th of August departing on the 14th of August. Is August a good time to do the cinque terra? Will it be too busy and hot? When is the best time to make a booking to secure a spot?

Thanks!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Sibel,
August is very busy in the Cinque Terre, and very hot! Italians take their holidays the week of the 15th and of course everyone heads to the seaside. There’s lots of nightlife and stuff going on here at that time of year though, so you won’t be at a loss for fun things to do. Book as early as you can – everything sells out fast in the summer.
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Magli

Hello there, first off thank you very much for your amazing article and sharing so selflessly your tips about visiting Cinque Terre. I’m planning to arrive in late September. I’m from California and live in a beautiful beach community but I heard that Cinque Terra can be breath taking. I’ll like to get your opinion on which base village to stay. I can stay for 4 nights, not a problem. but I’m traveling alone and I’ll like to stay where more adults in their 30’s or 40’s hang out to meet people along the way and prefer to stay in a lovely hotel where more singles or adults enjoy to lounge and relax after a busy day exploring.

Also, do we need a day pass ? or is it cheaper to purchased on a daily bases all transportation ( or a day before like you have mentioned).

Thanks so much for your time, warm hugs from LA.

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Magli,
People don’t really tend to hang out in their hotels’ common areas here (those that even have them) – the Cinque Terre is very much an outdoor place. You’re much better off striking up a conversation with a neighbour at one of the bars. (Keep in mind that the bars in Italy act as cafes from breakfast through dinner, so you can chat it up over cappuccinos or cocktails depending on the time of day and your mood.) Don’t be shy about introducing yourself to a local either. Bar Centrale in Riomaggiore and Zio Bramante in Manarola attract a 30s and 40s crowd generally.
You can purchase day passes from the National Park offices if you want to combine hiking and train travel, but you can also buy everything as you go. You’ll be able to find all the info you need about prices and packages at the train stations.
Have fun!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Sally

Hi Bianca

Your blog is so helpful!!

I’m coming to Italy next week for a few days with my boyfriend – we’re actually staying in Rapallo for 3 nights and then plan to drive south on the Saturday for a night somewhere before we fly out of Pisa Sunday night. Do you have any recommendations of somewhere lovely we can stay in Cinque Terre where we can park a car or at least leave it and walk? I realise I’ve left this very late in the day to organise..!! Any advice would be wonderful… I don’t want him to miss seeing this!!

Baci e grazie 🙂

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Sally,
Have a look at our suggestions for places to stay in our post above. Each town has a parking area, so you’ll be able to leave your car at the top of town and walk down to your accommodations whichever village you choose to stay in.
Grazie a te!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Steph

Hi Bianca

My boyfriend and I are coming to Italy in September this year, we are planning on driving from Rome to la spezia with a possible nights stay along the way and then exploring cinque terre.
If we arrive in la spezia with our hire car what is the best way to get to riomaggiore. Trying to work out where to leave our hire car while we spend 3-4 nights in riomaggiore. Your help would be greatly appreciated
thanks!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Steph,
You can either leave your car in La Spezia (there’s parking at the train station) and take the train in, or drive to Riomaggiore and park there.
Road trips are so much fun – have a great time!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Jaclyn

Hi Bianca,

Thanks for your great information on Cinque Terre. My friend and I are going to Italy for 10 days but unfortunately we are in La Spezia for only one night. We plan to see as much of Cinque Terre as we can in that time. I thought I read somewhere on the web that you can purchase a one day pass for the train that takes you from village to village. Do you know if this is true, or have you ever heard of this pass? If you have, where can you purchase this one day pass? If you have not heard of this pass, can/do you just buy train passes each time you need to get on?

Thank you!
JP

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Jaclyn,
The National Park sells day passes that cover train and hiking trails. You buy them at the train station in La Spezia (the Park has an office there) or in the towns themselves, but if you’re not planning on doing any hiking, you may prefer to just buy train tickets each time you hop on and off. They only cost a euro or two.
Have a wonderful trip and check out our post on making the most of the Cinque Terre in just one day: http://www.italianfix.com/one-day-cinque-terre/
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

mike stevens

Very inspiring, thank you! My wife and I will be in the area Sept. 26 – 29 and you’ve given us some great ideas. Mike.

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

So happy we could be of help, Mike! Have a great time!

Nadia

Hello,

My boyfriend and I are from South Africa and we will be in Italy in just over a month.

We are starting our Journey in Milan (have family there) and then we would like to travel to Florence, Roma and Cinque Terre ( Vernazza) and then back to Milan to catch our flight to Paris.

Have some questions:

1. What mode of transport should we take, if train, what train and do we need to organise say our eurail tickets from home?

2. What is the best route to take ie. Milan, Florence, Cinque Terre, Roma and back to Milan? We only have 7 Days in Italy.

3. Any other suggestions are very much welcome 🙂

Thank you!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Nadia,
You can find all of your train options from destination to destination at trenitalia.com. Remember to type in the Italian name of the cities, so Firenze instead of Florence.
I would do Milan, Cinque Terre, Florence, Rome and back to Milan. The Cinque Terre come before Florence going down, so you’d be backtracking otherwise.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Josh

Hi Bianca

Great review. I am coming to Cinque Terre with my girlfriend and we are both students student so we are ideally looking for cheap accommodation, preferably in Riomaggiore but if the other 4 have anything cheaper I am not fussy.

Please let me know

Thanks so much

Josh

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Ciao Josh,
There is a hostel in both Corniglia and Manarola, and they offer private rooms as well. These are probably the cheapest you’ll find in the area, but I would contact Amy at Riomaggiore Reservations also. She has a few places to choose from for people on a budget.
Have fun!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

olga

Thank you so much for the useful information!Me and my boyfriend we are planning to come to Cinque terre from Florence for 2 days during august. The Via dell’Amore is closed? Foodwise are the above options too expensive because I know we’ll be on a tight budget! Thank you in advance!

Olga

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Ciao Olga,
The Via dell’Amore is still closed, unfortunately. We’re all waiting eagerly for it to re-open as it’s a point of pride, especially for RIomaggioresi and Manarolesi. There’s a variety of food options here, and everyone has menus posted outside, so you can see what you’ll be spending before you sit down.
A presto, speriamo!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Jessica

Hi Bianca!

I have been reading through your blog for hours and it is so incredibly helpful! I can’t wait for my upcoming trip to Italy now 😀 I have one question for you, though. Do you think it’s possible for a solo traveler on a somewhat limited budget (I just finished a teaching contract in Spain and this is my last hoorah before heading back to the States so money is tight) to visit Cinque Terre and find accommodations that won’t break the bank?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Jessica,
So psyched that you’re loving the blog. We love getting people inspired about their upcoming trips.
If you’re looking for budget accommodations, there are hotels in both Corniglia and Manarola. They also have private rooms, so if you’re not into a dormitory-style arrangement, you might be able to find something economical there. Try also our friend Amy at Riomaggiore Reservations. She has a variety of properties for all kinds of budgets.
In bocca al lupo and hope to see you soon in this part of the world 🙂
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Lois gibbs

How many people do you take in tour with you ? And if I want to organize a cooking and walking tour for 12 people is there a place we could all stay together and if so which village would you recommend for our small group . This would be july or September 2016
Appreciate your advice grazie Lois

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Ciao Lois,
We’ve kept our past tours small – around 14 people total. Next year’s trips are just about to be launched, so be sure to sign up at the top of the page if you want to be among the first to find out about them.
As for your trip next year, I would get in touch with Agriturismo Villanova in Levanto. It’s just outside the Cinque Terre (five minutes by train from Monterosso), they have rooms and apartments, and they offer amazing cooking classes. We bring our tours there every year to take part – they’re wonderful.
Let us know how it goes, ok? Sounds like you guys are going to have a blast.
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

CinqueTerre Riviera Villas

Really a great page full of helpful information about Cinque Terre !
For the ones searching high quality villas or apartment in the area, we would like to suggest having a look to the website http://www.italianrivieravillas.com

Nick Lyons
Jasmine Bee Emily Boni-Ball

Hi Bianca,

Love your articles and points of advice. Myself and three friends are looking for a cute bed and breakfast/ hotel hidden away from the chaos and confusion of the tourists. Something sweet and small, can you recommend or send me in a direction?

Thanks and keep up the amazing posts!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Ciao Jasmine,
I really love Casa Lorenza, which is sort of off on a street that veers away from the main drag. For some reason, tourists don’t seem to venture up that way, even though it’s an absolutely beautiful part of Riomaggiore. Another option in that same neighbourhood is Le Giare. I Limoni di Thule, though it’s on the opposite side of town, is also in a very quiet area. In Manarola, try Da Baranin, up at the top of town on a little narrow laneway. All of Corniglia is basically hidden away from the same traffic that hits the other towns – it’s more awkward to get to and has no marina, so it tends to be quieter. B&B Il Parco is a little outside of the centre of Monterosso, and it has its own pool – a rarity here.
Let us know how the search goes, ok?
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Anne

OMG!
just wrote Christina and Alessandro if that have any rooms, when we are going there in august. Fingers crossed!
Thank you so much for your guide! I have been a bit confused on how to plan my CT-trip. This answered all my questions.
-Anne, Denmark.

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Wonderful, Anne! Thank you for posting!

Ilaria

Thanks for your tips and descrptions.
we do have two babies of 19 and 3 months. Would you suggest us to go or it is jst to tiring to go up and down along cinque terre?
Which kind of accomodation for us??
Ilaria, italy

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Ciao Ilaria,
I have an 18-month-old and live in Riomaggiore, and I’m not going to lie, it can get pretty tiring! But there are a lot of steps here, and they can be avoided by staying in Monterosso instead. There you can stroll around with a stroller quite comfortably, and if the weather is nice, it has the best beach for little kids – sandy and flat. There are also a few playgrounds there. If you venture out to the other towns (especially Riomaggiore, Manarola and Corniglia), I strongly suggest bringing a baby carrier, at least for your 3-month-old, and a light umbrella stroller for your toddler – nothing heavy and bulky, because you are sure to have to tackle a lot of steps!
In bocca al lupo!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Residence Kriss - Liguria

Very nice tips. I think that shoud be useful!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hope so! Thank you! 🙂

Kim Cloete

Hi Bianca. Please can you advise what is the best and cheapest route from Lugano Switzerland to cinque terre for weekend. Would it be train through Milan or bus maybe? Thanks., Kim

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Kim,
I would check ticket prices on Switzerland’s train website and then on trenitalia.com from Milan to one of the five towns (Monterosso would be closest). Not sure about bus prices, but train tickets in Italy are quite inexpensive, so I can’t imagine a bus would be that much cheaper. I would also look into flights on low-cost airlines like Ryanair and Easyjet. The most convenient airport to the Cinque Terre is Pisa.
All the best!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Sue

Hi Bianca,

I am currently in Le spezia and I here with my husband and toddler(1.5 yrs )old son. We have a stroller in which he takes his naps in the afternoon, we want to use that time to walk through some trails, so my question is ate there any trails that are stroller friendly ? We have a jogger so it’s good in all terrains.

Also are there any.vegetarian restaurants that you can recommend in the villages ?

We are here for a week, hopefully will hear back from you before we leave.
Thanks
Sue

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Sue,
Honestly the only part of the trails that would be remotely stroller-friendly is the little stretch that heads from Manarola’s marina towards Corniglia, but only up until around the playground that overlooks the town. Not at all a hike, in other words, just a little walk that takes you up to where some nice views are. The rest of the trails are sometimes very narrow, interspersed with lots of steps, craggy and uneven.
There are no specifically vegetarian restaurants in this area, but most places do offer (a few) vegetarian options.
Hope you get this before you leave!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Virginia

Hi Bianca,
We are driving to CT from bologna on the 8 sept for 2 nights. We are mid 50’s with a few back problems so hiking everywhere is out. A short walk is ok. We need to park the car somewhere though.
I also heard you can see all the villages on a ferry trip.
Any suggestions would be wonderful.
Grazie,
Virginia

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Virginia,
If you have mobility issues then I would stay in Monterosso if possible where you’ll avoid the many steps in the other towns. There is a parking area there, as there is in all of the towns. And yes, you can see all of the villages from the sea by ferry, though you won’t be able to disembark in Corniglia since they don’t have a port.
Have a wonderful time!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

stephanie

hi,

we from South Africa and visiting Italy next year April – I am working on my initiary and obviously need your help?

we plan to travel from Florence to pisa then to CT for a hike through the 5 towns. I would like to to Portofino as well (by boat if possible) we have 2 days to do this, so I thought we could find accommodation at Monterosso and get a boat to see Portofino and then head back to Florence/Milan (depending on how I can have my luggage stored)

can you please give me more info on how I can make it work.

looking forward to your reply via email I hope?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi there,
That sounds fine to me. Stay in Monterosso and then on one of the days take a day trip out to Portofino. It’s only about an hour or so away, so totally do-able.
Have a wonderful time!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Ameet Singh

Hi Bianca!

First off, your site is absolutely fantastic, sooo much wonderful information and so pleasantly laid out! Thank you so much for that.

I had a couple of quick questions I was hoping you could answer for me. I was fortunate to randomly stumble onto cinque terre when I was backpacking through europe several years ago. Since then, its still been one of the most magical places I’ve ever visited. As such, I am travelling to Europe with my wife in 2 weeks and we’re definitely set to visit cinque terre. We will be flying into florence (from barcelona) on Sat, Aug 1st.

Therefore, my following questions.. which city would you recommend staying in? Was looking forward to a romantic trip with also getting in some day hikes the next day. We then head out for Venice on Monday morning.

Please let me know what your thoughts are on this. Look forward to hearing from you!

If you’re available via personal email or for a phone call, please let me know the best way to contact you.

Thanks so much!

Ameet Singh

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Ameet,
So glad the site has been of help to you!
As for choosing the right town, it’s really a pretty personal decision. My personal recommendation for off-the-beaten path romance is Corniglia – very charming and small – but if you’re looking for the more conventionally beloved of the towns, you can try Vernazza. Have a look again at our descriptions in this blog post and go with your gut. One thing for sure is that you can’t go wrong.
All the best to you!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Jennifer

Hi!

I love your website–so much useful information for visiting Cinque Terre!

Unfortunately, due to our travel itinerary and the train schedule, we can only manage a day trip on our way elsewhere.

Do you know if the station is La Spezia has luggage storage facilities? And if so, are they 24 hours? I am looking at taking the late night megabus leaving at 2 am but it will only work if we have somewhere to leave our luggage while we explore during the day.

Thanks!
Jennifer

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Ciao Jennifer,
There is a Deposito Bagagli (Luggage Deposit) at La Spezia Centrale, where you can leave your bags in a room with an attendant. There is a cost per bag for the first several hours (€5 for 5, from what I’ve gathered), and then an additional cost per hour after that.
Hope that helps, Jennifer, and you definitely won’t regret making the trip, even if it’ll be a short one this time.
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hamilton

Bianca, congratulations for this text. I live in São Paulo – Brazil and I will spend the next vacation again in Italy. We intend to visit Cinque Terre. However I am worried because me and my wife will travel with my parents (89 and 76 years-old). They are reasonably healthy and they can walk well but do not tolerate to climb long distances. Do you think it’s worth to travel with them to Cinque Terre? Thank you very much.

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Hamilton,
Though it’s true that this is not the ideal place to come for anyone with mobility issues, you can still enjoy a vacation in the Cinque Terre by thinking ahead a little. First of all, find a place to stay in Monterosso, which is the flattest of the towns and the one with the most amenities (like elevators in some hotels). Your parents may want to skip visiting towns like Corniglia and Riomaggiore, which have steep climbs, but they can still take the ferry ride to see all the villages from the coast and simply not get off at all of them. While you and your wife go hiking, they can enjoy a glass of wine by Monterosso’s long stretch of sandy beach, or wander around shopping there.
Have a wonderful time, and do let us know how it went, ok?
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Ruchi

Hello,

Perhaps the most useful post I’ve come across during my exhaustive google search 🙂

Any suggestion on decent accommodation in Monterosso? Everything I find is over $130 per night, and I would rather stick to something lower than that. SOS! 🙂

Cheers!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Ciao Ruchi,
Both Monterosso and Vernazza have slowly become the more “high-end” of the five towns over the years, and the prices there reflect that. If you’re looking for something more economical, you’re more likely to have luck in Riomaggiore, Manarola or Corniglia.
So glad you enjoyed our post!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Jessica

Hi –

My husband and I are driving from Florence to Rapallo on Tuesday, September 7th and would like to spend a half day or 3/4 of a day hiking one of the Cinque Terre towns. Which town should we hike and where can we park our car for the day? I am ok if we need to take a short train ride into a town.

Thanks!
Jessica

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Ciao Jessica,
Each of the towns has a parking area, but you’ll probably want to park in Monterosso, the first one coming from the direction of Rapallo.
Check out our post about hiking the Cinque Terre here: http://www.italianfix.com/hiking-cinque-terre-trails/
Have fun!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Jette Ramshøj

Hello,
My husband and I are going to Cinque Terre in 8-15. We have a campingcar. Can you recommend campingsite near any of the 5 cities?
Best regards
Jette

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Ciao Jette,
Camping La Sfinge is between the Cinque Terre and Portofino (in a small city called Deiva Marina) and gets good reviews. If you want to get a little closer to the Cinque Terre, there’s a place called Camping Cinque Terre in Levanto just outside of Monterosso as well.
Have a wonderful time!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Anouchka Haifi

Hello !

Thanks a lot for your website it’s really helpful !! We are thinking to come next week to visit this area with 3 friends (4 with me). I think we are going to stay in Monterosso, do you have any suggestion for an apartment or an hotel in this city ?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Anouchka,
There are some great apartments available on AirBnb. We also like Il Portico, Pietre di Mare and La Casa di Zuecca.
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Paul

This is the most useful infor on Cinque Terre I’ve found. Thanks for sharing.

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Our pleasure, Paul! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Bek

Thank you!! This article was so helpful. So excited to visit Cinque Terre.

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Thanks for dropping by, Bek!

Emily

Hello,
I loved your blog post- so easy to follow and exactly what us beginners need! We are booking a little late now and a lot is sold out so I wanted to ask your opinion on stung in La Spezia town as opposed to one of the 5 villages? Is it easily accessible or is it not as good as staying in one of the villages?
Thanks very much!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Emily,
If you’re not able to find any place to stay in the towns themselves, then La Spezia is a good option. It’s less than 10 minutes by train from Riomaggiore, so it’s a great base from which to make day trips.
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Emily

Hi Friends! Great site!!
My fiancé and I are traveling to Italy for our honeymoon. I have wanted to go to the Cinque Terre area for a long time. We are not going to arrive in the region until the first of November. We do plan to do hiking, but we are also hoping to experience some swimming, eating, people-watching and meeting, atmosphere-appreciating and relaxing in the romantic beauty of the region. We know it will be colder than a Summer trip, but what are your tips for traveling Cinque Terre at that time? We could stay 2-4 nights…we haven’t decided. Any tips are appreciated! Thanks so much! Cheers and blessings!
Ciao, Emily

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Emily,
I don’t know about swimming in November – the water is likely to be cold by then – but if you’re determined, no one’s going to stop you! The only thing that really changes about coming here in the colder months, in fact, is that anything water-related is no longer happening (ferries, kayaks, swimming). On the flip side, hiking can be really great then because it’s nice and cool. Sunsets also tend to be even prettier in the winter months.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Jennifer

Hello,

Thanks for the great info! We will definitely be visiting and will use your guide! I cannot find a good way out… lol we want to travel north a bit spend a night maybe in Lake Garda or Lake Como and then travel the rest of the way to Chur Switzerland the following day. Any recommendations on the best train (or other)way to leave??

Thanks!!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hey Jennifer,
You’ll find everything you need to know about the best trains to take on trenitalia.com. Type Como for the train stations around Como. Desenzano and Pescheria del Garda are the stations on the southern shore of Garda. Rovereto is the nearest station to the north.
Have fun!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

lee

Thanks for the great info! Thinking of visiting the area at the end of September .beginning October. Could you let me know the expected weather in general.

many thanks

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Our pleasure, Lee! Here’s an Italian weather cheat sheet for you: http://www.italianfix.com/italy-weather-when-to-go/

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Sonja ROberts

We will be in Luca and want to spend one day in Cinque Terre. We are looking to see the best of the best and visit a winery while there. We do not mind rushing as we only have that one day available. Also, we want some postcard pictures from the water looking up on a few of the villages. What villages are must sees and do you recommend arriving by train or ferry?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Sonja,
You’ll have to arrive by train from Lucca, but once you’re here you can choose whether you prefer to travel by train or ferry or both. You can also definitely see all five towns in one day – they are very close together. Have a look at our blog post about making the most of the Cinque Terre in just a day here: http://www.italianfix.com/one-day-cinque-terre/
As for a winery to visit, get in touch with Orlando, Francesco and Luigi at litan.it. They’re amazing 🙂
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Gokhan

Hi, great website you have here. I live in Zurich and looking at driving in. Are we able to drive in Cinque Terra? When I mean drive I mean drive from village to village and is parking quite easy to find?

Many thanks.

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Gokhan,
Each village has a parking area, though the towns themselves are mainly pedestrian-only. Driving from town to town however is really inconvenient, takes a very long time, and can get expensive (you’ll have to pay for parking in every town). We recommend parking when you arrive and then planning to travel by train as you explore the area.
Have a great trip, and come back and let us know how it goes!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

gary

Found your site through Google and it’s very helpful…and charmingly written. Thanks! We hope to be there in June 2016.

Gary

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Gary,
Thank you so much! Maybe we’ll see you next year 🙂
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Kirsten Solevad

Dear Bianca,
My friend and I are spending a month in Italy, and we are going to arrive at riomageore st on the 17th sep and will leave on the 22nd sep. So we have 5 nights there.
I saw your recommendations about where to stay, and i have tried to contact Christina, but i have gotten no response… 🙁
I was wondering if you could suggest another place? – A place which would be great for two young girls (we are both 20) who love food, drinking a few beers at a cozy pub, the beaches and i loooove hiking (but i guess you can do that from anywhere) 🙂
It would be really awesome.
Our max budget is 110 euro a night 🙂 We would really like to spend a little extra on somewhere nice here as it seems good to have a location here. 🙂
Look forward to hearing from you! 🙂
Best Regards:
Patrisia and Kirsten

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi girls,
I’m sorry we’re getting back to you just as your trip has ended – we have a LOT of comments to respond to! I hope you found something wonderful, but for next time, I would recommend Casa Lorenza, Allo Scalo dei Mille or Alla Marina. Or try Riomaggiore Reservations for some less expensive options. Ask for Amy – she’s from California and is a good friend 🙂
Safe travels back home…
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Julianne McGrath

This is awesome advice and I love your style of writing!! I live in Rimini and am FINALLY going to go to the Cinque Terre after being here for far too long. Just a quick question…. would you suggest I go by car or train? From your blogpost it almost seems like the train will be easier. What do you think?
Thanks loads!
-Julianne

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hey Julianne!
Yes, train is easier. Parking here is limited and getting from town to town is way faster that way.
I’ve been here for 11 years and have never been to Rimini – you’ve inspired me to get moving on that!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Kerri

Hi Bianca

Great article. Heading here sooon so may pick up a couple of your tips as we create ours 🙂 Thank you !!

Quick question… we will be arriving my motorhome and planning to stay north of Monterosso, probably at Camp Sfinge as it seems to have the best reviews. If you had any specific tips relating to motorhomes in this area (ie better camp grounds etc) I’d love to hear about them.

Grazie

Kerri

Lynn

I will be there early next week. Would you do a half day tour?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Lynn,
Bianca’s tour 2015 tour season is already all wrapped up, but have a look at this post on one day in the Cinque Terre for some tips on making the most of a short stay: http://www.italianfix.com/one-day-cinque-terre/
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Annabelle

Hi Bianca

I am 14 and going to the hip hop world championships in Rimini, Italy this year and I am from South Africa. It will be me, my mom and my grandma. After Rimini we want to go cinque terre. We would like to rent an apartment for either 2 or 3 people and I was wondering if you could give a few recommendations. Also we want to stay in Riomaggiore. Is that a good choice? Also how is the weather like in October.
We are so excited !!!
ANNABELLE x

Annabelle

Hi Bianca

We actually can’t decide which village – Monterosso or Riomaggiore to stay in. Any tips or information that could help us decide ?

Annabelle x

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Annabelle,
Wow, the hip hop world championships! So exciting, congratulations!
If you want to avoid a lot of steps and uphill climbing where you’re staying (maybe for your grandma’s sake?), then I would go with Monterosso, which is the flattest of the towns. There’s also a nice big sandy beach there 🙂 I would check out AirBnb for apartment rentals, or a site called Cinque Terre Riviera. The weather in October is hit and miss, but I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you that it stays nice!
Good luck in Rimini and have a great time!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

lee

loved all the valuable info. Could you let us know the weather mid october

many thanks
lee

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Thanks, Lee! Here’s an Italian weather cheat sheet for you: http://www.italianfix.com/italy-weather-when-to-go/

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Cynthia McNeil

Hi!! Clearly i don’t’ give up easily!! lol
I’m going to try one more time to reach you Bianca!
Coming to italy with my niece. Would love a guide for a day in Florence to show us the behind the scenes, off the beaten path stuff! Are you available? Do you know someone who sounds as fun as you?
September 29th is the day and it’s my nieces birthday!
Also, EVERY SINGLE accommodation recommendation for Cinque Terre is booked for Oct 1, 2, 3…wow!! what happened to “shoulder season”!!! Any suggestions? and for a place in Florence? (Money is VERY tight…and I’m really bad at metro. close to stuff and not too crazy priced!?! maybe??) You mentioned one in your article but its’ of course booked!!
You sound amazing!! thanks for all your writing that has helped me so much!!
thanks so much!!!
Cindy

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Ciao Cynthia,
Bianca’s tour season is over for 2015, so unfortunately she’s not available in Florence in September. Check out this blog post on where to stay there though – you’re bound to find something great: http://www.italianfix.com/where-to-stay-in-florence/
If you’re having trouble finding a place to stay in the Cinque Terre, try AirBnb. There are a lot of them popping up around here and there’s a good range in prices too 🙂
Have a great time with your niece, Cindy! Sounds like the trip of a lifetime for you both!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Penny

Hi Bianca

Silly question: a friend told me her favourite place in the world is Portofino and that I have to visit it whilst in Italy. We are staying in Riomaggiore for 2 nights, and then from there are driving to Lake Como. Are we foolish if we dont get to see Portofino?

Thanks
Penny

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Penny,
No, I wouldn’t say you’re foolish, but if you do want to make a stop along the way to Como, it’s a very small little town, do-able in just a couple of hours. If you don’t have time though, it just means you’ll have to come back again, right? 😉
Road trips are the best – have fun!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Nan Cunvong

I have read your article over and over and then I’m now at Portovenere! I can tell that your article is very helpful and especially it brought me here. Portovenere is gorgeous and calm as I want. My husband and I can’t stop saying wow..wow….and wowww. I think it’s another great option to base here and go to Cinque Terre.

Thank you for your sharing.
Nan

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Nan,
I agree! So glad you are enjoying and loving this beautiful area 🙂 Thanks for writing to let us know!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Tessa

Ciao B,

What do you recommend if I am travelling with my friend by car from Genoa to Cinque Terre? I want to stay in Vernazza!

Grazzie,

T

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hey T,
Try Casa Cato’ in Vernazza for a place to stay. You’re going to have to park your car at the top of the village and walk down, but that’s the case wherever you are here 🙂
Have fun!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

susan

I enjoy reading your blog. You are so normal. I’m fed up with all the others who are so full of themselves the blogs become all about themselves. I live in Florence and your writings are very helpful. Thanks. susan

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Susan,
Thank you! Bianca’s going to love reading this. We love normal too!
Un abbraccio dalle Cinque Terre 🙂
Kiiri @ Italian FIx

Debbie

So happy to have found your blog. My husband and I are staying at a farmhouse/villa in Lenvanto in mid Oct and looking to take a regional cooking class—-your favorites? Thanks so much, Debbie

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Debbie,
Try Agriturismo Villanova, right in Levanto! Bianca takes her tours there every summer for amazing cooking classes. You’ll love it!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Susan Schneider

We are coming from Canada…our daughter lives in Bologna…we are all spending a few days at Vacanze Belmonte in Montaione to explore Tuscany and the Chianti region. We avoid tourist traps like the plague…woudl you do a family tour in October…or pls send tips on where to stay near Cinque Terre so we can hike and dine and enjoy the best of it Oct 6-9/15. Thanks!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Susan,
Yay, we’re from Canada too!
Sounds like you have a great trip planned. Bianca only does set tours and her 2015 season is already over, but that’s no reason not to borrow some of her tips and create a fab vacation on your own 🙂 If you don’t want to stay right in the Cinque Terre, try Levanto, which is the city outside of Monterosso (less than ten minutes by train). It’s bigger, but also quite charming, and connects to Bonassola by a bike route that runs through the old train tunnels by the sea – a must do for anyone who loves walking.
Have a great time, and do come back and let us know how it went!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Catherine

Hi,
I have booked riomaggiore for 3 nights from October 5th. Is this generally a good time to travel to ct in regards to the weather as it’s autumn?

Thanks for your help ?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Catherine,
I think so. It’s cooler, but usually still sunny in very early October (September is in fact one of the most beautiful months here), so you can hike a little more comfortably. It’s also a better time to get a real feel for the authenticity of the Cinque Terre as it’s not as busy as the summer is and you’re more likely to run into as many locals as tourists. The swimming season has usually ended by then, but you will definitely still be able to enjoy the beauty of this gorgeous place.
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Jennifer

Hi!
I just wanted to say that I have found your website to be extremely helpful and I am really excited to be visiting Cinque Terre.

I had some questions regarding public transportation and was wondering if you could assist me 🙂

I will be traveling from Venice to Cinque Terre – Vermazza on 10/16. The last train from Venixe leaves at around 6pm, which means I won’t arrive to Cinque Terre until 10/17 1:00am. I have been looking for places to stay, but I am not sure where is best and if it even possible to get to a location at 1:00am or even check-in at that time?

Do you have any recommendations?

Thank you,
Jennifer 🙂

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Jennifer,
You will be hard pressed to find anyone who is willing to wait for you until 1am. All of the hotels and room rentals here are small, local affairs, not chains that have 24-hour reception. Is there no way you can catch an earlier train or leave the next day? If not, I worry you may find yourself stranded.
In bocca al lupo!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Alfredo

Hi Bianca, hope all is well.
Thanks for all your information.

Weather and closed restaurants and shops due to “out of season”

Im thinking on visiting the “cinque terras” from Oct 27- 30th. Would you recommend visiting around this time?, im concerned with the weather and that most of the restaurants will be closed due to off season.
Looking ffwd on hearing from you.

Thank you.
Regards
Alfredo

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Ciao Alfredo,
You’ll be getting in just under the wire 🙂 The real off-season starts November 1st, and the difference this day compared to October 31st is quite dramatic! The towns suddenly look noticeably emptier. You can feel quite confident though that restaurants and amenities will be open until the end of October, so not to worry. The weather is another story – it can be hit and miss in October rain-wise. If it doesn’t rain, it’s quite nice and autumnal, great for hikes!
Hope that helps!
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Sally

Hi! We are seven students studying abroad in Rome that are hoping to visit different areas in Cinque Terre this weekend, but can’t work out where to stay. What is our likelihood of finding a hostel in Monterosso, for example, if we just show up? Do you have any other recommendations?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Sally,
Monterosso is the most “high end” of the five towns, and therefore the most expensive too. I wouldn’t look for cheap accommodations there. There are hostels in both Corniglia and Manarola. I’d check there. And I wouldn’t just show up. You used to be able to do that here, but now you’re likely to be left without a place to sleep if you don’t book ahead.
Have fun!
Kiiri

LMGToronto

Hi Bianca, my family of 4 will be in Cinque Terre for 2 or 3 days in June 2016. We plan to do some hiking but I also wanted to do a boat tour to view the villages from the water. We love water sports, snorkeling, swimming, etc. Do you know of any boat tears that would take us to some of the villages? Thanks so much for your help. Lynn

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Lynn,
You can enjoy the area by boat by taking the ferry from town to town, or you can hire a private boat for a tour. If you start in Riomaggiore (the first town heading north), just head down to the marina and you’ll see signs for private tours.
Have fun!
Kiiri

Elle Lourey

Hi Bianca,
Thank you so much for this insight. I have just arrived and have 6 nights in Cinque Terre. I am a young backpacker so staying in Corniglia at a hostel then Biassa. Should I just stay in one place as a base or would it be good to spend time at both?
Also I will do most of the trails, do you have advice on order or combinations?
Look forward to hearing from you,
Elle

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Elle,
Welcome! I would definitely recommend just staying in Corniglia. Biassa is a pretty town, but it’s not right in the Cinque Terre and has no train station, so you’re stuck relying on the bus (that runs less frequently and not as late). Also, schlepping your stuff all the way to a new place wastes time you could be spending enjoying the area.
As for trails, there’s no right way to do them or order to do them in. Just head out and have fun!
Kiiri

Stefan

Hi Bianca,
I’ve been reading your guides with a great interest. They’re excellent. Thanks for that.
However, I have few questions – we are a couple with a baby girl (16months) and we are planning a 8 day trip to Italy and a 5 day stay at the cinque terre beginning of November. Somewhere I red that you don’t recommend November? Is it so? Isn’t there any chance to have nice weather?
Second, and most important thing, can you recommend where to rent an affordable apartment (at least 2 bedrooms) or a small house? I guess prices in Nov should be reasonably lower?
Thanks you very much for that..
All the best
Stefan

Rushit
Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Stefan,
We don’t usually recommend November because the weather can be so unpredictable then, and because a lot of businesses shut down just after Halloween. That being said, it can also be a great place to come and enjoy the Cinque Terre “as it once was” — that is, without as many tourists. There should always be at least one restaurant, one bar and one grocery store open every day in each town, so while you won’t be spoiled for choice, you won’t be stranded without options either.
As for places to stay, there really aren’t any “small houses” here, and even two-bedroom places can be hard to find. Almost everything is small apartments or rooms. I would check out AirBnbs in Monterosso — they’ll have the most selection, and because that town is flat and not built up against cliff walls (like many of the other towns), you’re more likely to find more spacious accommodations. Also, there are playgrounds for your little girl and it’s easier to get around there with a toddler in tow.
Have fun!
Kiiri

Valerie

Wow, these are such great tips! Thank you!

Lucia

Hi Kiiri@italianfix.com
Your site is absolutely wonderful…but too many choices for the chicken traveller. We are from Alberta, Canada, celebrating our 30th anniversary. This is our plan, any help on where to fly into first, how long to stay at each place would be soooo appreciated. Our travel plan is end of May for 3 weeks. Venice 2 days (1 night), Tuscany, Cinque Terre, last leg is meeting our son in for 4 days Paris and then back to their place in London for 4-5 days. If you can help us with our itinerary from start to Paris it would be VERY much appreciated.

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Lucia,
Sounds like you have an exciting trip planned, and happy anniversary!
Tuscany is filled to the brim with things to see and do, so I would contact Kate at http://www.bgprincipessa.com for help organizing a schedule there, and then you can plan your Venice and Cinque Terre days.
Hope that helps!
Kiiri

Rushit

Hi Bianca,

Read your amazing blog and decided to do a last minute trip to the Cinque Terre region. I am currently camped in the village of Manarola. While I love divine good experiences I am also vegetarian, any good suggestions in the area?

Also another question I had was around the hike – do you recommend going to Monterosso – Vernazza to Corniglia in that direction or the other direction is also fine? Which way offers more splendid views?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Rushit,
There’s a new little restaurant in Riomaggiore near the bottom of the main street called Maité that has some good vegan and vegetarian options, but you can also find vegetarian fare at almost any restaurant in Italy in the pastas section.
As for the hike, it doesn’t matter which direction you go in — the views are spectacular either way — so choose whichever is most convenient for you.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

spd

Hi
looking at Vernazza and was looking at L’eremosulmare or camera Guiliano ; familiar with either of these and any preference of one over the other?
Thanks
Sarah

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Sarah,
L’Eremo sul Mare is a beautiful little place, but you have to hike a bit to get there, so keep that in mind. If you’re ok with that, though, it’s a sweet refuge from the summer crowds. Giuliano’s rooms are much more central but also very nice, with great views from the terraces. The bottom line will be whether you are willing to trek a bit to get away from the hustle and bustle, or whether being right in the middle of the hustle and bustle appeals to you.
Have fun!
Kiiri

Heidi

I am going to be in Cinque Terre at the end of May and I am interested in scuba diving. Do you know anything about scuba diving in the Cinque Terre?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Heidi,
Riomaggiore has scuba diving at 5 Terre Diving in the marina.
Kiiri

Mary Kathryn Johnson

WOW! Thank You Bianca! I am so happy I stumbled upon your site while asking the question…”Where should I go my first time in Italy?”
We are traveling as a family (Mom, Dad, Evan 17, Riley 14) and we will reach Italy at the end of our month long trip to Europe.
We are planning on staying at least a week, and we would like to make this our quiet, restful, hiking resort portion of the trip.
My husband LOVES the courtyard gardens. Can you recommend a location that is restful with hiking, and a place to stay that has a couryard garden?
I want to stay in Vernazza, and explore the 5 villages and Bonassola (as you recommend), but if there is something in Sicily, or Lake Como, for example, I’m willing to go there.
Cinque Terre has always been my dream, however.

HELP?!

PLEASE?!

Thank you again, I’m LOVING exploring your site, and planning my trip with your wonderful recommendations.

I will be blogging about this experience, starting now with the passport info, and planning stages, and will certainly include your posts and site in my writing!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Mary Kathryn,
If you’re looking for quiet and restful with hiking, the Cinque Terre is the place to go. What you won’t find here is a courtyard garden — the buildings just aren’t built that way. Also, there are no resorts here — expect to find room rentals in buildings built up against the sides of cliffs in traditional villages, not seaside complexes where you can walk right onto a sandy beach.
If your husband has his heart set on a courtyard garden, consider spending a few days in Florence. There’s a convent that you can stay at there called Sanctuary B&B that has a beautiful Renaissance inner garden for the exclusive use of guests.
Have a great trip, and thanks for the shout-out in your blog!
Kiiri

Vincent

My wife and I plan to spend a couple of weeks in Italy beginning in mid Sept. We are interested in one of your tours of Cinque Terre. We would like to do it over three or four days. Do you have any tours planned for that time or can you recommend someone who does if you are not planning any?
Thank you in advance,
Vincent

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Vincent,
Our tours are set, weeklong affairs for women and they take place in the early part of the summer. I would get in touch with Bella Vita Travel if you’re looking for something over a few days.
Have fun!
Kiiri

Andrea

Hi Bianca!
We got married a year ago and due to numerous circumstances we will only just be going on our honeymoon to Italy in September this year.
We are driving down from Milan to Napoli and staying 3 nights in the Cinque Terre on the way, do you have any recommendations on which village to stay in as we will have the car to continue on our road trip?
Thanks so much, your website has kept my dream of our honeymoon alive this past year
Andrea

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Andrea,
Congratulations on getting married!
While all of the villages have small parking areas (expect to pay upwards of 24 euro per day), the road between Monterosso and Riomaggiore can be pretty scary for the uninitiated — think hairpin turns, steeps drops and narrow lanes. For that reason, I would stay in either of the bookend towns — Monterosso or Riomaggiore — which would allow you to drive in, park, and when you leave, get right back into the nearest city and onto the highway, avoiding that treacherous middle section.
Sounds like it’s going to be a lot of fun!
Kiiri

Kelsey

Hi Bianca,

We are planning to visit June 6-10 2016 (a Monday-Friday) It will be early in the season and not on a weekend. Perhaps it won’t be AS busy as it can get in July/August? As far as weather goes, is it typically sunny and warm enough to swim?

I’m also struggling to choose the right village to stay in. Vernazza was my first choice, but after reading that it is one of the most popular villages and the most touristy, I worry about it being too busy. I am now deciding between Riomaggiore, Manarola and Corniglia. Are Riomaggiore and Manarola fairly similar, or does one have an advantage over the other? The stairs to Corniglia are not a problem for us, but I wonder if this village has much to offer in the way of restaurants. We are not necessarily interested in night life, but we would like at least a few choices of good places to eat/grab a drink close to our home base.

Thank You!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Kelsey,
Depending on the weather of course, June can be warm enough for swimming. It’s almost always sunny and warm, but the water might still be a little chilly after a long winter, so just know to expect that. It is still pretty busy in June, no matter whether you come on a weekend or during the week.
As for the difference between Riomaggiore and Manarola — they are very similarly laid out, but Manarola has more of a mature vibe happening. It’s quieter, more… grown up, almost. Corniglia does have a few restaurants to choose from, so you don’t have to worry about not having a selection there.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

laura

Ciao Bianca,
First of all, let me tell you that I love your blog. Lots of usefull information.
We are flying to Pisa on July 11th and driving to the area of Cinque Terre. We would like to spend one night there but I’m having a hard time finding accommodations for 2 families. We are a family of 4 (youngest 15) and another family of 3. Do you have any suggestions?
Thank you!!
Laura

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Laura,
Accommodations in any of the Cinque Terre tend to be small, so you’ll be hard pressed to find any one place that sleeps that many people. The good news is that these towns are VERY small. So you don’t have to all stay in the same apartment or even in the same building to enjoy yourselves and be close to one another. Nothing in Riomaggiore, for example, is more than a ten-minute walk from anything else, and the same goes for all of the other towns besides Monterosso. Monterosso is the biggest of the town, so you might be looking at a slightly longer walk between places there, but honestly, nothing major. So pick a town and book two separate accommodations for the two families if you have to. I promise it won’t be a big deal getting from one to the other.
Have fun!
Kiiri

Alexander Hlodik

we are coming to Cinque Terre in June this year 4 adults staying 4 days and would like some information on where to stay in Monterosso

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Alexander,
We have a great list of our top picks for places to stay in all of the towns in Gigi Guides, our new digital guidebook. Have a look at http://www.gigiguides.com, and have a fab trip!
Kiiri

Leo Cabrera

Cia Bianca,
I Have to first say that I like you blog very much! Bravo!
I am planning my trip to Italy for the month of April 2016. Cinque Terre is one of my stops . I am planning to spend about a day visiting the different villages. I was wondering if you would recommend staying at La Spezia as an alternative while visiting Cinque Terre. I noticed that the traveling time in train to the first village of Riomaggiore is about 7 minutes. So I was wondering if there are more choices of hotels when it comes to staying at La Spezia. Please let me know your thoughts regarding this. I will greatly appreciate it.
Sincerely, Leo

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Leo,
A lot of people are under the impression for some reason that it’s a good idea to stay in La Spezia instead of right in the Cinque Terre. The truth is, you’re not going to end up paying much less there, so we say, what for? We usually always recommend staying right in one of the five towns, because why come all of this way just to stay next door? Unless you’re booking late and can’t find anything in any of the villages, stay in the Cinque Terre.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

Kathi

Hi, Bianca! My husband and I are traveling to Italy this coming June (2016). Our itinerary doesn’t include Cinque Terre, but I would love to do a side trip there. We are spending 3 nights in Rome, 2 in Florence, and 3 in Venice. What would be your recommendation for squeezing in a day trip to Cinque Terre? Which village would you recommend we visit? We are taking a train between the cities, but could also rent a car. What would you suggest? Thanks!!!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Kathi,
Have a look at our blog post, One Perfect Day in the Cinque Terre. You should find answers to all your questions there. And as for renting a car to see the Cinque Terre, don’t. This area is best visited by train, or on the new bus system, Explora.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

Anjali Shukla

Hey,

Let me put this in words…This blog is really infomative and itinerary sounds perfect for me.
I heard about Cinque Terre from a colleague and after having a look at the pictures, i really..really wanna go there.
Because of my limited time in Europe and long weekend of Easter, i am thinking about planning a trip to Cinque Terre.
But doubts….
As you mentioned in the other blog, that March is not a good idea. Do u think, end of March i.e. 25th March to 28th March (Easter Weekend) can work out ???
Since its Easter time, do you think it will be a good idea???

Awaiting your reply.

Thanks!!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Anjali,
We usually don’t recommend March only because the weather can be iffy then. That’s not to say that it will definitely rain, but the chances are simply higher that time of year than in the middle of summer. But as you mentioned, Easter is in March this year, and Easter has traditionally rung in the high season. There will definitely be a lot of people around that weekend, and everything will be open, so I say go for it 🙂
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

Sonal

Hey…lovely description of Cinque Terre..
Need your guidance…Am gonna Travel To Italy in April end and will Land in Rome first then Venice. Am accompanied by my Husband and daughter who has just started walking. My questions are:
1. Best way to reach Cinque Terre from Venice
2. best village to stay for two nights with a toddler
would appreciate your response to this please.
Thanks
3. hiking not much option as we will have push chair too. so quicker way to see all villages?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Sonal,
Venice to Cinque Terre is not a fun trip, I’m sorry to say. There’s no direct train line, so you’re looking at three or four train changes, and a seven or so hour travel day. Check out schedules on trenitalia.com.
Best village to stay in with a toddler is Monterosso. It’s the flattest, so you can get around with a stroller, and it has a couple of playgrounds too, not to mention a sandy beach that’s easy for little kids to walk into the water from. Quickest way to see the other villages is by train.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

Nicola

HI Bianca,

Such an amazing website! We are a family of 4 and we have just booked our flights to go to Cinque Terre in the first week of April 2016. I’m now trying to sort accommodation.

I’m looking for a blow the budget luxury affair preferably with a pool. All I can find is very simple accommodation. Can you recommend an amazing hotel with a pool nearby? We will also be flying in and out of Pisa so if you know of any luxury hotels there too that would be worth a visit I’d appreciate it.

Many thanks from London!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Nicola,
The Cinque Terre is not a luxury place, so you won’t find any blow-the-budget hotels here. The closest you’ll come to that is Porto Roca in Monterosso, and they’re the only place right in the Cinque Terre with a pool too. If you have your heart set on luxury, stay in Portofino and make Cinque Terre a day trip.
Have a great time!
Kiiri

Joe

Hello, I’m looking for a restaurant to host a party for 15-35 people in Monterosso on September 7th, 2016. I’m looking for a set menu on primi, and secondi. Pasta/ Pizza/ Salad, etc.. I’m also looking for something that’s reasonably priced and not too expensive. Any suggestion?
best,
Joe

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Joe,
Lots of the best restaurants in Monterosso are teeny tiny, but you might have some luck with Miky, which is a bit bigger than most. As for price, you’d have to ask them what they would charge for a set menu. It’s not something they normally do.
In bocca al lupo!
Kiiri

Justin

Hi,
I’m thinking of traveling to Cinque Terre with a 6 month old. Do you think that this is a good destination for taking an infant or is it too challenging?

If you think its doable, which area would you recommend staying in?

Thanks!
Justin

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Justin,
I live in the Cinque Terre with a toddler and an infant, so while it can be challenging, it’s definitely doable. I would stay in Monterosso, where it’s flat and where you can get around with your stroller more easily. (Make sure you ask your hotel or room rental how many steps you’ll have to climb to get to your room — there are very few places with elevators here.) I would definitely also pack a carrier (like an Ergo or a wrap) for seeing the other towns, where there are lots of steps. You could even do a hike using the carrier if you’re feeling confident.
In bocca al lupo!
Kiiri

Heather Hart

Hi,
We are looking to do Cinque de Terra in April & love your recommendations here. Thank you for sharing!!
We are coming from Germany & plan to fly. If we fly into Milan Bergamo with Ryan Air is it pretty simple to navigate to the Cinque de Terra area by train from there? Any recommended trains to take?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Heather,
It’s very easy to get to the Cinque Terre from Milan. Check schedules on trenitalia.com, and be sure you type in the name of one of the towns as your destination, not “Cinque Terre.”
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

Irene

Is there a boat touring company that you would recommend for seeing Cinque Terre from the water? I have friends that just did that and said this was a “must”

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Irene,
Yes, you can try Cinqueterre Boat Tour. Gabri and Raffy are fantastic 🙂
Have fun!
Kiiri

Chris

I’ll be traveling to Cinque Terra and I’m looking at staying at your recommended spot http://www.limonicamere.it/limonicamere.it/Home.html
When I emailed to reserve they requested paypal? Im from the USA and its hard to call.

Is this normal?

Thanks!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Chris,
Yes, not to worry, they’re above board! Italy is not a credit card culture the way North America is, so a lot of places aren’t set up for regular credit transactions and will request payment/guarantee by bank transfer or PayPal instead.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

Daphne Goon

Hi Bianca, can I know which place is recommended to stay? Want to experience the scenery postcard kind of views. I won’t be renting a car though. Thanks!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Daphne,
If you’re looking for more in depth suggestions than what we have in this blog post, check out Gigi Guides. We’ve got lists of our top picks for places to stay in each of the towns there.
Happy travel planning!
Kiiri

Rachel G

Thanks so much for your travel tips and this itinerary! Its so helpful. We can’t wait to explore the Cinque Terre in July x

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

You’re so welcome, Rachel! Have a great trip!

Ravi

Hi,

Thank you for sharing everything in detail. I’m visiting Italy 1st week of April for my honeymoon. We planned to be in Cinque Terre only for 1 night, after reading your articles I’m trying to stay another night. I’ve a couple of questions
1. Where should we stay out of the 5 cities?
2. We love nature, hiking and old city charm.
I’ll be searching for options on AirBnB, if you can help me zero down to one out of the 5 cities would be great help 🙂
Regards,
Ravi

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Ravi,
Have a look up top at the descriptions of the towns we’ve provided and pick the one that most speaks to you. There’s no wrong town to pick, just different ones with different features, so it all depends on what you’re looking for.
Happy honeymoon to you!
Kiiri

Pat

Hi Bianca,

Thanks for the great information! I think my friends and I will be adding this to our Europe adventures in June and we’ll definitely stick to your guide!

Best,
Pat

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

European adventures are the best kind of adventures! Have a great time, Pat!

Courtney

Hey Bianca,
I’m heading to Cinque Terre in a month and a half (we’re backpacking Europe!) but I am allergic to gluten. I am prepared to hit the store frequently but I noticed you listed a gluten free option above and I’m wondering if you have any ideas or information that might make my travels more safe and yummy?? For Italy were heading to Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre, and Venice.
Thank you so much in advance!!
Courtney

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Courtney,
Preparing gluten-free meals is not as unusual in Italy as it once was, and most restaurants should have some options available for you. An Italian friend of ours brings her own gluten-free pasta to restaurants with her and asks the staff to make sure it’s prepared in its own water (not water where regular pasta has been boiled), so you might want to do that just in case. If you’re having trouble finding gluten-free snacks and other foods in the grocery stores (though most will have some gluten-free items for sale), then check the pharmacy. They sell special gluten-free brands there.
It looks like your trip is covering all four of the towns we have chapters on in Gigi Guides, so be sure to check it out to take your holiday to the next level 🙂
Have fun!
Kiiri

Susie

Hello,

I’m SO pleased that I just found this site. I just decided to throw caution to the wind and book myself a flight out to Genoa (well, that’s what I thought was the right airport..) as Cinque Terre is top on my list of places I want to see. I’m trying to travel more and am going to go on my own!! Eek. This will be my first trip properly on my own (I did actually check out your tours just now but the dates don’t work for me) and something about this site has made me think that I’ll be okay and yes, I should definitely just go for it!
Thank you.

Susie

And also…aargh…this site is making me so so so excited!! Thank you.
Right, I best get on with booking flights and I think a week should cover it (not so long that I feel wretched if I don’t like being on my own but long enough to see and do lots).
Thanks so much..again.
Susie

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

That is so great, Susie! Traveling on your own is the best, and the Cinque Terre is an excellent place to get your feet wet. It’s a small, manageable size, really safe, and a great place to meet other people. Have a blast!

Allyson

We are lucky enough to be traveling to Florence and Tuscany for a business incentive trip. We would like to extend the trip and travel somewhere on our own while we are there. I have always wanted to visit Cinque Terre. We would be there the week of April 25. What would the average weather be during that time and would a lot of businesses not be open for the season yet. Thank you!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Allyson,
Check this post out for info about weather in Italy. And not to worry, everything is open by the end of April — the season will be in full swing.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

Stefan

Dear Bianca,

As a male student of twenty years old, I won’t be a standard guest of your blog. Still, I liked reading your blog and hoped you were able to give me some advice. The fact that I am a student makes my budget quite low. So when I saw the opportunity to fly really cheap to Torino, I didn’t hesitate. I have always dreamt about visiting the Cinque Terre and I think this is my chance. Taking the train from Torino (I will arive at night, so in the next morning) to Riomaggiore will take about 4,5 hours. Because of my budget I was hoping doing the five towns in just one day. But I do think this is a shame and wont be the ultimate experience. I saw your advice for day trips and multiple nights, but (and here is my question finally) what do you recommend for a low budget one night stay during the end of february ? (I know, the bad winter timing is because of my lack of money)

Greetings,
Stefan

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Stefan,
February is really off-season, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding cheap accommodations then. Hostels are most likely closed then, but you can check hotels for their single room rates or AirBnb offerings.
Have fun!
Kiiri

Sonal gupta

Hello..

What a lovely website and a beautiful and passionate description of CT.. Makes you want to go right away..

So we are two of us girls travelling in June .. One night in CT in riomaggiore.. Your tips on the dinner places are brilliant.. Will certainly try them out.. However could you pls help us with :

1: which village is photographed the most ( the ones you see on the internet ) and where exactly is the spot from where we can take the same pics

2: we plan to do lunch in vernazza and dinner in manorla.. And then head back to riomaggiore .. Sounds good ?

3 : is the pathway of life hike still on ? From which village to which and how much time would. It take..
Keeping this hike in mind where you recommend we do lunch or dinner ..

Will greatly appreciate your revert.. Have a great day..

Best

Sonal

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Sonal,
I don’t think there’s a single village that is photographed more than the others, but some great places for those iconic Cinque Terre shots are:
1. From the bar Nessun Dorma in Manarola’s marina.
2. From the bar La Conchiglia in Riomaggiore’s marina.
3. Along the hike between Vernazza and Corniglia.
If by “Pathway of Life” you mean the Via dell’Amore, it is unfortunately still closed as of 2016, and will likely not be reopened for another couple of years at least.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

Manmeet

Hi

My wife and I are travelling in a group (4 adults and 2 children) and will be driving up from Livorno. We will have a car but would like to spend a couple of days in Cinque Terre. What do you think we should do? Should we drive up to Genoa, get rid of the car and then come back down? Or should we find accommodation in La Spezia and do day trips to Cinque Terre?

Looking forward to hear from you soon.

Regards
Manmeet

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Ciao Manmeet,
Having a car doesn’t mean you can’t stay right in the Cinque Terre. There are small parking areas above each town (you’ll be looking at spending about 24 euro a day) where you can leave your car during your stay, and many hotels and room rentals have their own private spaces available to guests. If you can’t find a space in town, you can leave your car in La Spezia in the parking garage at the train station for the duration of your stay and take the train in.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

David

Hi Bianca! Enjoyed reading your post so much, am really interested in heading over myself.

Would just like to ask, other than the links you posted, do you know of other cheaper options for accommodation in Riomaggiore? Have tried using platforms like hostelbooker etc but without much results. Hope to hear from you soon!:)

David

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi David,
If you’re looking for a hostel, you won’t find one in Riomaggiore anymore. There is one in Manarola and one in Corniglia, and they offer very basic private rooms for cheap too.
Hope that helps!
Kiiri

Annie

Hello
My friends and i (a group of 4) are going to Genoa this AUG for 5 days..i want to visit portofino and surely have a day trip to Cinque Terre.Driving is not an option because,i am totally tired of driving to work every day.Can you give me tips on how to go around seeing cinque terre in one day?
Annie

Ghada Merhi Bleik

you could take the train or a boat ride would be an even better more relaxing option.

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Annie,
Sure, by train! Or you could train it from Genova and then go from village to village by ferry. We actually recommend against trying to see this area by car, so you’re all good. Check out train schedules on trenitalia.com.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

Ghada Merhi Bleik

hellooo,

My small family and I will be cruising this July, 2016 and La Spezia is one of the ports we will be docking. We would like to visit the Pisa tour for a short time and spend the rest of the day at the Cinque Terre. Our ship will be docked at 12 pm and sails at 1 am, so basically we will have all afternoon and the evening.
now my plan is to head to Pisa from La Spezia once we are docked. Then, from La Spezia to head to the Cinq Terre for the rest of the day.
My question is: Would there be trains going back from The Terre to La Spezia late at night?
Also, how much is the ferry ride from La Spezia to Pisa?
Do you think we would be able to find an available boat for an hour or two tour around the Cinque Terre?
Looking forward to hearing back from anyone who could help…

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Ghada,
Honestly, that sounds like too much to pack into less than a day… I would skip Pisa altogether and just see the Cinque Terre. If you’re determined to go to Pisa, you’ll have to take the train there (there is no La Spezia-Pisa ferry), which takes about 1.5 hours. So that’s already three hours out of your day just spent on the train, and the last train going back to La Spezia at the end of the day is at about half past midnight.
As for boat tours, we like Cinqueterre Boat Tour that runs out of Riomaggiore.
Have a great trip, and definitely reconsider trying to fit too much into your day! It’s one of the surest ways to miss the point when traveling.
Kiiri

Carolina

Hi Bianca!
Your Blog is amazing! Congrats!

My boyfriend and I want to go to Cinque Terre at the end of march 2016 (26-28 march), do you think is it going to be a good time for knowing the region?
Thanks for your help!
Carolina

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Carolina,
Well it just so happens that Easter falls on that weekend in March this year, so yes, it’s a good time to go. Everything will be open and there will be lots of people around (if only for those few days). Hopefully the weather will be nice as well!
Buona Pasqua!
Kiiri

Bud Gates

We want to spend 2/3 nights in the CT in Mid October, and will be driving from Tuscany where we’ll be at a villa for 2 weeks. Car…bags…..we would like your opinion on a village and hotel where we can park the car for the time we are there. Not worried about price…very nice hotel, well located, parking.

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Bud,
If price isn’t an issue and you’re looking for something fancy, I’d look in Monterosso, where there are more high-end options for hotels (Porto Roca is one of the more conventional hotels in town, and the only one in the Cinque Terre with a pool). You can ask your hotel whether they have private parking spaces for guests. Otherwise you can find your own space in the public parking area, where you’re looking at spending upwards of 24 euro a day.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

Trish

What a great site/blog! I am planning a family trip there in April – 2-3 days in Rome, 2-3 days in Cinque Terre. Reading all of your info now but if anything comes to mind for family adventures please share – 2 adults, 2 12-yr olds who love nature!

Sue

I am planning to travel from geneva to CT at Easter and thought it would be quickest to drive. However I’m not sure where I can leave the car while I stay in one of the CT towns? Your advice appreciated. Sue

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Sue,
Each of the towns has its own little parking area. Otherwise you can park at the train station parking garages in Levanto or La Spezia and take the train in.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

Madeline

Great post! Do you have any recommendations on where to stay in Monterrosso?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Madeline,
Sure! We like Affittacamere Zia Letizia Bed and Wine, Pietre di Mare, Porto Roca, and Bellambra.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

Laura

Hello-I just want to say that I love your site and how very helpful it has been. My daughters and I are in the process of planing a trip to Cinque Terre June 10 through the 18th of this year. One of my daughters just read a recently released article regarding limiting tourists to the Cinque Terre and that if you visited this summer, you would have to buy tickets in advance. Do you have any information on this? We have already booked an airbnb in Monterosso for our trip.
Also, we will be flying in from Copenhagen and are having difficulties locating flights into Genova or Pisa. Do you have any suggestions? Here is the link to the article: http://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2016-02-17/italys-cinque-terre-to-begin-limiting-tourists
Thank you so much for your assistance. Regards, Laura

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Laura,
Here’s our blog post about the cap on tickets they proposed at the beginning of the summer. As for flights, I usually check kayak.com. If you’re not seeing any flights into Genova or Pisa from Copenhagen, perhaps those are not routes they do?
Have a great trip with your girls!
Kiiri

Marie

Hi,
thank you for this inspiring article!
We will be going to Cinque Terre for 4 days after the Easter holiday with two small kids (4 and 2yo). Any tips on that? I know that a stroller is almost out of questions (really? even on those trails for lazy walkers?). I wonder how to do deal with that.
Thank you.

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Marie,
I live in Riomaggiore and have a 2-year-old and an infant, so consider me a bit of an expert on getting around with kids here! First of all, I would stay in Monterosso where it’s flat and more kid-friendly. You can definitely get around with a stroller by train to the other towns, but you won’t be able to hike with one. The only stretch that could be considered stroller friendly is the Via dell’Amore, and that’s currently closed. If you have carrier that could work for a two-year-old, then you could do the hikes that way, but otherwise I think you’re going to need to skip hiking this go-round.
Do make sure you visit the playground in Manarola up on Punta Bonfligio. There’s a great bar with a jaw-dropping view called Nessun Dorma right underneath it, so everybody wins!
Kiiri

heather baker

does the train go directly from pisa to riomaggiore?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Heather,
Some trains are direct, but on most you have to switch at La Spezia Centrale. You can check schedules on trenitalia.com.
Kiiri

Charlene

Hi!
I’m trying to plan my route for my Italy trip in September this year (and i’m super excited!)
But first may I know, from which city (Florence/Venice) is the best way to get to Cinque Terre?
I will be ending my trip in Rome for sure – so I just want to squeeze 4 days of Cinque Terre in between (and most likely using your itinerary!) 😀

Hope to hear from you guys soon, thank you so much!
Cheers,
Charlene from Singapore

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Charlene,
It’s definitely better to come to the Cinque Terre from Florence than from Venice. It takes about 2.5 hours from Florence, and you have to switch trains twice (usually at Pisa and at La Spezia Centrale). The Venice to Cinque Terre route usually involves two or three train changes, but it takes 6 to 7 hours.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

Victoria

Hi there,
My friend and i are flying to Milan the first week of April and we plan to spend 6 days in Italy. We were thinking of staying 1 night in Milan and then taking at train to CT to spend the rest of the time there (5 days). Would you recommend doing that or because of the weather this might not be the best idea?
Would you also have recommendation on where to stay in CT being April and not a swim season.
Thank you in advance for any advise you could give me!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Victoria,
Early April can be hit and miss weather-wise, so it’s impossible to say whether it will be nice or not this year. Easter is at the end of March though, so most everything should be up and running (besides the ferries, which don’t start until later in the season). Whether you can swim or not doesn’t really affect which village you should stay in, except it might make Corniglia more attractive than it may be in summer, since it doesn’t have a beach/swimming area. So just choose whichever village speaks to you, and have fun!
Kiiri

Larissa

HI we are coming to explore these beautiful villages at the end of July, can you recommend which restaurants/bakeries/shops are able to provide gluten free options? Thanks

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Larissa,
A perhaps odd but reliable place to find gluten-free snacks is the pharmacy. They usually have specialty brands selling cookies, pastas, breads and other gluten-free fare. An celiac Italian friend of ours will bring her own pasta to restaurants, but there are always gluten-free options available. Just speak to your waiter. I don’t know of any Cinque Terre bakeries that are doing gluten-free yet, unfortunately.
Buon appetito!
Kiiri

Leah

What is the best way to get to the trail from Florence?

This was such a helpful post, thank you 🙂

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Leah,
Just take the train from Florence to one of the Cinque Terre towns, and hop on a trail from there 🙂
Happy hiking!
Kiiri

John

I will be traveling to the Cinque Terre area this summer (early July) by motorcycle. Will have toured through Western Europe up to Nordkapp Norway down through Germany and Switzerland to Italy. Want to spend 3 days in Cinque Terra but don’t know where to park my motorcycle to have a home base for the couple of nights. Is that possible in either of the 5 villages? Do you have recommendations for that travel?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi John,
Sounds like you have an exciting trip planned! If you don’t mind parking outdoors, you can leave your motorcycle in the parking area at the top of any of the five towns. If you prefer covered parking, leave your bike at the parking garage in La Spezia. It’s got 24-hour surveillance too, which is a plus. Then just take the train in — the trip from La Spezia to Riomaggiore is 7 minutes.
Have a great time!
Kiiri

Priyanka Kandoi

hi there 🙂
My husband and I will be visiting Cinque Terre in the month of May and will be spending 2 nights here. (5th May- 7th May) and will be arriving at Monterosso from Nice in France. We wanted a hotel at Monterosso itself but all the travel websites show no availability for our dates. every single hotel seems to be sold out. please help!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Priyanka,
Have you checked AirBnb? There are lots of places popping up on that site these days in all five of the towns. Alternatively you could try another of the villages, or even Levanto, which is the first city after Monterosso going north.
Hope that helps!
Kiiri

Rebecca

Love these restaurant ideas, will be sure to follow a few of these tips when we are there in April! Thank-you B

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Let us know what you think, Rebecca!

Victoria

Thanks for the very informative article! My boyfriend and I are heading to the Cinque Terre next week. He’s Italian but he’s never been so your information was great! Now off to read the one about the hiking trails!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Have a great time, Victoria!

Kristine Thow

Hi B, my husband and I will have medium size baggages with us as we will be in Milan, Venice n Rome earlier. can you recommend a place in Cinque terre near to train station, easier to walk to accommodation. wanted to book Arpaiu Manarola but fully booked mid-May. Want a sea view room with terrace. Plse help. TQ.

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Kristine,
Try Porto Roca in Monterosso — they have sea view rooms with balconies, and a pool too. They also have complimentary shuttle service from the train station and parking lot, which is a big help when you’ve got heavy luggage!
Have a great trip 🙂
Kiiri

Kee

Great information. Thanks for sharing. What about parking?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Kee,
There’s a parking area above each of the five towns, as well as parking garages by the train stations in both La Spezia and Levanto.
Hope that helps!
Kiiri

Kristie

Hello

I loved your article!

I am going to cinque terre and will have a big heavy suitcase so I need accommodation that doesn’t have any stairs on the way. Can you please advise me?

Thank you

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Kristie,
I’m afraid the Cinque Terre is not the place to come if you want to avoid steps. They’re everywhere — if not on the way to your hotel, then usually inside. I would book at Porto Roca in Monterosso — they have free shuttle service for guests from the train station or parking area when you arrive, and they have an elevator too. It’s one of the only places in the Cinque Terre that does!
Kiiri

Ross

Hi Bianca,

Thanks for this excellent post, it’s very insightful. I checked out some of your tours for early July, but unfortunately, they appear restricted to women only.

I will be travelling (as a male) with my girlfriend in late June / early July. Could you recommend any specific day-tours that can accommodate couples?

Thanks very much!
Ross

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Ross,
Yes, I’m afraid our tours are for women only now, and they’re weeklong affairs too. Try contacting Bella Vita Travels for a day tour. One of their American tour guides, Kate, has lived here for 25 years, so you can be sure she knows her stuff.
Have fun!
Kiiri

Tito Taganajan

Bianca,
I am from US and want to visit Cinque Terre with my family of 5 people.
We have rented an apartment in Vernazza for 4/3 days/nights
We are coming from Milano Centrale.
I have questions for you.
1. From Milano Centrale, what train and where should be my destination? Will the train stop in Vernazza from Milano Centrale? Is there a station I need to change to a local train for Vernazza?
2. I heard they are issuing tickets to visit Cinque Terre to limit the number of tourist. Where can I buy 5 tickets for our visit? Do you know the website to buy those tickets?
Thank you very much.
Tito

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Tito,
1. You can find out everything you need to know about train schedules, switches, and travel time on the trenitalia.com website.
2. Check out our blog post on this (unfounded) rumor here.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

Amy

Hi,
Your website is incredibly helpful!!
Tenitalia hasn’t proved to be of much help in trying to work out how to reach Riomaggiore. We are travelling from London, flying to either Pisa, Milan or Genoa (whichever flights are cheapest!). What trains would we take from those 3 airports to reach Riomaggiore?
Thanks so much,
Amy

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Amy,
Both Pisa Airport (Galileo Galilei) and Malpensa in Milan are directly connected to the train system, so for those cities you have to type “Pisa fermata Aeroporto” and “Malpensa Aeroporto” respectively as your departure cities. You have to take the Volabus from the airport in Genova to either Genova Brignole or Genova Principe train stations, so your departure station if you’re flying into Genova will be one of those. Destination is obviously Riomaggiore.
Hope that helps!
Kiiri

Darcee

We are thinking of going to Cinque Terre in late April with our 3 kids (10, 13 and 16) and a 70 year old mother (6 in total). We are most intrigued by the beauty and hiking. Are there any practical places for us to stay that also have a kitchen so we can make breakfast and lunches?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Darcee,
Absolutely! You’re going to be looking for an apartment as opposed to a room, obviously, and you may have to split your group between two places. Apartments are very small in the Cinque Terre, and there aren’t a lot of them available that sleep 6. Perhaps a couple of kids could stay with your mother? Sounds drastic, I know, but these towns are SO small, that (with the exception of perhaps Monterosso) you will never be more than a ten-minute walk from one another. That being said, definitely check with Amy at Riomaggiore Reservations — she’s sure to have a few options for you.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

Janine

Hello!

My boyfriend and I are planning our two day trip to cinque terre and we are debating whether or not to go on a boat tour one day in addition to hiking the next day. I noticed that I didn’t see a boat tour mentioned in your posts and itineraries and was surprised to see that but figured you have some great inside knowledge. Do you recommend a boat tour, or no? If yes, do you recommend day time or sunset?

Thank you!
Janine

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Janine,
Great idea! If you head down to the marina in Riomaggiore, you’ll see a few businesses that do boat tours. If you prefer to book in advance, you can try Cinqueterre Boat Tour — Gabry and Raffy are a lot of fun!
Kiiri

Kasia

Hi Bianca, thanks for taking all of us to your beautiful Cinque Terre world – even though via net by now :). I am planning to go there this weekend, could you please tell if the walking paths – especially Via Amore is open?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Kasia,
The Via dell’Amore is still closed (as of summer 2016) and is likely to remain so for the next couple of years at least, unfortunately. The Blue Trail between Manarola and Corniglia is also currently closed, but there are 50+ other trails in the area that are open, so you’ll definitely be able to find something.
Happy hiking!
Kiiri

marn

Thanks so much! Super helpful! I would be a twenty-one year old female traveling on her own. Is this a good place to get some hiking and exploring done?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Yes, Marn, absolutely!

Christine

Many of the apartments in Cinque Terre don’t have air conditioning. We are going on May 8-12th. Do we need air conditioning?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Christine,
Probably not. You don’t really need it here until late-June.
Hope that helps!
Kiiri

mona

thank you very much for the Information it is very helpful

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

You’re very welcome, Mona!

mona

thank you very much for the information it is very helpfull

Kaila Pfister

Hi! Thanks so much for your post, it was really helpful. I’m about to do some hardcore research, but I was wondering if you have any suggestions for camping in the area of the Cinque Terre? Being that it’s a National Park I thought there might be some, and my friend and I are doing everything in our power to keep costs low- thanks so much!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Kalla,
There is camping just outside of Levanto (the first city out of the Cinque Terre when traveling north) called Camping San Michele. You can also try Il Viadante delle Cinque Terre just outside Monterosso. This is actually a hostel, but there’s a camping-like atmosphere and the prices are low.
Have fun!
Kiiri

Peter Hunt

Is Cinque Terre a place that the midly disabled would be able to access?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Peter,
Unfortunately this is not an area that is accessible to the disabled. Almost all of the buildings are without elevators, and there are steps, inclines and narrow passageways everywhere. If you have mobility issues, I’d really think twice about visiting, but if you’re determined, you should stick to Monterosso. It’s the flattest and most accessible of the villages, and some of the hotels (like Porto Roca) have elevators.
Hope that helps 🙂
Kiiri

jesse

Hi there!

This is so great! Thank you for all your help! How far is Forte Des Marmi from Monterusso, if we do not plan on renting a car?

Thanks so much!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Jesse,
Forte dei Marmi is about an hour to an hour and a half from Monterosso by train.
Hope that helps!
Kiiri

Lorraine Andrews

Yours is the most informative site. I am right there when reading. Great practical info, thanks. Planning a trip later this year. Did Roma and Pescara/Ortona last year. Want to experience Cinque Terre and travel to South of France next. Will visit your site again soon. Lorraine

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Thanks, Lorraine!

Judith Marengere

What fantastic information you are truly someone who loves to share such great information and who is passionate about her work. With the beautiful description of such a magical area of Italy you should think about offering a couples week of sharing all what you have described. Just a thought thank you for such wonderful sharing.

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Judith,
We host weeklong tours every year 🙂 They used to be open to both men and women, but we only ever had a few husbands join us, so we changed our format. In any case, if you’re interested, Judith, check them out by clicking on TOURS at the top of the page. We would love to have you!
Kiiri

Heather baker

Very excited reading your blog, we are visiting soon. I am particularly looking for local art/craft/sculpture that will ship to Ireland. Can you recommend ?
Thank you!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Heather,
Galleria d’Arte Sciaccheart in the marina in Riomaggiore will ship their art back to your home.
Hope that helps!
Kiiri

L Paul

We are a family of 4 in Europe with a leased car for 3 mos. We are planning to visit the Cinque Terre mid June for 3-4 days. What is the best town to stay in with a place to park the car?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi there,
All of the towns have parking, but there is limited space, so if you can’t find a spot, try the parking garages by the train stations in either La Spezia or Levanto, the cities that bookend the Cinque Terre.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

Lisa

Ciao Bianca! Do you think it is a bad idea to stay at La Spezia instead of one of the 5 towns? I was debated between Monterusso or La Spezia because it seemed easier to get to, etc. I would be coming from Florence.
Grazie!
Lisa

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Lisa,
Nothing wrong with staying in La Spezia if that’s what you want, but it is just as easy to get to Monterosso. Just a few train stops further north.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

Kerri

Thank you so much for this – great information!

I’m wondering, is there a spot to rent a boat/kayak or go on a short boat tour? I’d love to get on the water while in Cinque Terre.

Thank you!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Kerri,
There’s a place in Riomaggiore’s marina called 5 Terre Diving, where they take you out scuba diving, rent snorkelling equipment as well as kayaks. Try Cinqueterre Boat Tour for boat excursions. Gabry and Raffy are great!
Kiiri

Jul

Im SUPER happy that I found your site..Wonderful post!!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

We’re so happy you found us too, Jul!

MrTranquille

Thanks a lot for that wonderful post. So many great information.

I am already looking forward to go back in the Cinque Terre!

Tanti saluti,
MrTranquille

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

You’re so very welcome, MrTranquille!

Kristen Plumer

My mother and I are traveling to Tuscany and want to stop by Cinque Terre for two days. We are renting a car so where do you suggest staying/doing? I see you said Monterosso al Mare has cars so do hotels/B&Bs have parking, can tourists drive in this area? Thanks in advance!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Kristen,
Some traffic is allowed into Monterosso (cabs, delivery trucks, residents) but tourist traffic is not allowed. Assume that you will not be able to drive into any of the villages. You can leave your car at the top of each one in the parking area. Hotels might have private spots, but they will be located in this area too, not right at the hotel.
Happy travels!
Kiiri

tony goldstein

Battling to find accommodation (surprise, surprise)
Tried all your recommendations and was hoping you had more to add.

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Tony,
We’ve got lists of our top picks in each town in our digital guidebook, Gigi Guides. Have a look here.
Kiiri

Tara

Ciao Bianca,
I’m currently in Lucca with my two kids and we’ll be heading to Cinque Terre this week. Thank you so much for the tips, especially on parks! They’re hard to find in some of the cities and my kids are going bezerk! We’ve been travelling Europe for a couple months now. I was blown away when I read about you as we live on Vancouver Island too, 15min outside Victoria. Small world! Anyhow, I hear we’re finally getting some nice weather back home, enjoy it and thanks again for the tips!

Tara

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

So glad the tips are helping make your trip memorable, Tara! I’ll be sure to ping Bianca about your comment — she’ll love hearing that a fellow islander has been enjoying the blog 🙂
Kiiri

Pamela

Parking in Cinque Terre sounds difficult. If driving to Cinque Terre is La SpeziaTrain Station a good idea to park in? We are staying in Monterosso for 2 nights. Is Levanto better for parking. Help please .

Madeline

Hi Pamela, I am also wondering about parking. What did you find out?

Thank you!!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Pamela,
If you’re staying in Monterosso, then Levanto is more convenient for parking than La Spezia as it’s closer.
Hope that helps!
Kiiri

Grace

Hi! love to see your sharing!

I am planning for a trip to 5 terre next month. Seems living in any one of the villages are great. But a little bit worried about difficulty in carrying suitcase inside the village so we are thinking about living in la spezia. Is that really difficult?

THANKS!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Grace,
You’ll probably have better luck finding a hotel with an elevator in La Spezia, so if you’re concerned about lifting heavy luggage, that’s definitely an option. Also, you’ll be able to take a cab right to your hotel in Spezia. Getting from there to Riomaggiore takes just 7 minutes, so you’ll be close. Monterosso has similar advantages though, so it’s worth checking to see what’s available there as well. Porto Roca, for example, is a hotel with both elevator and shuttle service from the train station or parking area.
Hope that helps!
Kiiri

Natalie

Hello there, thanks for your wondering website, such fabulous information. I will be going to CT there in July this year with my husband and 7 year old daughter. I am trying to find the best accommodation options, I am thinking Monterosso – somewhere nice, does not need to be cheap and cheerful… do you have recommendations in Monterosso or is another town just as suitable for us with nice hotels or apartments that easy to access the beach and cafes etc?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Natalie,
Check out the descriptions of the towns above, and choose the one that you feel most suits you. Monterosso is the most “riviera-like” of the five, with a long stretch of sandy beach, and a mostly flat geography, but each one of the towns has something special to recommend it. The good news is that they all also have great places to stay. We have full lists of our top picks for places to stay in each of the villages in Gigi Guides, from hotels to room rentals to apartments to AirBnbs. Don’t stress too much about it. They’re all beautiful, and they’re all really close to one another, so you can’t really go wrong.
Happy travels!
Kiiri

Christy

Thanks for all the tips! Is it possible to take the train from Venice to Cinque Terre and from Cinque Terre to Rome? Thanks!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Christy,
Yes! Check out train schedules on trenitalia.com.
Kiiri

Clare

Hello, I have absolutely fallen in love with Cinque Terre!

I am travelling from Ireland and would love to spend maybe four night visiting Cinque Terre. Can you recommend where I book your tour and what is the closest airport? Thank you XX

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Clare,
Find out everything you need to know about our tours by clicking on the TOURS button at the top of the screen. Our new schedules for the upcoming year are always launched in the fall, so if you want to keep in the loop, sign up for updates on our homepage.
Hope to have you join us soon!
Kiiri

Abbey

Hi! thanks so much for your useful tips for Cinque Terre. My friend and I will be taking a train from milan centrale to riomaggiore next week. We are not sure where to go from there… we are thinking of picking Riomaggiore, Monterosso and Vernazza to see. Is there a place you recommend as a ‘home site’. Is it possible to find a place to stay in just one of those villages and get to the others ok?

Also we are in our 20s and looking for good nightlife. Any recommendations?
Thank you!!
Abbey

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Abbey,
The best nightlife can be found nowadays in Riomaggiore, so if that’s important to you, I would stay there. That way you don’t have to worry about catching the last train home at the end of the night. Any of the towns are good as a home base, though. They’re all very close to one another and very well connected by train.
Have a great time!
Kiiri

Marji

Hello, Travelling to Cinque Terre on 18th May 2016. Accommodation booked in Riomaggiore. Would you be available to guide me around for a day or two.

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Marji,
I’m afraid we don’t do private day tours, Marji. I would check out Bella Vita Travels.
Hope that helps!
Kiiri

Tania

Hi B,

This is great cheat sheet for my next trip to Cinque Terre. I will be staying at an apartment in La Spezia, noted that it is a bit of an effort to go and visit the five villages from La Spezia by train? Pls advise.

Also I will want to do Tuscany afterwards. Do you have any recommendation for a place to stay in Tuscany, the walkable part, as I will not be driving anywhere.

Thanks!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Tania,
It’s easy to get to the Cinque Terre from La Spezia by train, and there are lots of trains that run between the two. Check train schedules on trenitalia.com.
As for Tuscany, I would get in touch with Kate at bgprincipessa.com for help planning that leg of your trip. By “the walkable part” I’m assuming you mean a town that has a train station? They’ll be able to help you choose a good one.
Have a great time!
Kiiri

Bárbara Burgos

Hey 🙂
I would like to ask you the best way to get to Milan from Cinque Terre. I’ve heard that not all villages have a direct train, but I can’t find which ones have it! Thank you so much!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Barbara,
The only town that you can take a direct train from Milano Centrale to is Monterosso. Check train schedules on trenitalia.com.
Hope that helps!
Kiiri

Cindy

Love your blog and THANK YOU for letting us steal your 3 night itinerary! Quick and strange question. I am claustrophobic and can manage my fear if I know what to expect. I researched the train times between the cities and know they are mostly tunnels, so I am prepared. How long/small is the pedestrian tunnel in Riomaggiore? And are there other tunnels/caves/weird tight spaces that I am not foreseeing? grazie mille

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Cindy,
I would say the pedestrian tunnel from the train station to the main street in Riomaggiore is about 100 meters. It takes probably a couple of minutes max to walk from one end to the other. There is also a “back way” from the train station to the main street in town — you’ll see another street heading uphill from the train station — this eventually leads to Via Colombo also, but it’s much more roundabout (though with spectacular views), so if you really can’t do the tunnel, there is an alternative.
Hope that helps!
Kiiri

Daisy Zecca

Hi B.
It’s a great itinerary thanks so much! I’m planning on spending a week this summer the first week of August.

My question is, how late to the trains run between each village? My worry is that if I stay in one village for dinner dancing will I be able to get home?

Thanks so much

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Daisy,
The last train from each village runs after midnight, so you should be able to make it home after a dinner in another village.
Kiiri

Tom Carden

Biassa is a great option for accommodation. It’s a tiny nearby village in the hills and the hostel runs a free shuttle to Riomaggiore. We loved it!
I just did up a post on my time in Cinque Terre here: http://www.tctravels.com.au/2016/05/16/cinque-terre/ 🙂

Hajer

Hey!

Amazing article, thank you 🙂
One question, you mentioned most villages have restricted vehicle traffic, but we are planning on renting a car because we are landing in Milan spend a night there and then drive to Vernazza and from there to the rest of the villages.
Do you think it’s a good idea to have a car while visiting Cinque Terre? Thank you!!!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Hajer,
A car will be of no use to you once you get to the Cinque Terre, because it makes much more sense to travel between the villages by train, trail or sea. You can park your car at the top of whichever village you’re staying in, but then I would recommend you leave it there until you depart again. Driving from village to village is very impractical — it will mean having to find another difficult to find parking space in a new village, paying (a lot) for that space, and driving along some pretty scary winding roads that take much longer than it takes to take the train. For example, the train ride from Riomaggiore to Monterosso takes about fifteen minutes. By car it takes over an hour.
Hope that helps!
Kiiri

katie

We will be in CT for a week. Staying at Villa Montale with our family, have a wedding at Hermitage and party at Enoteca Internazionale. How hard is it going to be to walk to those places? Is villa Montale really remote. We booked it a year ago before we understood much about CT. Also have beach outing, sunset cruise and hiking planned. what do you think?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Katie,
Villa Montale, l’Eremo (the Hermitage) and Monterosso are all quite a hike from one another. For a fancy event like a wedding, I would take a cab. It should cost about 20 euro or so. For your beach outings and hiking trips, you can walk in.
Hope that helps!
Kiiri

Christy O'Farrell

Do you have accommodation recommendations for the other towns — esp. Monterosso, Vernazza and Manarola?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Christy,
We do! We actually created a whole guide called Gigi Guides that has lists of our top picks not only for places to stay, but also places to eat and things to do, as well as sections on how to get around, the lay of the land and more. You can check it out here.
Happy travels!
Kiiri

Ly

Hi Bianca,

My name is Ly. I & my father is planning to go to Cinque Terre from 29th May to 31th May from Milan. After that, we plan to go to Venice for 1 night & ‘ll be back to Milan on June, 1st. In Cinque Terre, I would like to stay at Riomaggiore. Which hotel/ hostel in Riomaggiore & Venice you suggest us to stay with reasonable price? Thank you!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Ly,
You can see a few of our recommendations for places to stay in Riomaggiore in the post above (we have a more comprehensive list in our digital guidebook, Gigi Guides). As for Venice, a hostel we LOVE is called Generator. Not at all like what you would expect a hostel to look like — it’s very cool!
Hope that helps 🙂
Kiiri

Luigi

Hi

I’m looking for a beautiful place to stay with a sea view in Monterosso. Where would you recommend? Something like Hotel Pasquale – are there others?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Ciao Luigi,
B&B Il Parco has a beautiful sweeping view of the coastline, and a pool — the only drawback is that it’s located about a ten-minute walk above Monterosso. If you want to be right in town, try Porto Roca.
Happy travels!
Kiiri

Riley

Hi!
Thank you so much for these tips, I printed it all out for my trip this weekend to Cinque Terre. My roommate and I are staying there this weekend for 3 days/3 nights. We are Juniors in college. Where should we stay for a more young and popular feel? We want to go to the beach, relax and drink. We are also on the search for a cute but affordable b&b or apartment for rent. Thanks!

Riley

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Ciao Riley,
If you want this to be mainly a beach trip, stay in Monterosso. It has the longest stretch of sandy beach and is the most “riviera” of the towns. The best nightlife these days is in Riomaggiore, so that’s an option too. Check AirBnb for apartments — there’s lots of selection there now.
Have fun!
Kiiri

Samantha

Ciao,

What a fantastic itinerary! Definitely thinking of printing and bringing it with me!
Any recommendations for hotels/apartments to stay in with late notice? We’re very, very late in booking… it’s currently 25 May, and we’re looking to stay 2-6 July.

Cheers,
Samantha

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Samantha,
The Cinque Terre isn’t what it used to be, where you could just show up and expect to find a place. These days you do have to book quite a bit in advance. I’d suggest checking AirBnb, and if you can’t find anything there, to look into places in Levanto, which is one train stop outside of Monterosso and is a very pretty city in its own right.
In bocca al lupo!
Kiiri

Roxane

Hi Bianca! Thank you for sharing so much wonderful information on Cinque Terre. I just want to ask if your recommended hike of the section from Monterosso to Vernazza is free? Or will i have to purchase the Cinque Terre pass for it? Thank you very much!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Roxane,
The hike between Monterosso and Vernazza is part of the Blue Trail, so you’ll have to buy a Cinque Terre Card to walk it.
Happy hiking!
Kiiri

Lisa

Hi Bianca,

I am traveling from Rome to Cinque Terre for two nights at the end of September. I read your blog and narrowed down it down to either Riomaggiore and Montresso Al Mare. Not sure if weather is good for hiking but would love to hike and enjoy drinking wine and people watching (hope that doesn’t sound creepy), can you recommend which village I should stay in? Also any affordable accommodation recommendation for three travelers would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your time!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Lisa,
Have a look at the descriptions of the towns above and choose the one that speaks to you — they’re all special in their own way, and everyone likes what they like for their own reasons. You can definitely drink wine, hike and people watch in all five 🙂 A great place for finding affordable accommodations is AirBnb, so I’d have a look there. We also have lists for our top picks for places to stay in each town in our digital guidebook Gigi Guides. You can have a peek here.
Hope that helps!
Kiiri

Diane

Hi Bianca,
I will be staying in Cinque Terre for 2 days/1 night. I will be driving there. Can you please tell me the best way to handle that? Will I need to drive to a train station and leave the car and take a train to one of the villages? If so, which one would you recommend? Also, I will be there with my three 20+ year old children, and we definitely want to hike. I would appreciate a recommendation for an accommodation in whichever town you think is best.
Thank you so much!!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Diane,
There are parking areas above each of the towns, and you can also park in Levanto or La Spezia by the train stations — those are the cities that bookend the Cinque Terre. Once you’re here, you won’t need your car for the length of your stay, so you can expect to get around by train, ferry or by hiking. Check out our descriptions of the five towns above to decide which you think you’ll like best, and for accommodations, go from there. We’ve listed a few of our fave places to stay in Riomaggiore above. We have more extensive lists in Gigi Guides for each of the five towns. Feel free to check it out!
Kiiri

Lyndsay

Thank you for this! I’m working on our itinerary for a summer 2017 vacation.
Unfortunately we’re limited to when my daughter is off school – do you have an opinion on July or August for travel in Italy?
Also – we plan to do 3 nights in Cinque Terre. My cousin has recommended a hotel in Monterosso that I think we’ll try to book for the first 2 nights. We’re headed south after Cinque Terre so I was thinking of booking our 3rd night in one of the ‘terre’s further south. Which one would give us the best variation from what we’ll experience in Monterosso?
Thanks so much!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Lyndsay,
July and August are of course the most popular months for traveling in Italy because of the summer holidays, so they’re also the most crowded and the most hot. That being said, you are pretty much guaranteed beautiful weather, a lively atmosphere, and everything up, running and ready to welcome guests.
I wouldn’t recommend switching hotels while you’re in the Cinque Terre — there’s simply no point, and you’ll end up spending your precious time (that you could be devoting to wandering the villages, swimming or enjoying the delicious food) to schlepping your stuff from one hotel to another, checking in, and getting settled all over again for no reason. Riomaggiore is literally ten minutes further south by train than Monterosso, and it can be enjoyed (as can all the towns) just as thoroughly without spending the night there.
Hope that helps!
Kiiri

julia

Hi there,
If Cinque Terre will be in the middle of our trip and we will have a car, where is the best place to leave it? Is there a central parking garage for each town or the region?
Thanks!
Julia

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Julia,
Each of the towns has a parking area at the top of the village, so you can leave your car in whichever town you’re staying in. Alternatively, you can leave the car in the covered garage in La Spezia (at the train station) or in Levanto — these are the two cities that bookend the Cinque Terre.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

Aya Itani

Hello,
Thank you for the guiding.
I wanted to go from Milano Centrale to Cinqueterre, and I booked a train accidentally to Genoa. Is there a way to go from Genoa to Riomaggiore? If yes, do you advise me to do it, or just book another train ticket from Milano Centrale to Riomaggiore directly?
Thanks in advance

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Aya,
Yes, absolutely. In fact, Genova is often the city you have to switch trains at on the way to the Cinque Terre from Milan, so just buy another ticket from Genova to Riomaggiore.
Happy travels!
Kiiri

Franco

Hello.

Thank you for the info. I’m look ing forward to go to cinque terre.

I would like how long it is from Rome and what is the easiest way to get there.

Also, I think this kind of pointless, but I would like to know what should be my budget to follow this itinerary?

Thank you one more time for this great plan.

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Franco,
It takes between three and six hours to get from Rome to the Cinque Terre by train, depending on which train you take. Check out schedules on trenitalia.com.
As for a budget for this itinerary, it would depend on what you choose in terms of accommodations and what you order at the restaurants we recommend.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

Aline

Hi! i just started planning my trip to Cinqueterre in August, and your blog was the first i came across (loved it btw!) You made some accomodations sugestions (and i already sent an email do Limoni di Thule), but i would like to know what would you suggest for a young couple that doesnt want to spend much (say $40? a night?)…i didnt find much hostel options at hostelworld, only at La Spezzia.

Thanks!
Aline.

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Aline,
It’s going to be almost impossible, if not completely impossible, to find any private room in the Cinque Terre in August for $40 a night, including in the hostels, where I believe they start at 40 or 50 euro. You could do a bed in one of the hostels for a little less than that per night — there’s one in Corniglia and one in Manarola.
In bocca al lupo!
Kiiri

Kimberly

Hi, my sister and I are visiting Italy for the first time and we would really like to visite Cinque Terre. However, we are really confused on where to stay! We’ve heard that the best place to stay is La Spezia so we’re probably going to stay there. The only thing is that we won’t have a car, so I wanted to know if there’s public transport? Is it easy to go from La Spezia to Cinque Terre?
Thank you so much

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Kimberly,
It’s easy to get to the Cinque Terre from La Spezia (it’s a 7-minute train ride), but I’m not sure why anyone would say it’s the best place to stay. As far as we’re concerned, the best place to stay when visiting the Cinque Terre is IN the Cinque Terre. Have a look at our descriptions of the five towns above and go from there 🙂
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

Joanne

Hi there,
We are staying in La Spezia, Villa Federici, in July.
Just wondering if you have any tips on traveling from there to the rest of the Cinque Terre. We will be renting a car.
Thanks,
Joanne

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Joanne,
If you’re renting a car just to see this part of Italy, cancel your reservation. It is far more convenient to get around the Cinque Terre by train. It’s 7 minutes away from La Spezia, and it takes just a few minutes to train it from town to town. Driving takes MUCH longer, and then you’re stuck having to find parking where parking is very limited every time you get to a new town. It will only cause you stress. If you’re renting a car anyway to see other parts of Italy, park it at your hotel if possible, or at the parking garage at the train station for the duration of your stay.
Hope that helps!
Kiiri

Amy Tanzillo

Any suggestion of where to stay with three children? 10, 8, and 6. Which village? Grazie!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Amy,
All of the villages are great for their own reasons. Check out our descriptions above and choose the one that speaks to you.
Have fun!
Kiiri

Beatriz Belo

Hello,
we are planning to go from florence to cinque terre! What’s the best way to go there from florence?

Thank you!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Beatriz,
By train! Check out schedules at trenitalia.com.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

Hilb23

Hi there! Thanks so much for your awesome tips, your blog is great.

Question for you (apologies if this has already been asked) if you choose to go swimming in this area would it be safe to leave a few belongings behind on the beach? Also, any tips or major concerns that come to mind for a solo female traveller?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi there,
I haven’t heard of people’s belongings being stolen from the beaches here, but of course use common sense about what you bring with you, because theft can happen anywhere. Don’t bring valuables along, don’t bring your passport, and bring just enough money for what you might need on the beach and figure out a hard-to-get-to place in your other things where you can hide it. If you’re alone, try to keep your eye on your stuff from the water. I’d also recommend renting a lounger on a private beach, where theft is less likely to happen because of the restricted access.
As for being a single woman traveler, this is a great place to come. It’s small and very safe and a great place to meet new people.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

Nancy

I am packing for a week in Cinque Terre/Portofino/Liguria. Any guidance or ladies’ packing lists???

Thanks!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Nancy,
We have a whole section dedicated to packing for your trip to Italy in our digital guidebook, Gigi Guides. You can check it out here.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

ayesha zareen

hi there….ur blog is awesome… vey useful tips…me and hubby are coming for two days trip…we are staying in vernazza ..will be reaching around noon …can u plz suggest tips and places not to be missed… thanks in advance….

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Ayesha,
A restaurant we love in Vernazza is called Belforte. Ask to sit on the terrace with the incredible sea view, and try the squid ink pasta. Make sure you try the cannoli at Il Pirata too! We have a whole section in our Cinque Terre chapter in Gigi Guides dedicated to things to do, and another full of tips and tricks (not to mention other places to eat and places to stay too). Check it out here, and have a great trip!
Kiiri

Jon Singh

Just stumbled across this researching our trip there, thank you for the information! I’m a little concerned getting from PISA airport to Riomaggiore, any advice or tips?

Greatly appreciated, definitely looking into your travel tours in the future!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Jon,
Trenitalia.com will give you all the information you need for traveling from Pisa to Riomaggiore. Type in “Pisa fermata Aeroporto” as your place of departure and of course “Riomaggiore” for your destination, and you’ll be shown all of your options from the airport all the way to Rio.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

Lyn

Hallo Bianca

I’ve enjoyed reading your blog about Cinque de Terre
I will visit Italy in December and I still want to see CT on my way from Milan to Florence.
Should i stay 2 night or 1 night will be enough?
Thank u

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Lyn,
Depending on when you come exactly, there isn’t likely to be a lot open or happening in the Cinque Terre in December. That might be just what the doctor ordered if you just want to enjoy the striking scenery and avoid crowds (or anyone at all, almost!), but if you’re expecting a lot of life and action, you might be disappointed. (I personally happen to love the Cinque Terre in the winter.) Still, we always recommend staying two nights in any place as opposed to one if you can. That way you can really experience it and not just whiz through, checking it off your list. If you do decide to come by here, make sure you check out the presepe in Manarola — it’s the biggest nativity scene in the world, and is truly beautiful to behold.
Happy travels!
Kiiri

Patricia

Hello, I am searching for a place in Cinque Terre for my daughter and 3 friends. Preferably in Monterosso
07/27-07/31. Any thoughts or leads. Mille Grazie! Patricia

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Patricia,
Yikes, that’s leaving it really late! You may not be able to find anything at this late date, but I would have a look on AirBnb. Otherwise, you might have to book in La Spezia or Levanto instead.
Hope that helps!
Kiiri

Katie A

Hello! This is a very helpful blog – I loved reading your story! I am planning to be in Cinque Terre for 6N in mid-September.

Do you have any recommendations for a cooking class or wine tasting / vineyard tour?

Also, what is the best beach. I am open to making this a “day trip” if there is a beach that is particularly special.

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Katie,
Get in touch with Simone at Nessun Dorma in Manarola for a cooking class. He does one on pesto that’s supposed to be great. Litan is an excellent little winery in Riomaggiore and they do tours. You can get their deets here.
Monterosso has the best best in the Cinque Terre — it’s the only long stretch of sandy beach there is here. Most gorgeous, sparkling clean water is in Riomaggiore though 🙂
Have fun!
Kiiri

Jeff

How about seeing the 5T by sea? There are scheduled public boats out of La Spezia that stop at each town, right? Is that recommended? What about some of the private boat tours? Advice please.

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Jeff,
Yes, there is a ferry that goes from town to town (except Corniglia, which doesn’t have a port) within the Cinque Terre, and to Portovenere as well. Check out timetables here. A private tour company we recommend is Cinqueterre Boat Tour.
Kiiri

Rob LaRue

Thanks so much for the tips Bianca! Had an amazing 2 days here. Stayed in Riomaggiore, had drinks at A Pie da Ma, watched the sunset from the agave plant, hiked from Corniglia to Monterroso, and swam at the beach in Riomaggiore, Manarola, and Monterroso. Couldn’t have made the most of my 2 days here without your help.

-Rob

Rob LaRue

PS- I would add the restaurant Nessun Dorma in Manarola to your list. Amazing food, service, and the view!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Yes! We love Nessun Dorma! This post was originally written in 2013, before it existed, or it most certainly would have been included 🙂

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

So glad you had such a great time, Rob, and especially glad that we could help!
Kiiri

Cam McNair

Hi Bianca,
Great site. As we are driving through Italy what do you think is the best option for parking/leaving our car to do the cinque terra?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Cam,
Each of the towns has a parking area up top. You can also leave your car in La Spezia or Levanto in the garages by the train stations.
Kiiri

Beth

We only have 2 nights to stay in Cinque Terra from Sept 30-Oct 2 then on to Genoa to get a train to Zurich to fly out on the 4th. We are in our 50’s and would like to hike a lot while we are there. We could skip Genoa all together but figured it would be a good place to stay on our way out. Please give me more hotel suggestions. I have booked Marvit Affittacamere in Monterosso but may change it after reading your blog.

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Beth,
We have a much more comprehensive list of hotel recommendations for each of the five towns in our digital guidebook, Gigi Guides. Feel free to check it out here.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

Penelope

Hi. I really love this post. It’s well written and have a lot of tips. We’re touring a few cities in Italy and Greece and are thinking about coming end of September-October. Does it typically rain then or will that be a good time to come? We were also thinking about coming April or May but weren’t sure if the water is too cold to get in. Any advice is appreciated. Also any suggestions on a good cooking class that isn’t too expensive?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Penelope,
September is usually beautiful weather-wise, while October is more hit and miss. Last year (2015) is was sunny and hot in October and people were swimming all the way up to Halloween. Other years it’s been rainy, so you just have to take your chances. April is usually still too cold for swimming, but people start venturing in in May. Check out Cinque Terre Riviera for cooking classes.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

Brian

We are spending the day in Cinque Terra while on a cruise so limited to the day only. I would like to ferry between the towns but am concerned about the crowds and whether there is an issue getting on the ferries, especially mid-morning to mid-afternoon. Also depends how many people get off at each stop!
Is this a valid concern? The ferries don’t run all that frequently.

Brian

Replies are few and far between I notice!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Brian,
There is of course a limited number of people who will be allowed on each ferry, but I haven’t heard of people having to wait for the next one. They’re pretty big. That being said, should something like that happen, you could just hop on the train to get to the next town so as not to waste time waiting and catch the ferry again from there.
Hope that helps!
Kiiri

Naiya Patel

Hey! from India.
we are 3 of us doing a road trip in italy in coming mid-sept. Cinque terre is definitely on our must-go places! i m glad to have found your blogs! thank you soo much. However, i have a very important question here. Since we are doing a roads trip, we will have a car with us. Where do you suggest we stay in cinque terre? we are prepared to hike through cinque terre and the villages by foot, but we will need a place to park the car atleast when we arrive. anything that you can suggest will be of great help! thank you…

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Naiya,
You can park at the top of any of the villages in the parking areas there, or in La Spezia or Levanto.
Happy travels!
Kiiri

Barbara Rajkowska

Hi Bianca,
We are planning to be in Cinque Terra 6-12 October this year. Are you available to guide us for a day or two? We are a couple in our mid-sixties :-). Please email me if you are available. Love your blog!

Barbara

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Barbara,
We’d love to, but I’m afraid we don’t do private tours.
Have a fab trip!
Kiiri

Grace

Hi!
I’m going to study abroad in Italy from September-December, and I have a break the third week of October, is this too late to make a trip to one of the towns in Cinque Terre? I’d love to visit (even if all the beach days are gone already) but since its mostly a summer place is October too late?
Let me know if you get a chance!
Thank you,
Grace

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Grace,
Not at all. The weather can be hit and miss in October, but we don’t consider the high-season to end until around Halloween, so everything will still be open.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

Heather

My boyfriend and I would like to maybe drive here from Nice. Is that possible considering vehicles aren’t allowed?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Heather,
Vehicles aren’t allowed into the towns themselves most of the time, but there are parking areas at the top of each village. You just leave your car there and walk down.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

Jennifer

Interested in traveling from Venice directly to Cinque Terre for some time, then on to Paris. What’s the best city to travel to and from via train on the beginning and end of our stay in CT? Will we have trouble getting luggage to our accommodations to store there while traveling between towns? Thank you!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Jennifer,
Which village you travel out of and to doesn’t really make that much of a difference since they are so close together, but Monterosso is probably your best bet since it’s the northernmost of them. You will likely be responsible for getting your luggage to your accommodations yourself, and that will usually involve a strenuous walk. If your luggage is very heavy, I’d suggest asking before you book whether they will be able to help you carry the luggage from the train station. A very few places (like Porto Roca in Monterosso and Casa Lorenza in Riomaggiore) have shuttle service, and some hosts will come down and carry your luggage themselves (like Alla Marina in Riomaggiore), but most will require you to make it there on your own.
Hope that helps!
Kiiri

Nance

Hi young lady ! I am heading to Cinque Terre this Friday. Will be staying in Ghiare-Molino, 4 nights total. Your 4 days itinerary sounds great but from the furthest village from where I am staying. Any itinerary you can suggest from my location would be awesome !!! Thank you !!!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Nance,
Al Molino delle Ghiare isn’t in the Cinque Terre — it’s in Levanto. It’s still just a 20-minute ride away from Riomaggiore though. Just hop onto a train and you can follow our itinerary to a tee!
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

Dawn

Hubby and I are attending a wedding in Rome, and spending three 3 nights in Cinque Terre before Rome. We have booked an Airbnb in Riomaggiore before I found this wonderful blog. We fly into Milan, and will take the train to Cinque Terre (can get all the way there by train?). My son and his girlfriend are staying a 40 minute walk to Vernazza up in the hills (I thinks that’s crazy!); where would the best good middle ground to spot to get together? I know we are right near the train station, but would love to do the boats as well.

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Dawn,
You can definitely get all the way to the Cinque Terre from Milan by train. You can see schedules on trenitalia.com.
Getting together with your son will be easy, since getting from town to town by train or ferry is a cinch here. Just have him walk down into Vernazza, and you can either meet there, or in any of the other towns.
Have fun!
Kiiri

Alayna

Coming from Florence for 2 days and 1 night in between. What town do you suggest we stay in?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Alayna,
Any one you want, you can’t really go wrong 🙂 We’ve described them in the post above, and you can google pics of each of them as well. Then just pick the one that speaks to you the most.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

Tina Walsh

THANK YOU for creating this site and travel company!

We’re planning to come to Cinque Terre from Provence 5 Sept – 9 Sept. I wish you were there then, we’d love to take an Italian Fix tour.

As it seems as if our dates dont align with one of your tours, we are going to follow your 4 day/3 night plan and use your tips from locals. After the trip we will fly out of Milan back to the US.

As we’ll be coming from France I’m thinking we should travel north to south. What is the best way to get from Riomaggiore to Milan? Google maps says its about a 2 hour car drive or a 6+ hour train. My goal is to maximize time in the Cinque Terre vs. traveling. What’s my best bet?

Thank you!
Tina Walsh

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Tina,
It’s definitely not a 6-hour train ride to Milan — more like 3.5 or 4. (Check train schedules on trenitalia.com.) Driving from Riomaggiore takes about 3 hours, so if you’re looking to spend the least amount of time traveling, that’s your best bet if you will already have a car with you. That being said, if you plan on renting a car just for the drive back, you’ll have to go to La Spezia to pick it up and that’s going to eat up more time than the little extra a train trip will take. In my experience, it’s just easier and less complicated to take the train.
Have a fab trip, and hopefully we’ll see you on one of our tours in the future!
Kiiri

DT

Hi,

Thank you for this great website. I found it by chance as I was researching an upcoming trip to Italy.

Regarding Cinque Terre, I am planning to stay there for 3 nights in 2 weeks. I have contacted your accommodation recommendations but they don’t have anything for my dates. You also mention “taking advantage of the many private apartments for rent”, could you please tell me what the best way to find those is?

Thank you so much for your help!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi DT,
If Amy at Riomaggiore Reservations doesn’t have any apartments left for your dates, I’d recommend checking out AirBnb. There are new places popping up on there all the time.
In bocca al lupo!
Kiiri

Lorraine Edwards

Bianca, that blog/website info is spectacular. What a pleasure to read and plan with. Really appreciated and concise. Rgrds Lorraine (South Africa)

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Thank you, Lorraine! So glad we could be of help!

Nate

Hi Bianca,

What a great blog and resource! I am traveling to Italy for the first time as a 46 year old (can’t believe that fact). Traveling alone in October. I have 10 days, flying into Milan and out of Rome. Otherwise no set itinerary yet. But my uncle (native Italian) suggested I land in Milan and catch the first train to the Cinque Terre.

My question–how is Cinque Terre in early October for a visit. Autumn is typically my favorite season, and I hear Italy (big place, but…) is fantastic in Fall. Maybe not beach weather, but good hiking? or at least walking among and around the villages?

Do you recommend Cinque Terre for a few days — 2 maybe 3 nights in October? After that I’m off to Florence.

Appreciate your (or anyone else’s) thoughts!

Nate

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Nate,
Yes! I love the Cinque Terre in the fall. And if you love autumn too and don’t expect to be beaching it, I think you will too. October can be hit and miss weather-wise, but if it’s dry then the hiking is great this time of year. Not too hot, and not crowded. And everything is still up and running at least until the end of the month.
Have a great first trip to Italy!
Kiiri

Bob

My wife and I are visiting Tuscany, Cineque terra and maybe lake Como from Oct 1 to Oct 9th flying out of Milan. We will be driving
Looking for your advice on where to stay in Tuscany and special places to see. Planning 2-3 nights there and same in Cinque Terra. Advice on where to park and stay in Riomaggiore. Seemed like best place to headquarter with car in villages
Thanks so much for your help

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Bob,
I recommend getting in touch with Kate at bgprincipessa.com for help with the Tuscany leg of your trip.
The parking area in Riomaggiore is right at the top of the village. It’s the first thing you see when you drive in.
Hope that helps!
Kiiri

Jennifer

Hi can you please tell me as a guide what to expect the weather to be possibly most like in Cinque Terre from mid to late May?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Jennifer,
Check out this blog post.
Kiiri

Patty S.

Hi Bianca,

Thank you for this insightful post of Cinque Terre. Because of it, I may be changing my mind and our itinerary. We will be in Italy for 13 days, last of September and first week of October 2016. We will be doing a backroad bicycle trip and wanted to end out trip in someplace we’ve never been. I booked our hotel in Santa Margherita and thought we would spend one day in Cinque Terra and another one in Portofino. Am I trying to put to much into our last weekend? Could we do the “best of” Cinque Terra and still enjoy the other towns? Your opinion is appreciated. Thank you!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Patty,
A day in the Cinque Terre isn’t really enough to truly experience it — you’ll kind of be rushing through — but we understand that that’s all some people have. Check out our blog post on making the most of just one day here. You can definitely do Portofino in just a day.
Hope that helps!
Kiiri

Ann Harris

Would you recommend a day trip to the Cinque Terre from Livorno.
Our cruise arrive around 7am on Sat Sep17 and depart 7pm same day. We will like to be back by 5pm. Ideally we plan to take a train to Pisa and spend ~1 hour and then take the train to La Spezia and to Cinque Terre and spend the day exploring the villages, before heading back to Livorno by 5pm.
Thanks very much for your advice.

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Ann,
Honestly, this is too much, and this kind of schedule is exactly the reason many people leave the Cinque Terre these days disappointed and wondering what all the fuss is about. Our friend Kate Little puts it very well in her blog, Little Paradiso: “This past summer I witnessed a disturbing trend — many, many daytrippers coming into the Cinque Terre and expecting to understand it in a matter of 8 hours. The Cinque Terre has started to become something to cross off a list, not a place to experience… I see so many tourists wandering around the villages with empty eyes. I assume had that they had extremely high expectations of sleepy fishing villages but have ended up severely disappointed with the hustle and bustle of mid-day Cinque Terre. I know that most tourists have limited time and want to make the most of their vacation, but what good is squeezing in only 8 hours in the Cinque Terre if it’s a disappointing 8 hours? The real Cinque Terre is there, off the main roads and out of the way of the crowds. Sometimes it is even right before your eyes, but the confusion of all those people won’t let you see it. Obviously in those 8 hours, the 8 hours which all of the other daytrippers are out and about in, you cannot do much of anything except get hot, get frustrated with the train and/or ferry, and wonder why anyone ever comes here.”
The train ride from Livorno already takes two hours each way, meaning you’ll be traveling for four hours to be able to try to fit the Cinque Terre into just four hours of time. If you’re determined, I’d suggest skipping Pisa at the very least.
Hope that helps!
Kiiri

Rachel

Hi Bianca-
Loving your blog and so glad you have included so many helpful tips! We are taking an ER nurses trip in November and are staying in Riomaggiore. What is your recommended way to travel from the Genoa airport for 4-5 girls. We land around 4pm. Thanks!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Rachel,
You’ll have to take the Volabus from the airport to either Genova Brignole or Genova Piazza Principe station, and then take the train from there to Riomaggiore. You can find train schedules on trenitalia.com.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

Amy

Do u recommend going in October? In terms of the weather and crowds? Thanks 4 all of the wonderful info!
Amy

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Amy,
Weather in October can be hit and miss, but it’s a lot less crowded and everything is still open, with the exception of the ferries which usually stop running at the beginning of the month.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

PAULINA IGLESIAS GM

Bianca I am going for my honeymoon in may 2017, is it a good weather time?
We’re from Mexico (Guanajuato), and I am planning on my own our trip, I’ve been to Europe 3 times and I lived in Montpellier for about 8 months.

Any tips I would love them, I saw an instagram picture in Manarola a little spot to swim. Where is that? We love this tipe of places since we have family in Cancun.

Thank you best regards,

Paulina I

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Paulina,
You can have a look here for information about the weather.
As for the Instagram pic we posted, that’s right in Manarola’s marina, a really fun and refreshing place for a swim 🙂
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

Julia

Hi,
very useful, thank you!
what about mid October weather there? Is it a good time to visit?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Julia,
Here’s a blog post about the weather in Italy you can check out.
Happy travels!
Kiiri

we are leaving traces

Hey,
this is probably one of the best reports on Cinque terre that we have ever read. As you being a local – it doesn´t really get any better than this. We also visited Cinque terre a couple of month ago and wrote a report about this beautiful place/ area. Maybe you would also like to read about our experiences 🙂

Great report and great pictures! Cinque terre is probably one of the most visited places in whole Europe, but there is also a reason for that! It is simply an amazing place! We have also been there and wrote a report about it. Maybe you would also like to read about our experiences 🙂

https://weareleavingtraces.com/2016/05/20/cinque-terre-italy/

See You Soon!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Thank you for sharing! It’s always great to meet other bloggers who love the CT as much as we do 🙂

Isoke

Hello Bianca!

Your article is so helpful! I was wondering if you could recommend any good hostels?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Isoke,
There’s a hostel in Manarola and one in Corniglia. Google “ostello Manarola” or “ostello Corniglia” and you’ll find their respective sites.
Hope that helps!
Kiiri

Clare

Hello Bianca,
Thank you for all of the wonderful information. I am planning at trip to Italy in the beginning of November. We were thinking of staying in Santa Margherita for two nights and would love to hike Cinque Terre one of the days (weather permitting). Do you think Santa Margherita is a good choice? And where would you recommend starting/stopping the hike?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Clare,
Santa Margherita is a beautiful city, I’m sure you’ll love it!
Just take the train to Monterosso and start the hike there 🙂
Have fun!
Kiiri

annie

Hello; Where would you stay in Cinque Terre if you have a rental car but want to do the villages by train or walking. We don’t want to stress about driving in small crowded streets. Would you recommend Levanto or Lerici and do they have easy access to the train and I so want a beach to swim at! Thanks for any help.

Jamie

My husband and I will be visiting in two weeks – we cannot wait! I was wondering, has Via Dell’Amore reopened yet?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Jamie,
I’m afraid not, and it likely won’t be opening for a another few years. There is an alternative trail to get from Riomaggiore to Manarola though. Just ask at tourist information.
Happy hiking!
Kiiri

Susan Grant

Hi Kirri,

Love this blog! I’m heading to Cinque Terre and have 1 day (really about 6 hours) to tour We have a private car to and from Florence. I’ll be traveling with my husband and parents who have a little bit of walking challenges but want to see the picturesque villages. With limited time and walking challenges which 2 or 3 villages do you recommend? We are planning to take the train between villages.

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Susan,
The Cinque Terre is really not the place to come for people who have mobility issues. You have to walk everywhere within the towns, and there are steps to tackle in many of them as well. If you’re determined, I would stick to Monterosso and Vernazza, which are flatter than the other towns. If you wait for the bus that takes you from the train station up into town you could even do Corniglia too (I wouldn’t even think of tackling the 365 steps it takes to walk up — they’re challenging for even the most able-bodied visitors!). Skip Manarola and Riomaggiore — they’re all inclines and steps.
In bocca al lupo!
Kiiri

Juan José

Hi Bianca,

I loved your post. My wife has always wanted to go to Cinque Terre and I think I might “steal” your itinerary. Would you say April or May are good months to go? Would it be easy to move around with an 16 month baby?

Many thanks,

Juan.

Jessica

Hi Bianca! We are currently on our way to Monterosso and wondering where the best seaside spot to have brunch is!?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Jessica,
Check out L’Ancora della Tortuga, a new favorite of ours 🙂
Buon appetito!
Kiiri

Allison Harrison

Hello! My friends and I are considering Cinque Terre for hiking next March. I’ve seen some info that many restaurants and hotels and shops are closed in March. Will this be an issue? Should we try for April instead? Any advice is appreciated!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Allison,
We touch on this in our guest post for Art Trav about traveling the Cinque Terre in the off-season. Check it out here.
Have a great time!
Kiiri

Dawn

Thank you for the wonderful tips! Which terre do you recommend staying in with a 14 year old boy?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Dawn,
Any of the towns are a great choice, but if you think he’d have more fun where the action tends to be, I’d choose either Riomaggiore (it has a bit of a younger vibe) or Monterosso (great beach with lots of water activities).
Have fun!
Kiiri

Jessa H

Hi, I am traveling this coming week to cinque terre, with a small dog. Can you recommend any inexpensive places to stay that will accept pets? Thank you!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Jessa,
You’ll have better luck, I think, with room or apartment rentals as opposed to hotels, so have a look on AirBnb as a start. I’m afraid everyone has their own rules about this, so you’ll just have to email and ask if you can bring your dog.
Good luck!
Kiiri

setareh

Hi !

I am going to Italy for the first time and I booked myself for the first 10 days in March… I know the weather might not be ideal but I rather have it cool than hot- specially to go on long hikes. Do you think I should go to Cinque terre?

Kelly

Bianca,

I am planning to go to Cinque Terre in September 2017 and your guide was wonderful.
I am going to ‘steal’ your itinerary and do exactly as you recommend.

Thanks

Kelly

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Awesome, Kelly! Have fun!

arlene

To Whom It May Concern;

We are planning a Mediterranean cruise on Regent Seven Seas and it stops at La Spezia on Sunday ,June 25 from 8 AM to 6 pm. Since Cinque Terre has been on our bucket list for quite some time we are really looking forward to going. However, the cruise offers only one tour to Cinque Terre which consists of a cruise to Vernazza for 5 hours and we would like to do more in the time we are we there.

Do you offer a small group tour ,, we will be either 2 or 4 people that would meet at the pier and take us through the 5 towns so that we can get the most out of our day. I realize that it is a Sunday so many places may be closed but we would love to experience Cinque Terre in its fullest so perhaps lunch in a local restaurant or anything else that you could suggest ( but not hiking) so that we could experience this beautiful place.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Best,

Arlene

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Arlene,
We don’t do private tours — ours are weeklong, set tours for women. Click on TOURS above for more info.
The good news is that nothing is closed on Sundays in the Cinque Terre in June, so you’ll be able to enjoy all of the restaurants and shops as you would any other day of the week.
Have fun!
Kiiri

Sue

hi, we will be going to Cinque Terra for 4 nights early Sept 2017 flying into Milan and then catching the train there. Still trying to find the best place to stay. Friends have suggested Rapallo but I’m not sure if wed be better off staying in one of the 5 towns. Bearing in mind we will be pretty tired after landing in Milan early morning then a 3-4 hour train trip would you suggest that staying at Moterossa the first town would be the easiest? what are your thoughts?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Sue,
Rapallo is a beautiful town that is much less “discovered” than the Cinque Terre, and it’s only 45 minutes away, so it’s a great alternative if you don’t want to stay in the Cinque Terre proper. If you do, it doesn’t really matter which town you stay in. Yes, Monterosso is closest to Milan, but it’s only twenty minutes by train from Riomaggiore, the last of the five towns coming from that direction. So the amount of time you would be adding to your trip if you choose another town is negligible.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

Terri Monte

What a wonderful site. Thank you!
We are staying in the area September 15-20 and deciding between Donadelmar and Limonicare di Thule. Which would you recommend the most?
Thanks
Terri

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Terri,
Donadelmar is a newer apartment so I don’t know it that well. I Limoni del Thule is a fabulous option — it’s located a little off the beaten path in a quiet area with beautiful sea views, and the hosts are wonderful people.
Hope that helps!
Kiiri

Catherine

hi , my husband and i have always want to go to Cinque Terre and we are traveling to Italy (Milan and Venice) in Feb 2017. We definitely want to spend 3 days 2 nite in Cinque Terre. As you mentioned Feb is not a good time to see Cinque Terre, shall we still come ? we do love to see the place and do some hiking . Also, shall we plan going to Cinque Terre in 1st stop or later in our 9 days in Italy? Thank you and hope to hear from you soon

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Catherine,
Check out this guest post we wrote for Art Trav about traveling to the Cinque Terre in the off season. It’ll give you a good idea of what to expect.
Happy travels to you!
Kiiri

Liz Bernstein

First, I love your blog post and it’s very helpful. My husband is slightly disabled and has a hard time walking as he has very unstable ankles. We are coming to a wedding in Tuscany and want to go to Cinque Terre in the end of April. Is one city better than the others for accessibility?
Thanks

natalie

Hi Bianca,
I’m currently looking at organising a trip with 8 friends for beg of May for 3 nights.

However ideally it would be nice to get a villa. Do you have any suggestions or contacts of where I can arrange to stay?

Based on your advice below I am looking at staying at Monterosso- would you agree with this location? Alternatively, would Levanto offer a similar vibe?

Thanks,
Natalie

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Natalie,
The Cinque Terre isn’t really a “villa” type of place. Because of the geography here, there are very few fully-detached houses around. What you’ll find are apartments and hotels.
You’re also unlikely to find an apartment that sleeps 8 — again, the geography is such that apartments tend to be small. But even if you end up booking two separate AirBnBs in the same town, you can rest assured that you will be within walking distance of one another. Monterosso is a good choice, because it’s bigger, so you’re more likely to find bigger apartments and hotels with more rooms available.
Levanto is a beautiful town, but it’s got a different vibe than the Cinque Terre towns do. It’s simply more of a city, so it has more of a city feel.
Hope that helps!
Kiiri

Elizabeth

This info is so timely and helpful, thank you. my youngest daughter (16) and I will be visiting my eldest (21) whilst she studies in Florence for a semester. I’ve designed an itinerary for mid April that includes Venice, Florence, San Giminignano, Rome, Cinque Terra, Florence. Cinque Terra calls to us for the sea, hikes and natural beauty. We live on an island in the US. Looking for a peaceful stay that puts us amongst tourists during the day but offers solace, morning and night, even rural beauty. We will have a car to explore btwn Florence and back. Will use our legs or the train when we arrive for 4 days. Looking into Airbnb or Homeaway accommodations. Shall we focus on Riomaggiore or Portevenere for our base? or? Thank you!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Elizabeth,
Portovenere is a beautiful place to visit and to stay in, but there is no train station there, so unless you have a car, it can make traveling to and from there a little more complicated. If your intention is mainly to visit the Cinque Terre, then staying in the Cinque Terre is the most convenient.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

Elizabeth

So thrilled to have found your website! just looked at your Tuscany info … we are spending Easter weekend at Fattorio Poggio Alloro, suggested by mutual friends who had a vineyard nearby. Love that my itinerary is following along with your recommendations!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

We love that too, Elizabeth! Let us know how it goes 🙂
Kiiri

Scott H

Hi Bianca and Kiiri

Thanks for your excellent advice regarding visiting the Cinque Terre, particularly re which town to stay in. My wife and I are visiting Cinque Terre in May 2017 and have been planning on staying 3 nights.

We both have issues with too many steps or stairs – my knees are wearing out and my wife has a condition that is aggravated by too many steps or stairs (eg, more than a couple of flights of stairs at a time). We are very interested to do some of the walks. However, from what we have read, that may not be realistic: although an easier walk, it sounds as if the Via dell’Amore, from Riomaggiore to Manarola will still be unavailable; Manarola to Corniglia is described as relatively easy, so presumably would be OK; Corniglia to Vernazza and Vernazza to Monterosso both sound to be out of the question (lots of steps). Are there other easier coastal walks available? You mention the walk from Riomaggiore to Portovenere – is part of that (eg, heading south from Riomaggiore) an “easier” walk? This issue also impacts to some extent where we should stay. Because of this issue I’m wondering if we should stay 2 nights in the Cinque Terre (eg, Riomaggiore) and one somewhere else with easier walks nearby (eg, you mention Bonassola and Portovenere, as being worthy of visiting but not sure what the coastal walks around there are like). Your comments and suggestions would be much appreciated.

Restaurants and food generally: I have to eat gluten free. Do restaurants and supermarkets provide gluten free options (eg, gluten free pasta)? (we were in France last year, and in provincial areas we often found limited gluten free options available).

Many thanks
Scott

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Scott,
If both you and your wife have issues with stairs, definitely stay in Monterosso. It’s the flattest of the five villages, but check too with your accommodations to find out what the stair-climbing situation is inside — most places don’t have elevators. Hotel Marina is right in the Old Town and has an elevator, as does Porto Roca.
The stretch of the main trail between Manarola and Corniglia is closed, and as you mentioned, the trails between Corniglia and Monterosso involve a lot of climbing. And the hike from Riomaggiore to Portovenere is long and requires a lot of climbing as well. A great alternative would be to take the train to Levanto (the next city after Monterosso) and then walk along the sea to Bonassola (the next town after that). There’s a gorgeous (and flat) bike path that has been built through the old train tunnel, and it takes about a half hour to get from one end to the other. Then in Bonassola, you can reward yourselves with a nice beach day.
There are gluten-free foods available in the Cinque Terre in most grocery stores and in the pharmacies. Restaurants don’t usually have gluten-free pastas on hand, but you could always bring along your own and ask them to prepare a dish off the menu using that. Make sure you ask them to cook the pasta in its own water (as opposed to in water used to cook the regular pasta) — this is a tip we learned from an Italian friend of ours who is celiac.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

Liz O'Neill

Hi,
Just been reading some of your blog and it is amazing. I am planning an Italian Road trip for my 30th birthday with my boyfriend and I have so many questions, I am trying to plan the best route…this is a rough idea but what do you think..hoping that I can take 3 weeks, start in Venice, Florence, Tuscany, Pisa, Cinque Terre, Rome, Naples – then drive to Amalfi Coast – then go over to Sardinia to finish my trip.

Firstly how long do you think I need in each location, I would like to stay in Cinque Terre for longer and enjoy and of course the Amalfi and Sardinia towards the end and relax on the beaches.

Questions – would be I love pretty places, flowers, meadows – we are thinking of coming mid-June, would you say it is a good time?

Any “must dos” that I need to know, where to pick up a car – I was thinking Naples and use trains all beforehand what would you suggest, any recommendations would be amazing.

Thank you so much and thank you for such a lovely blog, it’s made me very excited to plan my trip to Italy. xx

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Liz,
I would try to do three nights in each place, except Pisa — a single night there is enough. Keep in mind that a lot of your time on your first day in any of these places will be spent traveling to them and checking in. Sardinia especially requires a lot of travel time to get to and back from, unless you plan to fly.
Taking the train to most of these places is a good idea, except you might want to rent a car (or hire a driver) in Tuscany and as you mentioned, to see the Amalfi Coast.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

Audrey Tanner

I just wanted to THANKYOU SO MUCH for this free info. We are going in May to Switzerland to Rome and stopping in cinque terre. This is our 35 year anniversary and it is VERY HARD to plan. This was great and so very helpful
OVERWHELMED
Audrey Tanner
Michigan

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Audrey,
Happy 35th anniversary! So glad that we’ve had a bit of a hand in helping you plan it. If you want to make your planning even easier, check out Gigi Guides. It covers Rome, the Cinque Terre, Venice and Florence, as well as all of the ins and outs about traveling to Italy, like how the train system works, how to rent a car, how to avoid ATM and credit card fees and much more.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

Cindy

Hi, my husband and I are planning to go to cinque terre in late September to celebrate our 40th anniversary! We are planning to stay at volastro for 6 nights. I would also like to go to Florence! Can we do that as a day trip from cinque terre?

cindy masterson

HI B, My husband and I are heading to Volastro for 6 nights in September. I want to go to Florence also, to experience some other things about Italy as well. Can you suggest a good way to incorporate this into our trip? Would a day trip to Florence be enough?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Cindy,
It only takes a couple of hours to get from the Cinque Terre to Florence, so yes, you could do it as a day trip. Should you? Well, Florence is an incredibly rich city with lots to see and experience, and a partial day (which is what it would be factoring in travel time there and back) is not nearly enough. If you just want to get a taste for it and wander around a bit without going into museums and sights (remember too that line-ups in the high season can last for hours), then a day trip would be fine. But I would recommend spending at least a night there (more if you’re able).
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

Sophia

Hi Bianca first of all thank you for the information provided as this is my first time in Italy, Im going in Mid april for 8 days, I have Cinque Terre on my to do list staying approx 2 nights, I’ve never been to Italy before but love hiking and can’t wait to get into water, will it be warm enough around this time? tentative intinerary is: Flying into Milan 1 night, Venice 1night , Florence 2nights and Rome 1night Cinque Terre 2 nights then back to Milan flying out of Milan. What are your recommendations, I’m willing to change up itinerary, where would you recommend staying in Cinque Terre? Also any recommendations for the other cities are greatly appreciated, its my first time and am a little overwhelmed with planning trip =) any advice is appreciated thank you.

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Sophia,
We always recommend not trying to pack too much into too little time. A single night in most of these cities is really not enough — remember that a lot of your time is going to be spent traveling to each place, finding your accommodations, checking in and getting your bearings. Then the next day you’re going to have to do this all over again in a different city — it’s going to feel hectic, and like you’re just checking cities off of your list as opposed to being able to truly experience and enjoy them. Two or three nights in each of these places (with the exception of possibly Milan, where you could do one, since you’re flying out of there too) is the minimum I would recommend. So pare it down, and plan to come back to explore the places you left out the next time. You’ll be glad you did.
Have a great first trip to Italy!
Kiiri

Shay

Hi there! Coming to CT in June and wondering if credit cards are accepted in establishments or should we come fully equip to pay for everything in cash? I wasn’t sure if the dining,shopping, transportation all require cash? If you could let me know that would be great. Thanks so much. Can’t wait to experience CT-Cheers Shay

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Shay,
Credit cards are accepted more here now than they used to be, but not everywhere. You’re generally fine to use them at restaurants and in grocery stores, but plan to withdraw cash at the ATMs for small purchases and just in case. Make sure you ask your accommodations too whether you can pay with a credit card — not everyone accepts them.
Kiiri

Cristian

It is a good location for a family with a 2 years kid? I suppose is not smart to move around by car.

Kathy A Napoli

Thanks for all your insight. Hoping you can help me plan my train and where to stay. I am hiking alone for my 40th bday- hoping to hike all the villages but not sure if the path is open?
1.Taking a train from Nice on Sunday April 23, 2017- where to? )Thinking NIce to Levanto and hike to Monterosso…
Departing April 26 to Nice- where should I depart from? From Levanto again to Nice?
2 nights to stay- same place or two different villages?

Sincerely,
Kathy
Crested Butte, CO

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Kathy,
Happy 40th! It doesn’t really matter where you depart from — Levanto is five minutes away by train from Monterosso. Look up schedules on trenitalia.com, and then take the train that is most convenient for you (type in Nice-Ville for Nice).
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

Carrie

Could somebody please help me with finding accommodation in monterroso al mare?

My best friend and I are traveling on a budget but would like somewhere with a nice view that’s in good location.

Any tips appreciated! X

monty

we’ll be flying into Rome from the US then driving from Rome in a rented car, stopping at several towns in Tuscany before arriving in the Cinque Terre area for a few days. Should we drop off the car somewhere along the way to Cinque Terre (get a one way car rental) and then get some other transport back to Rome for…either a second car rental or train or other? thanks

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Monty,
Yes, I think you’ll find it’s worth it to drop your car off (see if your rental provider has a location in La Spezia). You could also park it for the days you’re in the area, but you’ll be spending upwards of 24 euro a day just to have it sit there. And there are lots of fast and direct trains that travel between La Spezia (which is just 7 minutes from the Cinque Terre by train) and Rome.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

Angie

I would like to echo the comments and how helpful your information has been! My husband and I are going to be in Cinque Terre for 3 nights and are looking to base out of Riomaggiore. I’ve loved all the recommendations for places to stay. One of our requirements is a view of the sea :). My debate is we found a place on air bnb that is in the vineyards out in Montenero, but my concern is the distance from town and relying on buses/taxis. Thoughts on staying out there?

Chris

Hi Kiiri, thanks so much for the helpful info!

I’ve reached out to Amy, but also wanted to ask you – are you aware of any housing that can accommodate 6 adults in three private bedrooms with beds queen or larger? Late Sept for a week? Walkable/inside one of the five villages?

Thanks!
Chris

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Chris,
Finding any apartment that has three separate bedrooms in the Cinque Terre is going to be tough. If Amy doesn’t have anything for you, then I would look into hotels instead — Monterosso is your best bet for that — and book three rooms. Another option would be to rent two or three separate apartments with Amy or through AirBnb — as long as they’re in the same town, you can rest assured that they will all be within walking distance of one another.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

Matt

What is the best time to go in terms of crowds (less) and weather (nice!)? Is September a decent time to make the trip? Thanks!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Matt,
September is a beautiful month in the Cinque Terre — it’s still warm out and you can still swim, but the oppressive heat of the summer months has usually passed by then. It used to be a month when things calmed down a bit, but not really anymore. It’s still very much high season here at that time of year. October can be very hit and miss weather-wise (last year it was gorgeous, other years it’s been rained out), but there are fewer tourists around. And the same goes for the earlier spring months (March/April). So if fewer people is important to you, you have to take your chances with the weather.
Hope that helps!
Kiiri

Dean Kearney

Good morning Bianca,
My wife and I enjoyed your blog, and we are interested in 12 day trip Italy. We would like for the Cinque Terre to be the focal point of the trip. We read through the itinerary of the two tours you have posted. They sound incredible, and very enticing, but not a exact fit for us, for two reasons. One, they read to be tours just for ladies, and two, the price may be a little out of our wallet. Anything that you might suggest or refer us to? Thank you

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Dean,
Yes, I’m afraid our tours are just for women at the moment, though that may change in the future — we’ll see 🙂
For those, like yourselves, who are unable to travel with us, we’ve created Gigi Guides. It’s a digital guidebook that is chock full of our best advice on how to travel this area well (and Florence, Venice and Rome too!). You can check it out by clicking here.
Hope that helps!
Kiiri

Janine

Hi Bianca
Thank you for this wonderful Cinque Terre guide. I will be travelling to Italy in August ( I have been to Italy 4 times, but never to Cinque Terre!). This trip is a solo one, and I am interested in your thoughts re anything solo women travellers like myself should watch out for? For example, is it safe to travel between villages on the trains at night?
Thanks
Janine

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Janine,
Yes, this is an incredibly safe area for solo women travelers (and anyone else). You should feel safe on the trails, the trains, and in the villages. In the close to 15 years I’ve lived here, I’ve never heard of anything scary happening to anyone out and about on their own.
Have a great time!
Kiiri

Allison Kolber

Thanks for the wonderful info! Do you have any car service recommendations? We’re flying in from the US finishing in Genoa and are concerned about then taking a bus to the train station, then the train, then walking to our hotel. It also appears there is a weird time gap between when we land and could get a train that we’d end up having to wait (after a long travel day already).

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Allison,
The car service in the Cinque Terre we always use 5 Terre Transfer. They are very professional, friendly and reliable.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

Karla Hitz

Hello,
Excited to go to Cinque Terre. We will be there the first part of August. What do you think about the weather at this time? And what accommodations would you recommend, other than Riomaggiore, no apartment? Thanks Karla

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Karla,
The weather in August is usually very hot, so you’ll want to spend most of your time in the water 😉
We have an extensive list of our top recommendations for places to stay in each of the five villages in Gigi Guides. You can check it out here.
Have fun!
Kiiri

Rajat Palod

hi,
this article was really helpful. We are 3 youngsters..2 sisters and I who have planned for 2 day halt in Cinque Terre,in a hostel in Monterosso. As my sisters are vegan and considering this is a seashore.. will we be able to have vegan meals and where?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Rajat,
There are no specifically vegan restaurants in the Cinque Terre, but a few have specifically vegan options — like Maite (a full-service restaurant) and Britta (a take-out place specialising in juices and sandwiches), both in RIomaggiore. You should be able to find (or request) vegan options in most restaurants, though — veggie pastas or pasta al pomodoro are a couple of easy examples of what you could have.
We recommend to anyone with restrictive diets to consider renting an apartment with a kitchen while in Italy. That way you can take advantage of the loads of fresh fruit and vegetables available in the grocery stores here and prepare your own dishes.
Hope that helps, Rajat!
Kiiri

Chasity Duncan

Hi Bianca!
My husband and I will be in Europe the first week of May. We will be leaving Paris on a Wednesday early morning and have two nights- three days to go somewhere else (Cinque Terre is a good possibility!) Ideas on transportation from Paris to this area? I love your itinerary posted! Thanks!

Carlea

Hi Bianca! We are visiting the cinque terre in June as part of a trip for my 30th bday. We will leave from either Pisa or genoa to Norway for the second half of the trip. I lived in Sicily for a summer and my husband and i have travelled in Rome, Venice, Tuscany, and the amalfi coast. We arrive in Genoa on a saturday at noon and leave for Norway on Wednesday at 11. I feel like that is too much time in the cinque terre and was considering spending tuesday night somewhere else to take in another city on our way out of italy. I read your suggestions for day trips and my question is, would any of them be different enough from the 5 terre to justify a night there as well? Are the beaches quite a bit more substantial? (I know they are smallish in the 5 terre). Does one city stick out to you to visit on our way down to genoa or pisa? We arent planning on having a car but I suppose we could rent one if needed. Was toying with the idea of dipping down into wine country for a night? Would love some insider insight. Planning to stay in riomaggiore for our nights in 5terre. Enjoy wine, food, hiking, scenery. Haha. Basically Italy. Thank you!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Carlea,
I would look into spending a night in Forte dei Marmi. If you’re looking for a different vibe (more swanky) from the Cinque Terre and are especially interested in beaches, the beaches there are gorgeous and very different. Another under-the-radar option is Rosignano Solvay, but that’s just past Pisa, not before it. Still, beautiful white beaches there!
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

Ann

Hi Bianca,

My husband and I are planning to be at the CT this coming April 1-3? Is it still worth going at this time of year – we just want to immerse ourselves in the villages, enjoy the view with just a bit of hiking. Are most of the stores and restaurants still closed at this time?

Thank you.

Riley

I was wondering the same thing about the stores and restaurants. Please let me know!

Karen Johnston

Hello! Thanks for all the information! So helpful! Just wondering… we have a noon flight out of Florence. Trying to figure out what town we should be in order to catch an early train on Sunday morning to catch that flight. Train schedules are difficult… thank u

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Karen,
Though it’s the furthest town from Florence, it looks like your best bet is Monterosso. They have a 5:28 train that gets to Firenze Santa Maria Novella at 8:02. You can find all of the information on trenitalia.com.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

Kim Skingle

Hi Bianca
We are 2 couples who want to holiday in the area of Cinque Terre for a week 23-30 September 2017. We would like to stay in an apartment, with a sea view if possible, without a big climb (as my friend has a slightly poorly knee). I have been trawling the internet for a few days but thought it best to ask an expert! Could you make a recommendation please? Many thanks, Kim

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Kim,
Because of the nature of the geography in this area, finding a two-bedroom apartment can be much harder than finding a one-bedroom, especially if you also have other requirements, like sea view without a lot of stairs. I would recommend either looking at hotels where you could book two rooms (look for anything along Monterosso’s “lungomare” — these will have sea views, are more likely to have elevators, and if not, at the very least don’t require climbing before you even get to the front door), or simply booking two separate apartments (if the main draw is having a kitchen). As long as you book them in the same town, you can rest assured that they will be within walking distance of one another.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

Jessica

Bianca,
First, LOVE your pages. Just what a first timer needs for Italy. Signed up for your newsletter today.
Second, I need help with accommodations. I have reached out to all of your recommendations for Cinque Terre. I Limoni de Thule is booked 🙁 I have not heard back from the others, yet. So of course I am panicking! Any other spots you could recommend for a couple’s first time trip? We are staying two nights: September 2-4th.
Thank you!!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Jessica,
If you’re having trouble finding a place via the regular channels, I’d check out AirBnb. There are more and more Cinque Terre properties being listed there every day. We also have an extensive list of our top picks for accommodations in each of the five towns in Gigi Guides. You can check out Gigi Guides at http://www.gigiguides.com.
Hope that helps!
Kiiri

Catherine

Hi there,
Thanks for your informative website. We are coming to cinque terre in September 2017 – 2 adults and our 10 year old daughter. We prefer less crowds but want to still have the great feel of the region. Where would you suggest we base ourselves?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Catherine,
The least crowded village in terms of places to stay is Corniglia. This is because it’s the smallest and also least accessible village (you have to climb a lot of steps or take a small bus up to the top) and it is not right on the sea, so it doesn’t have a marina or beach. Because it isn’t as crowded, you’ll get the most “authentic” feel here too, which it sounds like you’re looking for. And if you want to go for a swim, there are paths that take you down to the water or you can hop on a train and go to one of the other villages, which are just minutes away.
Hope that helps!
Kiiri

sylvana nader

Hi Bianca

Great thanks for your helpful post and hints.
I wanted to ask you if you recommend STELLIO Affittacamere in Riomaggiore as a place to stay. I liked the place on the net but it doesn’t have enough reviews, and it is a bit overpriced for a guesthouse.

thanks in advance.
Sylvana

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Sylvana,
Stellio just opened a few months ago (March of 2017), which is why it doesn’t have a lot of reviews yet. It’s right in the marina and has great views, and it’s beautifully refurbished with exposed stone walls and tasteful styling. I think it would be a great choice, though as you mentioned, it is slightly more expensive than some other places.
Hope that helps!
Kiiri

K

Hi!
I am going to florence for 5 weeks and I am dying to go to Cinque Terre, I am a college student but I don’t care much for anything crazy. A few shops and some restaurants.
-I was just wondering which town in the cheapest?
– Also I know they are all beautiful. But which one is the most colorful and picturescue? The one that has more of a Portofino vibe to it!
Thank you!

Riley

Will you being going during April? I’m currently studying abroad and will be in Rome but also in Cinque Terre for some time if you’d like to meet up while you’re out there haha

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi K,
There is no town that is really loads cheaper than the others, though Monterosso and Vernazza have become somewhat pricier in recent years in terms of places to stay. As for restaurants and shops, all of the villages are about the same as far as cost. Vernazza is probably the most colorful and picturesque — it’s been a guidebook favorite for years — but that has also caused it to become the most overrun with tourists, so during the day it can get a little crazy, especially at the train station. So I would suggest Riomaggiore or Manarola for that colorful look minus the congestion.
Hope that helps!
Kiiri

deborah

We traveled to Cinque Terre in the fall, and i found your web-site when i was doing research for what to do in Cinque Terre and i must say it was very helpful and I am appreciative. I hope to someday soon write about our great time in Cinque Terre in our own blog http://4000miles.com/ , but right now we are posting about Ecuador, which is where we live now, but we are from California.
Again, thank you for all your helpful advice.

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Thank you, Deborah! So glad we were able to help!
All the best to you with your own blog 🙂
Kiiri

blossom

Hi Bianca,

Thanks for this great itinerary. I will opt for 4 nights and thinking about staying 2N in Manarola and 2N in Vernazza 2017 easter weekend. I’m not sure yet because I like to relax and enjoy the nature there, so might also just stay at one place. Do you have any nice charming accommodation recommendations (mid-budget)?

Shayla

Hi Bianca,
Do you have an idea of which trails will be closed in July 2017 for renovations? I know it fluctuates but I’d like to have an idea if there are positively some closed. Thanks!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Shayla,
The stretch between Riomaggiore and Manarola (the Via dell’Amore) and the stretch between Manarola and Corniglia on the main trail are definitely closed. They have also (as of July 2017) just closed the alternative trail between Riomaggiore and Manarola called the Beccara because of the extensive damage caused to it by foot traffic since the Via dell’Amore closed.
Hope that helps!
Kiiri

Riley

I am visiting the second weekend in April on a solo trip because that is the only time that works for me. I love hiking and relaxing and I am excited to try out as many of your recommendations as I can (that are hopefully open!)
If you’re going to be out there during that time I’d love to meet up!!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Riley,
We didn’t have any tours running in April of 2017, but we hope you had a great time!
Kiiri

Amy

Hi!

Thanks for the article — very useful. Just a quick question, I have 2 dates currently pending for a trip to Cinque Terre. 3-6 June and 13-16 July. Which month would you recommend?

Thanks!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Amy,
There really isn’t too much difference between June and July here, though July can be hotter. Decide based on how you prefer to spend your time. Are you more of a hiker? June should be better because it will be slightly cooler. Do you plan to be on the beach and in the water most of the time? Then choose July.
Hope that helps!
Kiiri

Janell

Do you have any suggestions for breakfast? We will be walking / hiking all cities Wednesday morning/afternoon.

Thanks!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Janell,
Breakfast Italian-style is served at the bar. You can expect croissants and coffee mainly, though some people have a slice of focaccia. A favorite of ours for their yummy croissants is Fuori Rotta in Riomaggiore. In Monterosso, the locals love Pasticceria Laura for breakfast.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

Emily P.

Thank you so much for the insider info. My husband and I are visiting Italy for the first time at the end of April, and we are flying into Milan. Our plan was to get into Milan in the morning and hop on a train straight to Vernazza. We have 3 nights before we need to head either towards Austria or Prague (we are waiting to hear from friends). Vernazza seems like a good place central to setup camp and venture to both north and south regions of cinque terre, do you agree? We love nature, food, and wine so I would like to hit up most of the place you suggested. Any other tips? Thanks!

Shilpa

Love it – style of your writing and the content. Thank you so very much for sharing all this valuable info. My husband and I will be visiting this summer and are super excited !!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Thank you, Shilpa! Have a great time!

Debora

hi, i’m going to visit cinque terre on the easter weekend. first of all i loved your article! now i understand how everything works.
my boyfriend and i can’t decide if we should get a car from zurich (switzerland) and drive to cinque terre or just go by train. we will arrive thursday late evening/ night and go back monday afternoon. we don’t know if we should change hotels so we can see more. we are looking for cheap accomadations as i’m a student. thanks for helping. kind regards, debby

Russell

Thank you for this post it’s a great read. We are a family of 4 planning a trip to Italy in Aug. Our children are quite young, any thoughts on which place would best suite our situation

Yasmin

Such great tips! My husband and I were thinking of hiking to portovenere. Would this be nice/worth it? We only have two full days, but had heard pontovenere was a nice and quiet place to go. And we love to hike!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Yasmin,
If you love to hike, then Riomaggiore to Portovenere is a beautiful stretch. It takes a few hours, so be sure to bring water and good shoes. Portovenere is a gorgeous little town, so you won’t regret it.
Have fun!
Kiiri

Becca

Dear Bianca
Your post on Cinque Terre is fantastic! I plan to go in early May this year for 4 days by myself, and I would love to follow your itinerary.
Looking forward to it!!!
Cheers
Becca

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Awesome, Becca! Have a great time!

Sophie

Hello, I loved this!
I’m planning on visiting these towns in the summer with my dog, would you say that it’s quite accessible to someone with a dog? A non guide dog?
Thank you!

Soph & Maggie

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Soph and Maggie,
Many hotels and rentals accept pets, but some don’t, so be sure to check ahead of time. Also, dogs are generally not allowed on beaches, though they are generally allowed in restaurants. Ask first if you can bring your dog in when you go out to eat to find out if that particular restaurant is ok with it (the law says that they are allowed in general, but individual restaurants are also allowed to forbid their entry if they have posted a sign saying so).
Small dogs in carriers are allowed anywhere on the trains. Larger dogs are also allowed on the regional trains that run between the towns, but they must be on a leash and be wearing a muzzle, and you must travel in the last carriage of the train. You are not allowed to travel with larger dogs (that do not fit into carriers) between 7 and 9am Monday to Friday (when they tend to be more crowded with people traveling to work).
Hope that helps!
Kiiri

Tara Brames Eckman

Husband and I doing 20th Anniv in Barcelona to Nice to CT to Florence, Oct ’17. Bit of a whirlwind but I am determined. Two nights in CT. Not overly price sensitive, but we love to hike and are relatively experienced at it within the States. May I ask for a village and accommodation reco that allows on foot exploration? Considering Hotel Pasquale in Monterossa.

Nicky

Hello,
I am flying into Milan and am planning to travel to Chinque Terre to stay at one of the villages and visit all the others (as well as Portofino). I am a solo female traveller and not interested in swimming/lazing by the beach but architecture, walking around & admiring places, taking photoes…
Looking for a base to stay which is on a budget (not a hostel type but just a clean, quiet, with bathroom, practical for ammenities). Do you have any suggestions for ab&b or a small hotel, guest house, locals house/room rent please?
Thank you in advance.

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Nicky,
I’d get in touch with Amy from Riomaggiore Reservations. She has a variety of properties available for rent.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

Nicole

Can you tell me which of these listings you would recommend? I am going to cinque terre for two nights and want to pick the perfect place.
https://www.airbnb.com/wishlists/204471942/join?invite_code=GZTDPKMD&inviter_id=85099656

Also if we only have two and a half day which items would you suggest skipping?

I would have loved to do a group tour with you but unfortunately the dates don’t work for me 🙁

Thanks for the help,
Nicole

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Nicole,
You’ve chosen two places in Corniglia and one in Manarola, so first decide which town you want to stay in. If it’s Corniglia, I would personally choose the last option on your list, if only because it has two terraces.
If you’re staying for a short amount of time, check out our blog post about making the most of that, right here.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

Tia

Hi Bianca,
I’m planning to travel to Cinque Terre in April this year (2017). I would be there for a day and a night. I have read that all trails would be closed during this time. Could you tell me what would be the best places to explore in a day?
Thank you for your help!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Tia,
I’m not sure where you read that, but the trails are never all closed. Sections of the main trail along the sea (Riomaggiore to Manarola and Manarola to Corniglia) are currently closed and are likely to remain so for the next few years. But there are alternative trails, dozens of them, that snake up through the hills and vineyards all along the coast, so you’ll always be able to find something if you’re interested in hiking. And if you’re interested in the main trail, the stretches between Corniglia and Vernazza and Vernazza and Monterosso are open, and offer some spectacular views.
Hope that helps!
Kiiri

Raj

Hi I am going to Italy in July… I am staying in Florence and want to do a day tour to cinque terre… but I want to take my partner to the path of love and tie a padlock… what is the best way to do this?? I’ve been looking and struggling to find how to do this please could you help???

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Raj,
The Via dell’Amore has been closed for a few years now, so there is no way to access it, I’m afraid. Some people are still attaching padlocks to the (closed) gate at the entrance, and others are attaching them to the fence in an area called La Lissa in Riomaggiore — just walk up the back way from the train station until you come to a red metal bench encircling a tree that looks out over the sea towards Monterosso.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

Rachel

Hi, planning a trip to Cinque Terre! Wondering if we need some sort of pass to get into the Cinque Terra area? There was talk of a tourist cap. Is this true or rumour?
Also for the rest of our trip (Venice, Florence, Rome, Sorrento) do we need to book train tickets ahead of time?
Thank you!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Rachel,
You can read our blog post about the cap rumour here.
As for buying train tickets ahead of time, it’s a good idea for trains you know you’re definitely going to take or need to be on, like to get to the airport to make your flight. Already having them on hand is very convenient (and sometimes the tickets sold online are cheaper), but there are usually also restrictions places on them, like that you can’t cancel or change them. So only buy them online if you know your plans won’t change.
Hope that helps!
Kiiri

Krissy

Hi Bianca!

Thank you for this very detailed guide to Cinque Terre! I will be visiting Italy for the first time in a few weeks and we are still trying to figure out our itinerary. I’ll definitely be taking some pointers from this post… and your beautiful blog. Ciao!

X,

krissy
allthingsbeautifulblog.ca

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Thank you so much, Krissy! Have a fab trip!

kerry

love your blog and your story. your post is so helpful. only beginning our planning but wonder what is the right footwear for the hike? can it be a comfortable all purpose sneaker or a solid sandal like naot or mephisto ? dont really want to buy and lug a hiking shoe!!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Kerry,
If you’re not planning on doing very extensive hiking — for example, you only plan to do the main trail — then yes, you’re perfectly fine with sneakers or a solid sandal.
Check out our post about hiking the CT trails here.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

Kirsty

Hi thank you so much for this incredibly helpful blog!! My boyfriend and I are travelling in Italy this summer but we unfortunately only have 2 days planned out for Cinque Terre this time. We are travelling by train from Milan and were wondering which is best – Milan – Genoa – Monterosso or Milan – La Spezia? Both take around 3 hours and cost roughly the same!
We also cannot decide which village to stay in! We will be purchasing the train card for the second day so that we can visit the other villages but we are looking for somewhere we can relax with beautiful views and good places to eat for the night that we’re there. But reading your blog it seems they all offer this! It’s just so hard to choose!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Kirsty,
There is very little difference between the Genoa-Monterosso route and the Milan-La Spezia route. La Spezia is only 7 minutes away by train from Riomaggiore, and all of the villages are also minutes away from one another. So I guess the question you want to ask yourself is whether you prefer to see Genoa or Milan before heading down.
Also, all of the villages DO offer all of those things, so don’t stress too much about where you’re staying. I would recommend choosing the accommodations you like best, and having that be the deciding factor.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

Heather

Planning to visit in June. I would really like to stay in Riomagiorre, but we plan on taking an early morning train (5:00) out. Will we be okay or should we stay in La Spezia? Love your page!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Heather,
The earliest train that leaves Riomaggiore in the mornings leaves at 5:13 and arrives in La Spezia at 5:21. If that works for you, stay in Riomaggiore 🙂
Kiiri

Danique

Hello!
First of all I want to say that you have an amazing website! I am very glad with all the information. Thank you for that!
Me and my boyfriend are visiting Cinque Terra this year for the first time, we really love hiking and we are staying in Riomaggiore. I was reading your information about the three hour walking tour to Santuario di Montenero. Can i find this somewhere? ( I couldn’t find it when clikcing on the link) Or can you explain this to me, because we really want to hike a lot!

Thank you very much!
xxx Danique

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Danique,
Hiking up to the Santuario from Riomaggiore takes about 45 minutes, not 3 hours. Just walk straight up the main street (Via Colombo) through the parking area and past the roundabout at the top. Keep walking and you’ll see a little trail that leads up from there. Just keep following it (you’ll have a cross a road at one point to some steps across the way) and you’ll eventually find yourselves up at the top where the church is. Amazing views from up there!
Have a great time!
Kiiri

Kelly

Hello Bianca!
My husband and I are taking a cruise from Barcelona to Venice, finishing in Venice on 6/3/2018. We’d like to explore more of Italy for about a week after the cruise and are having a hard time deciding where to go. We love to bike and would be interested in cycling somewhere. However, hiking the Cinque Terre seems to be a must do. Given Venice is on the opposite side of the country and will take a day to transport, I’m wondering if you would recommend moving forward with Cinque Terre of if you would recommend a different adventure.
Thank you, Kelly

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Kelly,
If you’ve got a whole week and really want to see the Cinque Terre, then it’s doable for sure. As you said, it does take a whole day of traveling to get from Venice over to this side, so why not break it up by stopping in Florence and doing some cycling in Tuscany before heading over to the Cinque Terre? Then you get the best of both worlds.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

Risha Pujara

Hi Bianca,

Great website – thank you for the tips! Wanted to ask for advice – my husband and i are thinking of visiting CT for 2 nights at the beginning of June. We have a 10month old daughter – do you think CT is a good place to come with her? Wont be able to do many of the “harder” hikes but we were thinking of staying in Monterosso and at least doing the hike to Vernazza.
If the trail from Riomaggiore to Manarola is closed, is the alternative route still walkable with an infant?
Basically, want to know if CT is worth us coming to or should we go somewhere else instead? (we are thinking of coming from Milan and then heading to Florence/Tuscany)
Many thanks,
Risha

Lise Nielsen

Hi Bianca,
We will be driving from Genoa to Cinque Terre and I’m wondering if it is possible to drive to Riomaggiore where we have booked accomodation; leave the car there; and then explore the area with the train? From reading your guide and other websites it may seem complicated to just enter the area with a car?
Thank you!
Best, Lise

Monique

This has been an amazing resource! Beyond helpful for my upcoming trip!

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Thank you for your comment, Monique! So glad we’ve been able to help!

Sabrina

This all sounds amazing and I love your personality, Bianca. Too bad you don’t have a group tour planned for May…my husband and I (just got married :D) are coming there for part of our honeymoon, but this blog is totally going to save our lives for the planning part. Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

You’re very welcome, Sabrina! Have a great honeymoon!

Gary

Hi

You make it look and sound amazing and we want to come but for longer than three or four days. Would 10 days be too long or would it give us the chance to visit all 5 villages and see most things. What tour could you put together for the 2 of us – my wife wants to come to celebrate a special birthday, we like culture, good food and are happy to walk reasonable distances. Please advise

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Gary,
We don’t do private tours, but I’d encourage you to check out Gigi Guides. All of our best tips for making the most of the Cinque Terre (as well as Florence, Rome, and Venice) are in there.
As for spending 10 days here, I think that’s a great idea. It’s more than enough time to really experience all five towns, and leaves room for day trips out to other gorgeous places in the area like Portofino, Bonassola, Forte dei Marmi, Lucca, Portovenere, Chiavari and others.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

bjorn

Good afternoon,

I just came across your site and must say it reads very nice. We are planning to come over in may for two days.
I was wondering for some romantic places to visit? (Perhaps have a special question for someone ;-))

Thanks in advance

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Ooh, sounds exciting, Bjorn!
The Santuario above Riomaggiore is a beautiful spot — it takes about 45 minutes to hike to, and you get a panoramic view of all five villages and the sea. A romantic spot to have a sunset drink is Nessun Dorma in Manarola — amazing views from here as well.
Hope the answer is yes!
Kiiri

Zina

Hi Bianca,
My husband and I will be based in Catania Sicily (visiting relatives) in June/July this year and would like to spend time in CinqueTerre/Italian Riviera. (We have previously been to the main tourist towns in Italy). We were thinking of flying to Genoa and staying in Monterosso al Mare. We also would like to see other places like San Remo, Portofino and other recommended places along the Ligurian Coast. Should we stay in the Cinque Terre the whole time and travel to these other places along the coast or would you recommend moving to another town once we have spent time in the Cinque Terre to see these other places?

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Zina,
You can definitely see Portofino as a day trip from the Cinque Terre, as well as other great towns along the Ligurian Coast. San Remo is not a day trip — it takes 4 hours by train one way — so I would plan to travel and stay there (or somewhere nearby), for sure.
Have a great trip!
Kiiri

Erika

Hi, Bianca!

Nice to meet you!
Great post…So…to get to any of the villages from the Pisa airport…What should I do? Do they have trains that leave straight from the airport?

Thanks for your help!

Kinha

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Erika,
There is a train that leaves right from Pisa Airport that brings you to Pisa Centrale. From there, you catch another train to the village in the Cinque Terre you’re staying in. You can find train schedules on trenitalia.com. Type in “Pisa fermata Aeroporto” as your departure station and whichever Cinque Terre town you’re staying in as the destination, and it’ll come up with a list of options for you.
Hope that helps!
Kiiri

Jenny

Hi Bianca
Great website etc! Your tours sound like the perfect solution for a woman travelling alone.

I have a quick question – I am travelling from the UK with my husband and staying in Manarola this May. We fly into Genoa and we are planning to take the train to the Cinque Terre. Would you recommend we buy our train tickets online before we come or at the station?
Is it pretty easy with zero Italian?
Mant thanks

Jenny

Kiiri @ Italian Fix

Hi Jenny,
It’s always a good idea to buy post-flight train tickets when you arrive instead of online. That’s because the ones you buy online are often non-refundable and you can’t change them, so if your flight is delayed or your luggage takes longer than expected to come out, you won’t be out of luck if you miss your train.
They aren’t always the friendliest of people, but the people who work at the tickets offices should have a rudimentary understanding of English, so you should be fine. If you’re really worried about communicating which train you want, print up a schedule off of trenitalia.com with your options from Genoa to the town you’re staying in after the time you’ll be landing, and show the agent the train you want when you get there.
Hope that helps!
Kiiri

jenn

Hi Bianca,
Your posts have me feeling very excited about my FIRST trip to Italy (from Australia) for my 50th in September. I’m staying in an airbnb guesthouse in Tuscany for a week, before my partner arrives and then we will have 4-5 nights exploring the Cinque Terre, bef