Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the villages of Cinque Terre enchant for their natural landscapes, historic buildings and authentic cuisine.  

Cinque Terre is the name given to the famous set of five charming villages located on the Italian coast of Liguria, south of Genoa. The beautiful mountain landscapes, together with the Mediterranean sea and the fascinating colorful houses huddled together made Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore one of the great tourist spots in Italy.

Declared in 1997 as a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – UNESCO, the villages of Cinque Terre enchant all who visit them, mainly due to the bucolic landscape and the preserved historic architecture. Throughout history, villagers have adapted to the rocky and rugged terrain of the region, without human intervention harming their natural characteristics.

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In October 2011, the region was the victim of a violent storm that caused several landslides, which damaged most of the buildings in the five villages, mainly in Vernazza. Little by little the Cinque Terre got back on its feet and repaired the damage it had caused, but it still bears many marks of the tragedy.

Cinque Terre villages

The villages that form Cinque Terre were built in harmony, according to the standards of the region and of the time, but each one has its particularities that make it essential to know them one by one.


Corniglia. Photo: Mariamichelle / Pixabay

Located in the center of Cinque Terre, is the smallest village in the region. At 100 meters above sea level, it does not form a direct barrier to the coast, so it is the only one of the five villages that is not accessible by boat. It is the village with the most rural aspect; made up of some narrow alleys and historic buildings, such as the Church of St. Peter, built in 1334. There are two options for accessing Corniglia; by train that leaves the station in the region or climb about 360 steps to the center of the village. Full of commercial establishments such as snack bars, restaurants, ice cream parlors and souvenir shops, it is a good place for family outings.


Vernazza. Photo: Djedj / Pixabay

Vernazza is one of the favorite Cinque Terre villages among tourists. Its architecture dates back to Roman times; in addition to the classic colors of the region, it also has more refined constructions such as porticos, decorated portals and loggias. Doria Castle, the oldest building in the Cinque Terre, is one of its main attractions. The considerable amount of steps leading to the top of the castle is offset by the splendid landscape seen from above. Another highlight of Vernazza are the bars and restaurants with typical local cuisine.

When passing through Vernazza, it is also essential to visit the Church of Santa Margherita. Built in 1334 with a 40-meter high bell tower, it features in detail the prevailing Gothic architecture of the time.

Monterosso al Mare

Monterosso Al Mare. Photo: kirkandmimi / Pixabay

Lovers of the coastal climate will love Monterosso. Sunbathing and diving in the refreshing sea of Vila Antiga and Fegina beaches is one of the favorite programs of those visiting the region. The natural landscapes of the village are reason enough to visit it, however, in addition to the beaches and flora of the region, Monterroso also holds historical treasures. The Church of San Giovanni Battista, built in mid-1244, is one of the oldest buildings in the Cinque Terre. Even though badly damaged by the 2011 flood, it still subtly presents the mystery and architectural aesthetics of the time. The village's restaurants also stand out for the variety of options for Italian cuisine.


Riomaggiore. Photo: kirkandmimi / Pixabay

Riomaggiore is the closest village to the train station in the region. According to historical data, it was founded in the 7th century by a group of refugees from Greece. Via Colombo, the city's main street, is full of good restaurants, bars and ice cream parlors at affordable prices. The top of Castello di Riomagiore provides an unforgettable landscape for those who visit it. Right next to it, there is also the San Giovanni Battista basilica, a famous religious temple built in 1343, which is worth checking out up close. The Riomaggiore marina encourages a dip in the sea; many tourists spread their towel on the rocks of the bay to watch the sunset, accompanied by a good wine.


Manarola. Photo: blandineschillinger / Pixabay

Manarola can be reached on foot from Riomaggiore, via trail 531 via Becarra. The city was built around the valley of the Rio di Groppo, built in clusters and adapted to the rocky and mountainous soil. Manarola is known for the wineries that produce the region's famous wines, such as Sciacchetra. Some wineries offer a tour for the public to taste and get to know the wine production in depth. A major tourist attraction in the city is the Basilica di San Lorenzo, built in 1338 with a Gothic façade and Baroque interior decoration.

How to get to Cinque Terre

The most recommendable route to reach Cinque Terre it is leaving by train from Genoa, the city closest to the destination, with an average journey of one hour. It is also possible to visit it by train from other locations, such as Florence (two and a half hours) and La Spezia (one and a half hours), a city with the closest airports in the region.

For those who do not give up the comfort of the car, it is also possible to reach the region by road, but it is necessary to park the vehicle in special parking lots on the edge of the villages since the entry of cars is prohibited. the villages of Cinque Terre they can be accessed by train, boat or even on foot, through the 12 km of trails that, in addition to displacement, bring enchanting landscapes. For those who prefer train, there is still the option to buy the ticket Cinque Terre Treno Card, which entitles you to round-trip tickets to all the villages in the region. The ticket price varies according to age and the number of days it will be used.

Recommended time to visit Cinque Terre

The recommended time to visit the region depends on the tourist itinerary you are looking for. If you want a calmer trip, without large crowds and with cooler weather, it is recommended to visit Cinque Terre from May to mid-June. For those looking for excitement and heat, the months of July and August are the right bet. However, don't be fooled if you're thinking of sunbathing anywhere on the beaches in the region. Much of the Cinque Terre coastline is made up of rocks instead of conventional sand and requires proper footwear to avoid hurting your feet. As it is a season that attracts a greater number of tourists, traveling in July or August also ends up being more expensive. So if you want to know Cinque Terre these months, plan ahead.

If adventure is part of your plans, it is not recommended to visit the region between October and January. Low temperatures and increased rainfall make it difficult to explore natural and outdoor attractions; some trails are even closed for security.

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