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A-Z Guidebook – Cinque Terre – 5 Towns of the Italian Riviera

A-Z Guidebook – Cinque Terre – 5 Towns of the Italian Riviera

Cinque Terre is the name given to 5 little villages that sit along the rugged northern Italian coastline. All 5 villages have the most spectacular views. They are some of the most photographed towns in Italy if not the planet with their brightly multi-coloured buildings.

Cinque Terre means five lands The 5 villages (north to south) consist of

Monterosso Al Mare – is the largest village sits on a flatter part of the coastline and stretches from the new area through to the older area. There are plenty of hotels and restaurants along the promenade and you can hire a sun lounge for the day on a “private” beach which will set you back around 10 Euro. There is a public beach but it looked to me that is was there where the sewerage pipe spewed into the ocean so I paid the 10 Euro further around in the old part of town

Vernazza – Is the most photographed of the 5 villages, for it’s beautiful brightly colored buildings, cobblestone lane ways and the remains of an old wall that protected the town from pirates! This tiny village had 1 street, 1 church, with the most stunning waterfront piazza and restaurants with spectacular views, oh for a lunch there!

Corniglia – This village is perched right on top of a hill so not the place for stiletto’s and I’d definitely recommend packing light so you won’t have to lug your suitcase behind you. Lovely place to visit but you wouldn’t want to stay there for it’s 365 steps to reach it!

Manarola – It’s the baby of the Cinque Terre with one small street and a tiny swimming area. Again, this village is a favourite of photographers

Riomaggiore – The most southern of all the villages and one of the largest. The village houses a church, a castle, a (rocky) beach and many restaurants. It’s the closest of the towns to La Spezia and where I caught the train back to Monterosso Al Mare where I stayed for 5 nights.

I hiked the Cinque Terre, took around 5 hours and you can read about it here.

I enjoyed my stay there and if you are considering a trip to Italy I’d definitely include a trip to the Cinque Terre for the scenery, the hike itself and the food!

While I heard others whine about the service there I always found the hospitality of the locals outstanding. Maybe it was my poor attempt to order “un cappuccino per favoure,” each morning where the waitress and I would fall about laughing. Or perhaps it was just my love of the area and all things Italian.

Have you been to Cinque Terre, what did you love most about the region?

Note: This post is part of a collaborative blogging project the A-Z Guidebook Travel Link Up hosted by Tiffin Bite-Sized Adventures. Bloggers are invited to journey through the alphabet sharing their adventures. This month is C.

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