Visiting the Cinque Terre

The Cinque Terre, five villages lost between the sea and the mountains, the tale of a history rich in tradition and support.

The Cinque Terre are often regarded as an “Italian jewel,” an area that deserves to be visited as close as possible.
UNESCO has declared the five villages a World Heritage Site, demonstrating once again the beauty and historical importance of the Ligurian Riviera.

By following a few simple directions, letting yourself be carried away by the landscapes and paths of the villages, it is possible to organize a travel itinerary worthy of the name.

But let’s see how, let’s find out together what is the best way to enjoy the Cinque Terre when you are traveling for only 3/4 days.

The Blue Trail

The quickest and most practical way to visit all the villages of the Cinque Terre one after another is to rely on the specially made trails.
Of all the paths on the coast, the Sentiero Azzurro is definitely the best known and most exploited, the one that can offer a perfect view of the whole area.

The Blue Trail connects Monterosso to Riomaggiore, passing through all five villages. Visitors have the opportunity to move through the most famous roads in the area, discovering the most characteristic viewpoints.

They travel along cobbled roads and miles of vineyards, surrounded by the scent of nature and the proximity of the sea.

Monterosso

Monterosso is the first village in the Cinque Terre, the one from which the Blue Trail starts. Known for its beaches – Monterosso has the largest coastline in the Cinque Terre – it is perfect for indulging in a first swim among the waters of the Riviera.

The route along the coast can be accompanied by a visit to the village’s most beautiful monuments, such as the spectacular Church of San Francesco.
Inside the church are paintings by Strozzi and Cambiaso, indelible symbols of the history and artistic beauty of the Cinque Terre.

Also worth mentioning is the Literary Park dedicated to Eugenio Montale, who particularly loved this part of Italy.

Vernazza

We continue with Vernazza, the second village in order of travel. One of the most interesting features of the village is definitely its duality: there is an upper area perfect for trekking lovers, and a lower area dedicated to the sea.

The view is magnificent from both points, with the colorful houses crowding one above the other trying to attract outside attention.

The visit to Vernazza can be continued by reaching the “little port,” from which boats depart that travel through the villages by sea.
Alternatively, a visit to the Medieval Tower, which offers a perfect view of the entire surrounding area, is recommended.

Corniglia

The third village could only be Corniglia, known for being the smallest of the five and the only village that is not directly connected to the sea.

In fact, Corniglia is located on the top of a promontory about 100 meters high, and is a bit more difficult to reach.

Tourists can take advantage of the help of buses-which reach the village center directly from Vernazza-or decide to climb the 377 steps of the “Lardarina staircase.”

Manarola

The path of the Groppo stream defines the road to Manarola, the village surrounded by the sea.

In winter, since early December, the village is filled with wooden figurines representing the characters of the nativity scene. Not surprisingly, the Manarola nativity scene is one of the best known in the world.

In summer, the sea is the real star of the village, which is home to typical Genoese tower-houses positioned on the rock.

Riomaggiore

We conclude with the last stop on our itinerary, the last village in the Cinque Terre: Riomaggiore.

If you have followed the Sentiero Azzurro from the beginning, you will have no trouble finding Riomaggiore by walking the stretch known as the “Via dell’Amore.”
This small path, carved directly from the rock, brings with it a magical and dreamy atmosphere that has a hint of romance.

The Via dell’Amore leads to the center of the small village, a colorful and busy fishing village.
The harbor is littered with boats, once again laden with bright and vivid colors.

Here you will find plenty of guests with whom to end the trip, all affected by the spectacle of the Cinque Terre.

Enjoy your trip!

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