Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre

Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre

Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre
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Pistachon279
Cancun, Mexico12,817 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
It is a beautiful place,one of the best landscapes on the Italian coast, we took a tour from portovenere , the ferry rakes around 50 minutes to get monterosso,the last village of Cinque Terre.
Written 4 May 2024
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
We visted cinque terre on a shore excursion which was a long drive from our cruise ship but it was definitely worth it.
We feel in love with it as soon as we stepped off the train. It is so beautiful and can only imagine what it's like here when the weather is nice.
We visited during November, so it was very quiet but plenty of shops and restaurants were still open.
We would love to return to explore the area more, its definitely one of our favourite parts of Italy.
Written 3 December 2023
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PracticalVacationer
Seattle, WA82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This itinerary is specifically designed for relaxation, simplicity, and sampling everything the Parco has to offer. This is not for those who must hike the entire five villages. It is not for the day tripper, especially if you have the ability to plan your itinerary beyond cramming everything into one day.
1. arrive and stay in Levanto by midday. It is not a port like La Spezia, so you begin to enjoy the northern end of the Parco. You avoid the crowds and cost by not staying in any one of the 5 villages. Finally, when you begin early next morning, you are travelling in the opposite direction of the disgorged cruise ship day trippers who will be travelling north from La Spezia.
2. a short exploration of Levanto, and then take the train to Monterosso to enjoy the rest of the afternoon. Return to Levanto within the hour before the Parco Nazionale office closes (check the time). You can then purchase the one-day Cinque Terre card to be valid the following day. You will recoup more than the cost of the card which covers everything except for the boat ride.
3. a dip in the Riviera, followed by wonderful Ligurian dinner.
4. start shortly after sunrise the next day, taking the train to Vernazza, bypassing Monterosso. Explore Vernazza, then begin the SVA trail to Corniglia between 9:30-10 am latest. The hike will be lovely, as there will be few people on the trail, and the blistering Mediterranean sun to the east will be shaded by the cliffs above you. A leisurely hike with lots of photo ops without the masses photobombing will take about two hours.
5. explore Corniglia, which is the only village on a hill and not by the sea. Ride the shuttle bus down to the train station, taking the train to Manarola. You will now encounter the vanguard hordes of day trippers from La Spezia, but thankfully, they are going in the opposite direction.
6. explore Manarola. Take the shuttle bus up to Volastra. Not one of the official 5 villages, but with its own charm (Rick Steves recommended). Take a short hike along the high cliffs with its different scenery and wander the vineyards. Depending on the season, there are wine tastings. Shuttle bus back down to Manarola, and have a late lunch when the crowds have dissipated. Then take the train to Riomaggiore.
7. explore Riomaggiore. Take the second last boat travelling north (check the times, they end quite early - you can take the last boat, but we definitely wanted to enjoy the different view from the sea and did not want to risk missing out if the last boat was full and we would be turned away and have to take the train instead). The boat can take you all the way to Levanto, but since the fare is distance dependent, the view after one or two villages is more than sufficient. You can then take the train for the remainder of the way to Levanto.
8. either stopover in Monterosso for dinner, or else back to Levanto for another dip before dinner in any of the excellent restaurants.
With this itinerary, you will have sampled all 4 seaside villages, 2 high cliff villages, hiked the low cliff main SVA trail, hiked a high cliff trail along vineyards, enjoyed the view from both low cliff, high cliff and sea, and taken all modes of transportation of train, shuttle bus, and boat. Best of all, you minimize competing with the crowds, which seems to be the norm now.
Written 26 November 2023
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JoAnn S
Knoxville, TN2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Loved our stay at Cinque Terra. The views of the water were amazing and even more beautiful by boat. Everything was so clean and the food was wonderful and priced fairly.
Written 4 November 2023
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Sarah M
Bournemouth, UK4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Extremely overcrowded trains get you to these little villages. They are stocked with bars, souvenir shops and restaurants. Almost every street is full of holiday lets so it's packed. Today was stormy so there were no boat trips and the footpaths were closed. Even so it was very crowded. It's a victim of its own beauty but somehow needs some control of numbers. I might try coming in April. I think November could be dicey on the paths.
Written 22 September 2023
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Jonathan C.
La Jolla, California, USA510 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
One of my favorite places in all of Italy! The five towns are quintessential for the Italian Rivera. Each town has its own unique culture, so don't miss them if you can! Great access to the beach, colorful buildings, delicious food. Well worth spending an entire day here!
Written 7 July 2023
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DuckysWife
United Kingdom1,503 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
We stayed in Genoa Nervi and in Genoa city and took trains into Levanto, then used our 3 consecutive day Cinque Terre card for the trains to and from the 5 villages. Manarola and Riomaggiore was explored on day 1; Corniglia with its numerous steps (minibus available) up from the train station and down to the peaceful harbour on day 2; then Vernazza and Monterosso on day 3. All villages are stunningly beautiful, colourful and have beautiful clear sea water. Restaurants are very expensive and each dish have relatively small portions. You’ll need either several courses or have 2 main meals a day. The villages are small and not many shops, Monterosso has more shops and a fairly large beach. Except for Corniglia the train stations are about 5 minutes walk to/from the villages. Bucket list ticked and suitably impressed.
Written 12 June 2023
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jane G
London, UK63 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
Sooo crowded even in the first week May- these villages are now damned by their own beauty. We stayed a week in moneglie which is 10 km to the north. Thank goodness. We hiked the area as well as used the trains and ferries between the towns. The 5 villages are absolutely ruined by mass tourism after 10 am in the morning. Every ferry and train disgorges hundreds of passengers. The villages themselves are now wholly given over to this. Cruise boats moored down near La Spezia and Livorno send huge parties of thousands into tiny villages which have lost all authenticity and charm. The views of them are wonderfu (from the cliffs and paths as well as boats). Once you get off the transport you get the true picture. Between 10 and 4 pm it's like being in a can of sardines. For a little more room take the ferry to Portovenere which runs from Manarola and Riomaggiore. A lovely trip. We would recommend staying in moneglie or levanto or monterossa the northernmost of the villages which is more spread out. Visit each one of the villages as early as you can get up in the morning. Then take one of the many, many hiking trails (not the sentiero azzura which is mega crowded). There are lovely walks all along the coast behind moneglie, riva trigosa, framura etc. The ligurian cuisine is amazing too. The true charm of the area is outside the villages in the hinterland and in Genoa.
Written 29 May 2023
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ludor
Iasi, Romania2,974 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Cinque Terre was for a long time on my bucket list (an it should be on anyone’s bucket list 😊). The area can be discovered by hiking, by train or by combining these options. It is about beautiful views, good food, and amazing experiences.

The scenery in Cinque Terre is simply breathtaking, with colorful houses perched on rocky cliffs overlooking the crystal-clear sea below. Each of the five villages has its own unique character and charm, with narrow streets, quaint shops, and delicious local cuisine.

Hiking through the trails that connect the villages is an absolute must-do activity. The trails offer stunning views of the sea, the villages, and the terraced vineyards that are characteristic of the area. The hikes can be challenging in some areas, but the payoff is definitely worth it.
Written 9 May 2023
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Sarah L
London, UK3,318 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
I had had Cinque Terre on my bucket list and often wondered if it would live up to expectation and it did! Five beautiful coastal towns, each with its own distinct character. You have got to do at least one hike if you visit to truly appreciate the views. You could travel through each of the villages in one day but you may wish to spread out your visit over a longer period of time. Beware that accommodation in the area can be pricey so you may wish to stay somewhere like Genoa or Pisa and travel in. Vernazza and Manarola offer the best views of the colourful houses and the village of Corniglia is a short hike up a steep set of stairs. Monterosso has beautiful beaches and Riomaggiore has a wonderful harbour. Try to eat in the side streets, away from the tourist traps.
Written 21 April 2023
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