Cinque Terre Italy
One of Many Mesmerizing Italian Coastline Gems

Cinque Terre Italy

Located on a rocky section of coastline, in the Northwest region of Italy, sits the beautiful area known as Cinque Terre, a UNESCO world heritage site. Made up of 5 towns, this area is a popular tourist destination, and for good reason.

One might ask - "Where is Cinque Terre exactly?" Well, it's technically 5 small communes overlooking the Ligurian Sea in Italy's Northern Region of Liguria - it is also built into a rocky cliffside. This coastal area is full of things to do and beautiful sites to see, without a doubt! If open water is your forte, you might want to take advantage of the Cinque Terre ferry while visiting here. 

Old world charm, medieval castles and ancient history have helped to form the 5 villages. Here, visitors will find walking trails weaving their way through the hillside and connecting the adjoining towns. Local shops and artisans will attract the avid shoppers and outdoor markets will offer fresh produce and traditional baked goods. Below you'll the Cinque terre weather forecast for the next 7 days. 

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Why Not Try a CinqueTerre Tour

Cinque Terre Walking Holiday Self-Guided

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  • Hike through beautiful itineraries off the beaten paths among nature and spectacular views 
  • Stay in one of the characteristic sea villages with its colourful house 
  • Taste locally produced wines in a nice bar in Manarola 
  • Enjoy a dinner in typical restaurant with sea food specialities

Cinque Terre Map & Train Stations

Use this helpful map of the 5 Cinque Terre towns, as well as the major interest points around each of the communes. The easiest way to get to Italy - Cinque Terre is by taking the train.


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Travelling around this area by car can be more of a hindrance than a help and up until fairly recently this area was only reachable by boat. Even today, it is recommended to take a ferry or train ride here and to explore the villages by foot or by bicycle.

Many visitors here chose to buy the Cinque Terre Card, this is issued by the National Park and you can take advantage of things like shuttle bus and the use of the Blue Path number. Without the Cinque Terre Card, entries to the path that connect the villages are charged, usually € 5-7 per person. These can be purchased at the Tourist Office of each of the 5 train stations in Terre Cinque.

There are numerous beaches surrounding this coastal region which provide the perfect getaway for those looking to kick back and soak in the Mediterranean sun. Some beaches are popular tourist destinations while others are less well known and more secluded. All of these beaches offer beautiful views of the Sea with warm summer temperatures and a milder, comfortable climate in the winter.   

The entire Cinqueterre region in situated within a national park which makes it the perfect destination for those who love spending time outdoors and enjoying all of the best that nature has to offer. Hiking trails are a must for those looking to experience the true beauty of Cinque Terre Italy. Get ready to be fascinated by the amazing sights of the Ligurian Sea when you're ready to enjoy another one of those unforgettable Cinque Terre holidays.

The 5 Towns of Cinqueterre

On the Cinque Terre Italy Map above you'll notice the 5 communes that make up this coastal area on the rocky Italian Riviera. These Cinque Terre Towns are somewhat similar, but also very unique with each one offering different characteristics and a completely different experience.  

  • Monterosso al Mare: One of the most popular sites to see here is the Torre Aurora; a medieval watchtower, located on a rocky cliff, looking out over the sea. This tower was built to help protect the town from pirate attacks. 
  • Vernazza: Most tourists visit this tiny town simply for the beautiful views it offers. Brightly coloured houses, in every shade of the rainbow, are a sight that can’t be seen anywhere else. 
  • Corniglia: Best known for its steep stairway, of over 300 steps, leading up into the town, Corniglia is set high above sea level. This town offers beautiful views of the water and a great workout for anyone looking to add some physical activity to their trip!
  • Manarola: During tourist season, this town offers the best of what Cinque Terre has to offer; beautiful views, excellent food and culturally rich environment. During the Christmas season, however, it offers something a little more unique. Tens of thousands of lights illuminate the hillsides creating the world’s largest nativity scene.
  • Riomaggiore: This village is one of the easiest to reach and is therefore one of the busiest. It has a population of just over 1,500 people and is best known for its wine, produced from the grapes of its own vineyards. 


If wishing to immerse in one of those Cinque Terre holidays, why wait any longer? Visiting this region of Italy is a marvellous way to immerse yourself in the Italian culture, take some time to slow down, get away from the busy tourist centres and attractions or perhaps to just visit one of those Cinque Terre beaches you may have heard of. 

 This region is renowned for its breathtaking views, rich heritage, fresh seafood and rich wines. No trip to Italy is complete without a stop in on of the Cinque Terre towns!


Cinque Terre - Train Tips

Below, you'll find some Cinque Terre train options for this cluster of 5 communes in the Liguria region of Italy. The following Cinque Terre train stations are available when visiting this coastal oasis: Monterosso (largest station), Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola & Riomaggiore. You can reach Monterosso by train from any of the four major cities: Rome, Florence, Milan & Venice

Some Cinque Terre Train Options

Here are some other Cinque Terre train route options that allow access to some of the other train stations within the region as well.

Click More options on each google map to select an alternate route for your destination, and to use Schedule Explorer to view train times and train options.

La Spezia to Genova Brignole 

Viareggio to Monterosso

Rapallo to Monterosso


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