Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre
Cinque Terre

The Cinque Terre is a rugged mountainous region located on the coast of Italy. The area consists of five villages that lie on the western coast of northern Italy. From north to south, the villages that make up the Cinque Terre region are Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. The villages are each about two miles apart from one another, with the entire area spanning approximately eight miles. The villages contain a variety of small cafes and restaurants, bed and breakfasts, and hiking trails. Cinque Terre travel is ideal for those who want to venture outside of the large Italian cities of Milan and Rome and see firsthand what life is like in the small coastal villages of Italy. If you wish to visit this region of Italy, you can take a Cinque Terre train that stops at each village. Nearby towns such as Pisa and Lucca also run regularly scheduled train services to the Cinque Terre region.

Cinque Terre Tours
Cinque Terre Tours
Cinque Terre Train Station
Cinque Terre Train Station

One of the most popular things to do in the Cinque Terre is hiking. A network of trails connects the five villages. One of the most frequently traveled paths is the Via dell'Amore, or Lover's Pathway. The hiking trail runs between the southernmost neighboring villages of Manarola and Riomaggiore. To access the path, take a Cinque Terre train to either village and ask one of the locals where the entrance to the trail is located. The smooth and level path provides beautiful views of the Mediterranean Sea as well as the rugged mountains that characterize coastal Italy. It will take about forty-five minutes of walking to get from the village of Manarola to Riomaggiore, or five hours to walk the entire trail from Monterosso to Riomaggiore. Many parts of the walking paths are considered to be wheelchair accessible by Italy's standards, although there are some steep ramps. If you or anyone in your group uses a wheel chair, use extra caution.

Cinque Terre Food & Wine
Cinque Terre Food & Wine

One of the highlights of exploring the Cinque Terre region is sampling the cuisine of the region. Since the Cinque Terre is located on the Mediterranean Sea, seafood is a main food source in the region. The village of Monterosso is well known for packing anchovies, while the other villages are known for the production of pesto, a sauce made from pecorino cheese, pine nuts, garlic, basil leaves, and a pinch of salt. Be sure to step into a local pizzeria or bakery to buy some freshly baked farinata, a savory pancake made from garbanzo bean flour.

Cinque Terre Boating
Cinque Terre Boating

The best time for Cinque Terre travel depends on what you like to do. If you want to enjoy swimming and relaxing on the beach, you may want to travel in the summer. Summers on the Mediterranean are filled with sunny days and have comfortable temperatures ranging from 70 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. The only downfall to taking a Cinque Terre holiday during the summer is the fact that the beaches and hiking trails can be crowded. Fall and spring are ideal times for Cinque Terre travel because there are plenty of sunny days, yet the crowds have died down. It’s possible to go on tours of Cinque Terre in the winter, although the climate can be slightly chilly with lows in the 50s. No matter what time of year you decide to visit, taking a Cinque Terre train or hiking along the coast of Italy is an experience you’re likely never to forget.

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