Cinque Terre is many a traveller’s dream location (especially in Italy) and with summer just around the corner, promising with it oddles of sunshine, thoughts of holiday makers start to wander towards picture perfect colourful locations like this Italian gem in the Ligurian sea.

I honestly can’t recommend Cinque Terre enough, it’s one of those places that stays in your mind from the first moment you see it and when you eventually get to visit, truly lives up to the hype. If you’re convinced and looking to visit this summer, here are 15 things worth knowing about visiting Cinque Terre!

(We’ve also got a complete guide to help you plan your visit available here)

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1.) Cinque Terre is amazing but the nearby towns of Levanto and Portovenere are also quite stunning places to visit as well.

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2.) The best view of Manarola is from the walkway down by the sea front.

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3.) The best view of Vernazza is from the mountains next to the town (which you can find via the small side streets).

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4.) The best view of Corniglia is by boat.

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5.) The best view of Riomaggiore is down by the seafront (which is the opposite direction of the town when you leave the train station). The view from the top of the town is also not too bad either.

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6.) The best view of Monterosso al Mare is probably by plane/helicopter.

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7.) It takes over an hour to drive between the towns through the mountains and only 2 – 3 minutes to get between them via train. Visiting Corniglia however requires a short bus ride in addition to the train ride here. (It’s the only one of the lot that does.)

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8.) Cinque Terre is easy enough to get to from Pisa (by car) so even a long weekend trip can incorporate a trip to Cinque Terre, Pisa and Florence!

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9.) You can’t actually drive in Cinque Terre. You can drive close to the towns but the rest of the journey has to be complete by foot.

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10.) It’s also easy to get to Cinque Terre from Milan by train (another option for a combo Italian break).

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11.) Cinque Terre gets VERY busy in summer time so a great time to visit is just before the start of summer or toward the end of it. Winter trips aren’t a bad idea but the sunshine that comes with summer does make a trip here extra special.

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12.) Cinque Terre is actually 5 different places (5 towns – hence the name). This sounds so basic but I actually didn’t realise this till I arrived and was ready to explore this ‘one’ place called Cinque Terre.

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13.) Hikers love it here. You can walk between the towns which is great if you’re into hiking and if you have more time to spend exploring the towns. If you’re here on a mini break, perhaps skip the hike and take the train.

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14.) Accommodation-wise, you don’t need to stay smack bang in the centre of one of the 5 Cinque Terre towns to enjoy it, places like Levanto are less crowded (hence more accommodation options) and are just a few minutes away by train.

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15.) It is possible to see all 5 towns in Cinque Terre on a weekend break here. You don’t need to spend a week to try to ‘see it all’.

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  • Absolutely stunning place! Definitely will pay a visit one day!

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    • HandLuggageOnly

      It really is a magical part of Italy to see. You’d love it Evelin. Next trip maybe? 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Pia Hocevar Mucic

    Wow this place looks incredible, such a charming and vibrant city!

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    • HandLuggageOnly

      It really is an amazing place! Such a beautiful region. So glad you like it as much as we do!

      Lloyd & Yaya 🙂

  • This is awesome. Thanks for sharing. I just did two weeks on the amalfi post – check out all my recommendations if you head that way – Positano, Ravello, Capri and Naples – it’s amazing!!! Xo

    Nikki | http://nikkibstyles.com/travel/destinations

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks Nikki!

      Positano is uh-mazing isn’t it! 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Hannah Bryant

    I spent a week in Cinque Terre last year with my best friend! Hands down one of the best places!! I would add – for those hoping to do this on a budget – Cinque Terre is totally doable. We spent next to nothing on food, running into the little pizza joints and hitting up the market daily!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Yay! So glad you had an amazing time! You’re so right, you really can visit Cinque Terre on a budget. There’s so many lovely places to grab a bite to eat… especially the gelato!!! 😉

      Which town did you like best?

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

      • Hannah Bryant

        We stayed in Vernazza and loved it! The beach area is absolutely gorgeous – esp at night! And our room was right on top of the alley, so we awoke to the morning sounds of everyone getting ready to work and slept to the sounds of three man bands.

        We really loved the day spent in Manarola as well. It was probably our favorite beach and had the most accessible cliff to jump off! It’s also where we met some Australian friends on a boat tour.

        • HandLuggageOnly

          Oh-M-Gosh, that sounds incredible! We have yet to stay overnight in Vernazza, that experience sounds so amazing – especially seeing the town at night!

          So so SO glad you had an amazing time! You know, we just booked flights to go back again in June! We can’t wait!

          xx

  • Linda | travellersoftheworld

    I was here last summer and i really loved it! Cinque terre is my favourite place in Italy so far

    • HandLuggageOnly

      It’s amazing isn’t it Linda!

      So glad you had an amazing time in this area of Italy too! 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

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