Cinque Terre has always been one of my top destinations to discover and finally I managed to go for one day to wander and get lost through the colorful streets of the five different villages that compose this lovely place.
You might have seen pictures on the Internet, since it’s considered by many people as one of the most beautiful places in the world, but in case you haven’t, here is a small description.
Cinque Terre is a rugged portion of coast on the Italian Riviera, it has long been isolated, hidden between the sea and the mountains. Due to this isolation, its Italian authenticity and also thanks to its combination of spectacular views, this place was recognized as a World Heritage by UNESCO in 1997. The name literally means Five Lands referring to the five picturesque villages that compose Cinque Terre (Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore), where small colorful houses are surrounded by lush nature.
Apart from the spectacular views, you can swim in its pristine waters, follow the amazing walking trails that connect the towns, enjoy its natural environment of vineyards, olive groves and citrus orchards and savor a gelato or other typical Italian dishes while you contemplate the incredible sea views and, of course, get lost within the five towns at your own interest soaking up the sun and sipping local wine.
No cars, no modern constructions, just enjoy observing the sweet elderly Italian men whistling, look at the dozen of fishing boats in the port, explore the mountains covered in vineyards, eat everything you can in this gastronomic paradise and the most important thing, relax.
The Cinque Terre region is a very touristic place, so if you have the possibility to go on a weekday, do it! Given that the vast majority of the crowds are day-trippers, I would recommend you to stay one night in one of the villages, in order to enjoy the quiet hours early in the morning and in the evening.
It is worth mentioning, that if you want to visit this beautiful place, just keep in mind that Cinque Terre is traffic-free, so no cars are allowed in the tiny town centers of the Cinque Terre villages. You can get from town to town during your stay using the trains, boats or your own feet.
You will be fascinated by the beauty of these five small villages – Enjoy la Dolce Vita!