Technically Cinque (5) Terre is a group of 5 different towns. However, due to the small size of each town and for the purpose of this guide, we thought one consolidated guide would be more useful than 5 separate guides.
Connected by a train that generally runs about once every hour, the 5 towns all have something different to offer while still staying true to a small Italian fishing town vibe. Considering how easy it is to travel between each of the towns, you should absolutely try to see all of them. We are fans of doing, seeing, and eating different things in each town, so let this guide be a tool for you to adequately experience the entire Cinque. Generally, we take day trip from Florence to Cinque Terre, but you’re sure to have an even more lovely time if you choose to stay the night in one of the 5 seaside towns.
·Hike – Between Vernazza and Monterosso
·Swim – Best places to swim are either Manarolla around the corner on the way to Corniglia, the harbor at Vernazza, and the entire beach in Monterosso.
·Explore each town and find something unique about each
·Stand up paddle
·Lay on the beach in Monterosso
·Watch the sunset (depending on the season it might be better in certain towns. During summer it is usually best from Riomaggiore)
If you decide to stay in Florence (where we stayed during our visits to Cinque), Cinque Terre makes for a wonderful day trip. For more information on how to do Cinque Terre in a day check out our blog here.
·Cinque Terre Residence
·Hotel Marina Piccola
·Ciao – Hello
·Ciao – Goodbye (see, this is easy)
·Vorrei ____ – I would like ____
·Posso avere? – May I have?
·Grazie – thank you
·Prego – you’re welcome
My boyfriend and I are planning a summer trip to Tuscany and plan to do two day trips to Cinque Terre. Which two towns would you suggest visiting? We would love to get some romantic photos and we’re huge wineos! I think we’re looking for beautiful location with a bit to do and see but we don’t mind one day that’s more lazy beach typey.
Hey Emma! If you’re doing 2 separate day trips you absolutely have enough time to visit all 5 towns. We have visited all 5 in one day trip. Vernazza is the most gorgeous and photogenic and also has amazing gelato (Gelateria Vernazza – get the fig and ricotta), Monterosso is best for lounging on the beach and has the best food (Da Eraldo), and the other towns are all gorgeous and incredible too. Go see them all!
We are going to spending 3.5 days in Cinque Terre in early May. Besides visiting the 5 cities, do you recommend taking a day and
going to Portofino,santa Margherita Ligure,San Fruttuoso and Camogli ?
Hi Connie! Wow, that sounds so fun! Yes, we have been to SML and Portofino and both are great. We actually walked between SML and Portofino (5 KM each way). It takes about 40 minutes to an hour but is an awesome way to get in some exercise and enjoy the beautiful coastline. There isn’t much to do in Portofino, but it is beautiful. People also like Portovenere and La Spezia (south of Cinque).