The Cinque Terre is a string of five centuries-old fishing villages perched high on the Italian Riviera in the region of Liguria. Colorful homes and vineyards cling to steep terraces. The coastline is beautiful and the harbors are filled with fishing boats. In addition, the trattorias turn out seafood specialties along with the region’s famous pesto sauce.
The best way to experience one of the most popular destinations in Italy is to hike along the scenic coastline. Accordingly, make sure to explore all five villages: Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. The journey offers wonderful glimpses of unique terraced farms and coastal forests. In addition, the sunsets in all of the villages are unforgettable.
Since the 2011 floods, many of the walking paths have been in a delicate state and prone to periodic or permanent closure. Always check with the Cinque Terre National Park office before you set out.
Hotel Porto Roca – A perfect launching pad in Monterosso to begin your exploration of the Cinque Terre National Park. Sail above the sea in your room with a large terrace or in the infinity seawater pool. Afterward, enjoy the private beach below.
Belforte Restaurant – The incredible location overlooks the sea in Vernazza. For over 50 years, the family has been serving the most famous Ligurian recipes. The terrace has an enchanting view and is the perfect destination for a rest along the trail.
L’Osteria – Discover Osteria in Monterosso, where you can savor the cuisine of the Cinque Terre and taste wines from the region. The pesto is outstanding!