Do you want visit Cinque Terre days!? Do you want to know where to sleep in Cinque Terre? Do you want to know how to get to 5 Terre from Florence, Milan, Rome…? In this article I tell you everything you need to know to discover this beautiful region of Italy.
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- Comment visit the 5 lands, these 5 small colorful villages on the mountainside
- Hiking in the Cinque Terre
- Where to sleep in Cinque Terre? In which town is it good to stay? Access the list by clicking here.
- The beaches of the 5 lands? In which town can you enjoy the Mediterranean?
- How to get around the Cinque Terre
- Take the boat in the Cinque Terre
- How to get to the 5 lands from Florence, Genoa ...
1) Visit the 5 lands
The You can visit five lands in multiple ways. On foot for hikers along paths that connect each town. You have circuit n ° 1 and 2, I advise you in addition to circuit 2 which is shorter, it is the "blue path", I will speak more particularly a little further down in the article.
You can opt for the train (which is what most people do) that runs along the entire coast and stops in each small town (count € 10 for a ticket that will be valid all day).
Or by boat, which will allow you to have a magnificent view of the cliffs and the towns on the coast (on the other hand, you will have to pay attention to the schedules, I will tell you in the section “how to move around the 5 lands”). Either way, the views are breathtaking, you won't be disappointed!
It takes at least 2 days to visit the five lands. The easiest way is to do it by train but where you will see the most things is hiking because you will pass through roads and mountains dotted with vineyards and olive trees. In this case, count more like 3 days.
Personally, I fell in love with the town of Vernazza and Manarola (by the way, hiking circuit 1 as 2 will pass through these 2 towns), but the 5 towns are worth it. each has its own charm.
- The village of Riomaggiore - Of the five lands
Dominated by a medieval castle, this old fishing village, with multi-colored houses, is very authentic. It is also the starting point of the famous "Path of Lovers" that connects it with Manarola. Do it, you won't be disappointed.
If you arrive from Genoa, this is the last town of the Cinque Terre.
The view is truly magnificent.
- The town of Manarola - 5 lands
The town of Manarola is one of the most beautiful towns in the Cinque Terre and you will understand why once there. It is the starting point of the famous "Path of lovers" that connects it with Riomaggiore.
- The village of Corniglia - The 5 lands
The village of Corniglia is a village perched on the cliffs, so there is no access to the Mediterranean Sea. You will have to climb not far from the 300 steps to finally be able to discover the village of Corniglia.
- Vernazza Village and Riviera - The Cinque Terre
You cannot miss the village of Vernazza and Riviera. They are part of the most authentic towns of the 5 lands. Do not hesitate to get lost in its alleys, look up ... Heart beat guaranteed.
- The town of Monterosso - The five lands
Monterosso is the town with the largest sandy beach. Coming from Genoa, it is the first village, but also the largest of the villages that make up the Cinque Terre and the only one with a large beach and a promenade.
- Ligurian village
- Visiting the 5 lands by boat or train?
We visited the five lands by train but you have to do it by boat it is much more beautiful, unfortunately for us the sea was furious
You have to visit Portofino by boat, it is better because parking is very expensive.
If you are in Florence and want to do a day trip with a guide to visit the Cinque Terre, I recommend this excursion, or and compare (careful the price does not include train and boat trips, read the notice):
2) A hotel in Cinque Terre
Well it all depends on how many days you spend visiting Cinque Terre. If you stay only one day and therefore one night, I will tell you to stay in Vernazza or Manarola. These two villages are the most typical of the Cinque Terre. They are located in the middle of Cinque Terre.
If you stay 2 or 3 nights and come from La Spezia, I will tell you to go straight to Levanto, then retrace your steps (via Monterosso) and have the first night in Vernazza (the oldest village but also probably the most beautiful ). Then the second night in Manarola and the last in La Spezia.
If you are late enough, I advise you to find accommodation in La Spezia and take the train the next day (trains do not run at night) to visit the Cinque Terre. Staying in La Spezia is still a good compromise, the city is beautiful and you will have a lot to do if you want to go out at night in La Spezia ...
The first day Portovenere, Riomaggiore and Manarola. On the second day visit Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare always by train.
Here are some good addresses in La Spezia:
- La Taverne del Metallo is a good option, it has an ideal location (between the station and the pier) and a good value for money, a must!
- El Corallo is a good address, a bit more expensive but in an ideal location.
- La Porta Roca is also a good address with good value for money, see the reviews.
Here are the addresses located in Levanto (those who come from Genoa, for example, and want to make a small stopover before embarking on the discovery of the Cinque Terre). Here are some interesting directions:
- In Levanto you have Perla Blu, which is ideally located with a good value for money. You are less than 500 m from Levanto beach but also from its train station. A great address!
- Le MilleFiori is also a good address. Located outside the city center of Levanto and not far from the train station, a must see!
- Another good address, La Elvira, ideally located
- More elegant has the Nazionale, which is really a nugget.
- /! Remember to check the train times, there are fewer trains from Cinque Terre than from La Spezia.
Hotels in Vernazza:
As I told you, Vernazza is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful villages in the 5 Lands. You really need to be able to spend a night in this charming town. You don't have a beach instead, but you will find a small cove that will allow you to cool off anyway.
- The Rina room is ideally located and offers good value for money.
- The Lisetta room is a small price (for the location) but still a good address.
- The Elisabetta is more elegant, but sometimes they offer discounts, to see!
Hotel in Manarola?
Manarola is undoubtedly, with its little sister Vernazza, one of the two most beautiful villages. You will love its colorful houses. A true dream setting.
- The Cà de Lelio is near the sea and the train station. A warm address. To have!
- La Casa di Mello is also a very good address. The location, the decoration, the tranquility ...
Hotel in Riomaggiore:
- The StarFish, a good address with a good value for money. Comment your reservation, with sea views;)
- La Zorza is located a stone's throw from the train station, the center and the marina. A good address to see!
3) How to move around the 5 lands
The 5 lands are about 20 kilometers of irregular coastline, eaten away by erosion for thousands of years, which offers a sumptuous landscape.
- Visit the Five Terre in train:
As I told you at the beginning of the article, most of the people visit the 5 Terre by train, it is the fastest way to discover this magnificent coast. If you plan to spend 2 days there, I advise you to take 2 tickets directly, 1 ticket / person and per day (price € 10).
Once at the station, passes are on sale at the ticket office at the Cinque Terre tourist office. Try to get there early enough as it gets very busy. If you don't want to take a day pass, be aware that there are ATMs on the platform.
Local trains stop in each of the villages, but I advise you to go directly to the last town in Monterosso (if you are coming from La Spezia), the last town, and to visit the towns in the opposite direction (there will be fewer tourists).
You will find the tickets at the stations very easily.
- Visit the 5 lands by boat:
For € 25, you have boat trips from La Spezia, Lerici, Levanto or PortoVenere every morning at 9 am, 10 am and 11 am, but you also have departures from Levanto, Bonassola, Deiva Marina, Moneglia and Portofino. It really is a beautiful trip, so if you can do it, you won't be disappointed.
The ticket allows you to disembark and embark at will between the 5 towns. Therefore, the daily ticket costs € 35 / person and € 18 / person for children from 6 to 11 years old (think about their identity document). about rates.
There is only one transport company "Consorzio Marittimo Turistico Golfo dei Poeti" based in La Spezia that takes care of all boat trips in the Cinque Terre park. Every day, there are 15 boats that sail between the different towns. for schedules.
It is best to take a day ticket, this allows you to visit one of the 5 towns and take the next boat.
- Visit the 5 lands on a walk:
If you are fond of hiking, I advise you to do circuit N ° 1, which connects Levanto, to the west, and ends in Portovenere, to the east, passing through the ridge (about 40 kilometers).
The second circuit, the path N ° 2 connects Monterosso with Riomaggiore (allows 5 hours of walking). I recommend route number 2. This route is divided into 4, the most famous of which is the "Path of Lovers" (Via dell'Amore) which is located between Riomaggiore and Manarola (accessible for wheelchairs and strollers).
It runs along the coast and offers magnificent views of the Cinque Terre, however the ascent of the trail is paid. The Cinque Terre Card access card for 1, 2 or 3 days is sold at tourist offices. You can very well if you want to walk a bit and continue by train or boat.
/! Note: the Cinque Terre card offers free Wi-Fi access at the stations.
Here's a quick look at the distances:
- Levanto> Monterosso: 3 km
- Monterosso> Vernazza: 3,2 km
- Vernazza> Corniglia: 3,3 km
- Corniglia> Manarola: 1,8 km, closed until 2019
- Manarola> Riomaggiore "Chemin des Amoureux": 1 km, closed until 2021 - Accessible for wheelchairs and strollers
If you are in Florence and want to do a day trip with a guide to visit the Cinque Terre I recommend this excursion, or and compare (be careful some activities do not include trips by train and boat, read the notice):
4) The beaches of the 5 lands
It is in Monterosso and Levanto where you will find real beaches! Also, if what you are looking for is a campsite, you have the Pian Di Picche campsite in Levanto. It is located 250 m from the station and 800 m from the beach.
5) How to get to the 5 lands from Florence
- Get to Cinque Terre from Milan and Florence
Note that in Italy Cinque Terre can be easily reached from many cities. From Milan you can reach Cinque Terre by train (to La Spezia) and visit all 5 beautiful villages in one day (always by train).
You can buy this ticket to get to the Cinque Terre from Milan.
From Florence you can take the train to Cinque Terre (to La Spezia) but you can also book your tickets here.
The closest airports are Genoa (100 km) and Pisa (80 km). But you also have the one in Florence.
If you are coming from Florence, take the train to the center of Spezia. Then change trains at Spezia Centrale for the 5 lands.
Otherwise, you have agencies that offer guided day trips to visit the Cinque Terre. I recommend this excursion, or and compare (be careful, some activities do not include train and boat trips, read the reviews):
The Cinque Terre National Park is close to two major airports: Genoa, 80 kilometers to the north, and Pisa, XNUMX kilometers to the south. You can do like us and leave a regional airport.
From Genoa, it has regional trains that take an average of 1h30 from Genoa to Levanto (the first of the five Cinquitares villages). Then take the train again to visit the Cinque Terre.
The airports of Paris, Bordeaux, Lyon, Nantes, Nice, Marseille, Toulouse, Bastia, Montpellier and Ajaccio offer flights to Pisa and Genoa.
Well there you go, I think you have all the keys in hand to visit the Cinque Terre in 3 days as it should be
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