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Cinque Terre is a proud gem of the Italian Riviera with a plethora of exciting and beautiful experiences. From boat tours to well-planned day trips, there's a perfectly curated adventure for you.

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Prepare to be seduced by Cinque Terre's scenic villages, each brimming with unique charm. Enjoy coastal views, sandy beaches, local cuisine, and scenic hikes for a day filled with fun and excitement!

Cities of Cinque Terrre

Perched along Liguria's rugged coastline, the Cinque Terre comprises five picturesque fishing villages. Protected by medieval fortifications, they now shine as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, featuring stunning terraced gardens, hiking trails, and convenient railway connections.

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Monterosso al Mare

The largest village of Cinque Terre, known for its sandy beach, ideal for beach lovers and those seeking a range of amenities including shops, bars, and restaurants.

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One of the most photogenic of the Cinque Terre towns, boasting colorful Ligurian houses and a small harbor with boats. A perfect starting point for hikes and awesome photo opportunities.

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Widely acknowledged as the most romantic village with its cascade of colorful houses around a tiny harbor, offering picturesque sunset views and opportunities for boat rentals and tours.

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Famous for its multicolored houses facing the sea, Manarola features a small harbor with seafood restaurants, making it a perfect spot for sunbathing, people-watching, and relaxing by the ocean.

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Nestled on a cliff 100 meters above sea level, Corniglia offers a genuine, less touristy experience, ideal for enjoying sunsets and village's romantic atmosphere.

Know before you go on a Cinque Terre tour

Travel essentials
What to pack
Best time to visit
Visitor tips
Travel essentials

Time Zone: CET (Central European Time), UTC/GMT +1 hour. Daylight Saving Time (DST) starts on March 31, 2024. Clocks move forward 1 hour. DST ends on October 27, 2024. Clocks move backward 1 hour.

Currency: Euro (EUR)

Country code: +39

Emergency numbers:

  • Emergency Services: 112
  • Police: 113
  • Medical Emergency: 118
What to pack
  • Pack breathable fabrics for warm weather and layering options for cooler evenings.
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat to shield from the sun during outdoor activities.
  • Carry essentials like re-usable water bottle, snacks, a camera, and a map while exploring.
  • Ensure your electronics stay charged with the appropriate adapter for Italy's electrical outlets ( Type C, F, and L electrical outlets).
  • Keep your passport, travel insurance, and any required tickets or reservations handy.
  • Have local currency (Euros) and cards for purchases, as some smaller establishments may not accept cards.
  • Lightweight travel towel - useful for beach visits or drying off after hikes. A light sweater or hoodie for spring and autumn evenings.
  • Language guide or translator app, helpful for communication, especially if you're not fluent in Italian.
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  • Peak Season (June to August): The weather is warm and sunny, making it ideal for beach activities and hiking. However, this also means larger crowds, higher prices, and more difficulty finding accommodation.
  • Shoulder Season (September to October): The weather is still pleasant, but the crowds are thinner compared to the peak season. You can enjoy milder temperatures, blooming flowers in spring, and harvest festivals in fall. This is often considered the best time to visit for a balance of good weather and fewer tourists.
  • Off Season (November to February): Brings cooler weather and some closures, but also fewer crowds and lower prices, with December holidays adding a festive touch.
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Here are some popular options to commute when in Cinque Terre:

  • Trekking: Ideal for experiencing the charm of villages and coastline.
  • Trains: Convenient and budget-friendly for inter-town travel.
  • Ferries: Offer scenic views of the Ligurian coastline.
  • Cars: Not recommended due to limited parking and narrow streets.
Know the rules
  • Wear appropriate shoes for trails; flip-flops are banned.
  • Respect no-drone rules; flying drones requires a permit.
  • Stay for a few days and support the local economy.
  • Avoid picking grapes or citrus fruit.
  • Don't walk around villages in swimwear or towels.
  • No camping allowed in the park area.
  • Use refillable water bottles to reduce single-use plastic.
  • Respect private property and signage indicating no trespassing.

Following these guidelines ensures the preservation of Cinque Terre's fragile environment and supports sustainable tourism practices.

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  • Consider the duration, the stops, and the type of boat to choose the ideal Cinque Terre boat tour for you. Boat tours can get booked up quickly, especially during peak season, so it's best to book in advance. 
  • The sea can be choppy at times, especially at noon, so if you're prone to seasickness, consider taking medication beforehand.
  • Due to cliffside locations, accommodations and train stations involve climbing stairs. Pack lightly to ease mobility, especially considering the steep terrain.
  • Avoid renting a car as the villages are accessed by narrow, steep roads and are mostly closed to traffic. Parking is limited, expensive, and in high demand from locals.
  • Cinque Terre is increasingly popular, so reserve accommodation early, MUCH early, to secure preferred options.
  • The Cinque Terre Card is a mandate for accessing the Blue Trail hike; available in 'trekking' or 'treno' versions.
  • Start your day early to beat day-trippers and cruise ship crowds. Explore less popular trails and stay within the villages during peak hours for a more authentic experience.
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  • Trofie al Pesto: Traditional Ligurian pasta dish prepared with trofie, a short, twisted pasta, and a pesto sauce made with fresh basil. Taste some of the best at Ristorante La Torre in Vernazza.
  • Muscoli: Several versions of muscoli or mussels are served, including steamed, in a white wine and garlic sauce, or with pasta and tomato sauce. Try some at Da Eraldo in Monterosso.
  • Focaccia: It has a fluffy but crispy texture. Olives or tomato stuffings are available with different combinations of onions, garlic, or rosemary. Visit Il Frantoio in Monterosso and get yours!
  • Fritto misto: A delicately balanced combination of vegetables like zucchini, eggplant, and cauliflower with fish like anchovies, sardines, and squid that is deep-fried till crispy. Il Pescato Cucinato in Riomaggiore serves the best.

Frequently asked questions about Cinque Terre tours

What are the must-visit attractions on a Cinque Terre tour?

Some of the must-visit attractions on a Cinque Terre tour include:
- The colorful villages of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore, each with its own unique charm and character.
- The scenic coastal trails that connect the villages, offering breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea and the rugged coastline.
- The Blue Trail (Sentiero Azzurro), a popular hiking trail that stretches along the coastline and provides access to picturesque viewpoints and hidden coves.
- The vineyards and terraced hillsides that characterize the landscape of Cinque Terre, showcasing the region's rich agricultural heritage.
- The historic landmarks and cultural sites within the villages, such as churches, castles, and fortresses, a testament to area's rich history and traditions.

What is included in the Cinque Terre tour?

The itinerary can vary depending on the tour operator, but most boat tours include a guided tour of the villages, stops for swimming or snorkeling, and a visit to some of the less accessible areas of the coastline.

What is the starting point for Cinque Terre tours?

The starting point for Cinque Terre tours typically depends on the specific itinerary chosen. However, popular starting points often include major cities or towns nearby, such as La Spezia, Milan, or Florence which are well-connected by train to the Cinque Terre villages.

What modes of transportation are used during Cinque Terre tours?

During Cinque Terre tours, transportation options vary based on the particular details and inclusions of the tour. Typically, trains are used for accessing the villages from nearby cities like La Spezia or Levanto. Boat tours offer coastal views, while guided walking tours involve exploring on foot along scenic trails connecting the villages. Some tours may include bus or private vehicle transportation for exploring nearby attractions or vineyards.

How to get to Cinque Terre?

To travel around the Cinque Terre, trains are the most convenient option. They connect each village and run between La Spezia and Levanto. Tickets cost €5 for a single journey, but they're free with the Cinque Terre Train Card. Trains operate frequently from 5 am to 11:30 pm, with up to three services per hour in each direction. Although seat reservations aren't available and platform queues can be long, the trains have ample space for passengers. Make sure to validate your ticket before boarding. Alternatively, ferries operate from March to November, offering scenic views and connecting the villages, except Corniglia, with Portovenere, La Spezia, and Levanto. A day ticket with unlimited journeys costs €35 for adults and €20 for children. Boat rentals and sailing trips are also available for exploring the area. If driving, it's best to park in La Spezia or Levanto and take the train into the Cinque Terre due to restricted vehicle access in the villages and challenging road conditions.

Is it necessary to book the tours in advance?

It is highly recommended to book the Cinque Terre boat tours in advance, especially during peak season, as the tours can get fully booked quickly.

How long do the tours last?

The length of the tours can vary depending on the type and particular inclusions of the tour. Some tours can last a few hours, say 2-4 hours, while others can last the entire day.

What is the best way to explore Cinque Terre in one day?

Taking a fully guided tour is the best way to explore all highlights of Cinque Terre.

What are some unique things to do in Cinque Terre?

Hiking the Cinque Terre trail, trying the local cuisine, visiting the vineyards, taking a boat tour, visiting the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Montenero, exploring the hidden coves and beaches, and attending a festival.

Are Cinque Terre tours suitable for children?

Most boat tours are suitable for children, but it's important to check with the tour operator beforehand to ensure the tour is appropriate for your child's age and comfort level.

What are the best outdoor activities to do in Cinque Terre?

The best outdoor activities to do in Cinque Terre include hiking along the coastal trails, swimming in the crystal-clear waters, kayaking or paddle boarding along the coast, and taking a boat tour to explore the area from a different perspective.

What should I bring on the Cinque Terre tour?

It's recommended to bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, a light jacket or sweater, snacks, and water. Additionally, you may want to bring a camera to capture the stunning scenery.

What should I wear on a day trip to Cinque Terre?

Wear comfortable footwear if you plan on hiking the trails. Lightweight and breathable clothing is recommended for summers, along with a hat and sunglasses. Swimsuits are also a good idea if you plan on swimming in the sea or visiting the beaches. In the spring and fall, layers are recommended as the weather can be unpredictable.

Are Cinque Terre tours suitable for all fitness levels?

Cinque Terre tours is pretty convenient for all fitness levels. On that note, Cinque Terre is of cliffside nature of the villages and the topography of the area. Strolling or hiking often involve climbing several flights of stairs, as do some train stations. Packing lightly is advisable, as hauling heavy luggage up stairs can be challenging. Cinque Terre is not wheelchair-friendly, and those with limited mobility should consider accommodations with easier access.

Can I customize my tour itinerary?

Yes, many tour options have customizable itineraries, allowing travelers to tailor their experience to their preferences and interests. This flexibility typically includes options such as choosing the tour dates, duration, and activities based on individual preferences. Whether you're interested in hiking, village exploration, or culinary experiences, you can often personalize your tour to include the activities that appeal to you the most. Additionally, travelers can select the tour size, from small to relatively big group tours.

How long should I spend there?

For a comprehensive experience, consider spending a full day exploring Cinque Terre. This timeframe allows ample opportunity to leisurely discover each of the five villages, indulge in local cuisine, and enjoy scenic hikes along the coastal trails. However, for those with limited time, half-day trips and boat tours are available, offering a condensed yet fulfilling glimpse into the beauty and charm of Cinque Terre. If you happen to fall in love, you can always stay for 2-3 days in one of the five cities.

When’s the best time to visit the Cinque Terre?

For a splashing good time in Cinque Terre, aim for spring (March to May) or fall (September to October)! The weather is generally mild with temperatures averaging 17–21ºC/63–70ºF, there are fewer tourists, and vibrant landscapes are bursting with color. Avoiding the peak summer months of June to August is advisable, as this period tends to be crowded and hot, making it less ideal for exploring the villages and hiking trails. However, if you do visit during the summer, consider early mornings or late afternoons to avoid the crowds and heat. Consider the off-season in December and January for quieter experiences, but be aware of potential closures and inclement weather.

How hard are the Cinque Terre hikes?

The Cinque Terre hikes offer a mix of coastal and hillside paths, providing constant stunning sea views. While the trails aren't overly challenging, they involve some ups and downs with rocky terrain, steep drops, and steps. Hikers should be comfortable walking uphill and wear sturdy shoes like hiking boots or trainers. Although distances aren't extensive, the hilly terrain can slow progress, especially on narrow stretches where passing others is common. Starting early or late can help avoid peak crowds.

Do you need a permit to hike in Cinque Terre?

Yes, you need a permit called the Cinque Terre Card to hike the coast path from Monterosso to Corniglia. However, if you're hiking between Corniglia and Riomaggiore via the hill path, no permit is required. The Cinque Terre Card comes in two versions: a basic one for accessing trails and amenities, and a train version which includes unlimited train travel between Levanto and La Spezia.