Cinque Terre has been on my bucket list for a long time. The 5 villages aligned on the Italian coast (Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore) offer such a breathtaking scenery, mixing colors and shapes while facing the turquoise Mediterranean sea.
MONTEROSSO AL MARE – This village is the biggest and most frequented of all. I personally didn’t like it that much and only spent half a day there. It’s still important to visit Monterosso since it offers a big and gorgeous beach. And it is also the starting point of a hiking trail to Vernazza, which has wonderful views on the coast, beautiful nature and rewarding sceneries.
VERNAZZA: Hiking from Monterosso to Vernazza is already something. But discovering the village from the mountains for the first time will leave you speechless. Vernazza is, in my opinion, the most beautiful village. And I’m sure I’m not the only one crazy in love with that view.
CORNIGLIA: Corniglia does not have any beach since it’s on a hill. But it has this charm of being unique, standing tall and guarding the others villages.
MANAROLA: This is where I spent my nights. The village seems to be the less touristic. Waking up early for a walk ( a very small one) and ending up by the sea. The morning is the perfect moment to admire the life in the village. Kids swimming, fishermen starting their days and shops opening. It feels like living there, just for a few hours. And the nights in Manarola are more than romantic, they are magical.
RIOMAGGIORE: Bright houses and a small beach make this village’s charm. Here you will encounter little streets to freshen up and a delicious local ice cream.
PORTOVENERE – THE SIXTH VILLAGE
It would be such a shame to visit the Cinque Terre without taking a boat to Portovenere. It’s a 20min ride and so worth it. Here you can visit the Castello Doria and the Grotta di Lord Byron both offering gorgeous views.