Cinque Terre is a National Park consisting of 5 villages and is one of the most popular places in Italy to visit. You will always find a lot of tourists there. Therefore, it is not always easy to visit all 5 cities with a car. Fortunately, there are some other possibilities and we would like to discuss them with you here.
Visit Cinque Terre
The easiest way to visit Cinque Terre is by train, this can be done from Levanto and La Spezia. Because the track between these two cities runs through the 5 colorful cities of Cinque Terre. In addition, you can also go from town to town on site with this train. For a day ticket to visit all towns you pay 7.50 euros for a day ticket (wi-fi and discount with museums included). If you want to use the entire Levanto – La Spezia Centrale railway line to get to Cinque Terre, you pay 16 euros for a day ticket.
Where to buy tickets?
You can purchase the tickets both online and at a vending machine in Cinque Terre itself. Or just sit at the counter. The train runs every 20 minutes, so missing a train through the queue is not always as bad. The correct hours of the train can be found below.
You can also go to Cinque Terre by car. Only you will have to be very lucky with parking and you will have to be willing to step one more step. Also know that you always have to drive about half an hour from city to city by car, so you will always have to be in the car for a while. Therefore, a combination of the car and train is the best solution. You can park your car (if lucky) in Monterosso and then take the train to all the other villages. Something we also did and worked perfectly for us. A parking ticket is on average 2.50 euros for hours.
You can also hike from one village to another (on foot). However, this is no ordinary walk and you have to be in good condition for this. In addition, you have to wear closed shoes, so you can’t start the hike with flip flops. For this hike you also have to pay an entrance fee of 7.50 euros. Although this price can sometimes vary from the length of the path, because sometimes part of this route is closed. If you want to walk this route, you will always have to travel first by car or train to Cinque Terre.
Perhaps the most beautiful way to explore Cinque Terre is by boat. Because from the water you have the best view over the 5 cities. The boat is only available between April and October… although exceptions are already being made to this. A ticket ranges from 20 euros to 35 euros. This depends on what you want to see and how much time you want to see it. A half-day ticket is much cheaper than a full-day ticket.
The 5 towns of Cinque Terre
One of cinque terre’s most famous places is Vernazza, and that’s not illogical either. Because this city is on almost every postcard you see from Cinque Terre. This village is best visited as early as possible, because the later in the day you visit this place, the more tourists walk there country. The best view of this colourful village is from the end of the pier or from the trail that starts from Monterosso (from Monterosso to Vernazza is about 3.5 km of steps).
Corniglia is one of the most unknown villages of Cinque Terre and we think that is right. Because although this is also a beautiful colourful village on a mountain by the water. Is this city much less impressive than the other villages. The advantage is that you have fewer tourists here. But you don’t have to have anything for it. Because you have to do about 300 steps after you get off the train to reach this village. Corniglia is also the only village without a port.
Monterosso is a good starting point for a trip past the 5 towns. Here you have the best chance of parking if you come by car and from here you can also take the train or start your hike. What also makes this place special in front of the other villages of Cinque Terre, is the pleasant and beautiful beach where you can enjoy the sun. Also taking a dip in the beautiful blue sea is definitely part of this. The only downside… You’re not alone here.
Another famous place is of course Manarola. This is mainly due to its romantic appearance and numerous good restaurants. Especially in the evening when tourism declines back this place is great for a romantic date with two.
Riomaggiore, also called the capital of Cinque Terre is also the largest of the 5 villages. This village built in the Middle Ages is also very popular with tourists and therefore in our opinion slightly less nice. This city also consists of 3 parts. The station from where you can follow the famous love path, the old town and the small harbour. This place is also the most beautiful from the water.
Spend the night in Cinque Terre?
Cinque Terre is in our opinion perfect to do in one day. We can therefore advise against staying overnight in one of these cities. Especially because of the tourism and constant bustle that prevails in this city. And also for the price. Staying overnight in these villages is not cheap and even on expensive side. If you still want to stay in one of the five villages, we recommend Monterosso and Riomaggiore.
Are you going to Cinque Terre, too?
Are you going to Cinque Terre or are you going to let this tourist trip for what it is? Or do you have a few more questions? Let us know for sure in the comments or on our Facebook page.