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Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre - these are the five colorful coastal towns of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. They stretch along the Italian Riveria in Liguria and are probably the most colorful villages in Italy. This makes the Cinque Terre a particularly popular travel destination that everyone should visit!

03/09/2020

dear(travel)diary,

I love Italy! But I especially love the colorful houses that are lined up crookedly. And there are quite a few of them on the coast of the Cinque Terre National Park. So I really wanted to go there! I was finally able to fulfill this wish during my summer vacation with my mother.

The Cinque Terre are indeed very beautiful! However, I was surprised to find that it is actually even more beautiful away from the five villages of the Cinque Terre! I particularly liked Lerici and Porto Venere. But let me start from the beginning...

xx Chiara

Overview:


The 5 Villages of the Cinque Terre

  1. Manarola
  2. Riomaggiore
  3. Monterosso al Mare
  4. Vernazza
  5. Corniglia


What else to see & Discover

  1. Lerici
  2. Porto Venere
  3. Portofino
  4. Lucca
  5. Isola Palmaria
  6. Forte dei Marmi
  7. Hiking opportunities
  8. La Spezia


Where to Eat

As you know, you can always eat well in Italy! Nevertheless, I have a few particularly good places for you here:

  • Perdire (La Spezia) - Restaurant with delicious, inexpensive food where you'll almost only meet locals
  • Nessun Dorma - Italian restaurant with a view of Manarola
  • Belforte (Vernazza) - Traditional seafood restaurant
  • Caffè Matteo Snc di Galletti Riccardo e Rizzuti Manuela (Corniglia) - Italian bar with delicious food
  • Torre Aurora (Monterosso al Mare) - Italian restaurant with a beautiful view
  • Dai Pescatori (La Spezia) - Good fish restaurant
  • La Bottega del Pesto (Porto Venere) - Considered the inventor of pesto


Where to sleep

As the villages of the Cinque Terre are not very large, the accommodation options are limited and therefore quickly booked out. We therefore decided to stay near La Spezia rather than in one of the villages. We ended up in an Airbnb in a small mountain village called Casté. It's a bit colder up there and we needed a car to reach our accommodation. In return, we had a great view of the Cinque Terre National Park. The accommodation was very large and had a lot of charm as it was very traditional. We had two cozy bedrooms, a large bathroom, a small kitchen, a living room and two terraces for 90€ a night! In addition, our host, Giacomo, was very kind. He gave us figs and homemade jam and gave us the best tips for excursions, restaurants & co!



I have put together a list of all the places on Google Maps.

You can find the list here.


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Tips of the community

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