Among the sites in Italy that really take your breath away is Cinque Terre. There are five wonderful villages on the Ligurian coast, full of colorful houses falling down the side of the cliffs as if they were terraces. Today we take 2 days to tour the best of Cinque Terre. Can you come with us?
Escape to Cinque Terre
In addition to the beauty of Cinque Terre, this area has another advantage that we can use in our favor, and that is that these are quite small towns that can easily be traveled in a escape. For this reason, on a free weekend, you can explore the most beautiful corners of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore.Vernazza - Martin M303
Among these idyllic villages there are trails that can be easily saved. You can also reach them by train or by boat. By car it is not highly recommended, as the strong curves and climbs do not allow access to some places.
2 days in Cinque Terre What to see and do?
1. MonterossoMonterosso - Mikadun
The first town to visit in Cinque Terre is Monterosso, the largest and flattest of the five towns. It is ideal to stay because it provides all the services and amenities to travelers. In addition, from Monterosso depart the excursions for the rest of the Cinque Terre villages.
While in Monterosso you can spend half a day walking through its streets and admire its architecture, With its colorful facades. Don't forget to visit the church of San Francisco. It is a monastery that has great paintings.
Another thing you can't miss is the beaches of Monterosso, known for being the best in Cinque Terre.
2. VernazzaVernazza - Gaspar Janos
Our next stop is Vernazza, the most picturesque village in Cinque Terre. A lot has to do that It is located on the top of a cliff and overlooking the Mediterranean.
It is a fishing village that managed to maintain its charm despite the tourist hordes. We recommend climbing to the castle tower, from where you can admire beautiful views. If you like trekking you can take the path that starts from Monterosso to Vernaza and takes 90 minutes to two hours, depending on the step you take.
3. CornigliaCorniglia - Sorin Colac
Another of the villages that sits on top of a cliff is Corniglia, about 100 meters above sea level. You can reach it by boat or train. You must climb about 350 steps to reach the center of town, but the effort is worth it, because it gives beautiful views towards the Mediterranean.
Corniglia is surrounded by vineyards, which gives it a lot of charm. Although there is no beach, it is worth knowing some Genoese fortifications of the 16th century. Interestingly, their houses have a facade towards the street and another towards the sea.
4. ManarolaManarola - Olga Gavrilova
It is the smallest and oldest in Cinque Terre. Originally it was a fishing village that stood out for its famous wines since the time of the Roman Empire. It is a must to take a dip in your beach, a natural deep water pool, perfect for lovers of waterfalls.
From Manarola, the famous "Via del Amor" trail starts towards Riomaggiore. It is a beautiful route that allows you to enjoy not only the villages, but their wonderful surroundings. The route is very worthwhile, it has a kilometer and it is very easy to do.
It is the closest town to La Spezia. It is beautiful, so it is worth exploring on foot. Its historic center is quite picturesque, there you can climb the Clock Tower and admire the beautiful views. If you want to bathe on the beach, take a walk along the coast, there you will find it, a little hidden.
"Although we travel the world to find the beautiful, we must take it with us or we will not find it."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson -
The best way to get to know Cinque Terre in two days is to combine train, boat and hiking. Thus you will have the opportunity to enjoy the different scenarios of these wonderful villages.
Most of the trails that connect the villages are short and give beautiful landscapes. The train is one of the best options because it is economical and because it gives a unique perspective of Cinque Terre. Finally we have the boat, although it is the most expensive option, it is worth it to be able to admire these beautiful villages from the sea.