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Wanderlist Discover: Cinque Terre, Italy

Wanderlist Discover: Cinque Terre, Italy

A collection of five fishing communities along the Italian Riviera, Cinque Terre is a region that is like no other place you have seen. Small, pastel coloured houses, stacked on top of each other, lush mountains, and a clear blue sea, almost any view of Cinque Terre landscape is like a picture postcard brought to life. The breathtaking scenery around the Cinque Terre is one of the biggest reasons this region is flooded with tourists each year. And there is no shortage of activities to do here either. Hike along any of the several hiking trails and explore the region on foot. Rent a boat and find a quiet spot beside one of the rocky coves, for a private swim in the sea. Explore the local castle ruins on one of the islands. Or just find yourself a comfortable, cosy spot overlooking the sea, and enjoy a lazy day at the beach. Whatever you do, you will almost certainly be guaranteed the time of your life in Cinque Terre. 


  • Enjoy the lovely food : The seafood, especially the anchovies marinated in lemon and olive oil, in this part of Italy is simply splendid. Every meal is fresh and light, and gives you the wonderful taste of the natural ingredients, without drowning the food in heavy sauces or seasoning. You can also prepare a basket with some fresh seafood from one of the local restaurants, hot focaccia bread, some cheese, a bottle of local wine and head out to beach for a picnic. Remember to try the Pansotti, a type of ravioli served with walnut sauce and Farinata, a type of bread served with a sprinkling of salt and pepper, the local delicacies that will leave you wanting more.
  • See the Nativity displays : Cinque Terre region is famous for its nativity displays, also known as The Prescepe. Very few places in the world do as elaborate a display around Christmas, as they do it in Manarola. If you are planning your visit to Cinque Terre during the Christmas holidays, do visit Manarola and check out the opening ceremony.
  • Go Camping : There are a few campgrounds around the region, and spring is a wonderful time to be camped outside here. Camping can also be an inexpensive way to stay in Cinque Terre, especially in the summers, when all the regular accommodations are every expensive. Some of the campsites are also quite close to the beach, so you can have easy access to the sea.

Best Time To Go: March to October

March to October is a great time to visit Cinque Terre. Visit around April - June when the weather is perfect for hiking as well as swimming. December is also a good time to visit, especially to view the Prescepe, or the local Christmas nativity displays. Do keep in mind that generally, August is the peak holiday season in Italy, and prices can be almost three times higher than usual. Same applies for December. So, if you plan to visit in peak season, remember to book in advance.

Where in the world:

Cinque Terre is a group of five towns (Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso) along the Italian Riviera on the western coast of Italy.

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Fun Fact: The region has some great vineyards, and the local wine made from the grapevines in Manarola is a sweet dessert wine called Sciacchetrà, that has notes of fig and apricots. It goes well with a wedge of cheese or a local dessert. Enjoy it at the end of your meals in the charming region. Don’t forget that the local electric bus that run between the towns, also gives you an option to visit a local vineyard for a session of wine tasting.

Useful Information:

  • Language : Italian
  • Currency : Euro
  • How to Get Around : Travelling around Cinque Terre is quite easy, as there are several options to travel. The local train service connects the towns, as each town has its own station. The towns are also connected by a bus service. During the crowded summer months, there is also a ferry service that runs between the villages to allow visitors to travel in relative peace. And don’t forget you can always explore the towns on foot, or by bike, although given the vertical nature of the villages, this may not be an easy choice for everybody.

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