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Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre Vacation Packages & Tours

There’s no shortage of charming villages and magnificent scenery along the Italian Riviera, but the Cinque Terre region and its five fishing villages stand out among it all. Nestled at the eastern end of the Italian Riviera, they sit among some of the world’s most breathtaking coastal scenery. Colorful homes cling to the cliffs while a railway line and hiking trails help transport people from village to village. There are no cars here as they’ve been banned for years. While that doesn’t mean there won’t be any noise, thanks to the countless tourists who’ve discovered these hamlets, one can still enjoy a feeling of authenticity with few roads and plenty of spots to escape the masses. For centuries, the walking trails were the only way to travel between the villages, and hiking is still one of the best ways to explore, with the sea and views of coastal forests and terraced vineyards in constant company.

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Best Hotels in Cinque Terre Region

There is a wide range of hotels and accommodation options throughout Cinque Terre, but your first consideration should be which village to stay in. Riomaggiore, Corniglia, Manarola, Vernazza, and Monterosso are all sure to wow, but there’s likely to be one or two that are better for your particular stay. Monterosso is ideal for first-time visitors and the best for beachgoers with the only sandy beach in the region and the greatest selection of accommodation nearby. Vernazza is incredibly photogenic, with many finding it the most aesthetically pleasing, although it’s also the busiest and the most expensive. Riomaggiore is the largest with many hotels to choose from and the best nightlife, with some restaurants and bars open until 1 a.m. Corniglia offers a more tranquil stay away from the big crowds and a great base for hikers. Manarola is especially popular with photographers and those seeking a romantic stay with stunning views.

Best Things To Do in Cinque Terre Region

There is plenty of things to do in Cinque Terre, but for the first-time visitor, there are some absolute musts.

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When to visit Cinque Terre

As one of the most unique and beautiful regions in the Mediterranean, Cinque Terre can be visited year-round but the very best time to visit is typically around mid-April through early May or mid-September through mid-October. The weather will be pleasant, around the mid-60s to mid-70s and the crowds are much more manageable than what you’ll find in the summer. These periods are ideal for sightseeing and hiking. Countless visitors come during the warmest season of the year and will be filling the beaches. If you want to enjoy water warm enough for swimming and be able to easily find a good spot for sunbathing, your best bet is late May/early June or late September through mid-October. The off-season runs from November through March. The weather is relatively mild, but it can be wet and chilly. The upside is there will be few other visitors and one can enjoy a more budget-friendly visit. 

Check out our guide on when to visit Cinque Terre


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