A few hours drive from the Italian border, between Genoa and La Spezia, the villages of the "Cinq Terres" (Cinque Terre in VO) offer a timeless stopover in a magical setting on the Mediterranean coast. Monterosso, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Riomaggiore are all fishing ports, each nestled in a small creek, alternately built at the top of a cliff or built above a sandy or rocky beach. Of medieval origin, they contain all their little secrets at the bend of an alleyway or a flight of stairs, in the middle of traditional houses with a crazy charm. Each village is like no other and is only waiting to be discovered, in the company of its Cinque Terre tourist guide, on foot or by boat because cars are not allowed to come here. A walk through the national park from one to the other is also part of the trip, via picturesque paths between century-old vines, broom bushes, heather fields, maritime pines and lemon trees. Five stages as many opportunities to taste the many local specialities, including the famous focaccia with olive oil.

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Thanks to its temperate climate, Cinque Terre is a pleasant destination all year round. To enjoy the sea, summer remains enjoyable, despite the crowd of holidaymakers, but spring and early autumn remain the best time to visit the Cinque Terre when you really want to enjoy hiking.

Indeed, there are fewer tourists and it is widely recommended to all those who can avoid the peak summer season (July-August), as the villages are relatively narrow....

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Travel agencies offer multi-day hiking tours to Cinque Terre, which also include excursions to the surrounding area around the Poets' Gulf with accommodation on site. The region is rich in natural parks, medieval villages and peninsulas such as Portofino and Sestri.

There are direct flights to Pisa or Genoa, the two main airports nearby. Price variations depend on the season and the booking time, so remember to book in advance. You can then travel to the Cinque Terre villages by train from the stations of Genova Principe, La Spezia or Pisa, or by boat from the gate of La Spezia.

The local train serves the five villages of Cinque Terre. The best solution is to purchase the Cinque Terre Card Train card that allows you to access all hiking trails in the national park. The card also allows you to travel unlimited on regional trains on the La Spezia - Cinque Terre - Levanto round trip in 2nd class. It is also possible to pass from one village to another via hiking trails for a walk of about half an hour for each section.

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When to travel?

Thanks to its temperate climate, Cinque Terre is a pleasant destination all year round. To enjoy the sea, summer rema...
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On the weather side, one of the main assets of the Cinque Terre is its extraordinary temperate climate, with a reduce...
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Budget

Italy is in the euro zone. Cinque Terre has solutions for all budgets. While they cannot properly be described as a c...
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Formalities

For citizens of the European Union, an identity card is sufficient to enter Italian territory and stay there for thre...
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Health

No special vaccinations are required before travelling to Sardinia. Low risk of special contamination or lack of emer...
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How to travel by yourself?

There are direct flights to Pisa or Genoa, the two main airports nearby. Price variations depend on the season and th...
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How to get organized?

Travel agencies offer multi-day hiking tours to Cinque Terre, which also include excursions to the surrounding area a...
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Getting around

The local train serves the five villages of Cinque Terre. The best solution is to purchase the Cinque Terre Card Trai...
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