Cinque Terre, is one of the most magical places in Italy with 5 colorful towns strung along the Italian Riviera. I was lucky to get to visit the towns of Cinque Terre for two days. I absolutely fell in love with these gorgeous towns filled with tanned Italians on vacation, homemade gelato, lots of rosé and prosecco, and of course pasta galore! Here are some of my favorite pictures and helpful tips from 4 out of the 5 towns in Cinque Terre.
Riomaggiore is the largest of Cinque Terre's 5 towns. It is farthest south of all the towns with quite a few restaurants options. Riomaggiore is a great place to watch the sunset, grab dinner and explore the town.
While I was in Cinque Terre I stayed in an adorable Air Bnb in Manarola. The hike up to the Air Bnb was quite the workout but made you feel like you were a true italian. When visiting Cinque Terre you must go to Nessun Dorma. This place is the perfect spot for lunch, dinner and a drinks. To top off your dining experience the restaurant sits overlooking all of Manarola. They don't take reservations so be prepared to wait in line while taking in the breath taking view.
This sea side town can be recognized by its various colorful boats docked off the shore. There are various spots along the water to grab a quick bite to eat and even more places to find a gelato to help beat the heat!
Monterosso al Mar:
Monterosso al Mare is known for its colorful umbrellas along the bluest waters of the Italian Rivera. This is the only town of Cinque Terre that has an established beach and is known by the Italians as a "tourist" beach. What better way to spend the day than soaking up the sun on the Italian Rivera on a colorful beach chair? You can pay a flat rate and rent a chair for a half or full day and relax sea side. TIP: get to the beach early otherwise you may have a hard time finding a beach chair!
Getting around Cinque Terre:
Believe it or not, Cinque Terre has no cars at all!! The only way to hop from town to town is by train. From one town to the next is about 4 minutes max. It's super easy but I recommend getting to the train at least 20 minutes before it's scheduled to leave to buy your ticket because buying a ticket can be tricky and sometimes the lines are long. There are machines at every train stop to purchase tickets and the tickets are under 5 euro each! The train makes it super easy to get around and they have trains running about everything 30 minutes or less. With that being said, you could easily see multiple towns in Cinque Terre in one day! If it was up to me, I would have spent at least a week in this magical place, exploring each town as much as possible!