The five lands: Cinque Terre in Italy has been on my list of places to visit for a long time. It’s famously known for the romantic colourful houses on the hills and cliffs along the coast. Cinque Terre exists in five villages: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare, it’s part of the world heritage list UNESCO. The five villages are connected via rail and walking paths with views over the sea.
I read a lot about reaching Cinque Terre by car, it’s not really a smart idea as the roads to the villages are very narrow and limited. It’s accessible only by rail, water and walking. The best way is to park in La Spezia train station underground garage or what we did was park free of charge, 10 minutes walk from the train station La Spezia you will find parking: Piazzale d’Armi. From the train station, there is a Cinque Terre express that will take you to the five villages in around 15 minutes.
Riomaggiore the fishing village. It’s the first train stop from La Spezia. This village has a very characterised habour.
Manarola was busier than Riomaggiore. It wasn’t as busy as a normal high season because of the covid-19 pandemic. By the time we were there, it was 12:00 lunchtime and walked up the hill to cafe Nessum Dorma. From there I enjoyed a cold Mojito and views over the beautiful Manarola. Stunning moment!
Because of the short of time, I didn’t visit this place. Corniglia is the only village that’s not on the waterside and it’s also the quietest one. For me, I wasn’t so fussy about it so we carried on to the next village.
Before I visited Cinque Terre I wasn’t sure where to overnight, I was debating between Manarola and Vernazza. It was Vernazza that my husband booked and I was very happy with the result. Vernazza was the cosiest and colour rich. Loads of choices of restaurants and bars. Nice to spend the night here. We booked via Airbnb an apartment for around €90 a night. The B&B we stayed at was Appartamento Vacanze Francesca, very clean and great service. This village had it’s own little beach to chill at.
Monterosso al Mare
Monterosso has the largest beach. It’s the biggest of all five and according to TripAdvisor, this place had the best seafood. I went to the best-rated one located beside the train station of Monterosso: ll Bocconcino and indeed it’s was the best Frutti di Mare I’ve had in Italy so far…