• Best period to visit Cinque Terre

    The climate of the Cinque Terre is tempered, favoured by the mountains that shelter from the northern winds. The Mediterranean Sea mitigates the winter season with an average temperature of 12-14 degrees. In summer, the average temperature reaches 30 degrees.

  • Boat excursions to Portofino

    Every Monday and Friday (from July 3rd until September 11th)
    Departure from Monterosso at 10.10am, return to Monterosso at 5.15pm, stop for 2,5 hours in Portofino, panoramic tour San Fruttuoso


  • Cinque Terre Italy: Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore

    The Cinque Terre, five towns, is a string of five fishing villages perched high on the Italian Riviera in the region Liguria, which until recently were linked only by mule tracks and accessible only by rail or water.

    Vernazza, Cinque Terre


    An ancient system of footpaths is still the best way to visit the five villages: click here for Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore.

    The Cinque Terre is noted for its beauty. Over centuries, people have carefully built terraces to cultivate grapes and olives on the rugged, steep landscape right up to the cliffs that overlook the Mediterranean Sea.


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  • Hotels in Cinque Terre

    Hotels in Cinque Terre are often small-sized and family run with 3 or 4 stars. They are specifically concentrated in Monterosso which is the largest of the five villages. The accommodation facilities in Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore are mostly bed & breakfasts or guest houses.

  • Hotels in Monterosso, Cinque Terre

    Monterosso offers a wide range of excellent hotels and restaurants, as well as some cultural attractions and the only long stretch of beach in the Cinque Terre area. It’s a perfect starting point for those who want to hike between the villages or just want to spend some relaxing days by the sea.

  • Hotels in Rome

    Where to stay in Rome depends on your preferences and interests as well as your budget. The "Centro Storico" is where to stay if you’re short on time, but still want to see all the main tourist sights. Walking is by far the best way to explore this wonderful city. Below, we have listed some unique hotels within an easy reach of the main attractions.

  • Hotels in Siena

    Visiting Siena should definitely be on your itinerary when visiting Italy. You can stay in the city to be near Piazza del Campoand the cathedral. Or you can stay just outside Siena and enjoy the lovely Tuscan countryside. We have listed the most romantic hotels and bed and breakfasts for you here below.


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  • La Spezia

    La Spezia is located right on the border between Liguria and Tuscany not far from Cinque Terre, Pisa and Florence.

  • Levanto

    Levanto is a famous seaside resort along the Italian Riviera, 80 km east of Genoa.

    levanto beach

    This town is the perfect starting-point for visiting the picturesque villages of Cinque Terre.

    From Levanto you can easily reach the five villages by train in only 10 minutes, by boat or by foot through guided tracks.

    Levanto has a long sandy beach, shops and good restaurants. This popular sea resort is surrounded by a green valley of pine forests, olive groves, vineyards and small medieval villages.

  • Manarola

    Manarola, built on a high rock 70 metres above sea level, is one of the most charming and romantic of the Cinque Terre villages.The tiny harbor features a boat ramp, picturesque multicoloured houses facing the sea, a tiny piazza with seafood restaurants.

  • Manarola

    Today we took the train to Manarola. Wonderful Sunday afternoon. Here some pictures...


  • One day in Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre

  • Portofino

    Experience the beauty of Portofino, an exclusive seaside village, situated only an hour away from the Cinque Terre.

  • Portofino

    The gem Portofino with its multicolored houses is worth a day-trip.

  • Portovenere

    Portovenere is a medieval fishing village situated in north Italy, just south of the Cinque Terre on the Italian Riviera. This charming village is well worth the visit and can be reached from the Cinque Terre by boat or from La Spezia by boat or by bus from the train station.

    Portovenere bay

    Portovenere, on the Gulf of Poets, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its picturesque harbor is lined with brightly colored houses while narrow medieval streets lined with shops lead up the hill from the ancient city gate to the castle. Stroll around the old town and don't miss the small shop Bajeicò, a pesto shop selling delicious freshly made basil-based sauce and related products like fresh pasta.

    The tip of the promontory holds a picturesque church. Byron's Cave is a rocky area leading to the sea where the poet Byron used to swim.

    Portovenere church

    Ferries cruise along the coast each day, offering passengers a chance to have a view of one of the most evocative landscapes of the Mediterranean. It is possible to visit the three nearby islands by boat; Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto.

    If you want to do some hiking in the Cinque Terre, take the ferry from Portovenere to Vernazza and hike from there to Monterosso, where you can catch the ferry back to Portovenere. There is also a trail to the Cinque Terre from Portovenere and the walk takes about 5 hours.

    Where to stay

    There is a wide range of accommodation types available in this area. We can recommend some hotels in Portovenere and in the Cinque Terre villages. Fore more information: Hotels in Cinque Terre and Hotels in La Spezia.

    Things to see

    • The 3 Island tour, 40 minutes tour visiting the island of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto. Wonderful panoramas. Please refer to the page Boats.

    • The Church of San Pietro sits on a rocky promontory overlooking the sea. It was built in 1277 in the typical Genovese Gothic style.

    • The Grotta di Byron(Byron's Cave) from which Byron famously swam to visit his friends in Lerici on the other side of the gulf.

    • The Doria Castle with its powerful structure representing a wonderful model of Genoan military architecture. The castle was first built in 1161, but it was significantly reconstructed in 1458.

    How to reach Portovenere

    BY TRAIN: Portovenere doesn't have a railway station. The nearest station is La Spezia Centrale, from where you have to walk for about 8 minutes to Via Garibaldi and then continue with bus number 11 / P. Refer to the Map (La Spezia Centrale - Portovenere).

    BY BUS:The bus line to Portovenere is the 11/P (duration: about 30 minutes, cost 3 euros). One bus every 10-30 minutes. On holidays after 8pm, 1 bus every hour. The service is provided by ATC. Click on La Spezia to Portovenere by bus.

    BY BOAT: From April to November it's possible to reach Portovenere with the boat service. Timetable is available on Boats timetable La Spezia - Portovenere.

    BY CAR: Portovenere can be reached by car with the motorway "A12 Genova Livorno" or "A15 Parma La Spezia". On "La Spezia" motorway exit, follow the state road number 370 towards "Portovenere - Cinque Terre".

    Map of Portovenere

    Portovenere Map
    Other maps can be found on Cinque Terre Maps.

    Parking in Portovenere

    Finding parking places in Portovenere can be difficult especially during the high season. Rates range from 1 euro / hour to 2.50 euro / hour depending on the parking areas P1, P2, P3 and "IL GOLFO".

    Portovenere parking parcheggi

  • Riomaggiore

    Riomaggiore is the most southern village of the Cinque Terre, situated just a few minutes by train from La Spezia. It is quite sure that the origins of Riomaggiore date back to the 8th Century, when the inhabitants of the Vara valley, searching a milder climate to raise grapevines and olive-trees without the fear of pirate raids, moved towards the coast.

  • Rome

    Rome is one the most beautiful cities in the world,every year tourists from around the world come to admire the treasures and masterpieces of Roman art and architecture.The city is like one huge living museum where you will find ancient history and fascinating places behind every corner.


    If you want to see the main landmarks, you will need at least 2 days in Rome. Most top attractions are concentrated in the area between Stazione Termini, the city’s main transport hub, in the east, and the Vatican in the west. To the south of the historic center, the Colosseum makes for a dramatic landmark, whilst away to the north, Villa Borghese is an extensive park, ideal for recharging your batteries. You’ll come across many monuments, including the Pantheon, Spanish Steps, and Trevi Fountain in the areas flanking Via del Corso, the nearest Rome has to a main drag.


    Where to stay in Rome

    To make your time in Rome easier stay near the main attractions. Our personal favorite area is in the old part of the city near the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps and around Piazza Navona. We have listed the most romantic hotels with excellent location in the heart of Rome's city center for you: Hotels in Rome.

    Walking the city, you’lldiscover Rome is quite a hilly place. In fact, it encompasses nine hills. There are the seven on which the ancient city was built –the Palatine, Aventine, Capitoline, Esquiline, Viminal, Quirinal and Caelian –and two that have since been incorporated into the cityscape, the Janiculum and Pincian. The river Tiber bisects the center en route to the sea at Ostia.

    How to reach Rome (Roma)

    BY PLANE: The main Rome Internation Airport Fiumicino (Aeroporto Leonardo Da Vinci) is about 32 Km away from the city.
    From the airport you can reach Rome with:
    - the train service Leonardo Express, starting from the station inside the airport and running every 15 minutes. You can buy tickes before departure or online on Trenitalia (cost around 14 Euros).
    - busses starting from Terminal 1 (here terminal maps) to Rome (there are different companies)
    - taxi; travel time 40-50 minutes (everage price 60 Euros)
    - car sharing; At the Terminal 1, in the area "sosta brevi" (short time parking area) you can find the company Car2Go, Enjoy, ALD Corporate.

    BY TRAIN: Rome is well connected by the main railway station Roma Termini. Train timetable on Trenitalia.

    BY CAR:

    What to see in Rome

    - Città del Vaticano

    - Fontana di Trevi

    - Patheon

  • Siena

    Surrounded by olive groves and the vineyards of Chianti, Siena is one of the most prettiest cities of Tuscany famous for its large fan-shaped piazza. Piazza del Campo is the heart of the town and is the home to the famous summer horse-race, known as Il Palio.

    Siena Italien

    Siena is about 60 km south of Florence near the center of Tuscany in the Chianti Wine Region and about 3 and half hours by train from the Cinque Terre. Siena’s peak was about 1260-1348 when it was one of Europe's wealthiest cities and many of its buildings and art works originate from that time.

    Siena Italien

    Where to stay in Siena

    Our selection of the best places to stay in Siena is a broad mix with something for all tastes and budgets. Don't forget to book well in advance: Hotels in Siena

    How to reach Siena

    BY PLAIN: Pisa Airport (about 100 Km from Siena), Florence Airport (about 60 Km from Siena)

    BY TRAIN: from Florence (Firenze) in 1 hour 30 minutes, line Firenze-Empoli-Siena. From Pisa in 1 hour 45 minutes, line Pisa-Empoli-Siena. From Rome in 3 hours, line Roma-Chiusi-Siena.

    BY CAR: from Florence head to the Raccordo Autostradale Firenze-Siena. From Pisa motoway A12 (Firenze-Pisa-Livormo) then Firenze-Siena motorway. From Rome motorway A1 and then exit on E78 for Siena.

    Things to see

    Piazza del Campo is the heart of Siena. Il Campo is paved with brick and ringed by cafes, restaurants, and historic buildings. Narrow medieval streets lead to the piazza, which has an unusual fan shape. Piazza del Campo was originally the Roman forum and later was Siena's main marketplace.

    The Gaia Fountain of Jacopo della Quercia is one of the most important works of the Italian 1400s and is both Gothic and Renaissance in style.

    The Palazzo Pubblico, Siena's Gothic town hall building, and the Torre del Mangia (bell tower) dominate Piazza del Campo. Great view from the top of the tower.

    Piazza del Duomo is another beautiful square and home to Siena's Duomo. The impressive Duomo has a black and white facade with intricate carvings and statues.

    Siena's art museum, Pinacoteca Nazionale, houses some of Italy's greatest paintings from the 13th and 14th centuries.