• 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.


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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.

  • The Cinque Terre Card 2020

    Cinque Terre Card Trains Express


    We recommend the visitors to the Cinque Terre to buy a Cinque Terre Card including several services listed below.

    There are two types of cards available:

    - Cinque Terre Trekking Card:giving you access to the footpaths only
    - Cinque Terre Train Card:
    giving you access to the hiking trails together with unlimited train travel on the Cinque Terre trains

    The Cinque Terre Cards can be purchased at the information desks at every train station in Cinque Terre, Levanto and La Spezia.

    Skip the line, buy your tickets online here: Cinque Terre Card


  • Vernazza

    The small fishing village Vernazza is probably the most characteristic of the Cinque Terre and is classified as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy.