Cinque Terre is a rugged coastline on the Italian Riviera and consists of the five beautiful hillside villages; Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore.
The five villages are connected by hiking trails, for example the famous Blue Trail linking Monterosso - Vernazza - Corniglia. For those two trails you will need a Cinque Terre Trekking Card. All other trails are free! There are trains running every 20 minutes between the five villages. You can also enjoy this scenic coastline by taking the ferry and hop on and off where you like.
Monterosso has the only long and sandy beach in the area where you can rent chairs and umbrellas or a kajak to explore the many coves around the coast.
In Vernazza there are only a few hotels to stay in but several B&Bs and apartments for rent. The tiny port is surrounded by colourful typical Ligurian houses and the charming piazza is lined with good restaurants and bars.
Corniglia is probably the most genuine town of the five and with the least amount of tourists. Corniglia is connected to the other villages of the Cinque Terre by well kept hiking trails and a train connection.
Manarola is one of the most famous scenic villages of the scenic Cinque Terre coastline, the fourth if travelling from the north-west, the second if arriving from the south-east. From here you can go hiking to all the other villages.
The romantic Manarola has a tiny harbor with a boat ramp, picturesque multicoloured houses facing the sea and a tiny piazza with seafood restaurants.
Riomaggiore is considered to be one of the most peaceful and quiet villages of the Cinque Terre. The village is basically a cascade of multi-coloured houses in the typical Ligurian style, all tightly clustered around a tiny natural harbour carved out in between the rocks.
Riomaggiore has some of the best sunset spots in Cinque Terre. There are also some unique Guesthouses perfect for couples on a romantic getaway.