Updated: Jul 17
The most iconic highlight of the Italian Riviera are the five coastal villages of Cinque Terre - Manarola, Riomaggiore, Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza and Corniglia.
Cinque Terre literally means "Five Lands".
It is located in the Liguria region of Italy, to the west of the city of La Spezia.
The easiest way to reach and travel between the villages is by train. A train line connects all five villages directly with Genoa, Pisa and Rome.
Arriving by sea is also an option. In the summer, ferries run from Genoa, Portofino and Porto Venere.
The Cinque Terre is renowned for its picturesque landscape and vibrant color architecture.
Beautiful and steep vineyards situated on the cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean sea create breathtaking and amazing views.
Manarola is one of the five villages of the Cinque Terre. Most of the houses are bright and colorful.
In recent years, Manarola and its neighboring towns have become popular tourist destinations, particularly in the summer months. Tourist attractions in the region include a famous walking trail between Manarola and Riomaggiore (called Via dell'Amore, "Love's Trail") and hiking trails in the hills and vineyards above the town.
Riomaggiore is the largest of all five villages and acts as the Cinque Terre’s unofficial capital.
The village, dating from the early thirteenth century, is known for its historic character and its wine, produced by the town's vineyards.
Riomaggiore's main street is Via Colombo, where numerous restaurants, bars, and shops can be found.
The Via dell'Amore is a path connecting Riomaggiore to its neigbouring Manarola village.
Monterosso al Mare
Monterosso is a small town overrun by tourists in the summer months.
It is popular with its beach which is the only extensive sand beach in the Cinque Terre. The beach at Monterosso runs along most of the coastline and is well used by tourists and locals.
Vernazza is the fourth town heading north, has no car traffic, and remains one of the truest "fishing villages" on the Italian Riviera. It is the only natural port of Cinque Terre and is famous for its elegant houses.
Corniglia is not directly adjacent to the sea. Instead, it is on the top of a promontory about 100 meters high, surrounded on three sides by vineyards and terraces, the fourth side descends steeply to the sea.
Corniglia is characterized by narrow roads and a terrace in the rock from which all other four Cinque Terre's villages are visible.
Allow at least 2-3 days to have adequate time to visit and see all five villages.