Cinque Terre tours

Cinque Terre is the name of five settlements in Liguria. It is one of the most picturesque and famous Mediterranean coastal regions. It is also a very popular touristic destination well-known for its signature landscapes and architecture. The coast, five villages and surrounding hills are part of the National Park Cinque Terre and since 1997 the area is UNESCO protected. So called ‘Five Lands’ include five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola i Riomaggiore.

Throughout the centuries people were carefully building terraces on the edgy landscape all the way to the cliffs overlooking the sea. Special part of its magic is the lack of the obvious ‘modern’ development. Paths, trains and boats are connecting the villages that cannot be reached by cars.

In 1998, Italian Ministry for the Environment started protecting natural coastal area of Cinque Terre in order to protect natural environment and promote socio-economical development in harmony with the natural landscapes. Following year, they established Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre for keeping the ecological balance, protecting the landscape and preserving anthropological value of the region.

Guided tours visiting Cinque Terre

Interesting Facts About Cinque Terre

  • Cinque Terre literally means ‘The Five Lands’ in Italian.
  • The best way to travel from one village to another is walking paths, such as the Via dell'Amore (Lovers Lane) that takes you towards Riomaggiore.
  • The isolation of this location and the fact you can’t get there via car is what draws majority of people here.

What to do in Cinque Terre

  • Hike the Cinque Terre
  • Go swimming
  • Try an authentic Ligurian beach picnic
  • Go kayaking
  • Explore castle ruins
  • Learn about Italian naval history
  • Try seafood

When to visit Cinque Terre?

The main reason to visit Cinque Terre are fantastic landscapes and hiking trails. Keep in mind that they are not always accessible since the winter here is characterized with lots of rain. An ideal time to visit the region is mid-May to mid-September, if you love sea time. In case you are mostly interested in hiking then you can start even earlier- from mid-March to mid-October.

Winter holidays are really special here for the biggest Presepe in the world. La Spizia is especially beautifully decorated during the holidays. Important thing to bear in mind is that August is the peak of holiday season in Italy, which means everything will probably cost you three times more.

Cinque Terre climate

In general, climate in Cinque Terre is mild Mediterranean. Summers are usually warm and sunny with moderate rainfall. Winters are a bit cold and quite rainy so the best time to enjoy your stay here is from mid March to the end of October. Some hotels and restaurants may be closed during the winter, as the weather gets colder. However, if you plan to go there at this time you don’t need to worry- bars, restaurants, pubs and hotels around here have a collective system of keeping open at least one place in each village per day all year round.

How to get there?

The region has a very good train service so you don’t need to rent a car here.

Public transport

Although you may go to Cinque Terre for hiking, that may not be exactly the easiest way to get around. Luckily, Cinque Terre has a very good transportation system among the villages so you don’t have to worry over missing your dinner reservation in the next village. Each village has train stations and that may be the easiest way to get around. Since the villages are right on the water, another option is using boats to go from one place to another.

There are some roads connecting the villages but driving around is definitely not worth it.

Prices in Cinque Terre

Food costs: In general, Cinque Terre is an expensive region. Prices of restaurant meals vary between £17.80 to £26.38 for a meal with drinks. Restaurants are usually closed after lunch and are reopening for dinner usually at around 7pm. Cheap wine in the store costs around £3.30 per bottle and pizza slice around £2.60. A whole pizza will probably cost you around £7.91.

Transportation costs: If you are planning to go to all 5 villages, buy a Cinque Terre Card for £10.20. You can use this card for unlimited access to the trains, buses and the footpath connecting villages

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