The Colors of Cinque Terre
The Cinque Terre are five coastal villages in the Liguria region of Italy known for their beauty, culture, food, and proximity to one another. Whether you have time to discover them all or just a day to choose the best to see, you will be amazed by the beauty of these postcard-perfect villages with pastel pink, lemon yellow, and sea green homes.
Start with Riomaggiore, the easternmost and largest from the villages. After exploring the city’s colorful streets and postcard view worth harbor, be sure to try the frittura di pesce or mixed fried seafood as street food in paper cones. Then head to the famous Sentiero Azzurro coastal path that starts here. The first section to Manarola is called “Via dell’Amore” – The Way of Love, a wonderful path known for the romantic atmosphere and amazing landscapes.
Manarola, built on a high rock 70 meters above sea level, is one of the most charming and romantic of the Cinque Terre villages. It’s tiny with just few short blocks, but so charming!
Corniglia, is unique among the five because it’s up on the hill with no direct access to the water, so there is no boat service here. It is the smallest and most isolated, and perhaps the oldest.
Vernazza may be the most beautiful of all Cinque Terre villages, set on the edge of the sea, with colorful homes, couple of churches and towers. It’s a little bigger than Corniglia and Manarola, and yet it is still very small. This is the perfect place to slow down and get into the local pace. There’s no rush here, sit back and enjoy!
Monterosso al Mare is the largest of the five Cinque Terre towns with lovely sandy beach and seaside boardwalk. The town is divided into two distinct parts: the old town and the new town. Monterosso may be the busiest of the five towns, with the most hotels, restaurants, and bustle.
TIP for gourmet travelers:
Don’t leave the Cinque Terre area without visiting restaurant “La Ruota”. Located in a nearby village Moneglia, on the top of the hill with a very picturesque view, this place is a real gem. The fish based fixed menu with 7 courses is as good as it can get. Delicious, delicious, delicious… If this place would be in New York City, you couldn’t get a table! Book in advance to get the best seats to enjoy the gorgeous views.