The first time I went to Cinque Terre I absolutely fell in love. To this day, it’s still one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. Cinque Terre (pronounced Cheen-Kwah Terra) literally translates to Five Lands and refers to five tiny fishing villages along the north west coast of Italy.
Cinque Terre is well-known for its beautiful hiking trails through vineyards and high cliffs above the villages with breathtaking views over the Mediterranean Sea. Unfortunately, the first time we visited, there had just been a devastating flash flood that swept through the area causing massive landslides. All the hiking trails were closed.
The villages themselves were amazing, and we still had a wonderful time. But I knew one day I wanted to go back and hike these trails. That dream came true last summer. Keep reading below for our tips on visiting Cinque Terre, hiking the trails, and the best place to stay!
We’ll start with the southern-most village, Riomaggiore. There is an flat, paved path between Riomaggiore and the next village (Manarola) called the via dell’amore which means the Street of Love. It takes about 30 minutes to walk. This is the only trail that was open the first time we went, but ironically, it was closed for repairs this time.
Even though the trail between the two towns was closed, there are still some hiking paths up into the vinyards above the town that offer panoramic overlooks of the village and ocean.
Riomaggiore is the best spot in Cinque Terre to watch the sunset. Get there a little bit early so you can grab a spot on the wall or on the rocks down below.
The next village is Manarola. I want to say this is one of my favorites, but who am I kidding! They’re all my favorite! Since the trail from Riomaggiore was closed, we took the train. However if it’s open when you’re there, I highly recommend you take it! It’s the best way to get between the two villages. Even if you’re not a fan of hiking — it’s the easiest out of all the trails. It’s really more like a sidewalk. It’s right along the ocean and the view is beautiful!