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Cinque Terre!

Cinque Terre is made up of five picturesque villages on the beautiful coastline of the Italian Riviera. In each of the little towns you’ll find colourful houses, winding streets filled with stores and restaurants and of course the amazing beaches with crystal clear water!

One of my favourite things about Italy is the history that encompasses each place. Cinque Terre is a great example of this; barely accessible by car, filled with cobbled streets and wonderful architecture, each of the towns are unique in their own way.

I adore exploring these little towns, especially going up to the view point at Manarola where you can get incredible views of the town and along the whole coastline!

Visiting the beach at Monterosso is also a must for me, be it enjoying a drink, going for a swim in the turquoise sea or snacking on fresh seafood, it’s the perfect place to spend a relaxing afternoon.

Where to eat

Cinque Terre, with it’s abundance of fresh ingredients has to be a place where you indulge in some amazing food.


If you feel like a snack at the beach, go to Il Bocconcini by the train station in Monterosso – this little hole in the wall has the best freshly cooked seafood that you take away in paper cones.

For lunch, my favourite spot is Nessun Dorma in Manarola. Spectacular views over the town and sea, accompany delicious (and VERY affordable) food at this spot. Yes, it is worth queuing for!

As I’m sure everyone knows, I’m obsessed with gelato! So it’s no surprise I make time for it everyday, there is a darling little gelato store in Vernazza that has a great variety of flavours!

Finally, to eat the best seafood linguine head to Dau Cila in Riomaggiore for dinner. This restaurant has amazing food and a lovely location at the harbour. You must book ahead if you want to sit outside on the terrace, but fear not, the inside is also enjoyable with it’s cave-esque style.

Where to stay

Cinque Terre Gateway is situated in the town of  La Spezia, which is only a few minutes away from Cinque Terre via train. Located in a large historic building a short walk from the train station, it provides luxury and value that you simply won’t find staying in one of the towns.

This hotel offers beautiful rooms with all the amenities you could need for a comfortable stay. The owner grew up in Riomaggiore, and is a great source of information for your trip.

What I am trying to say is you absolutely must visit Cinque Terre, its timeless beauty is incredibly special. I would go as far as to say, it’s a magical place!

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Have you visited Cinque Terre? Which was your favourite town? 

Ciao xo

I'm Gemma, a travel blogger who is in love with exploring new places. Follow me for tips on how to achieve affordable luxury, travel inspiration and photographs from around the world.

25 Comments

  1. I visited Cinque Terre earlier this year and absolutely loved it! My favourite town was Manarola and I was lucky enough to rent an AirBnB there 🙂 I’d definitely go back!

    1. Hi Amy,

      My favourite town is also Manarola – great taste 😉
      How lovely that you managed to get an airbnb, I personally enjoyed staying out of the towns, but maybe I’ll check that option next time!

      ~Gemma

  2. Cinque Terre is so high on my bucket list! I’m glad you had a great experience – your photos are stunning! Also, LOVING the white off-the-shoulder top you’re wearing in one of the photos 😀

  3. Cinque Terre is truly a travel blogger’s dream. The village is picture-perfect; the colorful buildings and houses make it so photogenic. But the beach is gorgeous too!

    Abigail of GlobalGirlTravels.com

  4. Your pictures are invitation enough to this beautiful place. Each picture is better than the next. What have you taken your pictures with?
    Amazing photography skills there anyways!

  5. Looks beautiful, I could definitely enjoy myself wandering around the streets and exploring the city. The beach looks like a great place to relax. Where you there early since it doesn’t look to crowded?

    1. Hi Bob,

      No I was there all day. But I never visit Cinque Terre in high season, I think the crowds would spoil the lovely vibe for me. I always recommend to visit in Sept/Oct – it’s the perfect time!

  6. Ahh, Cinque Terra is high on my travel bucket list. I went to Venice and Florence earlier this year and I’m itching to explore Italy’s coast now. Beautiful photos!

  7. Cinque Terra is an exceptional beauty. During our Italy visit, we managed to visit only one town and were entranced by its charm. We hope to revisit some day in future and explore more of the gorgeous place. And the gelatos so yumm and tempting 🙂

  8. I’ve been interested in Cinque Terre for 15 years, ever since my old roommate visited. I love the pictures and it seems like my sort of place. I’ll refer to this post if I ever get to go!

    I just visited Greece and the island of Hydra seems similar to Cinque Terre, but on a much smaller scale. Here’s my travel post (I’m a finance blogger so approached it from that lens), if you’re interested:

    https://justmakingcents.com/2016/10/27/why-travelling-is-a-better-way-to-spend-money/

  9. Cinque Terre looks lovely! I’m in the very early stages of planning another trip to Europe in 2018. I missed Italy last time around but would love to fit it in this trip.

  10. We’ve just returned from Italy last month, and absolutely adored Cinque Terre. My favorite village was Manarola…we spent an hour waiting for the perfect evening light and took hundreds of perfect pictures.

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