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