☀Cinque Terre Guide 2017

New Story     Link: Great Italian Hill Towns near Cinque Terre

Sections Below
                                      -16 Tips to Avoid the Crowds
                                      -Accommodations In Cinque Terre
                                      -Accommodations In Nearby Base Towns

                                      -Guides to Nearby Towns & Hill Towns
 / Boats
                                      -Food - Regional Specialties
                                      -Weather - When to Go
                                      -Maps: Overview & Hiking

Avoid the Crowds in Cinque Terre
We have a new article to help you have a great visit.
Link: Cinque Terre - 16 Tips for Avoiding the Crowds

Accommodation In & Around Cinque /Terre
Click Liguria / Cinque Terre / Portofino Map to see the Cinque Terre towns & Base towns.


It's best reserve far in advance. Example: on Feb.1,2016 Booking.com rooms for May 19 were 83% full!
 Note: Easter Weekend in 2017 is April 15, 16 & 17. May Day weekend is April 29, 30 & May 1.  Book RIGHT NOW for those weekends!

For all Cinque Terre accommodation for multi-day visits: HomeAway(CinqueTerre)

Cinque Terre Towns.
All the Cinque Terre towns have train service, all except Corniglia have ferry service. You can see the hills and seascapes by car, but don't drive down to the villages. Only Monterosso has any parking at all possible.

RIOMAGGIORE   Link: Booking.com Riomaggiore Closest to La Spezia, very characteristic but often crowded with day-trippers.

MANAROLA  Link: Booking.com Manarola Very photogenic and celebrated, more fishing boats and surrounded by vines on the famous terraces.

CORNIGLIA   Link :Booking.com Corniglia Pretty on a promontory high above the sea, it has the most historic church.

VERNAZZA   Link: Booking.com Vernazza The prettiest, most photogenic, most celebrated town. Also the most day-trippers and often crowded restaurants.

MONTEROSSO   Link: Booking.com Monterosso This largest little town with a new and an old part has a resort feel. The best beach, the most hotels and stores, parking possible, best train service.

Nearby Base Towns.
Minimize the crowds while you enjoy Cinque Terre, Portofino, and Liguria. Here are the Pluses & Minuses for each possible town with hotel recommendations by Martha:

Part 1 Liguria Hotel Guide & City Selector   Visit Cinque Terre & enjoy the Gulf of the Poets.
Lerici, Portovenere, La Spezia.

Part 2 Liguria Hotel Guide & City Selector     Visit both Cinque Terre & Portofino.
Levanto, Bonassola, Moneglia, Sestri Levante, Lavagna, Chiavari.

Part 3 Liguria Hotel Guide & City Selector   Towns on the perfect Portofino Peninsula.
Rapallo, Santa Margherita, Portofino, Camogli, Recco.


Guides to Towns Near Cinque Terre
Seven Hill Towns
                        Link: Great Italian Hill Towns near Cinque Terre

Lerici              Link: Castle to Castle Along the Gulf of the Poets
                        Link: The Jewish Ghetto of Lerici

La Spezia       Link: La Spezia Travel Guide - Top Ten Attractions
                        Link: The Naval Museum of La Spezia
                        Link: La Spezia's Lia Art Museum

Portovenere   Link: Portovenere Travel Guide - Top Ten Attractions

Carrara          Link: Anarchy, Michelangelo & Marble

Pignone, Montemarcello, Tellaro, Castelnuovo Magra
                        Link: The Most Beautiful Villages in Liguria - Part 7 

Pontremoli       Link: The Attractions of a Small Tuscan City

Ferry / Boats
A favorite way to enjoy the fabulous Ligurian coastline.

Cinque Terre / Gulf of LaSpezia
---For planning a Spring trip, use this link: Latest Spring Boat Ferry Schedules.
---For planning a Summer trip, use this link: Latest Summer Boat Ferry Schedules.
---For planning an Autumn trip, click on this:  Latest Fall Boat Ferry Schedules.

Link: Camogli to San Fruttuoso Ferry Boats - with Portofino & Recco

Portofino Peninsula
Link: Portofino Ferry Boat Schedules from Rapallo and Santa Margherita 


Regional food specialties can be the best part of Italian travel. Look for these treats:

Link: A Guide to the Local Food of La Spezia & Cinque Terre


Link: Where to Rent a Car from Cinque Terre - La Spezia, Pisa, or Genoa?

La Spezia
Link: La Spezia Getting Around - Bus / Parking / Boat

Link: La Spezia Transportation- Bicycle Sharing

Link: Getting to Portovenere

When to go? We suggest either April 20-June 10 or September 10-October 15.
Our Spring article includes: What to Pack & FAQ.

Link: Spring Weather in Liguria & Cinque Terre



Liguria / Cinque Terre / Portofino Map for an overview of the Cinque Terre towns & nearby base towns with story links.

1 of 3 Cinque Terre Maps
Below is the Official Cinque Terre Park Map PDF  (Click map to enlarge or click link on the left for 5MB.pdf ).

2 of 3 Cinque Terre Trail Maps Click to Enlarge
This is a simplified map that can be useful for an overview.
Cinque Terre Trail Map

3 of 3 Commercial Cinque Terre Trail Map Click to Enlarge
Similar to the CT Park map, this map has additional info such as picnic sites or mountain bike trails

Cinque Terre Trail Map  (Paper Version Widely Available in CT Stores)  1MB Map File Link  5MB Map File Link