Tucked along the northern Italy’s Riviera, Cinque Terre is made up of five small coastal villages - Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso. While Cinque Terre may be getting a lot of attention from visitors from all over the world, it stays true to its cultures and beauty.
Here are 18 reasons why Cinque Terre should be on your bucket list.
1. It’s like a postcard, only it is real right before your eyes
Words like gorgeous, stunning, amazing immediately come to mind.
2. The best focaccia can be found in Cinque Terre
This flat oven-baked Italian bread originated from this part of Liguria (the coastal region of North-western Italy).
3. Not one, not two, but FIVE villages to explore
Cinque Terre has five main villages – Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso – and each has something different to offer.
4. Dolce far Niente
Dolce far Niente, the Italians’ art of doing nothing, is perhaps most apt in Cinque Terre.
5. Ligurian seafood is in a different league
Cinque Terre is located along the Ligurian sea, and naturally, it has an abundance of seafood. Lots of fish, prawns and anchovies. If you have never been a fan of anchovies, just wait till you try the fresh anchovies – a local speciality – in Cinque Terre.
6. It is the perfect getaway spot from the hustle and bustle of the city life.
Cinque Terre is traffic-free. The roads are super winding, and cars are forbidden to enter the towns.
7. Take a hike along this picturesque part of Italy
One of the ways to explore Cinque Terre, and to avoid the crowd, is to go hiking. There are various hiking trails from town to town, with different difficulty levels. Cinque Terre has one of the most beautiful hiking trails in Italy.
8. If you are too lazy to hike, then take the ferry instead.
Locals and travellers can commute from town to town via ferry, which is a great way to see Cinque Terre. However, do note that the ferries only operate from April until October during the peak season.
9. Or rent a boat to go out to sea and admire Cinque Terre from afar.
The best way to see Cinque Terre is to rent a boat to go out to sea and admire her from afar.
10. Monterosso’s gorgeous beach
During summer, locals and tourists flock to Monterosso for a relaxing beach getaway.
11. If Monterosso is too touristy, stay at Levanto
Levanto is just five minutes away from Monterosso by train, and it offers an equally gorgeous beach, sans the crowd.
12. Dine at Bar La Torre in Vernazza
From Vernazza station, take a short 10-minute hike (towards the Corniglia direction) to Bar La Torre. Once you have reached there, you will be rewarded with a fantastic view of Vernazza and the glistening ocean. It is indeed bringing dining to a higher level – literally.
13. Diving in Riomaggiore
There is an authorised diving centre in Riomaggiore where you can go for diving sessions and spend a day enjoying the marine environment. Finding nemo, anyone?
14. Or go cliff diving
Up for an adventure? Go cliff diving.
15. Or fishing. There is always something to do in Cinque Terre
16. Sample Cinque Terre’s wines.
There are two wines that you must try in Cinque Terre – Scicchetra, a sweet dessert wine; and the Cinque Terre dry white wine, which is great with seafood.
17. Watch sunset across the Ligurian sea
Sure, you can watch sunset everywhere in the world. But trust us, watching the sun set from the vast Ligurian sea is something different and truly special.
18. Every spot is a photo spot
Need we say more? Cinque Terre should be on your bucket list, and if you are planning a trip to Italy, you must include it and explore this scenic part of Italy for yourself.