6 Tips for First-Time Visitors to the Cinque Terre

Also known as the Five Lands, the Cinque Terre is hidden in tiny coves in the craggy southern stretch of the Ligurian Riviera. Some travelers mistakenly think they can book a hotel in Cinque Terra. Here’s why that isn’t happening, along with all the other things travelers should know about the area:

  1. Cinque Terre is plural. It means Five Lands, referring to the five fishing villages that’s a part of it. Thus, it should be Cinque Terre, not Terra, though plenty still make the mistake. The five villages include: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare.
  2. There are only five towns. Keep this in mind when you book a hotel. Some hotels claim to be in the Cinque Terre when that’s really not the case. However, there’s nothing wrong in staying at one of the surrounding villages. Give Portovenere and Levanto a try. They’re about three hours from Florence or Milan. If you’re coming to the country to pay a visit to the Cinque Terre first, then choose airports in Milan, Genoa or Pisa to give you easy access to the area.
  3. Get a tour. Private tours of the Cinque Terra—or rather, the more correct Cinque Terre—provide you the best chance of seeing the five villages and the wonderful sights they have to offer. And because each of the towns has a train station, you can easily reach this tourist destination without renting a car or getting into a mad scramble to negotiate bus schedules.
  4. Hiking trails. Hikers can take advantage of one of the most gorgeous and scenic hiking trails in Europe. If you like the idea of a coastline hike with magnificent views of the sea, then you’ve come to the right place.
  5. Not all towns are in the water, though. Four of the five towns are near the water with the exception of Corniglia, the middle town that sits high above the water, atop the cliff, says Italylogue.
  6. One of Italy’s nude beaches is in Cinque Terre. So be prepared when you venture out. You wouldn’t want to pack your bikini or shorts only to discover that they’re not necessary!
  7. A visit to Cinque Terre should be one of the highlights of your trip. So if you like unspoiled villages, then this is a great place to start. For help in booking your tours, contact us at Italy Luxury Tours. For more information visit Italyluxurytours.com.