5 Cinque Terre Villages FAQ – Italy Towns

5 Cinque Terre Villages FAQ – Italy Towns

Rick Steves’ Guide to the 5 Cinque Terre Villages

Rick Steves has a great video on Cinque Terre which he calls the Rustic Riveria.  He provides footage and information of the distinct personality of each area.

Cinque Terre FAQ

Amore Travel Guides answers your FAQ (frequently asked questions) about Cinque Terre.

What is Cinque Terre?

The Cinque Terre is made up of 5 villages linked together by hiking trails.

Where is Cinque Terre?

The villages are located on the Ligurian coast of Italy between Levanto to the north and La Spezia to the south. The Cinque Terre is a National park and a UNESCO World heritage site.

What are the names of these five Italy villages?

Riomaggiore Cinque Terre Village

Riomaggiore Cinque Terre Village

Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore are the names of the 5 villages.

Although Corniglia is thought to date from Roman times, it is believed the other villages came into their own during Medieval times. The local economy continues to be based on fish and wine, though tourism now plays an important role. There are a number of historic sites including churches that are open to visitors in each of the villages.

Here is a Google map to help you see the location:

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How do I get around the Cinque Terre villages?

You will not need a car in the Cinque Terre, however, if you need to bring your car there is limited parking in Monterosso al Mare. Be forewarned: driving in this area is treacherous!

Click here to learn about ferry boat tours of  Cinque Terre which is one of the best ways to see the villages.

Any suggestions on food?

There are restaurants for every type of pocketbook in the villages – inexpensive pizzerias, mid-priced cafes and more luxurious restaurants.  Every village has restaurants, stores and deli’s where you can buy food to take on a picnic. Most Americans would not think to try them, but the fresh anchovies are spectacular and taste nothing like what is served on pizza in the US.

Where to stay?

You can find hotels and youth hostels or rent an apartment if that is your preference. You can stay in Levanto if you prefer, but try to avoid La Spezia. La Spezia has a large Italian Navy presence and has the feel of a large port.

What is the weather like?

The Cinque Terre is a very popular vacation spot with Italians, so it will be crowded on weekends in the summer. It can also be very hot in the summer and rain showers are not uncommon at any time of the year. So, come prepared with a light weight rain jacket. Most hotels and apartments do not have air conditioning.

One of the best parts of visiting the Cinque Terre in Italy is that there is nothing you have to see but the view. You will spend your days hiking, touring by boat, picnicking, watching the fishing boats and fishermen and if you are lucky observing the locals taking care of their vineyards.

Cinque Terre is a wonderful destination for hikers . . . read why:


Cinque Terra, Italy - Via Dell'Amore

Cinque Terra, Italy – Via Dell’Amore – Photo by Benjamin Vander Steen

Cinque Terre, Italy is a A Hiker’s Paradise

Hiking 4 Cinque Terre Trails in Italy by Discover Walking








  • Kaydi says:

    What an awesome way to epxalin this-now I know everything!

  • rowena says:

    Thankyou for the wonderful info. We are planning to go to Cinque Terre in April 2012. This helps enormously. Whats is the best/safest/most reliable way to get there from Milan or Florence. We will be flying in from Bhudapest.

    • Jackie says:

      I have always used the train to get to Cinque Terre. You can find the schedule on the Trenitalia website:


      One time from Florence we took the train to La Spezzia and a taxi to Riomaggiore, however it is much cheaper to take the train the whole way. The train from Florence to Riomaggiore (the southernmost village) is between 2 1/2 to 3 hours. You may have to change in La Spezzia or Pisa. Coming from Milan the trip is about 3 hours to Monterosso (the northernmost village). One time we had to change in Sestri Levante and one time we had to change in Genoa and I think one time we went straight to Monterosso and then had to change to the local train to get to Riomaggiore. Once you are there you can take either the local train, boat or hike to get from one village to the other.

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