Fifty million people flood into Italy each year, basically doubling the local population. My recent trip to Italy confirmed what some are calling “the age of overtourism.” Despite the crowds, we were able to find an oasis among the chaos.
The entire area that makes up Cinque Terre is a UNESCO World Heritage site. These five villages (Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso al Mare) are home to thousands of stone steps, and are more vertical than horizontal, so traveling in and between the villages is both entirely picturesque and slightly challenging, especially considering almost all vehicle traffic is restricted. Whether you’re getting around by car, train, bike, ferry, or on foot we’ve got you covered.
Cinque Terre is an area of Italy that’s just so beautiful to see. It’s one of those spots that seems so typically Italian and feels like a proper throwback in time. Suffice to say, this made me determined to visit and boy, not one of the things to do In Cinque Terre disappointed.
If you haven’t heard of Cinque Terre before, then I wanna let you in on a few spots I loved during our last few visits… and if you have, I’m hoping I’ll be able to show you a few little spots that you might have missed. Either way, I’m determined to show ya something new.
You can imagine it now, thick Italian accents, the smell of the Mediterranean Sea and the mountains of gelato that you’ll almost certainly devour (at least I did, anyway). With that in mind, I wanted to share with you some of the most stunning things to do in Cinque Terre that I loved. So much so that I had to visit another two times!
The Italian Riviera is one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the entire world, and the Cinque Terre, or Five Lands in English, are five of the world’s most beautiful villages that can be found along it. They are in Italy’s Liguria region and have collectively been designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. They are characterized by pastel-colored buildings that are perched on terraces above sheer cliffs, but a couple of them do have small beaches. Here’s our guide to the five stunning villages of the Cinque Terre:
5. Monterosso al Mare
This village has the other members of the Cinque Terre licked when it comes to good beaches. Monterosso al Mare is situated on the northwest coast, and is home to plenty of wine and artisanal shops, as well as hotels and restaurants. The Old and New Towns are connected via a tunnel that is mainly used by pedestrians.