on the Cinque Terre
Do the trains get crowded?
The lifeblood of the Cinque Terre is tourism, so in the summer, expect delayed trains and lines.
(This is where hopping on our boat tours gets you away from the crowds and swimming at secluded waters!)
Starting your day early is always my biggest advice.
WHAT SHOULD I PACK FOR THE CINQUE TERRE?
Surprisingly, a lot of guests forget their swimsuits, so be sure to pack at least one pair.
If you’re a non-EU guest, don’t forget your international adaptor. Get a 2 pin Italian C plug. Remember, the standard voltage in Italy is 230V, so if you’re from a country that uses 100-120V and bring your hair dryer or straightner, they will literally overheat and blow up our circuits. So please leave those at home.
If you want to hike, you’ll need good shoes with grip (hiking boots are better, but not necessary) and comfortable clothing
Water Bottle for the eco-conscious.
ARE THERE RAIL GUARDS ALONG THE TRAILS?
Just be sure to wear shoes with ankle support and grip to avoid slipping. Take hiking poles if need be.
HOW LATE ARE THE TRAILS OPEN?
HOW MANY DAYS DO I NEED IN THE CINQUE TERRE?
Can you do it in 1 day? Everything’s possible, but you’ll be rushing through and… well, it’s just not the same.
DOES EVERY VILLAGE HAVE A BEACH?
Riomaggiore‘s beach called La Fossola, is located behind the marina (past the ferry boats). It’s a stone beach, so although water shoes aren’t required, they do help. Beautiful turquoise waters where you may even seen some marine life.
Manarola doesn’t have a traditional beach, but from the marina, you can see people laying out their beach towels and swimming off the rocks.
Corniglia‘s most popular beach is Guvano, but it’s best accessed by boat, as its located between Corniglia and Vernazza (You’ll go there on our boat tours).
Their other beach is accessed from the historical center, in front of the oratory.
The main beach in Vernazza is what you see from their marina: a small, sandy beach, which easily fills up in the summer.
But there’s a second, rocky beach that’s been formed after the 2011 floods: Going down the main street (via Roma), you’ll see an alleyway on the left with a cave directly in front of you. Through the cave is the beach.
Monterosso boasts the largest beach of the Cinque Terre (but you probably know this) and is also the only town with the private beach clubs (sun beds, bar, etc). But don’t worry, if you don’t want to pay for sun beds, go to the historical center side of the village (though the tunnel) and you’ll see the free beach.
WHAT AIRPORT IS CLOSEST TO THE CINQUE TERRE?
WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE VILLAGE?
WHERE’S THE BEST CLIFF JUMPING?
HOW DO I BOOK THE BEACH CLUB IN MONTEROSSO?
Get there by 9am and guests have never had problems getting beds.
Eden is where I like to recommend.
ANY IDEAS FOR WHEN IT RAINS?
You can still take the train or if you want to stay put, book a cooking class. Go visit the aquarium in Genova. The ideas are endless.
It doesn’t rain often in the Cinque Terre, but even if it does, you can still do everything (but hike and go out in sea.)
WHAT CAN I DO WITH YOUNGER CHILDREN?
Manarola’s playground is located next to Nessun Dorma Bar (up on a cliff). It’s well maintained and just the views are worth the walk up.
Monterosso has two playgrounds. One in the historical center and the other in the new town. My kids never wanted to leave.
There’s also a playground in the main square in Levanto.