Because this place is just amazing, here is a Cinque Terre travel guide to help you out a bit around the area. I posted tons of pictures from Cinque Terre! Find them here. It’s time to give you a more detailed travel guide for this Unesco World Heritage Site.
How to get to Cinque Terre
Where to stay in Cinque Terre?
Where and what to eat?
You really should try the local wines along with a cheese platter (for around 12 Euros), there are many options. Corniglia seemed to be the most expensive village, though I have to admit I checked only one restaurants’ prices. Both in Levanto and La Spezia the prices seemed more decent, and in Riomaggiore you can find 2-3 food joints where you could get seafood and fries for only 5 Euros.
I strongly recommend you check this place out. It’s called A Pie’ de Ma’, it’s in Riomaggiore (where the 2 pictures from above where taken). You can choose from a list of ingredients and have them make you a custom delicious sandwich for only 5 Euros and the view (especially at sunset) is magnificent!
Tourist pass for Cinque Terre
If you like to get up early in the morning, enjoy hiking and you think you are going to travel back and forth between the 5 villages by train, I recommend you get a Tourist Pass for 12 Euros/day. Based on your needs, you could get the 2, 3 or 7 days version. The benefits of this pass include:
You can find more details here.
PRO TIP: If you are lazy, just want to go to one of the villages, or go to La Spezia, just buy normal tickets. Instead of 12 euros you can pay just 4 (for the train ride)!
This map is going to help you
What to do in Cinque Terre?
Basically walk along the paths until you drop :), hike up the trails, enjoy great Italian food and wines, and watch the stunning sunsets.
I wouldn’t recommend you to go to Cinque Terre if all you want to do is laying in the sun, because the beaches are not the best.
How much did I spend? 240 Euros including accommodation and train tickets (round trip Milano – La Spezia, rides between the 5 villages, airport transfer, etc).
Let me be clear: aside from the plane ticket, this is all the money I had and spent there and I didn’t hold back on anything, so I think doing it even cheaper is possible. There were 7 of us (it was a bachelorette party trip), we spent 4 days in Italy and had a wonderful time.
For any questions, details and more info, you know where to reach me! I hope this Cinque Terre travel guide was helpful.
And don’t forget: Travel & love, love to travel!
All pictures were taken with an Olympus OM-D M10.