Genoa – the city of Christopher Columbus and Garibaldi and the eternal beauty rival of the city of Venice. With dozens of luxurious palaces, breathtaking old port, high couture shops, and great restaurants, it presents an indescribable life on the Italian Mediterranean Coast.
Genoa’s National park “Cinque Terre“ (literally means -five countries) is protected by UNESCO since 1997 and presents a set of five terraced-looking isolated settlements on the steep cliffs of the Ligurian Riviera, which can’t be reached by car. Authenticity and lack of commercialization give Cinque Terre a special charm and its vivid houses of pastel colors, and old narrow streets are something that will not leave anyone indifferent. Cinque Terre is a mix of ancient and modern times so that’s why we encourage you to experience such an Italian fairy tale.
The Cinque Terre’s history
The name ‘’Cinque Terre’’ dates back to the 15th century but the history of the area goes back to the Bronze Age as proven by many bones and tools findings. Due to its great strategic position that strongly rises above the sea, these 5 countries have been attacked hundreds of times by pirates, different North European barbaric tribes, Lombards and Byzantines. However, Cinque Terre succeeded to pass all the troubles and disasters and decided to leave us an insane looking nature and brilliant history.
Things to do in Cinque Terre
Experience the spirit of each village
Your visit to Cinque Terre simply wouldn’t be complete without visiting all five fairytale-looking villages (Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore).
Footpaths of Monterosso
The village of Monterosso is spread over two bays and is famous as the place from where the first Cinque Terre railway station was found. We recommend you to experience the walking on the historic footpaths and to experience the small piece of history (put your sneakers on).
Hidden pearls of Vernazza village
Vernazza’s origins date back to the Roman age and its typical tower-shaped buildings and houses hide the internal village appearance from anyone who’s approaching from the sea. So, if you wanted to experience the village Vernazza from the sea- you definitely made a huge mistake!
Visit the oldest of five villages
If you didn’t know, Corniglia is nestled between the hills and is the oldest of five villages. Since it doesn’t have a port, it relied more on wine-producing skills than fishing. The village’s unreal looking terraced fields like Saint Mary’s Terrace are perfect for making breathtaking photos and there is one more interesting thing about this village. It has only one ‘easy-to-get’ beach called Spiaggione that was accidentally created for the train station purpose. So, if you want to go to this beach, you’ll need only a few steps from the station.
Visit the breathtaking beaches of Riomaggiore
The village of Riomaggiore is definitely tourists’ favorite Cinque Terre’s village because of its wonderful beaches and colorful buildings randomly settled on the high cliffs.
Rent a boat
To get a better impression of Cinque Terre’s beaches and landscape, we recommend you to rent a boat.
Discover all Cinque Terre trails
Since you can’t get to Cinque Terre by car (only by train), then you can discover all its historic trails by your feet and not only that….you’ll also get the opportunity to visit timeless Ligurian monuments like Chiesetta dell’Angelo Custode, Oratorio di San Rocco, Oratorio di Santa Maria, Church of San Francesco…
Café’s in Cinque Terre
Er Posu Café
Via Fieschi 52, 19018 Corniglia, Italy
+39 329 443 6460
This old-school Italian café will definitely provide you with a domestic Italian experience. It’s a great place to take a break after hiking the cliffs or to have a morning espresso.
Via Fieschi 157, 19018 Corniglia, Italija
+39 0187 821044
Caffe Matteo is the place where you can get not only a coffee but also a croissant and beautiful freshly squeezed orange juice. In fact, you can visit it at any time of the day because it offers you different tasty meals.
Good restaurants for Lunch in Cinque Terre
A Pie de Ma
Via dell’Amore 55, 19017 Riomaggiore, Italy
+39 0187 921037
If you want to enjoy both lunch and wonderful sea view then this is the right place for you. We recommend you to try local Ligurian wines, olives, and cheese ‘cause there’re no many life opportunities to taste such a hedonism.
Trattoria dal Billy
Via Aldo Rollandi 122, 19017 Manarola, Italy
+39 0187 920628
This is definitely an unforgettable place where you can enjoy seafood in all shapes. We highly recommend you to try the Mixed Antipasto Di Mare ‘cause it’s great for those who want a little bit of everything (aromas of herbs mixed with the finest seafood).
Good restaurants for dinner in Cinque Terre
K&Pris Pizzeria Pinseria
Via Telemaco Signorini 673/B | Via Telemaco signori 643/B, 19017 Riomaggiore, Italija
+39 324 548 9905
Let’s admit! No visit to Italy would be complete without eating an originally prepared Italian Pizza. The staff is friendly and it’s so fun watching a chef while making pizza. It’s simply the best way to finish your day.
Nessun Dorma Cinque Terre
Località Punta Bonfiglio, 19017 Manarola, Italija
+39 340 888 4133
This restaurant is definitely the highlight of Cinque Terre. You’ll get all in one place- kindly people, pleasant atmosphere, wonderful view and the most important- tasty local food with a long tradition. It’s equally good to visit it for lunch or dinner!