If you are planning on visiting Italy, don’t forget to include Cinque Terre (5 villages) in your list 😀 These five fishing villages form a small coastal strip in the North of Italy.
The picture above was taken at Manarola, the second village from La Spezia town. It will only take one full day for you to visit all five villages and of those of you who likes outdoor activities, you can walk from one village to another. There are few hiking tracks provided for this purpose.
If you are in a rush, the train system would be the best option. You can have a one day ticket (Cinque Terre card) for only 12.50 Euro. You will be given a map, the timetable for the train, so that you can plan your time accordingly. The cinque terre card also allows you to use the hiking path. It takes about 10 minutes from La Spezia (the main transport hub for the area) to the nearest village: Riomagiore and 5 minutes average between other villages.
The last and the biggest village is Monterrosso. This village is more of a resort-concept village because it has the biggest beach area compared to the other villages although its not that big. It also has a small harbour with some kayaks and boats.
The pictures in Monterosso did not turn out good because it was drizzling and foggy when we were there.
It’s not so easy to get accommodation in these villages especially during peak times unless you plan and book your place early. That is why La Spezia or Levanto would be a good place to stay. However, it can be quite pricy compared to other places. Next option would be to stay in other town like Pisa, since it only takes about 1 1/2 hours to La Spezia by train 🙂
That is all for now. Till next time!