In one of the most beautiful part of the Ligurian Riviera, between sea and mountains, there is Cinque Terre, the perfect destination for spending a weekend in Italy.
Cinque Terre is composed by 5 characteristic villages, between a clear sea and the green of the high ground, which have to be visited slowly for better enjoying them.
In this blog we suggest an itinerary for visiting Cinque Terre in 3 days.
Things to know before visiting Cinque Terre
For really admiring Cinque Terre you need to visit them calmly, walking through the nature. A long weekend is not so much, but it’s the right compromise for admiring this wonderful corner of the Ligurian Riviera.
How to arrive in Cinque Terre
If you arrive by airplane, the reference airports are the Cristoforo Colombo of Genoa and the Galileo Galilei of Pisa. From there you can continue by train.
If you arrive by train, the reference station is La Spezia. From there, there are regional trains to Cinque Terre.
If you arrive by car, you can reach La Spezia by taking the highway (A15 Parma – La Spezia) and then you can take the costal street S S 370. Otherwise you can take the A12 Genoa – La Spezia, exit in Brugnato and continue to Monterosso.
How to move in Cinque Terre
Moving in Cinque Terre by car is almost impossible: the prohibited cars areas are a lot and the car parks are few and very expensive. Our suggestion is to move by using public transports. The Cinque Terre is well linked by trains, buses and boats.
If you like walking you can take one of the beautiful paths which link a village to another.
Our suggestion is to buy the Cinque Terre Card which will save your money for many services in the Park.
Where to sleep in Cinque Terre
Day 1: La Spezia
The first day can be spent by visiting the second city of Liguria in terms of number of people. The things to do in La Spezia are a lot and among these you can’t miss the Technical Naval Museum. Inside there’s a unique collection of more than 150 models of ships and vessels!
After the Museum, another perfect way to immerge into Cinque Terre is tasting its traditional food. So why don’t you take part in one of our food tour in the heart of La Spezia for tasting the delicacies of the area?
Day 2: Monterosso and Vernazza
If you have decided to visit Cinque Terre in 3 days, the second day you should explore the two most characteristics villages: Monterosso and Vernazza.
Monterosso is the most populated area of Cinque Terre. This village is divided in two thanks to a promontory under which there’s a tunnel for moving easily. From one side there’s the train station and a big beach, from the other side there’s the port and the historical centre.
You can’t miss the Church of San Giovanni and the Church of San Francesco. In Monterosso there’s also the Villa Montale, the house where the famous poet Montale spent the most of his life.
If you come during summer you can miss a swim into the clear water of the beach of Fegina.
Close to Monterosso there’s Vernazza. You can reach the village in 2 hours through a path, but the journey is demanding so find out more information before starting the path.
Once you reach the village you have to go up to Castello Doria for admiring the beautiful view from the top!
Going down to the seafront you will enjoy the most characteristic port of Cinque Terre.
Day 3: Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore
The last day of your weekend in Cinque Terre can be spent by visiting other three villages.
Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore are very small and can be visited in few hours. If you arrive by train you can visit them three easily.
Corniglia is the only village of Cinque Terre which doesn’t overlook the sea: in fact the village is located on the top of a promontory. The view is extraordinary! For reaching the centre from the train station you can take the bus or taking a staircase with more than 300 steps: take your pick!
The village of Manarola is located across the river Groppo, today dried. The houses are built up to the high grounds on the sea and they give a wonderful atmosphere. In this village you can’t miss the Church of San Lorenzo. Moreover, remember that every 8th of December in Manarola takes place the famous Presepe, considered the biggest in the world!
Finally, before going back home, don’t forget to spend some time in Riomaggiore, the most oriental and southern village of Cinque Terre. In the highest part of the village we suggest you to visit the Church of San Giovanni Battista and the Castle, and if you arrive there by sunset time you will enjoy a magnificent view!
These were our suggestions to visit the Cinque Terre in 3 days: we hope they will help you!