Italy is one of the countries I would never stop visiting. I’ve been to Italy about 3 times and I can say that I’ve probably only seen 10% of the country, so I will definitely not stop visiting Italy. 5 Terre was always on my list and the last time I visited Italy, I just couldn’t leave without visiting 5 Terre.
It is in the Liguria region of Italy, to the west of the city of La Spezia. From Milano Centrale (Milan main railway station),you can buy a ticket to La Spezia Centrale which will take about three and a half hours to get to. I strongly recommend you to visit http://www.trenitalia.com/tcom-en and book your tickets ahead of time as they are always posting incredible discounts! Once you get to La Spezia, get the Cinque Terre card which will allow you to take trains between all five towns. P.S.: don’t forget to time-stamp your ticket before you get on the train or you might get in trouble.
Let’s begin with these 5 amazing towns!
My first stop! Once I got here, I didn’t want to leave but my heart knew that Cinque Terre had more for my eyes to see ❤ From this town, you can take the hiking trail called “Via dell’Amore” (Lovers’ Lane) which connects to Manarola, the second town of Cinque Terre but of course, you have to pay an entrance fee to enjoy about 1km of beautiful views.
Its name “Manarola” comes from Manarolese dialect but slightly changed to “magna roea” which means “large wheel”, because in this town there’s a mill wheel in the town. This town will immediately catch your breath and make you want to stay here forever. Its colorful houses, joyful people, and delicious restaurants are just a small part of what Manarola can offer.
Although this village does not have direct access to the sea, it definitely has a very charming architecture that will make you want to explore every corner of Corniglia. In order to get to this town, you can take a shuttle bus from the train station which runs about every 15 minutes. The only bad thing about this shuttle buses is that it can get really hot due to the absence of a/c (at least on the bus I took that day). Once you get to the top, don’t forget to get a gelato first, and follow the path that will take you to the main piazza where you will find “La Chiesa di San Pietro” (St. Peter’s Church).
The church of Santa Margherita d’Antiochia is one of the main sights in this town which is located in Piazza Marconi. Also, Vernazza is frequently visited because of the “Santuario di Nostra Signora di Reggio” located about 1.3 miles. Right off Piazza Marconi, tourists can take a quick dip at the beach before visiting the next town.
It is the only town that has an extensive sand beach among the rest of the Cinque Terre’s towns.To be honest, this town is more for people who like to just go to the beach with a nice deck chair and an umbrella, and relax, reason why I chose this town to be the last one to visit, after walking so much exploring Riomaggiore, Manarola, Vernazza and Corniglia. Don’t get me wrong, this place is precious! It has a variety of restaurants, bars and the nightlife in this town is more vivid!
(By the way, the order in which I listed the five towns was the order in which I visited one by one)
P.S. You can’t leave Cinque Terre without having a good glass of local wine, a focaccia, and a little brown bag of frittura di pesce (a mix of fried seafood).