Three Nights in the Cinque Terre
Kirsten fell in love with the Cinque Terre when she first visited on her honeymoon. Often overlooked in favor of the Amalfi Coast, the Cinque Terre is the perfect destination for anyone looking for a quieter yet still picturesque destination that has beaches, hiking and great food.
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Where to stay
Hotel Porto Roca
A hillside stunner in Cinque Terre, home to 43 balconied rooms, a popular terrace restaurant and seawater infinity pool all overlooking Monterosso Bay.
Hotel Margherita boasts a wonderful terrace with panoramic views of the Amalfi Coast, equipped with a heated swimming pool and a restaurant.
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Hotel Marina Riviera
An ode to the Amalfi Coast, Marina Riviera is a centrally-located hotel with views over the entire city and the sea.
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Day 1: Arrive in the Cinque Terre
The best way to get to the Cinque Terre is by train. There are multiple trains arriving daily from popular destinations such as Milan, Florence and Genoa. (It is important to note that most of the Cinque Terre is not accessible by car.) For your first day, get settled and enjoy the great views. Be sure to book dinner reservations in advance. For this first night, try restaurant L'ancora della Tortuga at sunset.
Day 2: Beach and boat day
Spend the day relaxing at the beach in Monterosso. I recommend getting there early to get one of the more premium chairs. After you have gotten your fill of the beach, head over to the Monterosso dock for a sunset cruise (I recommend Sea Breeze, be sure to book in advance) for the evening. Seeing the five towns by sea should not be missed and be sure to wear your bathing suit. The water is warm and incredibly clear. Bring your camera for some amazing photos of both the sunset and the towns.
Day 3: Explore the five towns
This day is all about exploring! I highly recommend hiking between a least two of the five towns (the Monterosso to Vernazza hike is one of my favorites.) Expect a lot of stairs, but to be rewarded with epic views. When you buy your ticket to hike the blue trail, I also recommend adding on the unlimited train access for the day. This will allow you to travel between the towns at your leisure for the day. I recommend getting lunch in Riomaggiore at dau Cila and dinner in Manarola at Trattoria Dal Billy. Alternatively, if hiking isn't your idea of a good day you can take the pesto making class in Manarola at Nessun Dorma before hopping between the towns for the rest of the day.
Day 4: Leaving the Cinque Terre
Spend the morning getting your last minute shopping done or exploring the towns a bit more. When you are ready to head to your next destination, hop on the train to your next destination. Many trains connect through Pisa, which is a great day trip spot if you have not been yet!
Need to Know
Looking for more travel inspiration? Check out Fora's guide, Exploring Italy: 3 Days in Cinque Terre.
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This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Cinque Terre.