Cinque Terre, otherwise known as the 5 lands, is a string of centuries-old seaside villages on the rugged Italian Riviera coastline. In each of the 5 towns, colourful houses and vineyards cling to steep terraces, harbours are filled with fishing boats and trattorias turn out seafood specialties along with the Liguria region’s famous pesto sauce. Cinque Terre is on the UNESCO World Heritage List, chosen for being distinguished exemplars of the ways in which man has been able to model and transform the environment here, without altering the natural beauty of the landscape.
The 5 seaside villages which make up the Cinque Terre are: Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore that are each surrounded by agricultural terrain. They are rich in colour, charm and simplicity, and make up part of the protected area of the Cinque Terre National Park. An ancient system of footpaths is still the best way to visit them and although boats do link each one it wasn't until recently that they were linked only by mule tracks, rail or water.
The breath-taking views of harbours, hospitable coastline along with the medieval fortresses and plentiful vines and vibrant colours make this a memorable holiday to be enjoyed by all.
Cinque Terre At A Glance
Average Flight Time from the UK to Cinque Terre: 2hours 30mins
Nearest Airports in Cinque Terre: Genoa
Fly to Cinque Terre From: All UK Airports
Nearby Towns to Visit: Santa Margherita & Rapallo, Portofino & Sestri Levante
What to see in Cinque Terre: Doria Castle, Nostra Signora di Soviore, Cinque Terre National Park, Church of San Giovanni Battista & Scalinata Lardarina
What to Eat and Drink in Cinque Terre: Focaccia - local Ligurian bread, Farinata - similar to a crepe, mussels, Pesto Genovese & local white wines