Cinque Terre Travel Guide

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Best Things To Do in Cinque Terre

Trekking or hiking the trails that connect the small villages of Cinque Terre is the main attraction here. Keep in mind that all of them are enclosed within the Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre and some of the paths will require a small fee. You can purchase a Cinque Terre Card for access to all of Cinque Terre's trails. Travelers should also take some time to step off the trails and explore the streets of the various villages. Seeing the region from the water via a boat tour is another popular pastime in Cinque Terre.

How we rank Things to Do

Updated November 3, 2017

  • #1
    Things to do in Cinque Terre
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    #1 in Cinque Terre
    Hiking, Sightseeing
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Hiking, Sightseeing
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    The trail that connects Monterosso to Vernazza is a beautiful yet challenging one. At the trailhead, travelers will ascend a daunting number of stairs, but the views of citrus orchards and vineyards more than compensate for the climb. After the initial ascent, the mostly flat trail affords views of the

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  • #2
    Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre
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    #2 in Cinque Terre
    Hiking, Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Sightseeing
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    Hiking, Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Sightseeing
    TYPE
    Half Day to Full Day
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    At only about 15 square miles, the Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre is one of the smallest national parks in Italy but with a population of about 4,000, it's also one of the most heavily inhabited. In fact, that's what makes this national park – also called Park of Man –

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  • #3
    Sentiero Vernazza a Corniglia
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    #3 in Cinque Terre
    Hiking, Recreation, Sightseeing
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Hiking, Recreation, Sightseeing
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    Sentiero Vernazza a Corniglia is the name given to the hike that connects Vernazza with Corniglia. Along the way, hikers will enjoy views of meadows, olive groves and vineyards as they pass through the sleepy villages of Prevo and San Bernardino on their way to Corniglia. You can also veer

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  • #4
    Church of San Francesco
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    #4 in Cinque Terre
    Churches/Religious Sites, Hiking, Sightseeing, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Churches/Religious Sites, Hiking, Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
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    Built in the 17th century, the Church of San Francesco is also known as the Convento dei Cappuccini e Chiesa di San Francesco and the Capuchin Friars Monastery, and it contains many marvelous works of art, including the "Crucifixion"by Anthony van Dyck.

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  • #5
    Boat Tours
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    #5 in Cinque Terre
    Sightseeing, Tours
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Sightseeing, Tours
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
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    If you only have a limited amount of time in Cinque Terre and want to get an overview of the area, many travelers recommend seeing the five towns by boat. Plus, the experience of cruising the water is often accompanied by delicious snacks, drinks or even multicourse Italian meals. And

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