Cinque Terre Boat Tours#5 in Best Things To Do in Cinque Terre
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 weather-permitting, many boat operators stop in little-known coves along the tour for swim breaks.
Boats leave from all of the Cinque Terre villages, except Corniglia, but they range in price and duration. For instance, the half-day "Cinque Terre Lunch Tour" from Angelo's Boat Tours cost 135 euros (about $160) per adult and includes lunch and beverages, while the 2 ½-hour "Sunset Tour" from Enjoy Cinque Terre Boat Tours costs 60 euros (about $71) per person. For more information on tour types and pricing, visit each company's website.
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#1 Footpath Monterosso
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 sea and panoramas of Monterosso and Vernazza. On maps, you'll see this marked as the "Blue Trail" and labeled with a No. 2.
Recent travelers agreed that you must be in reasonably good shape to attempt this hike from Monterosso to Vernazza, since there's a steep incline to traverse at the start of the trail. Others recommend beginning your hike early in the morning to avoid the heat and hordes of other tourists.
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