Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre#2 in Best Things To Do in Cinque Terre
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 – so unique, since for centuries, the people of Cinque Terre cultivated the steep, sloping land and built stone walls to hem it in. In 1997, it also became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Visitors to the Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre raved about their trips to the five towns that make up the Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre. Reviewers loved the atmosphere, the views, the food and the people, but also cautioned that the towns are packed with tourists. Many planned a daytrip from Milan or Florence and recommended travelers short on time do the same (check Trenitalia for train timetables).
There is a small fee to visit Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre, but the most convenient way to pay it is with the Cinque Terre Card, which extends access to all of the Cinque Terre trails. A one-day adult pass to the park costs 7.50 euros (about $9) and gives you access to all of the park, its restrooms and bus trips between trailheads. For more information, visit the park'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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