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National Park by Night picture in Cinque Terre
National Park Harbor picture in Cinque Terre

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  • Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
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    4.5
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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 – 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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  • 3.0-star Hotel Class
La Casa di Venere

La Casa di Venere ...

  • 2.4 Miles Away
  • 2.0-star Hotel Class
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Hotel Porto Roca ...

  • 2.9 Miles Away
  • 4.0-star Hotel Class
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More Best Things to Do in Cinque Terre

Footpath Monterosso picture in Cinque Terre
Hiking, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
National Park picture in Cinque Terre
Hiking, Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Sightseeing Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Sentiero Vernazza a Corniglia picture in Cinque Terre
Hiking, Recreation, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Church of San Francesco picture in Cinque Terre
Churches/Religious Sites, Hiking, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Boat Tours picture in Cinque Terre
Sightseeing, Tours Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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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 ... Read more » Karl Borg / Getty Images

#2 Parco Nazionale 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 ... Read more » Bento Fotography / Getty Images

#3 Sentiero Vernazza a Corniglia 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 ... Read more » BremecR / Getty Images

#4 Church of San Francesco 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 ... Read more » Freeartist / Getty Images

#5 Boat Tours 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 ... Read more » Carol Yepes / Getty Images

Footpath Monterosso picture in Cinque Terre
National Park picture in Cinque Terre
Sentiero Vernazza a Corniglia picture in Cinque Terre
Church of San Francesco picture in Cinque Terre
Boat Tours picture in Cinque Terre
Footpath Monterosso picture in Cinque Terre
National Park picture in Cinque Terre
Sentiero Vernazza a Corniglia picture in Cinque Terre
Church of San Francesco picture in Cinque Terre
Boat Tours picture in Cinque Terre

The traveler-approved Footpath Monterosso connects the town of Vernazza with Monterosso. Karl Borg / Getty Images

The Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre is just 15 square miles, but it's packed with five rustic Italian towns and numerous trails with breathtaking views. Bento Fotography / Getty Images

The path that stretches from Vernazza to Corniglia is punctuated by views like this one. BremecR / Getty Images

The view from this monastery's grounds is awe-inspiring, as are several famous works of art that are found inside, including the "Crucifixion" by Anthony van Dyck. Freeartist / Getty Images

Don't have enough time to hike Cinque Terre? Taking a boat tour is the next best thing. Carol Yepes / Getty Images

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