Cinque Terre Travel Guide

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Best Times to Visit Cinque Terre

The best time to visit Cinque Terre is in September and October when summertime's tourists have returned home – and cooler temps and emptied-out trails await. The wintertime, from November to February, is characterized by cold weather and some amenity closures. Still, the December holidays bring some glow during the winter days; plus, lower rates on accommodations are always nice. Spring is another pleasant shoulder season, which – like fall – can be accompanied by a chance of rain.

Weather in Cinque Terre

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Average Temperature (°F)
52
38.1
54.1
39.2
57.7
42.1
62.8
46.8
70.5
53.1
77
59.4
83.3
63.9
83.3
63.5
77.2
59
68.9
52.3
59.2
44.2
53.6
39.4
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Feb
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Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Average Precipitation (in)
5.5
3.8
4
4
3.3
2.1
1.1
2.2
3.1
5.9
5.5
4.7
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

November-February

The months between November and February are considered low season in Cinque Terre, when temperatures range from daytime lows in the 30s to highs in the 50s. Some hiking paths, restaurants and attractions also shutter for the season, but if you want to score a deal on accommodations and don't mind bundling up for your hike, winter can be a lovely time to visit.

Key Events:

  • Nativity Scene (Manarola – December-January)

March-May

Beginning in March, both temperatures and accommodation rates start drifting up. The spring sees some rain, which can put a damper on hiking, but many travelers say that the opportunity to hike among all of the greenery and blossoming flowers makes the higher chance of rain a small price to pay.

Key Events:

  • Lemon Festival (Monterosso – May)

June-August

Visitors flock to the region from around the world to enjoy the dry, warm climate of Cinque Terre in the summertime. Average high temperatures hover in the mid-80s, but there are days that rise into the 90s, and accommodation rates rise along with the temperatures.

Key Events:

  • The Day of San Pietro and Paolo (Corniglia – June)
  • The Day of Santa Margherita (Vernazza – July)
  • The Day of San Lorenzo (Manarola – August)
September-October

The shoulder season of September to October is the best time to visit Cinque Terre. Summertime's tourist crowds have thinned out and average high temperatures drop into the 60s and 70s. October also tends to be the rainiest month, but if you don't mind waiting out the rain, you'll find a beautiful, cool and more secluded Cinque Terre awaits.

Key Events:

  • Anchovy and Olive Festival (Monterosso – September)
  • Grape Harvest (September)

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