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Visiting the Cinque Terre in the winter

Cinque Terre or “Five Lands” is a village of five villages built on the rough and hilly terrain of the Ligurian coast and one of the most popular places in Italy, attracting large numbers of visitors every year. It is one of the must see places like Rome or Venice.

What makes the Cinque Terre worth the trip is the charming and colorful village and the vineyards with balconies rising from the Mediterranean, giving rise to the scenery of postcards. The village is located in the north-west of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso.

Five villages and villages are part of the Cinque Terre National Park and the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Cinque Terre in winter
In an effort to escape the crowds, we decided to visit Cinque Terre in the winter in December to precisely. We regret it? No, that’s why we decided to share our experience.

The main advantage is the tranquility of the low season. There are still people visiting. But only a fraction of normal numbers. Make your visit more comfortable and enjoy the scenery more easily. And the village looks beautiful. Less running trains. But our experience is not messy.

One disadvantage is that the weather is lower and there may be rain. Fortunately, we do not have rain, just some clouds on the first day, and there is sunshine on the second day. There are also little stores such as shops, restaurants and accommodation.

Riomaggiore is the busiest of the 5 villages and is close to La Spezia, at the southern end of the Cinque Terre, from the small port of Riomaggiore up a steep, narrow valley.

Cross the dock by the defensive stone, you will have a beautiful view of the village with attractive views of the buildings and how they fit the rough landscape like.

Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy

Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy
Admire the view

Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy
Via dell’Amore

Manarola is one of the oldest and most beautiful of the Cinque Terre. It may look small, but the streets are very steep and laden with wonder at every corner.

The view of the hills and the colorful houses are memorable. Head to the opposite side of the city by the cemetery and the small park to the best viewpoint.

Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy

Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy
Explore Manarola

Cinque Terre, Italy
Coast of Cinque Terre (Corniglia in distance)

The Corniglia is the smallest and quietest of Cinque Terre and is located on the cliffs, which makes it a bit special. In order to reach the village, you have to climb up 300 steps or take the Corniglia shuttle. It is always interesting to visit the narrow streets of small towns.

Cinque Terre railway station, Italy
Corniglia train station


Vernazza is probably our favorite. Square Bay and tranquil bays in the heart of the city are great places to visit.

For the best view, follow the path that starts and steeps along Monterosso for about 20 minutes.

Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy
Morning at vernazza

Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy
Main road of Vernazza

Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy
Vernazza at night

Monterosso is divided into two parts: old and new, interconnected by a tunnel train stop at the modern Monterosso, where you can find long sandy beaches and other modern facilities, including accommodation and restaurants. Then you have to walk about 10 minutes before the old town.

This north of the Cinque Terre is slightly different from the other four. Flatter and have a different feel.

Monterosso, Cinque Terre, Italy
Old Monterosso

Monterosso, Cinque Terre, Italy
New Monterosso

How to get around Cinque Terre
Getting to Cinque Terre is easy. The nearest international airport is Pisa and Genoa (Genoa) respectively to the south and north. These airports offer many international flights, including low cost carriers, convenient schedules for weekend breaks, and less than 2 hours by train.

Alternatively, Milano (Milan) and Firenze (Florence) are just 3 hours away.

Trenitalia operates all trains in Italy and you can buy tickets online to save time from Pisa. You may need to connect at La Spezia Centrale to take a local train to Cinque Terre, as the direct train stops at Monterosso in the north. Of the village

Spinning around
Traveling around the Cinque Terre is straightforward. Local trains connect 5 villages at least twice per hour. (More often in the tourist season) and take only a few minutes between each break. Traveling through different tunnels and without view.

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