Cinque Terre, Italy
literally translated as "5 Lands", is possibly the most unspoilt region in Northern Italy
The Cinque terre region was finally recognised as a National Park and the whole area has been a UNESCO protected territory since 1997. The rugged coastline spans approximately 18 kilometres and boasts some of the most breathtaking scenery in Italy.
Steeped in history, dating back to 1400 most of the ancient pastal coloured houses are literally built on the mountain side and would appear to be hanging as if by a miracle. The five Cinque Terre villages, Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola & Riomaggiore are built into the rocks between the beaches and the hills. Plus if visiting the region we would thoroughly recommend a visit to Levanto, often referred to as the doorway to the Cinque Terre villages.
Cinque Terre History
Each Cinque Terre village has its own character, they are only a few minutes apart by train but surely the best way to appreciate the beauty of the region is to hike between each of the five Cinque Terre villages.
Please see our individual pages on each Cinque Terre town as the duration of the walks varies greatly from one village to another. Some, such as the walk between Manarola & Riomaggiore are very easy yet others such as the walk from Monterosso to Levanto, at around two and half hours is for the more experienced walker.
There are almost no cars as the Cinque Terre villages are not easily accessible by road, a fact we ourselves established on our first trip to the region, once there the car remained in the car park for the duration of our stay.
Accommodation Cinque Terre
We have holiday accommodation including apartments and rooms to rent across Cinque Terre, Italy. In our range we have apartments, double rooms, single rooms, en-suites right through to very large villas to rent. Most of our holiday accommodation and apartments are in stunning locations, centrally located in the heart of the towns of Cinque Terre, offering exceptional sea views and excellent self-catering facilities.
The locations are superb, all within the pretty historical Cinque Terre coastal villages (Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso) enabling you to combine a beach holiday, a walking holiday with sightseeing and some of the many activities offered in these areas, such as hiking, biking, sailing, shopping, italian cooking lessons, wine tasting, para-gliding, swimming and much more.