Cinque Terre is located in the Liguria region of Italy, and is part of the province of La Spezia. The “Five Lands”, as it translates in English, is a national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site consisting of five small towns on the Mediterranean coast.
Cinque Terre’s towns, Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore, are all connected by the Via dell’Amore hiking trail and by local trains.
Buying a Cinque Terre Card is essential if you plan to get between towns on your visit, as they allow access to the hiking trails and entitle pass holders to free train travel.
Cinque Terre is known for its great seafood, which can be sampled at restaurants throughout the region. The area also produces its own wine, the grapes for which are grown on the terraced hillsides above the sea.
There are great hotels in all of the five towns. They range in style from apartments to boutique accommodations and larger properties.
Most times of year are good for visiting Cinque Terre, as the climate is mild. The summer is hot, the spring and autumn warm, and the winter is cool. The best weather is in the warmer months, as winters can be very wet and rainy, and the hiking trails are often closed.
Getting to Cinque Terre is easy, and is best approached by train. It is most convenient to get to Cinque Terre by train from Pisa or Genoa, as they have the closest airports to the five towns. It is also easy to get to Cinque Terre from French cities like Nice.