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Guide To Visiting The Unique 5 Towns Of Cinque Terre

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Visiting Cinque Terre is a dream come true for many travelers seeking a romantic and unforgettable experience in Italy. 

This cluster of five colorful fishing towns and villages perched along the rugged Italian Riviera coastline is one of the most magical places we visited on our European trip this summer.

Manarola, Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre was Kalyra (our teen) pick for our European summer vacation. And when we first arrived and saw the crowds, I was concerned we made the wrong decision.

Not at all. The crowds quickly spread themselves across the five lands and we had a wonderful two days exploring the Cinque Terre National Park. 

The breathtaking scenery paired with the dramatic cliffs, azure waters, and vibrant terraced towns with colorful designs and sea views, create an awe-inspiring backdrop that will leave you in awe.

But if you’ve never been to Cinque Terre before and you’re not sure how to get around and what each of the 5 towns of Cinque Terre have to offer, then keep reading to learn about visiting Cinque Terre’s five towns!

Where is Cinque Terre?

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Monterosso Beach

Cinque Terre is a sunny, coastal region located in the northern part of Italy, by the Ligurian Sea, just a few hours south of France. 

It consists of five towns: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. 

Cinque Terre is known for its picturesque coastal beauty, cobbled streets, beautiful beaches, and rugged coastal cliffs. It’s classified as a National Park and has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997.

This popular tourist destination attracts millions of visitors each year, all looking to feel the allure of this enchanting and historic region.

How many days do you need in Cinque Terre?

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You can see much of the highlights of Cinque Terre in 1-2 full days, but to really feel the magic of this region we recommend spending at least 2 to 3 days to fully explore the five towns and enjoy the beautiful coastal scenery. 

You could easily choose to stay for 3 or 4 nights and not get bored. This allows you to have more time in each village and take things at a leisurely pace. 

However, if you’re short on time, you can still get a good taste of Cinque Terre in a day or two by focusing on the most popular towns. 

The 5 Towns of Cinque Terre & What Makes Them Special

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