Looking to fit in a quick last-minute day trip this weekend? Definitely check out Cinque Terre! Explore these five towns and enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery the Italian Riviera has to offer.
- Take a train early morning from Firenze SMN or Campo Di Marte Stations to La Spezia.
- From there, take a train to any of the 5 towns: Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore.
- Be careful about catching your train home: trains back to Firenze will only run so late!
- Plan your whole train itinerary on the Trenitalia or ItaliaRail websites. The cost of the entire train itinerary should only be about 45 euros.
- For traveling from town to town, buy a day pass train ticket at any of the train stations in the 5 towns, or they are sold at the booths on the mountains where they sell hiking passes.
What to do:
- Hike! The five towns of Cinque Terre are built into the mountains of the coast, and most times of the year, you are able to actually hike from town to town! It costs around 8 euros for a day pass to hike between any of the towns, but the views are so worth it!
- I highly recommend the hike from Vernazza to Monterosso as it is the most famous, or go off the beaten path and try your hiking skills from Vernazza to Corniglia!
- Refresh yourself with a delicious granita drink from vendors throughout the hike!
- Eat! Cinque Terre is most well known for its pesto and its focaccia. You will see pesto dishes on the menu of every trattoria. For a quick bite, enjoy some focaccia (a thicker type of Italian bread) often topped with cheese or veggies! Oh, and don’t forget to save some room for gelato!
- Shop! Cinque Terre underratedly has some amazing shopping! I recommend the first few towns (Riomaggiore, Manarola). If you’re lucky, you’ll run into some artisans selling their jewelry and art ON the mountains while you’re hiking!
I highly recommend making the trip to Cinque Terre before heading back to the states, you won’t regret it!!