Early June was a great time to visit. The sunshine was full of spring warmth, perfect weather for walking.
|Map of walking tracks on the Cinque Terre from this link.|
We started our coastal walk by catching the ferry from Manarola to Monterosso. It was a short, but lovely ferry ride. The views of the clifftop towns from the ferry gave a different perspective of this stunning coast.
From Monterosso, the largest of the five towns, we enjoyed walking along the coastal track to the little port of Vernazza, where we stopped for lunch. Although the rocky path was busy with other walkers, which was a little scary as it was very narrow in parts, it was an easy and most rewarding walk as the views were constantly spectacular.
But the downside of these spectacular views and picturesque villages are the crowds.
While we enjoyed the coastal walk despite the constant flow of walkers, some of the higher paths were more pleasant as they were quieter, although the walking was much more strenuous.
In the evenings many of the large tour groups depart on jam-packed trains, leaving the Cinque Terre towns more pleasantly tranquil.
However, in our opinion the Cinque Terre is a little overrated. Yes, the views are stunning but other parts of Liguria are also very beautiful. The crowds, even during late spring, could be overwhelming. And the accommodation was expensive compared to other parts of Italy. Our recommendation would be to stay a night or two in either Manarola or Vernazza. Enjoy whatever parts of the coastal walk are open, try one or two of the higher walks, and then explore other parts of the equally beautiful Ligurian coast around Rapallo using the excellent ferry system. For more information about the Ligurian Coast CLICK HERE.
Where we stayed...
Before booking accommodation closely read the negative and positive reviews on sites such as Trip Advisor or Booking.com. It is best to book early. We didn't.
Where we ate...
We enjoyed some delicious seafood meals which were reasonably priced, although none of the restaurants were outstanding. For some specific suggestions about where to eat in and around Manarola, particularly if you have coeliac disease, read this excellent blogpost by our friend Therese CLICK HERE.
Prossima volta, Natale in nord Italia.