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How To Spend 2, 5, or 7 Days in Cinque Terre

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Manarola village in Conque Terre, Italy

Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy

Set along Italy’s northwest coast, and comprising a handful of picturesque cliffs and stunning villages, the following information is a guide to how you can explore Cinque Terre over two, five, or seven days.

The location, a UNESCO World Heritage Site along the pristine Ligurian coast, provides endless views and vibrant sunsets. Built among the rocks, with unique layouts etched into the contours of the cliffs, discovering any of the five towns of the Cinque Terre will leave you with incredible memories.

Discover the best experiences for your trip to make the most of your adventures in this gorgeous, charismatic corner of Italy.

  1. How to Spend Two Days in Cinque Terre
  2. How to Spend Five Days in Cinque Terre
  3. How to Spend Seven Days in Cinque Terre
  4. Spend the Right Number of Days Traveling in Cinque Terre for You

How to Spend Two Days in Cinque Terre

Vernazza at sunset in Italy

Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy

With such a short time to experience the beauty of Cinque Terre, picking a specific village in which to unwind is a great idea.

Focusing on your key intentions will help you choose your ideal getaway; perhaps settling by the sea in Vernazza for a view of the turquoise water and marina that’s lively with locals.

Take a walk through the quaint center, marvel at the peaceful scene the ocean offers, and sample Ligurian cuisine, wine, and culture in Vernazza, while also taking the train between the towns for a taste of traditional and contemporary life.

Days 1-2: Vernazza

Monterosso al Mare • Vernazza • Corniglia • Manarola • Riomaggiore

How to Spend Five Days in Cinque Terre

Beautiful village in Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy

Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy

With a little more time to unwind and uncover the secrets of some of Italy’s breathtaking treasures along a captivating coastline, you can uncover the five famous villages and coastal towns outside of the trail network.

Find a base from which to visit the other four Cinque Terre villages as you venture from Manarola to neighboring towns connected by the renowned coastal cliff-side trails. Embrace the quiet village life, fantastic views, and nearby towns of Framura and Sestri Levante to complete an ambiance of seaside serenity and colorful homes.

With so much to uncover, you will experience inland and coastline bliss, while admiring architecture and vibrant hues.

Days 1-2: Manarola

Corniglia • Manarola • Riomaggiore

Day 3: Vernazza


Days 4-5: Monterosso al Mare

Monterosso al Mare • Framura • Sestri Levante

How to Spend Seven Days in Cinque Terre

View of Castello dei Fieschi in Monterosso al Mare

Monterosso al Mare, Cinque Terre, Italy

A full week to visit the beautiful villages, countryside, and coastal wonders along Italy’s northwest coast gives you plenty of opportunities to embrace the Italian Riviera.

After a couple of days experiencing the wonder of the popular Cinque Terre villages, travel south to world heritage sites and magnificent fortresses that inspired Romantic poets and Hollywood legends. Enjoy beaches, sample wines, and delight in esplanades where cafes overlook gilded yachts and antique fishing boats.

Take time to unwind amidst sheer beauty as you plan a stay that suits your mood and timeline along the east coast.

Days 1-2: Monterosso al Mare

Monterosso al Mare • Framura

Days 3-5: Vernazza

Vernazza • Corniglia • Manarola

Days 6-7: Riomiaggiore

Riomaggiore • Portovenere • Tellaro

Spend the Right Number of Days Traveling in Cinque Terre for You

The Church of San Giovanni Battista, Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre

Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy

Depending on the number of days you wish to spend on the breathtaking east coast of Italy, your days will be filled with tranquility, beauty, and adventure. Take as long as you like to experience coastal and inland treats in Cinque Terre and beyond.

Learn about the ancient wine-production methods of the area, enjoy a private fishing excursion before a luxurious cooking lesson, or bask in the view to the horizon from a luxury apartment. Discover the inspiration you want with a look at our Cinque Terre Tours & Vacations before planning a trip specific to your interests.

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