Cinque Terre

Trofie al Pesto

Trofie al Pesto

There are several regional delicacies you'll want to try.  Seafood, of course, is popular as these towns were originally fishing villages.  The Cinque Terre is also renowned for producing excellent focaccia, which makes a great pre- or post-hike snack.  For dinner, try the trofie al pesto.  The best pesto in Italy is made in Liguria and most restaurants will serve it with trofie, a traditional Ligurian pasta shape that complements the sauce perfectly.  When it Italy, you want to seek out the local specialties and there's no doubt that trofie al pesto is at the top of that list for Liguria and the Cinque Terre.
Use the boat at least once

Use the boat at least once

You can hike between any of the five towns and the trains service is frequent, easy and cheap.  But consider making at least one of the legs of your journey via boat.  It is a bit more expensive than the train, but gives you a view of the villages that you can't get from hiking and definitely won't see on the trains.  From the water, it's easier to appreciate just how precariously these towns are placed on the cliffs lining the sea.  It's definitely a worthwhile change of pace.
Plan your hike

Plan your hike

Hiking is a necessity in the Cinque Terre as the views are breathtaking.  But not all hikes are created equal, so you'll need to scope it out in advance.  The easiest hike (so easy it could barely be called a hike) is from Riomaggiore to Manarola.  It is paved and takes about 25 minutes.  If you go mid-day, expect to be swarmed by tourist groups.  Manarola to Corniglia isn't much more difficult, though it is unpaved and uphill.  The most rigorous hike is from Monterosso to Vernazza.  Plan out how much hiking your group is interested in and consult a map to figure out the best plan.  Use the train or boat to hit any of the towns you don't feel up to hiking to.
 

One Response to What to do in the Cinque Terre

  1. Davide says:

    You’ll be doing lots of hiking, so gelato is necessary. The best place is in Vernazza and is called Il Porticciolo. The fruit flavors are especially fresh.gelateria-il-porticciolo.jpg

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