When I think about the wonderful days I spent in the Cinque Terre, I must say that a sort of nostalgia and a strong desire to return come to my mind. The beauty of this National Park is really surprising and even if I took a lot of pictures, I feel that it wasn’t enough to point out the entire beauty of this place.
In case you have never thought of adding this amazing place to your trip list, you should definitely reconsider the situation. Before planning a trip to the Cinque Terre, my advice is to take into account the following aspects:
1.Choose to accommodate in La Spezia which is a beautiful and peaceful town situated very close to the National Park of the Cinque Terre, at only a few minutes by train.
La Spezia is blessed with a lot of beautiful tourist attractions and it is also a perfect place to stay in case you want to visit other lovely places situated in the same area. For example, besides the Cinque Terre you can also plan short trips to Pisa, Portofino or Porto Venere, which are very popular places among tourists. Many tourists choose to accommodate in La Spezia because of the good prices they find there.(here is my recommendation)
2.It is really easy to get to the Cinque Terre from La Spezia by train. To get to the first village, you will travel only a few minutes. My advice is to buy a one day ticket. The price of this ticket is 16 euros, but it is really worth it, if you take into account the fact that you can use it as many times as you want throughout the day. This will be a great opportunity to take your time and visit those five lovely villages. You can also walk from one village to another, but this is a waste of time and energy.
3.You should take your time and visit all the five villages because they are very beautiful. Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso have a lot to offer.
Walking down the narrow streets will give you the chance to discover lovely old buildings, fortresses, churches, small bays and beautiful beaches. The architectural style is simple, but it is at the same time blessed with an extraordinary authenticity.
4.Make sure you won’t leave the villages without admiring their most beautiful panoramas! Each village will give you the opportunity to admire spectacular views and to take amazing photos. I must confess that it was a real delight to admire all those spectacular panoramas.
In order to be easy for you to find the right places where you can admire those famous views, you could ask additional info at the info points, take a map or simply follow the crowd which will surely get you there.
5.In case you want to relax under the sun rays or go for a swim, you should choose Monterosso Beach which is situated in the village with the same name. Blessed with fine sand and clear blue water, this beach is simply charming.
Monterosso is the last village of the Cinque Terre and it shelters the most beautiful beach in the entire area. In case you have only one day to spend in the Cinque Terre, my advice is to visit the villages first and then spend a couple of hours on the lovely beach of Monterosso.
All things considered, there is only one thing left to do. Plan your trip and enjoy it to the fullest!