|Cinque Terre Hiking, Italy
Italy's Cinque Terre Five Lands In Medieval Italy
Hiking in the villages on trails between the vineyards.
Cinque Terre, Italy, Hiking The Five Lands
Cinque Terre describes five small fishing villages carved out of the rocky
hillsides above the Mediterranean Sea a thousand years ago or more. The
villages are connected by terraced trails and now make an ideal place for a
The people of the villages work the Bay of Ligeria, fishing the sea and
- Terraced Hills For Hiking
planting grape vines and olive trees on the terraced hills.
Trails on the terraced hillsides connect the villages and make great day
Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso al Mare can
provide lodging and dining in one of the best preserved natural areas of the
Cinque Terre has defied development. The cliffs make building of major
roadways next to impossible. The villagers live a simple life of fishing and
intensive viticulture which has created a unique landscape with extensive
stone terraces on steep hills connected by walking trails. The terraces have
become a nature park. The park includes a fee which can include bus and
train transportation between the villages
Cinque Terre Hiking, Walking Italy's Mediterranean Coast
Cinque Terre Hiking, Italy
Hiking the grape orchards and olive groves high above
the Mediterranean Sea, you look down on five tiny
villages tucked into the rocks between the beach and
the steep hills.
Cinque Terre describes five fishing villages that have
resisted progress for a thousand years and still live by
simple grape growing, fishing, and the harvesting of
While hiking above the villages on the steep hills, you
see the Mediterranean Sea below each town from the
necklace of trails that connects the olive groves and
The Terraces are now a nature park with an entrance.
The fee includes bus transportation and train
transportation for around $8. USD.
The trains run between La Spezia and Levanto
frequently and can provide transportation to the villages
or between villages. The Park card (Fee) includes
bus service between villages and train service.
Cinque Terre's villages can be a dream for travelers who long to sense the life of people in Medieval times.
The villages still grow grapes and olives in the hills and fish the Mediterranean as they have done since the 12th
century .The residents of the five villages (Cinque Terre Map) still practice the simple farm life and they
harvest of the sea in small boats.
The villages were built into rocky enclaves on the mountainside a thousand years ago and are now surrounded
by Italy's premier nature park.
The Park preserves the environment and the air quality by operating a shuttle between villages. The Park trail
use fee includes transportation by the park buses.
Walking the trails above the villages is the ideal way to get around and the view of the coast while walking in
the terraced vineyards is a stunner.
Corniglia, a half-hour hike from Manarola heading north occupies a formidable
rock promontory jutting from the sea with two small beaches at its sides. You
can reach Corniglia by walking from Manarola or from the railway stop and then
up a long flight of steps.
Vernazza, the fourth village heading north has sheltered cove and several
restaurants near the sea. Vernazza's harbor once sheltered a Roman
The next village Monterosso al Mare can be a two-hour hike but the ferry stops
at the cove and will shuttle between the two. Monterosso al Mare has a sandy
beach and a boat dock where the water taxis connect to the other villages.
Italy's Cinque Terre, Villages
Cinque Terre Villages
Riomaggiore is the first Cinque Terre Village
you encounter driving north from La Spezia
or coming by train form the south. There is
just one pedestrian only street leading down
to the sea. Some hotels have parking and
you drive through a gate to reach them.
Otherwise no cars clog the roads.
A trail leads out of Riomaggiore north along
the shore to the next village, Manarola.
The Via del'Amore as it is called has a
dozen little trails leading to outcrops where
sunbathers find some privacy and hikers feel
the breeze from the Mediterranean Sea.
Cove at the walkway to the Via
dell' Amore in Riomaggiore
Cinque Terre Climate, What To Wear in Cinque Terre, Italy:
If you are flying into Rome for a trip to Cinque Terre you can count on the temperature being warm year round.
You can keep your wardrobe simple.
Black is a popular color for clothing in Italy and does not show wrinkles. Rome is a sophisticated city and could
require formal dress in some restaurants (Necktie suit jacket, dress)
Cinque Terre will be casual dress throughout. Hiking clothes for trail use between villages
Central and northern Italy has a climate similar to the mid USA at sea level, cool Dec. Jan. 40s but no ice or snow,
warm summers, June July August, 80s possible light rain in Spring. October the rainiest month.
Cinque Terre is north of Rome on the Mediterranean Coast, south of Genoa.
Cinque Terre Hiking on Italy's Coast offers
walking trails high above the five villages of
Cinque Terre in the terraced hills overlooking the
Mediterranean Sea. Cinque Terre villages are now
surrounded by Italy's premier nature park..
Cinque Terre ferry boats
connect four of the five
The beach and ferry landing place at Monterosso al Mare, Cinque Terre
The fishing harbor at
The fishing boats in the
harbor at Riomaggiore
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|When To Go To Cinque Terre Italy:
Mid March to Mid November is a good time to visit The Cinque Terre.
Mid summer can be crowded.
Winter months are without snow but could be cool with January averaging from 40f lows to 55f highs.
Cinque Terre hiking is good any season. The trails are used by farmers who grow grapes and olives and
they remain open year round.
May (60degree f highs to 45 lows) and the early part of June are ideal. Cinque Terre is on the Mediterranean
Sea north of Pisa and south of Genoa and the sea moderates the climate.
The end of June, and all of July and August can be warm in the mid day (June 60-70) and crowded at times
as much of Europe takes its summer vacation. (August 83 highs to 65 lows)
Summer months are warm and dry.
Weather is ideal in May and June and September October, great months to visit and not too crowded.
November 45 lows -60 Highs f
Rain could come in any month but will be infrequent in the summer, more frequent Sept, Oct, March. The
wettest months are March and October the driest June July, August.
Cinque Terre is extremely hilly including the town streets and likely the stairway to your lodging; pack lightly.
Mid March to Mid November will find most seasonal attractions open and the ferry boats running.
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Train Fares and
Riomaggiore allows parking in
hotel garages where you drive
through a gate to reach them.
Otherwise no cars use the roads.
Riomaggiore offers pedestrian-only
Shopping in Riomaggiore
Cinque Terre Ferry Boats connect the
Cinque Terre, Italy
Cinque Terre, Village
from the water, Italy
The ferry at Cinque Terre,
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