Cinque Terre Villages, Vernazza and Monterosso
al Mare, Five Lands For Hiking Italy's Coast
Cinque Terre, Hiking Between Villages, 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
Cinque Terre describes five fishing villages that have resisted progress for a olives.
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
There is not much to do in Cinque Terre but hike the trails during the day and in the
evening, dine on pesto and olives, and fish from the daily harvest while drinking the
local white wine and watching Mediterranean sunsets over the Sea.
cove with dockside restaurants.
From the hills above, the view of the tiny cove and its rocky edges makes a dramatic contrast to the warm tones in
the brightly colored buildings. A church, and castle are located along the hiking trail that descends into the village.
From Vernazza the trails lead north towards Monterosso al Mare, climbing high into the grape and olive orchards
with great views of the Mediterranean Sea . If you choose not to make the two hour hike, you can take the ferry
that makes trips between the villages. (excluding Corniglia where train service is available)
Vernazza has some history of marine activity, its ideal harbor once sheltered a roman fleet.
Monterosso al Mare is the fifth village as you head north along the coast. It has a broad sandy beach and many
tourist amenities of a typical resort. The water taxi/ shuttle stops at the dock and connects Monterosso al Mare to
the other four villages in the Cinque Terre.
The water taxi/ Shuttle
boats connect the five
villages by sea
Cinque Terre Villages
use the Trails to go from
village to village. The
farmers use them to tend
vineyards and hikers have
found that they can reach
each village through the
terraces seen in the
background on the hillside
above the town. (left)
Boat and train service also
connects the villages. The
park also runs a bus
between villages for hikers
connected by trails
that go from village to
village and are used
by farmers to tend
vineyards and olive
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. Base it on a few neutral colors like brown and black to travel light and
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
Rome 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.
Cinque Terre is north of Rome on the Mediterranean Coast south of Genoa.
Cinque Terre Villages, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare
in the Five Lands For Hiking Italy's Coast are the fourth
and fifth villages heading northwest. Vernaza offers a
good cove with dockside restaurants,Monterosso offers a
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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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