The connection to the outside world, the railway which weaves in and out of tunnels along the coast, can offer a means to reach each village.
You can also use the boats that shuttle between villages when the sun gets low and Each village has its own character, Although now they are only a few minutes apart by train and the passenger ferry that makes frequent trips during the day, these villages were once isolated by the steep cliffs which are now terraced intensively. The cliffs have a network of trails over the terraces making a great place for hikers..
In the Five Lands, the five small fishing villages carved out of the rocky hillsides a thousand years ago or more, the locals fish the Bay of Ligeria and tend grape vines and olive trees on the terraced hills .
Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso al Mar provide lodging in one of the best preserved natural areas of the Mediterranean, now a natural park and preserve.
and spend your days walking through the grape orchards and olive groves on trails that connect the five villages. From trails high above the Mediterranean Sea you can
look down on the village and the coves by the sea.
Your first day of hiking could start on the Via del' Amore in Riomaggiore a trail that leads out along the shore to the next village, Manarola. From this trail a dozen little trails lead to outcrops where sunbathers find some privacy and fishermen find shelter in storms.
The villages are now part of a nature park. The Park preserves the environment and the air quality by operating a shuttle between villages. If the hiking gets too much, the shuttle is a good option. Walking is the ideal way to get around
You can book a B&B in Riomaggiore, the first Cinque Terre Village you encounter driving north from La Spezia.
There is just one pedestrian only street leading down to the sea.
some B&Bs offer parking in a garage if you have a rental car.
Brightly-painted houses of the medieval village lean into one another in a disarray of pastel cobbles with networks of small streets and sheltered paths.
Once you settle in you can walk down the hill towards the cove and then hike the trail leading out along the shore to the next village, Manarola.
Monterosso al Mare is another village that offers plentiful lodging. It is at the northern end of the park and offers a swimming beach
Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso al Mar are five villages on the Mediterranean Coast of Italy connected by hiking trails through terraced cliffs planted in grapes and olives.
f 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 flexible.
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 Pisa on the Mediterranean Coast south of Genoa near La Spezia.