Cinque Terre Italy,      Five Lands For                 Walking
Rio Riomaggiore is a good place to base for connection to the railway and the shuttle boats
The tour boats and a railway connect the villages.   *no boats to Corniglia.  
Rio Riomaggiore is a good place to base for connection to the ferry boats and the railway which weaves in and out of tunnels along the coast and can offer a means to reach each village.
The
shuttle boats go between villages and stop at each one except a Corniglia.  Above the villages are hiking trails that connect each village.  

Each of the towns has its own character.  Although now they are only
a few minutes these villages were once isolated by the steep cliffs which are now terraced intensively.  The network of trails over the terraces  making a great place for hikers.    

In the Five Lands carved out of the rocky hillsides a thousand years ago, 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.
 Ferry boat service is augmented by the park bus service between the villages
Cinque Terre, Ferry Boats Reach the Villages
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From your B&B or hotel you can walk downhill to the jetty where the boats pull in.  The Ferry boats make it easy to reach the next village and  you could spend your day walking through the grape orchards and olive groves on trails that connect the next village and then use the ferry for the return.
From trails high above the Mediterranean Sea you can look down on the village and the coves by the sea. Each village except Corniglia has a ferry docksite  

Hike in the hills or along the shore on the Villa del Amore 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.  
  • Cinque Terre Ferry Boats
The boats nose into the rocks and drop a gangway from the bow.  The boats make it easy to reach each village or return at the end of the day from a hike.
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Every trail and walkway, path set of steps in Cinque Terre is uphill.  The trip back to your B&B or hotel may include many steps up the steep hills from where the boat docks.  
Cinque Terre Lodging is available in Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso al Mar, the five villages in Italy connected by hiking trails.  
Corniglia does not have ferry boat service but does have train service.
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.
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.  Heavy rains can cause problems with the trails and the ferry boats can be restricted by heavy seas.  These are rare events.
Cinque Terre Lodging,  Accommodations, B&Bs, and Hostels are found in each of the five villages
Cinque Terre ferry boats pull in to a rock jetty at the end of Riomaggiore main pedestrian street.
Ferry Boats reach the villages of Cinque Terre and offer hikers an alternate return from a hike through the grape orchards and olive groves above the five villages.  Boats run from Marina de Pisa to Portofino as they serve each village except Corniglia.
Cinque Terre Ferry Boats Reach Riomaggiore
Cinque Terre Ferry Boats Reach Riomaggiore, Manarola, Vernazza and Monterosso.
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