Gorgeous pastel buildings, picture-perfect harbors, and crystal-clear waters—a visit to Cinque Terre is always a good idea. Experience everything this Italian seaside oasis has to offer on our trips to Cinque Terre.
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What travelers say about their trips to Cinque Terre
The Ideal Tour
06/06/18 by 2nd-time traveler Karen
This was the perfect trip for my husband and me. We wanted a hiking tour, and this one gave us many good hours of trekking through absolutely gorgeous scenery: the Dolomites, the Cinque Terre, and others. Our accommodations were excellent--in beautiful small Italian towns on the Mediterranean Sea.
Our trip to Milan, Lake Como, Cinque Terre, Venice and Florence was fabulous! Our tour guide Antonio Capella was five star. He was very knowledgeable and fun. The accommodations were very comfortable and great locations.
We had a wonderful time touring, eating, learning, laughing and experiencing Spain, France and Italy. I loved Chinque Terra and enjoyed some time on the beach. It was fun to travel on both boat and train in the same day. I recommend it highly.
The beauty of traveling with a group is that the logistics of your trip are worked out for you: hotel stays, ground and air transportation, and daily tours. Traveling with Go Ahead Tours allows you to skip lines at the sites visited.
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7/27/2018 by first-time traveler Diane
Such a value! Every day offered us opportunities to see and do so much with the group, as well as opportunities to tour on our own. Each destination had a city tour with excellent professional, knowledgeable local guides who not only shared their passion for their city but also the cities history.
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Cinque Terre, which translates to “five lands,” is a string of five seaside villages along the Italian Riviera’s rugged coastline. It includes the lands of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. Our tours will show you the best of each spot.
In each of the centuries-old towns, colorful pastel houses and vibrant green vineyards line steep hillsides, and fishing boats fill the crystal clear harbors. This area is famous for its fresh seafood, local pesto, stunning views, and cliffside hiking trails—all of which are big draws for tours in Cinque Terre.
The best time for most Cinque Terre trips would be in September or October, right as the busy summer season comes to an end. The weather is still warm, but not too hot, and there are often more available spots on our Cinque Terre tours at this time.
What are the top attractions to see in Cinque Terre?
Cinque Terre tours are known for their stunning views of these idyllic five villages.
Monterroso is known for its white sand beaches and downtown shops.
Vernazza is famous for its candy-colored harbor, where you can take short boat tours all around.
Corniglia is the only town without a beach or harbor, which means fewer tourists and more quiet moments.
Riomaggiore, and is home to one of the best viewpoints in all of Cinque Terre—Santuario di Nostra Signora di Montenero.
Riomaggiore and Manarola feature a famous hiking path that connects the two villages. You can learn all about it on our tour of Lake Como, the Italian Riviera & Venice, and can even hike a portion of it during your free time.
What are some interesting things to do on a trip to Cinque Terre?
Cinque Terre tours are perfect for you if you like to get off the beaten path, enjoy the sun, or sample the freshest fish.
If you’re into adventure, you can embark on incredible coastal hikes, some of which meander between villages.
And if trekking isn’t your thing, we suggest sunbathing on the gorgeous sandy beaches (which are not the norm in northern Italy), shopping at local markets, or going out for drinks at authentic seaside bars.
And of course, one of the best things to do on all Cinque Terre trips is to eat. Monterosso has some of the best fresh-caught anchovies in all of Europe, Corniglia has incredible honey gelato, and Riomaggiore has fried seafood that will make your mouth water.
What are some common dishes to order in Cinque Terre?
Local seafood like anchovies, mussels, and other shellfish are as fresh as it gets, making them a must-try when visiting Cinque Terre. Pesto is a can’t miss, too. The Ligurian Coast is famous for this basil-and-oil delicacy. Locals often serve it on trofie pasta, a regional, twisted noodle traditionally made with chestnut flour.
What should I know before planning a trip to Cinque Terre?
The main thing to remember is that every village—with the exception of Monterosso—is car-free. This gives the area a bit more of a nostalgic, slower-paced atmosphere. It also means you’ll want to plan for plenty of walking. So if you’re looking for what to pack for a tour in Cinque Terre, bring comfortable footwear and lots of water.
If you have mobility concerns, Monterosso is a fantastic option to experience the best of Cinque Terre. This northernmost village allows cars, so you can easily get around without walking too far.
What are the perks of choosing a Go Ahead tour to Cinque Terre?
The biggest benefit of choosing from our Cinque Terre tour packages is that you can travel to all the top destinations and attractions without having to do all of the planning. Our guided tours to Cinque Terre are highly curated to bring you to all the best spots, with the right amount of time at each one. Plus, when you travel with us, you’ll get the perfect balance of carefully planned activities and free time to explore your interests, so you’ll return home with memories that last a lifetime. Learn more about the Go Ahead Difference.