Cinque Terre, Italy
I’ve been dying to go to Cinque Terre since I first saw it on Instagram last year. I initially planned to go there on my trip to Italy with Ben last March but after researching how tricky it would be to go there with all the train rides and transfers, I decided to just save it for another trip. When I showed Verniece photos of the place, she said yes in a h e a r t b e a t. That girl would climb mountains and cross seas to anything pastel and it’s so funny how we literally did! :P
How To Get There:
From Rome. It takes 3 hours and 45 minutes to get form Rome to Monterroso Al Mare. Our home base the whole time we were in Italy was in Rome and after researching, we had to take a total of two high speed trains to get there. We took the first train out of Roma Termini at 6:05 am and had a stop over at La Spezia Centrale before we took another train from La Spezia to get to the farthest of all 5 terraces, Monterroso Al Mare and got there at 9:47 am.From Florance.
How Much To Get There:
It’s a bit expensive especially if you booked it last minute like Verniece and I. We just started to book our tickets when we got to renew our Schengen visas which were roughly 6 days before we left for Rome. The train tickets varies but for our first class tickets to Cinque Terre, we spent 195 euros for our two tickets. We booked it here: goeuro.com.
How To Get From One Terre to Another:
By train. Cinque Terre literally means 5 villages. These are Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso. It’s about 3 euros to get from one to another and while it’s priced like your average train ride in Europe, it’s a bit heavy especially when the terraces are so close from each other. You can however, buy a pass for a day, 4 or 7 days if you’re staying longer or if you want to visit all three.
By hike. We would’ve loved to do this but unfortunately our outfits did not allow us to! Plus, a trek would take up so much of our time and because we were only going to be there for barely 12 hours, we opted not to do this. It is possible though! Here are the famous trails:
– The Sentiero Azzurro or the blue trail. This is only about 4 km and take 90 minutes to complete.
– The Sentiero Rosso or the red trail. This will take about 9 hours to complete!
More more details: parconazionale5terre.it.
What Can You Do In Cinque Terre?
– eat. Some of the best restaurants in Italy are located in Cinque Terre! We saw two Michelin starred restaurants in one of the villages so if you have the extra budget, try one of them :) Nonetheless, there are alot of restuarants to choose from that serve the freshest seafood so pick one! Don’t forget to eat gelato after ;)
– go on a hike! I’ve mentioned the trails you could do above and appreciate the terraces more by walking from one to the other! :) You’ll get the best view on top!
– rent a boat and explore the terraces by water. Not a fan of breaking a sweat? if the weather permits it, you can rent one of the boats! The waves were pretty wild when we were there so we weren’t allowed to so we’re not familiar with how much it would be. It will be easy to ask around once you’r there though :)
– enjoy the beach. Again, it was too cold when we were there but the rocky pebble beach of Riomaggiore is just south of the marina is very pretty for photos! Monterossa has two beaches and when the sun’s out, you can rent the day beds for a few hours. Shower rooms included with the price ;)
1. Food’s expensive. Since the place is filled with tourists and thousands visit it everyday, the restaurants and establishments have taken advantage of this and jacked the prices a bit more especially when your restaurant has a view of the ocean. We spent about 100 euros each on food that day and we didn’t even get to try the Michelin restaurants.
2. Wear comfortable footwear. Even if you don’t trek to get from one terre to another, you still need to climb a bit to get around. Also, make sure you wear a pair closed because it can get muddy!
3. Bring a jacket or something to keep you warm when it starts to get a chilly. We went during September and while it was pretty hot during the day, it got colder and windy as the sun went down.
4. Keep an eye on your belongings especially on the train. This is a warning for anyone travelling to anywhere in Europe but you will be taking alot of trains to get around so make sure to just be wary of them!
5. Bring a swimsuit just in case! The weather’s pretty bipolar especially on the time we went and since the terres are by the beach, you can jump in the water anytime! Plus it’s something you can do for free! :)
6. If you’re going for a day and pressed for time, prioritize Monterosso, Riomaggiore and Vernazza. They’re the prettiest and the most worth it to go to!
Is it Worth Going To Cinque Terre?
Honestly for the price we paid and all the hassle we went to, No. Alot of people might take me up on an argument because of it but if you travel for almost 4 hours each way, your get expectations are pretty high. The place is very photogenic so the photos were very deceiving. There wasn’t much to do other than eat, trek and take photos especially if the tides are high like the time we went and we couldn’t rent a boat to tour around. For me, it’s just a bunch of pastel houses stacked up. It’s a tourist trap if you ask me! Nonetheless, the adventure made Verniece and bond and we got some pretty photos out of it :)