Cinque Terre-fic!To get to Cinque Terre, you'll have to take a train to La Spezia, and then hop on to the train connecting the 5 Cinque Terre villages - Riomaggiore, Manarola, Vernazza, Corniglia, Monterosso Al Mare.Day 1 - you've probably just arrived. Go find a swimming hole! Or a beach! Manarola has two spots for swimming, right off the rocks.Corniglia has a hidden beach, you'll need to walk through a tunnel to find it. I didn't go, but I've heard it's completely worth the effort.Day 2 - Go hiking! Start nice and early and hit the trails at Cinque Terre National Park. I woke at 4, and was at the trails in Monterosso by 5 am, so I could beat the crowds and have the views all to myself ???? It's a good idea to start at Monterosso and make your way back. There are folks who Strat at Riomaggiore and hike towards Monterosso as well, this way appeared to be slightly less crowded though.You can hit the sand beach at Monterosso towards the evening. Plenty of cafes and shops there to chill around and look at!
The people of 'Cinque Terre' refer to it as the territory that lies among the vast oceans and the blue sky. In brief, the journey through Cinque Terre felt like living in a folktale. La Spezia is the city that lies very close to Cinque Terre. It caters to the daily travel needs of tourists by providing the Train pass which permit us to travel from La Spezia to these villages any number of times a day, which costs exactly 16 Euros per pass. The Train route starting from La Spezia passes through five different stations namely, Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso. The train services are available back and forth every 10 minutes. The journey from La Spezia to Monterosso takes around 20 minutes. Every station is only about 4-5 minutes far from each other which is very convenient. This train journey takes us through numerous tunnels carved through the rocky hills. The train journey offers a very stunning view of the blue oceans from one end to the other end of Cinque Terre. The ones who enjoy travelling by the train are sure to love the journey. You can get down in any station as per your liking. The place also offers a hiking trail above the 5 villages, which takes about 3-4 hours one way. This trail directly takes us through the viewpoints from where we could walk down to the villages. The place also offers the leisure of taking your car out for an exciting drive crossing the mountains and hill tops and also a lavish boat route from La Spezia to Levanto.
Even if you have no idea where the Cinque Terre (pronounced cheen-kway tehr-ray) is, you've probably seen many pictures of it floating around on the internet. I did, and I instinctively knew that this dramatic-looking place had to be part of my Italy itinerary.
The five towns which make up this rugged region of northern Italy, called the Cinque Terre, are a must visit. Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore are the five villages and you can either hike between them or take a train to each of them. Colourful houses, a rustic charm, great food, spellbinding sights and thousands of photo opportunities make Cinque Terre a place that needs to be on your bucket-list. This is where you can truly experience the slower pace of life that Italy is so famous for. With wafts of homely delicacies filling the air, and the ocean breeze gently caressing your hair, how can you not fall in love with this place? And November is relatively crowd-free, with cheaper prices and cool weather.Top things to see and do: Walk the path carved in the cliffs between Riomaggiore and Manarola, called, in typical Italian fashion, Via dell'Amore (Path of Love); chill at the beach in Monterosso; climb the steps and enjoy a panoramic view of Vernazza; see the Gothic architecture of the church in Corniglia; eat the freshest seafood ever at one of the many harbour side restaurants in Manarola; enjoy the sights and views of Riomaggiore.Flight cost: Take a flight to Pisa and then a train from Pisa to Cinque Terre. The round-trip air tickets from New Delhi to Pisa in the month of November start from ₹32,088.Daily budget: The average daily expenses can vary from €52 to €105 (₹4,000 to ₹8,000 ) including accommodation, meals and sightseeing. Where to stay: Affittacamere Le Giare; Residence Le Terrazze. Here are some more options.
Cinque Terre 2 days
5 Terre backpackers hostel is located in the small village of Corvara. The hostel is in an ancient building and offers scenic view of the mountains. The remote location doesn't come in the way of exploration of Cinque Terre as the hostel's owner, offers a daily shuttle service to Monterosso.