Cinque Terre is known for its scenic hiking trails, crystal-clear waters, and colorful villas lining the coastline. What many people might not know when visiting Cinque Terre is that each village has its own personality and specialties. If you're looking to visit the esteemed vacation spot but don't know what to do in each of the towns, read below for LUXOS's top recommendations.
Monterosso is the largest of the five villages that make up Cinque Terre. Here, you will find a sea of colorful umbrellas along and quaint foccacherias and gelaterias that will make your mouth water. If you’re looking to spend a day on the beach, Monterosso is the ideal location. LUXOS recommends renting a chaise lounge on a private beach and sipping on a piña colada as you watch the ocean waves crash along the coastline.
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Spend the afternoon hiking and taking photos in Vernazza. Not only is this village picturesque from every angle (who are we kidding, all of Cinque Terre is postcard-perfect), but it is home to the most beautiful hiking trails you’ll ever encounter. Toward the back of the town, you will find a hiking trail leading to Corniglia, or you can hike toward Castello Doria, an old castle dating back to the thirteenth century, perfect for an Instagram-worthy shot at sunset.
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Riomaggiore is a perfect blend of the old and new. It is welcoming to tourists but also presents Italian life in its most authentic form. As you walk along the cobblestone paths, you will notice dozens of locals and visitors alike enjoying fried seafood or a glass of wine down by the harbor. Grab a seafood cone and claim a spot where you can dip your feet in the electric blue ocean.
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Though it may be the smallest of the five villages, Corniglia is known to be the most unique. It is perfect for a quiet afternoon of unwinding after a long hike in the hot sun. Take your time exploring charming back roads and indulge your sweet tooth at a gelateria that uses natural, local ingredients. Step into local shops for a selection of handmade beach towels and shawls that you’ll need in the days to come.
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Manarola is considered the most romantic village in all of Cinque Terre. Stop in a local grocery to pick up some treats for an afternoon picnic with your special someone. You can’t leave Cinque Terre without trying pesto; whether it be on pizza, pasta, or a hearty slice of focaccia, it is an unforgettable experience for your taste buds. After picking up some pesto, make sure to get a bottle of local white wine to add a special touch to your outing. If an al fresco luncheon isn’t your style, bring along a beach blanket and relax on some rocks near the marina.
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