Visiting the Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is the highlight of any journey to Italy. The Cinque Terre National Park offers spectacular hiking from village to village through terraced vineyards, olive groves, and the perfumed forests of the Mediterranean coast. Water sports enthusiasts will enjoy swimming, snorkeling, kayaking and diving in the pristine National Marine Reserve.The Cinque Terre is a wonderful place to unwind, relax, and experience the real Italy, while enjoying Ligurian cuisine and the legendary local wines, like Sciacchetrà.
Each village in the Cinque Terre has its own unique charm. Riomaggiore is a vibrant community with a wide variety of shops and restaurants, and the city of La Spezia is a five-minute train ride. Manarola is the closest village to Riomaggiore, and traditional boats line the main street. Corniglia has sweeping views of the coastline. Vernazza's quaint harbor is an unforgettable location for a romantic dinner. Monterosso has the best beaches in the Cinque Terre.
Many delightful attractions are easy day trips from Riomaggiore, including the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the walled city of Lucca, the marble quarries of Carrara, Portovenere and the Gulf of Poets, glamorous Portofino, and Genoa, with the aquarium and museums. Cinque Terre Villa is an ideal base for exploring the Cinque Terre and beyond.