Made for mountain hiking
Many people go to the Cinque Terre to walk in the unique landscape. The hiking trails are adapted to different levels, but not every route is open since the forces of nature have ravaged the area. After the major flood in 2011, some routes are temporarily or permanently closed. Always check with the Cinque Terre National Park Office to see what's open.
Between May and September, you can sign up for guided tours. The tours are organised into three categories - easy, medium, and difficult. The easy routes take about 20 minutes between each stretch. The medium ones are between 1.5 to 2 hours, while the most difficult route is much more demanding than the other two. Altp Via Delle Cinque Terre is about 35 km long and takes between 9-12 hours to walk. Along the way you will find cosy bars and restaurants, and a lovely view.
Always remember to wear good shoes and bring enough water for your walk. If you are taking the longest hike, it is recommended to go in spring or autumn rather than summer.
Train lines between each city
If you would rather take a train between the villages, this is also easily done. The Cinque Terre Expressen is a great way to get from village to village. The Cinque Terre Express runs every 20 minutes from mid-March to November 1. Note that cars are not permitted in the villages.
Stay in 5-star luxury at Grand Hotel Portovenere
Grand Hotel Portovenere is a 5-star hotel located between the Cinque Terre and eastern Ligurin but is not within the area defined as the Cinque Terre itself. However, the hotel is located right by the marina which takes you to all the nice bays, such as Spezia Bay and the Cinque Terre, which is about nine kilometres away.
This historic building was once home to the Saint Francis Monastery. Since then, the building has undergone a thorough refurbishment. The hotel has beautiful rooms with sea views and a restaurant, the Palmaria. The restaurant has a lovely terrace, serving Italian Riviera cuisine, but also beloved dishes from the rest of Italy. This is also where breakfast is served.