Walking the Cinque Terre, Italy

It was a clear and sunny day in August, perfect for walking the Cinque Terre trail. We had been staying at a friend’s family’s place, a vineyard called Buranco in Monterosso.  To start the day, we had breakfast in the vineyard. What a beautiful landscape to wake up to.

Cinque Terre, Italy, Summer, Walk, Buranco, Vineyard

From the mountains, we headed down towards the sea to begin walking the Cinque Terre. All up, it took somewhere between 6 and 7 hours to finish. We took our time, checking out each of the towns, eating and drinking along the way. Each town was unique and had something different to offer.

  • We started in Monterosso, the largest of the five villages. My friend had showed us around the previous afternoon. So many historical buildings and stories to learn about the town. I loved how she referred to the old town and the new town. Both were old, just one was much, much older.

Cinque Terre, Italy, Summer, Walk, Monterosso

  • Next stop, Vernazza. Perched out on a point, Vernazza felt like a great tourist place for the British. It was sunny and warm and easy to get an ice-cream. Plenty of people relaxing and sun-baking along the water front. While you can’t swim here, the local kids still liked to jump of the point when the waves came in.

Cinque Terre, Italy, Summer, Walk

  • Corniglia is set further up the mountain and was our choice for lunch – our first Italian pizza and it was delicious! (I had pesto… there’s something about basil, I just can’t get enough). The colourful buildings that make the Cinque Terre famous are a real site to see.

Cinque Terre, Italy, Summer, Walk

  • We had to catch a train between Corniglia and Manarola because of the mudslides in 2011. But the town had recovered well, and I felt Manarola was the hippyest place of the five villages.

Cinque Terre, Italy, Summer, Walk  Cinque Terre, Italy, Summer, Walk, Streets

  • In the last village, Riomaggiore, we saw a wedding. I just loved the bride’s massive white dress – so Italian! On the way in to the village you walk along “Via Dell’Amore” with lots of padlocks with little love notes. This part of the walk had a very romantic feel.

Cinque Terre, Italy, Summer, Walk, Wedding  Cinque Terre, Italy, Summer, Walk, Love Locks

After walking the Cinque Terre, we caught the train back to Monterosso for dinner. I discovered a delicious dessert wine called sciacchetra, a local specialty and made sure I bought a bottle to bring back with me. I bought it from the Buranco vineyard, where we had been staying.

The Cinque Terre is a wonderful part of the world. Full of colour and summery feelings. I’m looking forward to returning one day.

Do you like walking holidays? Where have you been?

16 thoughts on “Walking the Cinque Terre, Italy

    • Thanks Sally. I loved Italy so much I recently spent 3 weeks exploring some more of the country.
      Have you ever been?

  1. Wow, great photos! This area looks amazing–I love taking walks like this and I would love to go one day!

    • Hope you get to check out these fishing villages yourself. I love a good walk!

    • I don’t think so, it’s very popular in many European cities, and I think it’s spreading to many bridges around the world. I’ve seen them in Paris and Prague.

  2. Can I say outside of Amalfi, Cinque Terre is spot on gorgeous and amazing especially during the off season when the crowds are gone. Hiking through all the towns are such a wonderful way to spend the days and discovering the sites of each time…ah belissima!

    • I’m keen to get to the Amalfi Coast, not just for the views, but also some of the food!

    • Thanks! I hope you get to see the colourful houses for yourself one day.

  3. I absolutely love your photos! I’ve been to Italy twice but haven’t made it to the Cinque Terre yet. <3

    • Thanks! I’ve only been to Milan and here. Where have you discovered?

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