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Where to stay in Cinque Terre: the best villages

Five beautiful villages located on the Ligurian coast make up Cinque Terre, one of the most visited parts of Italy.

The best areas to stay in Cinque Terre

The five villages are very close to each other and are connected by a railway line .They all have spectacular views of the sea and the multicoloured houses so characteristic of the area, however each one has its own particular profile.

In addition to the five villages there are other nearby locations which may be a good option for to stay at Cinque Terre and from which to explore these beautiful villages.

1.La Spezia

La Spezia is an option you should consider when looking for a place to sleep in Cinque Terre, is a coastal town very close to the five villages that have made the region famous, by train it is only 10 minutes away

The hotel plant in these five villages is not very abundant, in many cases it is a bit old and expensive.La Spezia offers you accommodation options with a best value for money.

Also taking into account the proximity to these villages and that is connected to them by train , the best way to visit them, is an excellent option to take it as a base camp.

In La Spezia you will have everything you need from shops to restaurants, all at a better price than in the five tourist villages and at nightfall it has more life than any of them.

– Accommodation in La Spezia

2. Riomaggiore

Riomaggiore is the first of the five villages that make up Cinque Terre if you count from the south.This little village, the second largest of the five, is composed of houses grouped around a small port It is only 10 minutes by train from La Spezia, the largest and most important town in the area.

In the upper part of the village you will find a long main street lined with shops, restaurants and bars, and at the bottom the borgo dei pescatori (the fishing village) and a small rocky beach.It is also the starting point of the famous Path of Love, the «Passeggiata dell ‘Amore».

Its streets are sloping and for people with reduced mobility moving around the village can be an odyssey, but it is one of the most beautiful, if not the most beautiful, village of Cinque Terre.

Of the five towns, Riomaggiore is the most lively and where you will find plus nightlife (nothing wild or big discos, but rather bars where you can have a few drinks) If you want 100% peace and quiet choose another town or at least make sure that if your hotel is located in the main marina it is well soundproofed.

Riomaggiore is an excellent option to stay in Cinque Terre with a good hotel offer for the small town. Accommodation is not cheap , even in low season is difficult to find something below 75 euros .

– Accommodation in Riomaggiore

3.Manarola

Manarola is the next village to go north and is located 2-3 minutes by train from Riomaggiore and about 12 from La Spezia.Its origins date back to the Roman period, when there is evidence of a village called Volastra.

The layout of this village is very reminiscent of its neighbour Riomaggiore, with a main street at the top with shops, restaurants and bars, and a parking area.At the bottom there is a marina and the beautiful port is so small that there is not enough space for all the boats that have to seek refuge in the street or in the village square.Manarola is not only a very photogenic place but also an ideal place to taste wines and enjoy an excellent gastronomy.

If you choose it as a base camp to sleep in Cinque Terre you must take into account that the accommodation is expensive .Most options are over 100 euros and there are only a few options under 75 euros in the low season.

– Accommodation in Manarola

4.Corniglia

Corniglia is the village that follows Manarola up to the north.It is 3 minutes by train from Manarola and 5 minutes from Riomaggiore and unlike the other five villages that make up Cinque Terre this is not right on the edge of the sea The village is perched on top of a cliff .

Of the five villages, Corniglia is the smallest , and also the least accessible. 382 steps from the train station are needed to reach it, or you can take a local bus which saves you this climb.

The fact that it is not situated immediately by the sea does not detract from its beauty and, like the other villages, it is very photogenic.it is probably the quietest and most authentic , especially at sunset when most of the tourists have already left.

It is the least popular place to sleep in Cinque Terre, and has hardly any accommodation possibilities .

– Accommodation in Corniglia

5.Vernazza

Vernazza is the most popular town in Cinque Terre and probably the one you have seen on the cover of most travel guides and related articles.It’s four minutes by train from Corniglia, seven minutes from Manarola and ten minutes from Riomaggiore.

This village that many consider as one of the most beautiful in Italy is a perfect picture with its colorful houses, its small natural harbor, if tiny sand beach, its beautiful medieval church built on the water, and its castle that stands on a hill.

Vernazza is smaller than Riomaggiore and Manarola, but not as small as Corniglia.unlike Riomaggiore and Manarola has not so many unevennesses so your visit is easier for elderly people and people with reduced mobility.

It is a very lively place that receives a many visitors every day.It is full of bars and restaurants, and it is worth visiting both during the day and at sunset to enjoy a magnificent sunset sitting on one of its pleasant terraces.

Vernazza is an ideal option to stay at Cinque Terre if you do not mind the crowds of tourists.

– Accommodation in Vernazza

6.Monterosso al Mare

Monterosso is the last village of Cinque Terre.it is the biggest of the five and it is composed by two well differentiated parts, the Old Town and Fegina, the New Town.It is the one with the biggest beach so if you are looking to enjoy the sun and the beach this is the best option to sleep in Cinque Terre.

As well as being the largest, is also the most commercial and offers the most services It is the village with the most restaurants, bars and small shops that invite you to stroll and stand in the streets of its historic center.

It is ideal for families with children and people with reduced mobility as it is the flattest of all.

It is ideal for families with children and people with reduced mobility as it is the flattest of all. Walking through its streets is easy and you will not find the abundance of steep slopes and stairs of the other villages.

That said, if you are looking for the typical character of the villages of the region along with a flatter and more accessible, an acceptable level of services, and a good beach, Monterosso is the ideal choice to stay in Cinque Terre.

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