Visit the Cinque Terre in a Weekend: What to see in 3 days

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The Cinque Terre, a wonderful stretch of coast of the eastern Ligurian Riviera, are an area of ​​high naturalistic and tourist interest which includes the municipalities of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, Riomaggiore. Since 1997 they have been part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, and in 1999 the Cinque Terre National Park was established, with the aim of safeguarding the ecological balance and protecting the landscape.
Carving out a weekend to visit this area is to be done at least once in a lifetime; find out what to see in the Cinque Terre in 3 days!


  1. 3-day itinerary: what to see in a weekend in the Cinque Terre
  2. How to reach us
  3. Accomodation
  4. How to get around
  5. User questions and comments

3-day itinerary: what to see in a weekend in the Cinque Terre

Visiting the Cinque Terre is not particularly cheap: the high tourist area in some cases causes prices to rise, but for once it is really worth making the sacrifice. In our itinerary we explain what to see and where to eat without spending an exaggeration.

Day 1: Vernazza

In Vernazza it is impossible not to visit the beautiful old town and the main square. We also recommend a visit to the Church of Santa Margherita di Antiochia, Doria Castle and Sanctuary of Our Lady of Reggio.
If you want to enjoy relaxation and a splendid panorama, go along the path that leads from Vernazza to Monterosso. Take a nice one hour walk and then go back ... to reach Monterosso on foot it takes about 4 hours of walking.
To eat, we recommend the Taverna del Capitano, among the best restaurants in the country. THE typical dishes I'm: lasagna with pesto, chickpea soup, ciuppin.

In summary:

  • Places visited: Church of Santa Margherita di Antiochia, the Doria Castle and the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Reggio.
  • Beauty on the Sea: Day trip to the Cinque Terre
  • Breakfast at Il Pirata delle 5 Terre (Get directions), lunch and dinner at the Taverna del Capitano (Get directions)

Day 2: Monterosso

Monterosso is much more touristy and less characteristic than Vernazza. Don't miss the Church of St. John the Baptist, Sanctuary of Our Lady of Soviore Neptune statue (near the beach of Fegina).
For eat we recommend the Belvedere restaurant: excellent seafood appetizers. Average prices per person: € 35.

In summary:

  • Places visited: Church of San Giovanni Battista, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Soviore, the Statue of Neptune, Beaches
  • Cinque Terre: tour with wine tasting and appetizers
  • Breakfast at Midi Bar (Get directions), lunch and dinner at Belvedere Restaurant (Get directions)

Day 3: Corniglia and Manarola

From Vernazza, move to Corniglia following the itinerary on foot: about 4 km of breathtaking landscapes, which can be covered in about 1 hour and 30 minutes Blue Path; the cost of the ticket is 5 euro, otherwise if you have the Card it is included in the rate (check the official sources anyway, because the packages change frequently). Once in Corniglia, one of the most characteristic places of the Cinque Terre, visit the Church of St. Peter, Viewpoint of Santa Maria, Shrine of Our Lady of Grace.
From Corniglia take the train to Manarola: unmissable the port of Manarola Church of San Lorenzo and main square.
The bravest can end the tour by going by train to Riomaggiore, where you can admire the castle and watchtower; otherwise let's rest and leave Riomaggiore for a day visit on another date.

In summary:

  • Places visited: Church of San Pietro, the Belvedere of Santa Maria, the Sanctuary of the Madonna delle Grazie in Corniglia. Port of Manarola, the Church of San Lorenzo and the main square in Manarola.
  • Cinque Terre: boat tour with aperitif and lunch
  • Breakfast in Corniglia at Bar Pan e Vin (Get directions), lunch in Corniglia at La Posada (Get directions), dinner in Manarola at Trattoria dal Billy (Get directions).

How to reach us

  • Plane: the two closest airports are the "Cristoforo Colombo" in Genoa (111 km away - flights from € 88,00) and the international "G. Galilei" in Pisa (84 km - flights from € 98,50). From there you can rent a car or take the train route.
  • Train: Whether you arrive from the North or the South, the reference station is La Spezia, from which you can take the regional train that stops every hour in all the Cinque Terre stations. Be careful because some trains stop only in Monterosso a Mare;
  • Car: arrive in La Spezia on the motorway (A15 Parma - La Spezia) and take the Cinque Terre coast road SS 370. After about 15 km you will arrive in Riomaggiore. Alternatively, take the A12 Genova - La Spezia and exit at Brugnato Borghetto; from there follow for Soviore, Pignone, Monterosso.


We suggest you sleeping in Vernazza, where the indicative cost for a double room per night is lower than in the other places in the 5 Terre (hotels and b & bs from € 59,00 per room).

From here you can easily move to other towns: Monterosso is 3,3 km away (4 minutes by public transport), Corniglia 3.2 km (3 minutes), Manarola 6,5 km (14 minutes), Riomaggiore 5.9 km (10 minutes).

How to get around

To move around the Cinque Terre, the most comfortable means are:

  • Train: regional trains that connect the five countries every 20-30 minutes. Travel time between one village and another: 2 minutes or a little more;
  • Boat: season open from April of each year. For info on timetables and costs: Golfo dei Poeti Navigation Site; the cost of the ticket varies from € 5 to € 30, for an unlimited day ticket;
  • bus: service included in the Cinque Terre Card, connects the railway stations or the main car parks with the various centers of the towns;
  • On foot or by bike: the most famous paths are the Sentiero Azzurro, which connects all the Cinque Terre together, and the Sentiero Rosso, longer and more tiring traverse.

Getting around by car is particularly problematic due to the narrow streets and lack of parking. Rather we recommend traveling by public transport, even more so if you buy the Cinque Terre Card

Is the 5 Terre Card worth it?

The Cinque Terre Card can help you travel, as well as do save on the purchase of individual tickets.
There are different variants of the Cinque Terre Card, which can be combined with the Cinque Terre Card MS, born from the agreement between the tourist consortium and Trenitalia; for all info and price ranges consult the official website.

Il price varies from € 7,50 to € 13,00 per day for
adult; if you choose the Cinque Terre Card MS the cost rises to € 16,00. The cards are on sale at the Reception Centers of the Cinque Terre National Park.

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