Many people think the Cinque Terre like one place, but it’s actually a stretch of Ligurian Riviera coastline made up of five villages – the Five Lands or Cinque Terre in Italian. Running from north to south the villages are Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. Every village have some beautiful hamlet, like Prevo, the magical place where we are, right in halfway between Corniglia and Vernazza along the famous Blue Path (Sentiero Azzurro in italian).
Each one of the five villages is a beauty and different from others, with pastel buildings and amazing sea views.
The Cinque Terre is located just south of Genoa in north-west Italy. It’s within easy reach of the airports at Genoa, Pisa, Rome, Florence and Nice, and there’s a train connection between La Spezia and Levanto which stops at each of the villages.
To walk on the Blue Path from Monterosso to Corniglia you need a Cinque Terre Card. You can get them in villages and from huts at the start of each section of the path. If you’re walking between Corniglia and Riomaggiore you must take the hill path so don’t need a permit.
The Cinque Terre is a National Park and vehicle traffic is restricted to residents only in the villages. It is better to avoid taking a car because the roads are narrow and winding with sheer drops. If you are driving around, you can park in La Spezia or Levanto then catch the train into the Cinque Terre. In Prevo, instead, where we are, you can arrive by car and park it in our private parking, for free.
The trains are the easiest way to get to and around the Cinque Terre, running between La Spezia and Levanto and stopping at each village. You can also connect to Genoa, Pisa, Rome and other cities. It only takes about five minutes from one village to the next. Click here for all infos about Cinque Terre Trains
You can visit Cinque Terre by ferry or boat: there is a ferry connecting the villages (other than Corniglia which doesn’t have a harbour) with Portovenere, La Spezia and Levanto. The views from the sea are amazing.
if you don't like the idea of taking the boat with hundreds of other tourists and are looking for a more relaxed experience, you can made a sailing trip or private boat tours.
In Cinque Terre there are many restaurants and pubs, I suggest you to read some reviews online to choose your.
In Vernazza Il Pirata made the best pastries in the Cinque Terre. You can come here for breakfast, lunch, or an early dinner, but we recommend visiting for breakfast. Pull up a chair on their patio and enjoy as many pastries as you can stomach. The peach and apple pastries are fantastic as are the chocolate-filled croissants.
For a romantic dinner I suggest Ristorante Belforte, high above the sea in one of Vernazza's remaining medieval stone towers is this unique spot serving delicious Cinque Terre cuisine.
In Riomaggiore Rio Bistrot is one of the best Cinque Terre restaurants not only for their breathtaking views but for the amazing and noteworthy food. This upscale restaurant serves Italian cuisine and seafood that’s incredibly fresh and flavorful. The menu here is known to change but we recommend any dishes that involve fresh pesto, focaccia, and anchovies. Make a reservations ahead of time, the restaurant is small.
In Monterosso one of the more popular is Ristorante Miky. Come here for a nice lunch or dinner out if you’re in the mood for seafood. Everything on the menu is fantastic, but the showstoppers include the anchovy sampler appetizer where you can sample several varieties of fresh anchovies all prepared differently. Order any pasta dish that speaks to you and ask to have it covered and torched with a homemade bread crust.
In Manarola the best is Trattoria Dal Billy. You’ll need a reservation and some good walking shoes to get into this Manarola restaurant. The seafood starter appetizer is an absolute must, with 12 different small plates of fresh, uniquely-prepared seafood specialties, both hot and cold. Dal Billy has views that will make you never want to leave the Cinque Terre and food that will release enough endorphins to last the entire weekend.
La Posada has the best view and great sea food.
Spread across two floors of an old village house, the old-fashioned Il Pirun is named after the odd-looking wine pitcher that allows thirsty customers to drink right from a narrow spout. There's a full menu of unfussy fare: spaghetti with clams, pesto gnocchi, octopus salad – fine accompaniments to the good wine selection.
Right along the Blue Path between Corniglia and Prevo (at 500 meters from our properties) there is Ittiturismo sp4488; ittiturismo is a special restaurant service offered by authorized fishermen using only their own catch.