Introduction to the five colorful towns of Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre, also known as the Five Lands, is composed of five towns: Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. It has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy in recent years.

Coastal Monte Roso

Monteleroso has a traditional Italian market where you can buy specialities from Italian fishing villages, local wines, traditional clothes, and crafts. When visiting Monteleroso, tourists can take a stroll along the beach of Ficina, followed by trying fresh swordfish and other fishing village delicacies at local restaurants. There are also many taverns and bars in town, where visitors can enjoy coffee or wine while admiring the beauty of Monteleroso.


Vernazza is located under layers of grapevine pergolas and lemon groves built on the hillside, and is the most exquisite and bustling town among the five fishing villages. The town's most famous attraction is the 1318-built Saint Margaret's Church, and on the rocks overlooking the sea on the other side of the port is the ruins of an 11th-century castle worth visiting. The town's main street is Via Roma, which leads from the seaside square to the train station. Tourists can leisurely stroll on the stone road of Via Roma, while browsing the craft shops and restaurants on both sides.
Corniglia is one of the five villages, located in the mountains along the coast and is the highest in elevation. This small town is characterized by its colorful four-story buildings contrasting against the gray-black rocks, and its dramatic and charming location. Along the main street, Via Fieschi, there are charming homes and shops on either side, and at the end of the street, the Santa Maria Belvedere viewpoint offers breathtaking views of the Ligurian Sea. In autumn, Corniglia is filled with the aroma of grape harvests from the mountain orchards.
Manarola is one of the five villages of Cinque Terre, located at the end of the Corniglia-Manarola path. This colorful little town is wonderfully built on rocks, with no harbor or beach, only a small landing platform. When the weather is good, many people sunbathe on the platform, which is also a scenic spot. Manarola is the town in Cinque Terre with the most vineyards, and the locally famous sciacchetrà sweet wine is a must-try. In addition, there are many medieval ruins in the town. On Via Discovolo in the north, there is a square called Piazzale Papa Innocenzo IV, whose bell tower was used as a watchtower in the past. Across from it, the Chiesa di San Lorenzo monastery was built in 1338, and has 15th-century multi-screen paintings inside. If you want to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Manarola, you can take the Via Rollandi path, pass through vineyards and wineries, and go straight to the mountaintop. From there, you can overlook the town and the surrounding scenery. Every year from December 8th to early February, 300 lighted groups symbolizing the birth of Jesus are scattered in the terraced fields of Manarola. When night falls, all the patterns will be lit one by one. At this time, the colorful little town is even more vibrant, like a dazzling starry sky. This is the largest nativity scene in the world.
This is one of the towns in Cinque Terre, located at the southernmost end and the largest town. The office of the national park is located in this town. The pedestrian street along the coast is called the "Path of Love", which is about one kilometer long. The paved road is carved out of the cliff, with mountains on one side and the sea on the other. There is also a "modernist" kissing statue on the road, and the railing is covered with love locks. There is a short tunnel halfway, and the walls of the tunnel are filled with romantic or cheesy love words. If you want to reach the town on the mountain side from the train station, you need to pass through an underground passage. The mural on the passage depicts how the ancestors of Cinque Terre built this settlement. Walking out of the tunnel, you can see the steep main street, with various restaurants, shops and souvenir shops on both sides. On the other side of the train station is the small pier of Riomaggiore, often docked with fishing boats and yachts. The tall and short buildings on the cliffs on both sides of the pier are painted in various colors, adding a lovely atmosphere to the pier. If you walk a little further south, you can reach the Fossola small beach, where you can observe plants and seabirds, play and rent canoes and rafts.