Cinque Terre (see map) is an area that entails five small villages – Monterrosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. We (Ying, Jessica, Patricia, Alberto and I) learnt the ‘hard way’ that there are two ways of coming to the area. We stayed in hostel cinque terre (strict opening and closing times but still a great place to stay in – brought back many backpacking memories!) in Manarola but entered Cinque Terre from “the top” (where Monterosso) is and then we had to drive for 1h 30min on very small roads – it felt like we were stuck in groundhog day because the curves of the road all looked the same (it was dark so we had no view!).
Out of the five villages I would recommend to stay in Monterrosso as it had a bigger selection of restaurants and if you do not want to sightsee for one day then you can always stay on the beach. The most charasmetic villages are Manarola and Vernazza. You can take a train between each village which takes between 2-5 minutes. The area is very small but extremely pretty. Being in Cinque Terre really disconnects you from the world – especially if you stay in a smaller village like we did. On friday everything was shut at 10pm, there are no cars in any of the villages and it is very quite. We drove to the village but was told it is easier to go there by train. Anyway, here are some pictures from the various villages….