“Whenever he is discouraged, I tell him that if I can survive on three continents, then there is no obstacle he cannot conquer. While the astronauts, heroes forever, spent more hours on the moon, I have remained in this new world for nearly thirty years. I know that my achievement is quite ordinary. I am not the only man to seek his fortune far from home, and certainly I am not the first. Still, there are times when I am bewildered by each mile I have traveled, each meal I have eaten, each person I have known, each room in which I have slept. As ordinary as it all appears, there are times when it is beyond my imagination.”

- Interpreter of the Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri

Cinque Terre Trip Planning

I’m not going to lie. I’m most excited about our Cinque Terre trip planning right now.  Aside from getting off the (wrong) train in La Spezia on my way to the South of France, I haven’t had much (any) experience in what looks to be an amazing place.  I’ve been doing a lot of research, so I decided to share what I’ve planned so far.  I also rounded up some of my favorite posts on the area.  Side note – as a result of our Cinque Terre trip planning  and experience in 2016, we immediately made plans to return for a second visit in 2017.  It was just as magical.

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Cinque Terre Trip Planning Updates

2016 Updates:

2017 Updates:

Cinque Terre Trip Planning – Best Place to Stay:

La Torretta Lodge – I knew I wanted to stay in Manarola or Vernazza because they are supposed to be the more beautiful villages. (That’s debatable.  I love Riomaggiore and Corniglia, too!)  When it came down to where to stay, most of what I found was renting rooms from locals.  This meant arriving at precise times.  Since we’re going to be traveling north from Rome, I didn’t want a lot of pressure on our arrival.  La Torretta is the best option for us!  I’m particularly excited that they can pick us (and our luggage) up from the train station, too!  (I’ve made the walk up the hill with luggage.  It’s doable but not optimal.)

A collection of Riomaggiore postcard photos capturing the beauty of this small Italian village along the Ligurian coast from the early morning until sunset.

Cinque Terre Trip Planning – Things to Do:

A Casa Cooking Classes

I’m seriously hoping that one of these amazing cooking classes will open up while we are there.  I really, really want to take the pasta class.  (I’ve tried to book these classes for two years.  I have yet to succeed.  One day…)


I fell in love with Olya’s post a couple weeks ago about the beautiful views from the Via del Amore.  We try to do most of our hiking early in the morning or around sunset to truly appreciate the views.  The trails are less crowded, too.

04/2016 Update:  See our Cinque Terre hike photos!  We made the trip from Monterosso to Vernazza around golden hour; it was stunning!

04/2017 Update: While trails were slated to reopen in 2017, many were closed (again) in February 2017 after heavy rains destroyed the restoration.

Pesto Class

I signed us up for this class even though it’s not in one of the “official” villages.  If an area is known for pesto, there’s no better place to learn. It’s only a short train ride from Manarola and covered by the train pass!  It’s also in the mid-day, so it’s a nice break from the day-trippers.

4/2016 Update: Making pesto in Cinque Terre was one of my favorite things we did!  It was so delicious!

Wine Tasting in Cinque Terre

Did you know that Cinque Terre is famous for its own type of white wine? Or that the hills above the villages are wine terraces?  I didn’t.  The best part of this tour was the local perspective, but we learned a lot about wine, too!  Alessandro is fantastic!

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Posts to Inspire Your Cinque Terre Trip Planning:

Kevin and Amanda – Cinque Terre Part One: beautiful pictures!!  Definitely played a part in my decision to explore Cinque Terre for more than a day trip.

Kevin and Amanda – Cinque Terre Part Two: the post that convinced me Manarola was the way to go!

Hand Luggage Only – The Complete Guide to Cinque Terre: the post that convinced me that we shouldn’t do Cinque Terre as a Day Trip and that we should just take the train to (and between) villages.

The Cinque Terre on a Budget – The New York Times:  The post that likely started my fascination with pesto a few weeks ago.

Travelettes – A Beginners Guide to the Trails of Cinque Terre: A guide to hiking that this girl can get behind.

Italian Fix – The Beginner’s Guide to Cinque Terre: Most important of all, the post that has me concerned that we might NEVER COME HOME.

For More Cinque Terre Trip Planning

(and tips & tricks):

Best of Cinque Terre – Gelato, Restaurants, Things to Do and More

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making pesto in cinque terre, wine tasting tour in cinque terre

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For more Cinque Terre Trip Planning Photos:

manarola cinque terre postcard photos – 2016, manarola postcard photos 2017,

riomaggiore cinque terre postcard photos – 2016riomaggiore postcard photos – 2017,

cinque terre hike photos – 2016, corniglia postcard photos – 2017

monterroso al mare cinque terre postcard photos – 2016, monterosso al mare postcard photos – 2017

vernazza cinque terre postcard photos – 2016, vernazza postcard photos – 2017

A collection of resources to inspire your Cinque Terre trip planning - and links to our updates on all our favorite experiences in the five villages!





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