We woke up bright and early for our day trip to Cinque Terre, there are no cars allowed in the towns, so we took a direct train from Camogli to the five famous Italian villages.
Cinque Terre is a national park made up of five fishing villages. They are all perched on the cliffs, each with pretty pastel colours homes, charming paved cobbled streets and beautiful ocean views.
The towns are best viewed from the seaside, you can walk out along the cliffs and look back at each of the postcard perfect villages.
On the day that we arrived, we decided to stat off at the furthest of the five villages, Riomaggiore.
Despite the early start, the town was super crowded, so we got a quick coffee, had a quick look around and decided to move on to Corniglia, using the train that connects the five villages.
Corniglia is the highest placed of the five villages, with two exclusive small beaches at its sides. Because it is the highest set village of them all it also has the fewest visitors. It was by far the most quiet village of the three that we visited.
Not only are these five villages famous for their beauty, but also for the trails that connect them all through the mountains. The trails are not always open, due to health and safety, so you need to check the website before heading for your hike or ask the tourist office on the day.
On the day that we were there the hike between Conrniglia and Vernazza was open, so we decided to go for it after an explore of the village.
The hike was hard work in under the hot sun, but it offered amazing views of the Italian coast.
We also passed by so many beautiful vineyards and lovely painted coloured homes.
After an hours climb up and down the mountain, we made our way Vernazza, known as the prettiest village in Cinque Terre.
The journey was well worth it for this view!
We stumbled back into the crowds and restored ourselves with a granita, a semi-frozen dessert made from sugar, water and of course Italian lemons!
Although, we enjoyed our trip to Cinque Terre, I would stay that the place felt a bit like Disney World.
The towns are beautiful, but totally heaving with people, who , just like us, thought that Cinque Terre would be somewhat undiscovered gem.
If you’re keen to visit Cinque Terre, I would do it in late or early season. Heading out early in the morning didn’t seem to make much of difference, we were there end of May at around 7am and it was still very busy!
The other option is to explore some of Cinque Terre’s surrounding towns. They are just as beautiful and you will have a MUCH more enjoyable and relaxing experience! And isn’t that what having a holiday is all about!