Cinque Terre Tourism

Cinque Terre comprises of five villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso, that are situated on the rugged coast of the Italian Riviera. The coastline, the five villages, and the surrounding hillsides are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park that has been listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. The history of the town dates back to the 11th century. Monterosso and Vernazza were the first villages to settle. The other surrounding villages grew later, under military and political supremacy of the Republic of Genoa. The ethereal landscape is home to some carefully built terraces, on the rugged steep coastline, overlooking the sea, pebble beaches, mountains, forests, cobbled streets, magnificent architecture, medieval structures, outdoor activities, adventure sports, rich traditions and a vibrant history. The lack of corporate development, the absence of automobiles and the pristine beauty of the natural sights surrounding the town, all add to the charm of the beautiful town. Today, the land of five villages boasts a plethora of scenic views, intersecting with the enigmatic settlement on this beautiful landscape. Cinque Terre has been preserving its art, history and cultural traditions like agriculture, wine producing and marine culture for centuries. Visiting Cinque Terre feels almost like taking a step back in time. The villages are largely isolated from the major human cities and towns, which has helped the villages preserve its authenticity, culture and traditions. Cinque Terre is the perfect getaway destination to travel, explore and indulge in leisure and relaxing activities.

 

Essential travel information and Cinque Terre tips for your visit

General Info

  • Cinque Terre Time Zone: Central European Time Zone(UTC+01:00)
  • Currency: Euro
  • Electricity: Cinque Terreuses 230 Volts, 50 Hz alternating current as power. Plug sockets have ungrounded 2 pin connections (Type C) and grounded 2 pin connections (Type F).          
  • Languages: The official language of Cinque Terre is Italian. Other minority languages include English and German.
  • Internet: 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi connections are available in almost every hotel in the city. The city also has public Wi-Fi in some areas.
  • Security: Police: 113, Ambulance: 118, Fire: 115, Sea Rescue: 1530

Tipping:

  • Tipping is not necessary as tipping is not a part of the Italian Culture. The waiters are well paid and are entitled to fixed salaries.
  • Copy documents such as credit cards, itineraries, emergency contact information and important phone numbers. Leave copies of documents with a reliable person.
  • Familiarize yourself with local traffic laws and customs.
  • Pickpockets are often attracted to crowded places. Be aware of someone who bumps, shoves or gets too close.
  • Do not leave any articles such as phones, purses and wallets unattended.
  • Select sightseeing companies and guides carefully. Make sure they are legitimate. Check with your hotel staff for recommendations.
  • Do not enter unmarked waters or waters of unknown death. It could be very risky.
  • Do not litter. The five villages of Cinque Terra are a part of the Cinque Terre National Park which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Make sure you cause no harm to the flora and fauna.
  • It is advisable not to visit Cinque Terra by car as it is not allowed inside the village premises and it is an expensive and inconvenient mode of transportation.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Cinque Terre