Manarola and Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre – Image courtesy of kevinandamanda.com
Introducing the Cinque Terre
Explore the stunning coastline of the Cinque Terre (‘five lands’), a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site that stretches for 15km between the beach resort of Lévanto and the port of La Spezia – the perfect spot for a honeymoon or romantic getaway on the Italian Riviera.
What to do and see in the Cinque Terre
Wander ancient paths that have linked the five villages of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore since the 15th century. These unspoiled villages are perched high on rugged cliffs above tiny harbours packed with colourful fishing boats.
Follow the famous Sentiero Azzurro (Blue Trail), a centuries-old stone path that winds through picturesque olive groves, terraced vineyards and pine forests, with breathtaking coastal views of the Mediterranean – perfect for active honeymoon couples. Allow a full day to walk the 13km trail, which passes through all five villages; without stopping it can be done in around five hours.
Alternatively, stay in a different village each night and explore other trails around the area. For example, hike from Monterosso up through the pinewoods to the San Antonio church at Punta Mesco for a spectacular panorama of the Cinque Terre coastline.
Admire the multi-coloured houses of Riomaggiore that crowd the mountain slopes above a tiny picturesque harbour. Explore the narrow side streets lined with tall 11th century colourful tower houses, arches and portals at Vernazza.
Discover the carruggi (narrow medieval lanes) of the Old Quarter in Monterosso, nestled within rugged steep cliffs overlooking the sea and surrounded on three sides by vineyards and olive groves.
Cool off with a swim and later enjoy delicious local fish and a glass of chilled white Cinque Terre wine in a quaint restaurant overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
A train connects all villages and a pedestrian ferry makes regular shuttle runs along the coast.
Honeymoon couples can choose from a range of comfortable family-run hotels and bed and breakfast guest homes. Note: The smaller hotels and B&Bs do not generally accept credit cards.
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Best time to honeymoon in the Cinque Terre
The best months are May, June and October, with an average temperature of 19°C. It’s best to avoid the summer high season from July to September when crowds are at their peak and temperatures reach 29°C and above.
For more climate info: Cinque Terre Weather Guide. . .
The Cinque Terre is located 64km south east of Genoa.