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.
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.
Choose the perfect beach for a honeymoon or romantic holiday in the Cinque Terre.
This pebble and sand beach sits beneath the Abbazia di San Fruttuoso and gently shelves into a picture-perfect azure bay framed by pine-covered mountains and high cliffs.
Sunbathe on the beach, go swimming in the calm waters and dive or snorkel above the famous ‘Christ of Abysses’, a 2.5m-high statue that sits on the seabed in 17m of water just in front of the monastery. Tour the monastery then unwind with a cold drink and fresh fish at one of the beachside bars and restaurants.
San Fruttuoso Beach is reached by boat (30 minutes from Camogli, 20 minutes from Portofino) or by foot along a cliff-hugging trail from either Camogli or Portofino. Note: If hiking, allow three hours.
Cool off with a swim at this golden-sand beach sitting beneath dramatic mountains, rolling hills and the small pastel-shaded town of Monterosso, the largest of the Cinque Terre towns. Facilities include pay-to-use sun beds and umbrellas.
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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The best months to visit Cinque Terre are May, June and October, so avoiding the summer crowds. But for the best weather visit in July and August.
Summer high season lasts from July to September when crowds are at their peak and temperatures may soar to 29°C (84°F) and above.
For more climate info: Cinque Terre Weather Guide…
The Cinque Terre (‘the five lands’) stretches for 15km between the beach resort of Lévanto and the port of La Spezia in the Liguria region of the Italian Riviera.
A pedestrian ferry makes regular shuttle runs along the coast and all Cinque Terre villages are connected by a regular and frequent train service that runs daily between Genoa and La Spezia; both these cities offer fast rail links with Rome, Milan, Turin, Pisa and Florence.
By air, you have a choice of flying into Genoa, Pisa, Rome or Milan, then catching a train or hiring a car to Cinque Terre.
Latest update: Where to Honeymoon in Cinque Terre: 18 November, 2018
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