CINQUE TERRE RECOMMENDATIONS:

  • Stay in Vernazza at La Rosa dei Venti (or elsewhere but definitely in Vernazza) - centrally located and by far my favorite of all 5 towns!
  • Eat gelato at Gelateria Vernazza as much as possible... The best gelato of my entire 2 weeks in Italy! Try the mint and the dark chocolate
  • Dinner at Al Castello is a MUST.  Recommended by the owner of our B&B and was to die for.  It's inside the castle and at sunset is just unreal.  Plus the staff is the sweetest and the food was great.
  • Breakfast at Il Pirata delle Cinque Terre. They are a bit crazy though just to warn you
  • Eat a lot of pesto - it was born here!
  • Drink lots of lemonade or other lemon products
  • Hike between all 5 towns, of course.  If staying in Vernazza I recommend:
    • One day hike Vernazza -> Corniglia -> Manarola -> Riomaggiore.  Spend an hour or two exploring each town as you go.  Ferry from Riomaggiore back to Vernazza (great photo opps)
    • Another day hike Vernazza -> Monterosso.  Spend a few hours laying on the beach in Monterossa to make up for the long hike :) Don't stop at the first beach though, keep walking.

 

 

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