Our Cinque Terre Map

The Cinque Terre, a name that translates to Five Lands, is one of Italy's most romantic treasures. This slice of heaven takes a few delightful ingredients: ancient, picturesque villages, hillsides overlooking the azure Mediterranean Sea, olive groves and terraced vineyards, and awe-inspiring mountain scenery, and creates a buffet for the senses.

The five villages that make up the Cinque Terre are Monterrosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. They cling tenaciously to the rugged Ligurian cliffs, and their colorful buildings seemingly cascade down the steep hillsides.

The enchantment of the Cinque Terre lies not only in its stunning villages but also in its pristine natural surroundings. The entire region is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it's easy to see why. Its dramatic landscapes, with terraced vineyards and olive groves, frame the villages and provide an extraordinary backdrop to the turquoise waters of the Ligurian Sea.

Past and present blend into one to create a timeless allure that captivates all who visit. In fact, one could confidently assert that Cinque Terre ranks among the most beautiful places not just in Europe but in the entire world. If you're planning a trip to Italy, this is a destination you cannot afford to miss.

To aid your exploration of this captivating region, I've created a detailed Cinque Terre map, scroll further down the page for that. This map will prove invaluable in locating the enchanting villages, charming hotels, and pristine beaches highlighted in our Comprehensive Cinque Terre Guide.

For those with an appetite for more Italian adventures, my Liguria Beach Guide offers insights and recommendations to enhance your exploration of this gorgeous region.

The Cinque Terre: The Towns to Visit

One of the towns of the Cinque Terre in Italy

Monterosso al Mare

The largest of the five villages, Monterosso al Mare, boasts a beautiful beach with its own lively promenade. The village's medieval center features narrow streets and beautiful churches, perfect for a leisurely stroll. Monterosso is also known for its exceptional seafood, so don't miss the opportunity to savor the day's fresh catch.


Vernazza is often considered the most picturesque of the five villages, with its charming harbor, vibrant piazza, and the remains of the Doria Castle overlooking the village. It's a delightful place to relax, enjoy a gelato, or sample some of the region's delectable pesto. The harbor provides a beautiful setting for a leisurely meal, and it's a favorite spot for photographers.


Perched on a cliff, Corniglia offers a unique perspective on the Cinque Terre. Unlike the other villages, which have direct access to the sea, Corniglia is situated high above the water. . The main square, Largo Taragio, is the heart of the village, surrounded by charming restaurants and cafes.


Manarola, with its iconic bell tower and colorful buildings, is a postcard-perfect village. The small harbor is a lovely place to relax, and it's famous for its delightful swimming spots. As the sun sets, the village becomes even more magical, with soft lights illuminating the charming streets and creating a romantic ambiance.


Riomaggiore is the southernmost village and an excellent starting point for hikers exploring the Sentiero Azzurro, the famous coastal trail connecting all five villages. The village itself boasts a picturesque harbor, a lovely main street, and several shops where you can find local products and crafts.

Tours & Adventures on the Cinque Terre

The Cinque Terre Map

FAQ on Getting Here & Getting Around

How do I get to the Cinque Terre from major Italian cities?

The most common way to reach the Cinque Terre is by train. You can take a train from major Italian cities like Florence, Pisa, Genoa, or La Spezia. The closest major city with good train connections is La Spezia. From there, you can take a regional train to any of the five villages.

Are there airports near the Cinque Terre?

The nearest airports to the Cinque Terre are Pisa International Airport (Galileo Galilei Airport) and Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport. From these airports, you can take a train to the Cinque Terre.

How can I get between the Cinque Terre villages?

The best way to travel between the villages is by train. The Cinque Terre Express train connects all five villages and is the most convenient and scenic way to get around. You can also hike between the villages on well-marked trails, and there's a boat service available in the summer months.

Is it possible to drive to the Cinque Terre?

While it's possible to reach the Cinque Terre by car, it's not recommended to drive within the villages themselves. The villages have limited parking, and some areas are pedestrian-only. It's better to park your car in a nearby town like La Spezia or Levanto and then take the train or other transportation into the Cinque Terre. Before you drive in Italy read our guide here.

What's the Cinque Terre Card, and do I need it for transportation?

The Cinque Terre Card is a pass that allows access to the national park and its hiking trails, as well as unlimited train travel between the five villages.

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Visit  the Cinque Terre - An Insider's Journey through the Cinque Terre - click here.

if you are visiting the Cinque Terre then make the time to visit another magnificent seaside town, a little further along the coast. It is called Portofino - here are the details.

But that's not all Italy has to offer. If you're hungry for more Italian adventures, don't forget to check out our Amalfi Coast guide. This stunning stretch of coastline, with its dramatic cliffs, charming towns, and azure waters, beckons travelers to explore its enchanting beauty.

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