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When is the Best Time to Visit Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre Holiday: The Best Month for Your Vacation in Cinque Terre.

Summer months are the most popular but also the most expensive for visiting Cinque Terre. Each month has its pros and cons, let's take a closer look at when is the best time to visit Cinque Terre.

The Blue Path between Monterosso and Vernazza in winter, Blue Trail, Cinque Terre
The Blue Path between Monterosso and Vernazza in winter
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Best Time to Explore Villages and Hike in Cinque Terre

The best time to visit Cinque Terre is from late March to late October. August is the peak season in Cinque Terre, especially the week that includes the 15th, which is the most expensive of the year. Additionally, tourists also come in December for the Christmas holidays. Swimming in the sea is typically possible from late May to early October. As for hiking, it depends on the status of the trails; in winter, they are often closed after autumn rains.

Read more about each month below!

Visiting Cinque Terre in January

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Lower prices and fewer tourists make January an appealing time to visit. Plus, you can explore the renowned and one of the world's largest Nativity Scenes in Manarola (learn more about it on the page: "The Nativity Scene in Manarola (Presepe) - www.bestofcinqueterre.com").

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In January, many hotels and restaurants in Cinque Terre are closed, and the weather is chilly (around 10°C / 50°F). Trails may be closed, and the weather can be unpredictable. Therefore, we do not recommend coming to Cinque Terre from other countries in January.

Visiting Cinque Terre in February

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Lower prices and fewer tourists.

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February is not as good as January since even more hotels and restaurants are closed. We do not recommend coming to Cinque Terre from other countries in February.

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Lower prices, fewer tourists, and improving weather. By the end of the month, the tourist season officially begins in Cinque Terre.

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There are often showers, pedestrian trails may be closed for maintenance, boats aren't operational yet, and it can still be a bit chilly.

From the last week of March until the end of October, boats start operating in Cinque Terre, and the number of trains between the villages increases (by 2-3 times), which can lead to higher ticket prices. For more details, read the pages on our website.

Visiting Cinque Terre during Easter is not the best idea, as there are a lot of tourists during this period.

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April is the perfect time for hiking and exploring the villages of Cinque Terre, as there are still few tourists.

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It's still too early for swimming, and evenings can be cool.

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May is the perfect time for hiking and exploring the villages of Cinque Terre.

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It's still too early for swimming.

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June is the perfect time for hiking and exploring the villages of Cinque Terre. The sea is already warm, and you can go swimming.

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July is the perfect time for hiking and exploring the villages of Cinque Terre. The sea is warm, and there are many tourists on the beaches in Monterosso and Levanto.

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There are many tourists, so if you want to save money, booking a hotel in advance is necessary, at least six months ahead.

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August is the perfect month for swimming in the sea.

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Hotels are fully booked, and getting around Cinque Terre is challenging due to the high number of tourists. Because of the heat, hiking is only possible in the early morning or late evening. Mid-August is when most Italians go on vacation, making it the most expensive month of the year.

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September is the perfect time for hiking and exploring the villages of Cinque Terre. The sea is still warm enough for swimming until the end of September.

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Few tourists. If the weather is good, October is the perfect month for hiking on the scenic trails of Cinque Terre.

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Towards the end of October, the rainy season may begin, and all trails could be closed.

Visiting Cinque Terre in November

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Lower prices, fewer tourists.

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Rainy season. November is considered the worst month to visit Cinque Terre.

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Lower prices, fewer tourists. Usually, on December 8th, the Presepe is opened in Manarola, and the villages are beautifully decorated for Christmas.

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It can be cold, although temperatures here rarely drop below 0 degrees.

Text printed from www.cinqueterre.holiday website