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Visiting Cinque Terre in Three Days

Cinque Terre Holiday: Tips on How to Spend Three Days in Cinque Terre.

Visiting Cinque Terre for three days is the best choice because one day is not enough, and in two days, you'll see everything in a rush. We recommend checking out these pages on our website, where you'll find useful tips and examples for visiting Cinque Terre for different durations.

View of the village from the path to San Bernardino, Vernazza, Cinque Terre
View of the village from the path to San Bernardino

Learn more about each village on our website, but on this page, we'll provide essential tips so you know the best times of day to visit each village.
Riomaggiore is best visited in the morning. If you arrive in Riomaggiore early in the morning, start your visit from the upper part of the village, and by midday, head down to the harbor as the sun will be shining on it.
It's best to visit Manarola late in the day, closer to sunset.
You can visit Corniglia at any time of the day!
In Vernazza, like in Manarola, it's best to enjoy the sunset. In the morning, the village is in the shade.
You can visit Monterosso at any time of the day!
So, plan to catch one sunset in Manarola and the second one in Vernazza. In the morning, visit Riomaggiore, and the other villages as your schedule allows.

View of the village from the harbor, Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre
View of the village from the harbor
The best view of Manarola (3 minutes walk to the little square on the hill, always open), Cinque Terre
The best view of Manarola (3 minutes walk to the little square on the hill, always open)

If you have 3 days to explore Cinque Terre, don't miss the opportunity to experience unique wine and culinary tours. Cinque Terre is renowned for its winemaking, offering a wide variety of wines to enjoy. Immerse yourself in the world of winemaking with a wine tasting experience and learn to prepare authentic pesto during a culinary class. Unforgettable culinary adventures await you!


In addition to the five villages of Cinque Terre, if you have some extra time, consider exploring the "Nearest Towns to Cinque Terre." Very close by is Portovenere. You can take a boat to Portovenere from Riomaggiore or La Spezia. It's worth a visit if you have three days in Cinque Terre.

If you are arriving by train from the south or east (Florence, Pisa, Rome, Venice, Parma), your first destination should be La Spezia, where you'll switch to a local train (the train will take you to the first village, Riomaggiore, in just 7 minutes). If you're coming from the north (Milan, Genoa), the train usually stops in Monterosso, where you can get off before reaching La Spezia.

The best view of Portofino from Castello Brown, Cinque Terre
The best view of Portofino from Castello Brown
Leaning Tower of Pisa, Cinque Terre
Leaning Tower of Pisa

You'll have plenty of time to explore on foot, and the four easiest trails in the park connect all the villages: Riomaggiore – Manarola – Corniglia – Vernazza – Monterosso. These are known as the Blue Trails. The first two segments (Riomaggiore – Corniglia) are the easiest, while the other two involve some uphill climbs. For more details on all the possible trails, check out these pages:

Path of Love between Riomaggiore and Manarola, Blue Trail, Cinque Terre
Path of Love between Riomaggiore and Manarola

The villages of Cinque Terre are very close to each other, so the choice of a specific village for accommodation doesn't matter much. The main focus should be on the location of the hotel in relation to the train station. If you want to save money, you can stay in La Spezia where there is a wider selection of hotels and lower prices. So, search for a hotel on this website and choose the one that suits you best. There's no need to stay in different villages as traveling by train between them takes only a few minutes, almost like taking the subway.

Near the Train Station in La Spezia, Italy
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Near the Train Station in La Spezia

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Hotels and Apartments in Cinque Terre, Italy
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Hotels and Apartments in Cinque Terre

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Hotel by the Sea, Italy
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Hotel by the Sea

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