The Best Place to Stay in Cinque Terre
Let’s also talk about location. As mentioned, there are five Cinque Terre villages. Unlike the Amalfi Coast and other similar places, it is incredibly easy to get from town to town. You can do so via train, on foot (via the Cinque Terre walk ing trails), or by boat (except Corniglia). Because of this you could book Cinque Terre accommodation in any of them which is why I have included options for each.
The Cinque Terre towns, from North to South:
Monterosso — the northern most village. It is home to the best beach in Cinque Terre and the most shops, hotels, and restaurants. It is mostly flat, everything is very spread out, and it’s the most modern.
Vernazza — arguably the most picturesque village. I found Vernazza to be the perfect size (not too big, not too small). It has a natural pier and a small beach.
Corniglia — the only village not accessible by sea. You can arrive here by train or on foot. It is incredibly small. This is the town I would least recommend staying in.
Manarola — while most people find Vernazza to be the most beautiful, I found Manarola to be breathtaking. There is no sand beach here but there is a gorgeous harbor and a bunch of rocky cliffs that people dive from.
Riomaggiore — the most southern and easternmost village. It is shockingly the largest (I could have sworn Monterosso was!) and has a beautiful harbor. It is the closest to La Spezia.
I personally stayed in Vernazza while visiting Cinque Terre and I found it to be the best town to stay in Cinque Terre. It’s not too big but also not too small and there are plenty of places to eat which make it incredibly convenient. At night it’s quite lively unlike the smaller towns.
But I also have other friends who stayed in a different village and found it to be their favorite, so don’t take my recommendation as a requirement! It is hard to choose one best village in Cinque Terre when they are each great for their own reason. Browse the list below and go with whichever b&b Cinque Terre works best for you.
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