What to do in the Cinque Terre in 2 days or more
Cinque Terre is indeed an engaging destination for a short holiday. However, the area is vast, and there are many things you can do if you want to linger on the best coast in Northern Italy, and if you want to explore some of its varied inland.
Mountains, quaint inland villages, fun small cities come all together in the Cinque Terre, where you can spend a few days by traveling relatively easily from one place to the other and enjoy some activities with locals if you want.
Don’t be laughed at by the Cinque Terre locals, trains don’t take you to all paradises in the area.
Locals often giggle when they are asked about the railway station to Portovenere or Lerici, that’s something only a tourist can ask about. Building the railway that connects the Cinque Terre villages wasn’t easy, and locals don’t give it for granted for the whole area.
Traveling in the Cinque Terre villages is definitely something you should do by train, as the driving distance from one hamlet to the other is short only in some cases (for example, from Riomaggiore to Manarola).
However, if you wish to see the lively La Spezia and its beautiful Gulf, car, bus and boat are the only options.
As commuting buses can be truly packed at times, and there is no service in the evenings, renting a car or getting to the harbor is the solution if you want to get more inland to some panoramic places and enjoy an exciting climb or stay on the coast.
What to do in Cinque Terre in two days.
After visiting the Cinque Terre villages, you are ready to see more of the wonderful so-told Gulf of the Poets, by now known by tourists and yet not so much on the mainstream tracks. The Gulf of the Poets is a deep bay south of the Cinque Terre Marine Park with La Spezia at its center and Portovenere and Lerici at its edges. It owes its name to the many poets that since ancient times visited the area throughout time and decided to spend some part of their lives there.
On the banks of the Gulf, you can visit many quaint villages so typical of the Ligurian coast in which you can enjoy great food, take fantastic pictures from its most panoramic spots, enjoy kayaking, sailing, or even just strolling around. In the La Spezia town, learn an interesting story and a vivid atmosphere, especially from aperitivo time.
What to do in the Cinque Terre in three days
If you like hiking, the paths to walk to visit the Cinque Terre villages are very exciting for the view and for the surroundings to explore, but they can also be quite challenging and better enjoyed if you can stay a little longer in the area, finding a local guide to take you to best spots. There are spectacular treks also behind the “official” CInque Terre” area, namely the five villages. Exploring the inland valleys by e-bike, for example, can be a great way to discover hidden treasures, such as the suggestive “round hamlets”.
In Lunigiana, explore an extraordinary land constellated with ancient castles and monasteries, and learn about charming mysterious legends such as the one about the Statue Stele stories. The area borders Tuscany and its hilly landscape. Not far from here, the amazing “Alpi Apuane” with their white tops are the unique setting of the Carrara Marble Quarries.
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