The largest of the 5 villages and the one with the best beach access is Monterosso- this is also where you will find the most incredible antipasti board on the planet- Da Eraldo. The area is known for some of the best Pesto so feel free to ask for more like I did! Stroll through the tunnel to explore both sides of the town then hop the train to head to the next village…
The highlight of this village is the hike up to the stunning view point. Most of the trails require a pass but if we give a big smile and ask nicely they will let you pass to snag a picture (there may have been some fence climbing to get this shot but worth it) Next village is Corniglia which most people skip as it is not by the water and requires many steps to the top so we hoped on the ferry and arrived at…
Don’t forget your swimwear like I did as this is the place to snorkel & cliff dive- another great spot for a meal is Nessun Dorma that overlooks the town but I was full from pesto & gelato (plus the line was too long) Last of the five is…
Take the time to explore the many hidden pathways away from the crowds (preferably with a Peroni in hand)
Although not part of the Five Villages this quaint town is also an UNESCO World Heritage site and where I stayed while exploring the area. The Grand Portovenere is perched perfectly by the ferry port along with overlooking the town making it the most convenient to all shops & cafes. Make sure you have dinner at Trattoria Tre Torri as it has some of the best seafood in town and you can’t go wrong with any of the seaside cafes for lunch.
If you have been to Cinque Terre what is your favorite village?