The five gorgeous coastal hill towns that are famous for their connecting goat trails that hikers have now taken over. It's no longer that secret gem of a destination that only the most adventurous knew about. There are trains and boats packed with people that stop at each town on a regular schedule. The train doors open and the gangway extends to allow for the fluid movement of humanity to pour into these tiny towns.
But don't let this deter you. These towns are still worth the visit.
Find an Airbnb or hotel in one of the five towns and make it your home base while taking your time hiking to and from each town.
Cinque Terre has experienced mudslides that have washed away the coastal trail between Manarola and Corniglia. This isn't a problem, the hike is just longer and harder is all.
This hike is more like a Stairmaster workout from hell rather than a leisurely stroll, but with fantastic views.
Worth every butt muscle ache.
We did wander off into a few private vineyards a couple times adding quite a few hundred extra steps to our already tired and quivering quads.
You can get trail maps at the tourist information shops in each town or download it here.
I found the map completely confusing and we decided to just see where our forward momentum took us.
You will need to purchase atrekking card for a few Euros when hiking the coastal routes.
This is what you come here for. The coastal views. The vineyard trails. The terraced steps.
This is more of a leisurely hike than the trail between Corniglia and Manarola.
There will be more photo stops and short rests to admire the views.
We can't recommend this restaurant enough. it's perched at the end of the harbor in what looks like a stone fort. You will definitely need reservations. The views are spectacular and the food is delicious. Squid ink pasta, please!