Vernazza is the steepest of the five villages in Cinque Terre in the northwestern part of Italy. As you know, Cinque Terre is a group of five villages known for its colourful houses on the cliffs along the Italian coastlines. While Vernazza is a photogenic village on its own, my other two favourite villages are Manarola and Riomaggiorre. You’ve got to see them!
Yes, you can hike all the five villages in Cinque Terre. If you’re able and have the stamina to hike, then, do it! It’s worth it. It takes a day of hiking across these villages. You’ve got to wear proper hiking gear and take note of the sweltering heat in summer. Bring a bottle of water which you can refill or buy when arriving in every village.
Another option: If you can’t all of them, choose two or three villages you want to hike. You can choose any village as your starting point to hike.
Most of the photos below are taken from hiking Vernazza to Corniglia route. It took me almost two hours because I had feet blisters but should be an hour on regular pacing hike.
Enjoy these photos. Hope they will inspire you visually to go, visit and hike this amazing place!
There’s a special train that goes to these five villages in Cinque Terre. It’s pretty much almost 24 hours – so don’t worry about it. However, you need to have a copy of the train timetable so you’d be aware. You can get it from your hostel or at the Train Station’s Tourist Information Office. From La Spezia to the last village takes less than an hour. It comes in every 20 minutes or less. No need to book in advance.
It is expensive to stay in any of the five villages mentioned above. And there are also very few choices. It’s even hard to find an affordable accommodation within your backpacking budget. So, I decided to stay at La Spezia, the nearest town where the five villages are under its care. Also, La Spezia’s Train Station is well-connected to many parts of Italy. I stayed at the Grand Hostel Maninwhich I booked via . You can also find other accommodations from HostelWorld.