Where to Stay in Cinque Terre – 6 TOP Spots + GREAT Hotels

Scenic view of Manarola village perched on rocky cliffs with colorful houses and vineyards, highlighting the beauty of Cinque Terre

You’ve probably seen pictures of the colorful buildings perched among the cliffs in Italy. Well, that’s Cinque Terre, an area in Northwest Italy that stretches along the Ligurian Coast. The scenery is absolutely gorgeous, and I’m sure you’ll want to visit, so you’re probably wondering where to stay in Cinque Terre.

I’ll start off with a short explanation. The name Cinque Terre literally means ‘Five Lands’, so you might have guessed that there are five Cinque Terre villages – and yes, I talk about all of them in this post. However, I also recommend another area – the town of La Spezia, or the ultimate starting point for exploring the Cinque Terre villages.

I’ve compared all Cinque Terre villages, and I can tell you that the best place to stay, especially if you’re visiting Cinque Terre for the first time, is the village of Riomaggiore. It is the closest village to La Spezia and it boasts immense natural beauty and some impressive attractions. Plus, it’s ideally located for exploring the other villages. 

To make the choice even easier for you, I went through nearly all Cinque Terre accommodations and handpicked the best options for each of the villages and for every price category. I just want to remind you that you need to book Cinque Terre hotels in advance because accommodation prices only grow higher as the dates come nearer.

Come on, let’s explore Cinque Terre together! 

Quick Picks for Your Stay

Check out the best hotel options in Cinque Terre Riomaggiore: 

luxury hotel
Facade of the colorful and historic a building with shutters and seaside charm
mid-range hotel
Simple yet functional work desk setup with a flat-screen TV mounted above

CASA D’AMORE

Best value for money

budget hotel
Cozy bedroom with a large padded headboard and clean, contemporary design

ZIA RITA

Best affordable accommodation in the center

Here’s a map of Cinque Terre and surrounds that showcases all the areas recommended in this post:

A colorful map highlighting the best areas to stay in Cinque terre with numbered locations and labels for easy navigations
  1. Riomaggiore: for diving 
  2. Manarola: for best views
  3. Corniglia: for tranquility
  4. Vernazza: for first-timers
  5. MONTEROSSO AL MARE: for beaches
  6. LA SPEZIA: near Cinque Terre

1. Riomaggiore – where to stay in Cinque Terre for first-timers

Charming Cinque Terre harbor with bright blue boats and vibrant buildings reflecting the quintessential Italian coastal lifestyle

Riomaggiore is the Southernmost Cinque Terre village or the first village you’ll come across if you’re traveling North of La Spezia – it’s just a 7 min train ride from the town! The village has a very authentic feel to it and is super lively, the streets always teeming with tourists eager to explore.

Castello di Riomaggiore (map) is perched on the steep hills above the village and offers spectacular views of the colorful buildings and the harbor. Even though the hike up to the castle is a bit challenging, I can assure you that it will all be worth it once you reach the top! 

If you need to cool off after your hike to the castle, make your way to Riomaggiore Beach (map) and go for a swim.

FUN FACT: the five villages of Cinque Terre, which are part of the Cinque Terre National Park, have been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. 

Before you move on to the other villages, you have to spend at least an afternoon in the Riomaggiore Old Town. Stroll along Via Colombo, the main street in the village, and stop at one of the many bars or cafes to have a drink and people-watch. 

Stop by the Church of San Giovanni Battista of Riomaggiore (map) to admire its Gothic architecture and snap pictures of any building that catches your eye along the way. As for nightlife, Riomaggiore has a lot to offer, too! I’d recommend Old School Cocktails & Food (map) for delicious drinks and light snacks and La Cantina del Macellaio (map) for traditional Italian cuisine.

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Cinque Terre: the charming facade of a traditional colorful building with balconies, a neatly arranged bedroom with modern furnishings, and a cozy kitchen setup complete with a dining table set for two.

This charming hotel is situated in a historic building overlooking the Riomaggiore harbor. It offers spacious rooms with contemporary furniture, a minibar, and a flat-screen TV. The hotel is in a central location near the Riomaggiore Train Station, and guests can enjoy a delicious breakfast at a bar nearby, which is partnered with the hotel. 

Other accommodation options in Riomaggiore

Mid-range
Office setup in a cozy room with a flat-screen TV mounted above a wooden desk

This Cinque Terre accommodation is a short walk away from the beach and offers air-conditioned rooms with private bathrooms

budget
Elegant bedroom with a plush king-size bed adorned with a blue bedsheet

A lovely guesthouse offering rooms with comfortable double beds and providing luggage storage and a housekeeping service

airbnb
View from a window in a hotel room, overlooking the picturesque buildings

An affordable self-catering apartment with a great terrace that has views of the harbor and sea

Things to do in Riomaggiore

  • Hike up to Castello di Riomaggiore and enjoy the views
  • Go for a swim at Riomaggiore Beach
  • Explore the Old Town and Via Colombo
  • Embark on a wine cellar tour and try some local wines
  • Admire the architecture of the Church of San Giovanni Battista of Riomaggiore
  • Grab a cocktail at Old School Cocktails & Food (map)
  • Sample the Italian dishes at La Cantina del Macellaio (map)
  • Hike the Sentiero Azzurro trail (see trail map) from Riomaggiore to Manarola

2. Manarola – where to stay in Cinque Terre for the best views

Spectacular panorama of Manarola in Cinque Terre, with its multicolored houses clinging to the cliffside, overlooking the azure sea

Situated on a cliff overlooking the sea, Manarola is a very small and charming village that provides the most stunning ocean views. Just 7 km (4 miles) North of Riomaggiore and a 20-min train ride away from La Spezia, Manarola is a great spot to just relax and soak up the natural beauty of the Cinque Terre region. 

As I already mentioned, this is a small village – in fact, it is the second smallest out of the 5 Cinque Terre villages, so don’t expect to find too many attractions or a lively nightlife scene. What you can expect, however, are unbeatable views and a very romantic atmosphere – it’s the ultimate destination for couples planning a romantic getaway. 

While here, go up to Presepe di Manarola (map) to enjoy uninterrupted views of the marina, and if you happen to visit during Christmas time, this is where you’ll find a very impressive nativity scene. 

FUN FACT: Cinque Terre is the birthplace of pesto, as this part of the Riviera has a climate especially suited for growing basil. Don’t leave before trying some of the delicious, authentic paste. 

Nessun Dorma (map) is one of the most popular restaurants in the region, so I suggest you spend at least one evening there, enjoying the breeze on the seaside terrace while sampling a variety of small plates and drinking delicious Italian wine. 

Finally, don’t forget to take some time to stroll around the village and the marina and snap some photos of this picture-perfect village!

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Cinque Terre: a luxurious outdoor hot tub overlooking the town, a spacious bedroom with bold wallpaper and comfortable seating, and a sea-view balcony furnished with inviting chairs and a small table.

Situated in a converted medieval tower, this Cinque Terre hotel features uniquely decorated rooms with stunning views of the Ligurian Sea. During your stay, you can relax in the on-site hot tub and enjoy a delicious breakfast, which is available at an additional charge.

Other accommodation options in Manarola

mid-range
Spacious living room with a comfortable red couch and a charming fireplace

Located in central Manarola, this hotel features private rooms, a garden, and a bar and serves an Italian-style breakfast

budget
Beach-themed bedroom featuring a queen-size bed

A guesthouse with a gorgeous sea view, offering family rooms and select rooms with private terraces, plus luggage storage space

airbnb
Bright kitchenette with modern appliances and a small dining table with two chairs

Situated on the ground floor of a villa, this quaint apartment has a lovely balcony overlooking the sea

Things to do in Manarola

  • Enjoy the stunning views from Presepe di Manarola
  • Pay a visit to the Catholic church Chiesa di San Lorenzo (map)
  • Have a romantic dinner at Nessun Dorma
  • Walk along the Manarola Marina
  • Sample some local wines and fresh seafood at Cappun Magru (map)
  • Treat yourself to a dinner with a view at Trattoria dal Billy (map)

3. Corniglia – where to stay in Cinque Terre for tranquility

Elevated view of the colorful and stacked buildings of Cinque Terre, nestled in green hillsides and overlooking the tranquil sea

The oldest village, Corniglia, is sometimes overlooked by people exploring Cinque Terre. This is a good thing for travelers who want to escape the crowds and enjoy a relaxing and serene atmosphere

Located 17 km/10 miles North of Riomaggiore and a 30-min train ride from La Spezia, Corniglia is a hidden gem that deserves your attention.

If you’re a hiking enthusiast, then Corniglia is the best match for you. This Cinque Terre village is surrounded by hiking trails, green hills, vineyards, and olive groves, and it’s the absolute perfect spot to immerse yourself in nature. 

You can start by climbing the 400 stairs up to Scalinata Lardarina (map) and admire the views from the panoramic terrace that waits at the top of the staircase. And one little piece of advice – start in the early morning to avoid the scorching sun later in the day. 

In case you’re up for something more challenging, you can hop on the Sentiero Azzurro cliffside hiking trail, also known as the Blue Path (see trail map), and walk from Corniglia to the neighboring Cinque Terre village of Vernazza. Another important thing you need to know about hiking the Blue Path is that you’ll need a Cinque Terre card. This card is required for hiking certain portions of the Blue Path, but it’s always a good idea to have one if you plan on hiking. The card is available for purchase online and at the Welcome Centers of Cinque Terre National Park.

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Cinque Terre: a living room with a large blue sofa and hardwood floors, a minimalist bedroom with blue accents and a bookshelf divider, and an expansive terrace with a full outdoor seating arrangement under an umbrella.

A luxury villa featuring 2 bedrooms, a full kitchen, a living room, and a spacious terrace that provides spectacular views of the sea. There’s a garden on-site where you can relax and unwind, or you can make use of the barbecue facilities and enjoy your dinner in the garden.

Other accommodation options in Corniglia

mid-range
Bright and functional kitchenette with white cabinetry and dining area

Offering self-catering apartments, this residence is a short walk from the beach and provides air conditioning and free Wi-Fi

budget
Inviting balcony view showcasing two wooden chairs and a table

This property has air-conditioned and comfortable rooms with private bathrooms and offers benefits like free Wi-FI and luggage storage

airbnb
Stylish modern bedroom with a large bed featuring a white and mustard duvet

A comfortable room with a dedicated bathroom and a large window, plus access to a communal rooftop terrace

Things to do in Corniglia

  • Climb the stairs at Scalinata Lardarina
  • Hike the Blue Path from Corniglia to Vernazza
  • Have a meal at A Cantina da Mananan (map)
  • Walk the narrow roads of Corniglia and stop at Chiesa Di San Pietro (map) church

4. Vernazza – where to stay in Cinque Terre for architecture

Stunning long exposure shot of Vernazza in Cinque Terre during twilight, with smooth water surfaces and colorful houses creating a magical atmosphere

Vernazza is the most famous of all the Cinque Terre villages and the one you’re probably seeing in all the pictures! The village has a very lively and vibrant atmosphere and hosts some of the best examples of the trademark Cinque Terre architecture. Vernazza is situated 17 km/10 miles North of Riomaggiore and a 20-min train ride from La Spezia. 

The main point of interest in the village of Vernazza is the Castello Doria, i.e., the Ruins of Doria Tower (map). This castle dates back a thousand years, and it can only be reached by steep stairs, but I can assure you that the view from there is worth the trouble. 

Another important landmark in the village is the Church of St. Margaret of Antioch (map), a small church with a tower overlooking the Ligurian Sea. 

But even the buildings that aren’t designated as landmarks in Vernazza are true monuments of architecture. Just stroll along the streets and admire the elegant houses and luxury villas, and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a different time. 

However, Vernazza is much more than just its gorgeous, colorful buildings. It’s actually home to one of the one of the most important ports in this region. 

Additionally, it also boasts a beach. Vernazza Beach (map) is not your typical sandy beach – there are quite a few rocks on the beach and in the water, but it’s still a very popular place to go for a swim. 

NOTE: Vernazza, just like all the other Cinque Terre villages, is a car-free zone, and parking within the village is reserved for residents. However, if you’re traveling with a car, there’s a car park about 1 km (0.6 miles) outside the village (map) where you can park your vehicle and then move along on foot to explore the village. 

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Cinque Terre: an ultramodern bathroom with blue lighting and sleek fixtures, a minimalistic bedroom with balcony access overlooking the seaside, and a quaint balcony setting with a table and chairs against a backdrop of colorful houses and the sea.

Situated right on the seafront, this luxury apartment complex features an on-site coffee shop and offers packed lunches. Each apartment is air-conditioned and has a flat-screen TV and a safety deposit box, while some units also have private terraces or balconies. Private parking at the property can be arranged at an extra charge.

Other accommodation options in Vernazza

mid-range
Contemporary kitchen and dining area with a well-equipped white cabinet kitchen

A fully furnished apartment consisting of a comfy bedroom with a double bed, a living area, and a kitchen

budget
Bright and airy bedroom with a comfortable double bed,

This Vernazza guesthouse is a short walk from the beach and has rooms with private bathrooms and a seating area

airbnb
Art-filled room with vibrant framed pictures, twin beds, and a view out to the colorful buildings

A great self-catering apartment located in the heart of Vernazza with a terrace, free Wi-Fi, and sea views

Things to do in Vernazza

  • Enjoy the panoramic views from Doria Castle
  • Visit the famous 13th-century church Santa Margherita d’Antiochia
  • Go swimming at Vernazza Beach
  • Go for dinner with a view at Ristorante La Torre (map)
  • Stroll the streets and admire the architecture
  • Grab a quick bite to eat from Pippo a Vernazza (map)

5. Monterosso Al Mare – for the best beaches in Cinque Terre

Unique stone architecture of a Cinque Terre beachfront property, showcasing the blend of natural beauty and historic design along the Italian Riviera

Monterosso Al Mare is the largest of the five Cinque Terre villages, situated 28 km (17 miles) North of Riomaggiore and a 25-min ride on the Cinque Terre Express from La Spezia. The village of Monterosso Al Mare is renowned for its sandy beaches and has a very lively atmosphere, thanks to locals and tourists alike. 

While you’re here, you can spend your time at either of the 2 beaches: Monterosso Beach (map), a gorgeous sandy beach with crystal-clear waters and a great choice if you’re visiting with family, and Fegina Beach (map), famous for the unique Statua del Gigante, a statue of Neptune, the Roman god of the sea. 

Although I’m sure you’ll want to spend all of your time in Monterosso on the beach, I suggest you set a little of your time aside to explore the Old Town, with its narrow alleyways and the famous Gothic church of San Giovanni Battista (map). You don’t want to miss it!

Here are the best hotels in Monterosso Al Mare:

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Cinque Terre: a standard bedroom with teal bedding and balcony access, a circular pool surrounded by loungers and lush vegetation, and an aerial view of a multi-storied hotel nestled in a green hillside.

Just a few steps away from Monterosso Beach, the Porto Roca offers stunning ocean views and access to a sun terrace and an outdoor swimming pool. Guests at the hotel will enjoy perks such as free chairs and parasols at the beach below, dine at the Italian restaurant on-site, and even commission the airport shuttle for an added fee. 

Other accommodation options in Monterosso Al Mare

mid-range
Minimalistic and sleek reception area with two black wicker chairs

A 5-min walk from the beach, this hotel boasts bright rooms with private bathrooms and air conditioning

budget
Cozy bedroom featuring a double bed with a unique black and white bedspread

Offering simply decorated rooms with a work desk and a TV, this a great option for budget travelers

airbnb
Modern living space with a comfortable light grey sofa and round coffee tables

This quiet, centrally-located apartment has a private entrance, a double bedroom, and a two-seated table, perfect for couples

Things to do in Monterosso Al Mare

  • Spend a day soaking up the sun at Monterosso Beach
  • Admire the Statua del Gigante at Fegina Beach
  • Have some pasta at La Taverna di Monterosso (map)
  • Explore the narrow streets of the village’s historic center
  • Visit the Convent of the Capuchin Friars (map)
  • Treat yourself to a fine dining experience at Miky (map)

6. La Spezia – where to stay near the Cinque Terre towns

Aerial view of La Spezia's coastline, featuring historic buildings, docks, and a clear view out to the sea with vessels and rolling hills in the background.

If you can’t decide on one of the five villages, then I have a very good solution for you – La Spezia. Situated on the Italian Riviera between Liguria and Tuscany, this city is an excellent starting point for exploring all five towns in the Cinque Terre region. Just 16 km (10 miles) away from Riomaggiore, you’ll find the hub of activity in Liguria.

La Spezia is the ideal spot for exploring the other towns in the region, seeing as all five towns are just a short train ride away from the city. The Cinque Terre Express runs from La Spezia to Levanto – every 20 minutes – and it’s the quickest way to get around the Cinque Terre towns. 

TIP: buy the Cinque Terre Treno MS Card at the La Spezia train station. This will give you unlimited travel between the villages on the Cinque Terre Express. 

Since La Spezia has great connections to all other towns, it’s a great place to stay if you want to explore Cinque Terre but are traveling without a car. Plus, it’s a good option if you’re traveling on a budget, as accommodation prices during high season can be significantly lower than those you’ll find in any of the five towns. 

Even if you don’t feel like traveling around Cinque Terre, you can spend the day in La Spezia and explore the nearby attractions. Pay a visit to the Technical Naval Museum of Spezia, walk around the historic center of the city, and go out to Castello San Giorgio (map).

Now, let’s take a look at the best hotels in La Spezia!

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Cinque Terre: the NH La Spezia hotel's tall modern structure from the outside, a luxurious and spacious bedroom with sea views, and a plush living area with large windows offering a panoramic view of the waterfront.

One of the best hotels in the area, the NH La Spezia, is in a great location, just a short walk from the Old Town and overlooking the Ligurian Sea. The hotel restaurant serves traditional local cuisine and wine, and a sweet and savory buffet breakfast is available daily.

Other accommodation options in La Spezia

mid-range
Compact and rustic dining area with a light blue table and folding wooden chairs

A recently restored hotel with elegant rooms, modern facilities, and a delicious, hearty breakfast, complimented by the friendly staff

budget
Luxurious bedroom with a golden brown bedspread on a grand brass-framed bed

A few minutes away from the train station, this guesthouse has family rooms and offers housekeeping services and free Wi-Fi

airbnb
Elegant waiting area with a brown leather sofa set and a classic wooden coffee table

A 1-bedroom, pet-friendly apartment featuring a living room, a functional kitchen, and a modern, clean bathroom

Things to do in La Spezia

  • Hop on a short train ride and explore the other Cinque Terre villages
  • Visit the Technical Naval Museum of Spezia
  • Explore La Spezia’s Centro Storico
  • Enjoy a meal at Osteria Da Bartali (map)
  • Explore the Castello San Giorgio and its surroundings
  • Spend a relaxing afternoon at Parco XXV Aprile (map)
👑 Luxury price:€200
💵 Mid-range hotel:€150
🛏️ Budget:€90
📍 Best area:Riomaggiore
🛎️ Best luxury hotel:Alla Marina Affittacamere
🧳 Best mid-range hotel:Casa D’amore
👛 Best budget hotel:Zia Rita

FAQs about where to stay in Cinque Terre

Picturesque view of Portovenere's waterfront lined with multicolored houses and boats, encapsulating the quintessential charm of the Ligurian coast.

⛵ What’s the best town to stay in Cinque Terre?

The best town to stay in Cinque Terre is Riomaggiore, with attractions like Castello di Riomaggiore and Riomaggiore Beach, cute cafes, and lively nightlife. The best hotels in Cinque Terre are the Alla Marina Affittacamere and Casa D’amore

📍 Where is Cinque Terre?

Cinque Terre is a collection of 5 fishing villages located on the Ligurian Coast in Northwest Italy.

🥾 Where to stay when hiking Cinque Terre?

The best Cinque Terre village for hiking is Corniglia. This is because it is surrounded by hiking trails and hills, plus it offers easy access to the Blue Path from Corniglia to Vernazza.

🏖️ Which Cinque Terre town has the best beach?

The best beaches in Cinque Terre are in Monterosso Al Mare. Here, you can explore 2 beautiful beaches: Monterosso Beach and Fegina Beach. 

🏨 How far ahead do I need to book Cinque Terre hotels?

If you want to get the best deals on Cinque Terre accommodation, you should book a hotel at least 3 to 4 months in advance. 

🚗 How to get around Cinque Terre?

If you want to get around the Cinque Terre villages, you can do so by car or by train. However, the best way to explore the villages is on foot; don’t worry, all the main sights are within walking distance. 

👍 Is it worth staying in La Spezia for Cinque Terre?

Yes, it’s definitely worth staying in La Spezia if you want to explore all five villages – they’re all a short train ride away – and there are some great hotel options like NH La Spezia and Hotel Corallo

📅 How many days in Cinque Terre is enough?

To visit all Cinque Terre villages and see the most important attractions, you need at least 3 to 4 days, but even if you plan a week-long trip, you’ll still have plenty to do! 

Final thoughts on where to stay in Cinque Terre

The writer of the post enjoying gelato in front of the vibrant and picturesque cliffside village of Manarola, Cinque Terre, embodying the joy of Italian travel

We’re at the end of our guide on where to stay in Cinque Terre! I hope you’ve already chosen an area and picked a hotel for your stay in Cinque Terre.

In case you’re still undecided, here are my 2 favorite Cinque Terre hotels, both situated in Riomaggiore: 

  • Alla Marina Affittacamere – an upscale hotel within walking distance of the beach offering stunning sea views and great breakfast
  • Casa D’amore – a comfortable hotel with air-conditioned rooms and free Wi-Fi

Wherever you decide to stay in Cinque Terre, be sure to book in advance because the best hotels sell out super quickly!

If you have any questions about your upcoming stay in Cinque Terre, drop me a comment below, and I’ll be happy to get back to you. 

Have a great trip,

Hristina


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