From the small villages that cling to steep cliffs to the medieval architecture and blue water, this 10-day trip to the Cinque Terre coast has something for everyone. Stay in the tight-knit community of Manarola where you'll go hiking & swimming, then learn to cook Italian fare from a local. End your trip in the port city of Pisa, where the Campo dei Miracoli and narrow streets offer endless opportunities to explore.
Some Suggestions for Beaches:
- Riomaggiore has a small rocky beach called La Fossola at the starting point of the famous Love Path. It's a bit of a trek, but the waters are pristine and the views breathtaking.
- In Manarola, there's a beautiful harbor area that has the best deep-water swimming around.
- In the harbor of Vernazza, there's a small sandy beach where you can take a swim in the calm waters of the village.
- Monterosso has a long sandy beach, the perfect place if you're looking for a traditional beach with sand and umbrellas.
- For more sandy beaches, leave Cinque Terre and head to Lerici, neighboring Fiascherino, or Tellaro (only by car), all opposite Portovenere. Swim in the small cove of Baia Blu or at Cala di Maramozza.
- Forte dei Marmi, located on the border between Liguria and Tuscany, is a family favorite and very kid-friendly.
Itineraries with Beach Day in Cinque Terre
Explore Mediterranean beaches, Renaissance capitals, and medieval hill towns on this delightful 13-day tour through the Italian regions of Liguria and Tuscany. Start your adventure on the west coast, where you'll discover the quaint villages, rugged shorelines, and breathtaking scenery of the Cinque Terre. Head inland to spend a day wandering through history in Pisa, before journeying west to soak up the Renaissance splendor of Florence. The final five days take you deep into the Tuscan countryside, where you'll stay at a rural agriturismo villa and immerse yourself in the culture and landscape of the Val d'Orcia—wine tasting and truffle hunting around picturesque hill towns.