The Cinque Terre is quite possibly one of the most beautiful locations on the Italian coast if we do say so ourselves. We have a post all about walking the Cinque Terre if you plan on doing it soon! With its incredible views, a perfect collection of villages and plenty to do, it’s essential on any trip to Italy. With that in mind, in today’s post, we’re bringing you 6 essential things not to miss as you walk the Cinque Terre.

Guvano Beach, Cinque Terre

1. Guvano Beach

Despite having plentiful beaches due to traveling along the coast, the Cinque Terre’s nicest beach has been named: Guvano beach. One of the three beaches of Corniglia, it sits on a gorge between Vernazza and Corniglia, and is described as being a hidden or secret beach. Which is a major factor in why so many want to visit it! Part of the appeal of reaching this beach is in the level of challenge that it takes to get there, involving hiking down the edge of a large cliff or through a deserted railway tunnel. It may not be for the faint-hearted or those that are afraid of heights, but it’s well worth a visit while traversing the Cinque Terre!

The Love Path, Cinque Terre

2. Via dell’Amore (The Love Path)

Only taking up about 30 minutes of your Cinque Terre exploration time, Via dell’Amore or the Path of Love is not one to be missed. It’s a walking path between Riomaggiore and Manarola, which is about 0.62 miles (1km) in length. Located close to the train station in both towns, the entrance is easy to find. You’ll see some extraordinary panoramic views from the Path of Love, such as the rocky cliff face and the clear blue waters that lie down below. Carefully paved and the easiest part of the Cinque Terre to walk, it’s an ideal walking path for couples who are traveling the Cinque Terre together. And with fencing running along the ocean side, this path is perfect for families with children too.

La Lardarina, Cinque Terre

3. Scalinata Lardarina

Situated in Corniglia, La Lardarina (or Scalinata Lardarina) is a series of 377 red brick steps and ramps that descend from the village down to the train station and the ocean. Almost 400 steps can seem very intimidating, but the steps are both wide and shallow, making for a relatively easy climb or descent. The views you’ll see on this hike are indescribable, as you’ll witness crystal clear waters and a stretch of the Italian coastline as far as the eye can see. When you reach the bottom, you’ll find multiple vendors selling a selection of artwork and souvenirs. The perfect commemorator of your travels along the Cinque Terre? We certainly think so!

Sanctuaries Way, Cinque Terre

4. The Sanctuaries Ways

One of the most convenient walkways in the Cinque Terre, the Sanctuaries Ways gained its name from its connection to all of the sanctuaries of the Cinque Terre National Park. Each village has its own sanctuary, of which its inhabitants are devoted to. Along this stunning pathway in Liguria, there are endless incredible views to take in: the landscape, stunning vineyards, and of course, the sea. You’ll travel along sharp cliff sides and through shady wooded areas, all the while taking in the gorgeous scenery that surrounds you at every turn. And the best part: you can reward yourself with a delicious meal upon your arrival, depending on which village you plan to visit! And maybe a shot of Limoncello? When in the Cinque Terre and all that!

Castle of Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre

5. Castle of Riomaggiore

Built in the 13th century under Marquis Turcotti, lord of Ripalta, the Castle of Riomaggiore is one of the Cinque Terre’s most important artifacts. The castle was completed by the Republic of Genoa to up the strength of its defense system. It went under numerous changes over the years and was also used as a cemetery in the early 19th century. It’s also known as Castellazzo of Cerrico and is instantly recognizable by its square base and rounded set of towers. It’s still in use to this day, acting as a home to cultural events and activities. As it sits close to the cliff side, you can see sensational views of the Italian coast from the Castle of Riomaggiore.

Sunset across the Cinque Terre

6. The Sunset

We’d have to be some kind of monsters if we didn’t tell you to watch the sunset whilst in the Cinque Terre! Considering where you are, there’s no wrong place to watch it, which is always a plus! We can’t help but recommend on the beach/on a blanket having an evening picnic… ‘Cause doesn’t that just sound like perfection? We thought so, too! As it stands, the sunrise happens at 6:30AM, while the sun sets at around 8:20PM. We can’t help but guarantee that it’ll be the most breath-taking part of your trip. That’s quite the statement to make, but we swear it’s true!

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