The five villages that make up the ‘five lands’ of Cinque Terre are a portal to some of the most charming features of Italy. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, these cliffside towns that line the Ligurian coast were once isolated little hamlets. While today they are much livelier, cars are still not allowed in most areas of the villages. Instead, a 19th Century railway transports many visitors around, though most people chose to walk the famous footpaths to enjoy the breathtaking scenery along the way.
With pastel-toned houses tumbling down to charming waterfronts, Cinque Terre is made for a slower pace of life, where there is always time for a coffee by the harbour or gelato on the beach. It is also peppered with Medieval relics and religious monuments, giving the area a rustic Italian flavour that is simply irresistible.
Our Travel Consultants can advise on, arrange and pre-book many things to enhance your holiday. This includes everything from spa reservations and dinner reservations, to a range of special experiences available in our featured resorts that you may not know about.
Cinque Terre has a warm Mediterranean climate with sunny summers reaching up to 30°C in July and August. To make the most of walking, the slightly more temperate month of May is perfect, though March onwards and September still has pleasant weather for enjoying walks. It is slightly chillier between October and February when there is also increased chance of rainfall.
These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Cinque Terre.
British Airways from London Gatwick and London Heathrow to Pisa.
From London to Pisa: 2 hours, 10 minutes.
Travelling With Children or Without an Adult
Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.
Visa and Advance Passenger Information
All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.
Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.
For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk
Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/
In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.
Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net,
www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.