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Where To Stay In Cinque Terre – BEST Towns & Places To Stay For Every Traveller & Budget

Cinque Terre is one of those beautiful destinations that features on every Italy bucket list. With its colourful houses, vibrant green hills and turquoise sea, it looks like stepping into a postcard.

No Italy itinerary would be complete without a trip to Cinque Terre, and if you have time to spend a night or more there, I highly recommend doing so. If you want to know the best places to stay in Cinque Terre, this is the guide for you!

My grandma is from La Spezia, a city just 15 minutes away from Cinque Terre, and I spent much of my childhood in the area.

This article is packed with my personal suggestions as a local, highlighting the Cinque Terre hotels for every budget and traveller.

View over Manarola, one of the most famous towns to stay in Cinque Terre, Italy

View over Manarola, one of the most famous towns in Cinque Terre, Italy

While the Cinque Terre towns might all look very similar, they’re actually very different and each town is best suited for different people.

In this Cinque Terre accommodation guide you will find the difference between the towns and accommodation suggestions for every budget and need.

Whether you’re a couple looking for a romantic getaway, a family looking for a fun trip together, or a solo traveller looking for fun, this where to stay in Cinque Terre guide has something for everyone!

I’ve also included some cool places to stay near Cinque Terre, for a more local feel and less touristy vibe. So without further ado, let’s dive in and discover where to stay in Cinque Terre!

Admiring the colourful houses of Vernazza in Cinque Terre, Italy

Admiring the colourful houses of Vernazza in Cinque Terre, Italy

About Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre, in Italian meaning “Five Lands”, is a part of coastline in Liguria, a region of Italy. It gets its name from the five towns that form the Cinque Terre; Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore.

There is also a Cinque Terre National Park, which encompasses other small villages, the green hills and vineyards and an area of 17 square miles, but the most famous part is the coastline that joins these seaside villages.

There is a beautiful hiking trail; the Sentiero Azzurro, which links the towns and offers incredible views over the sea and coastline. The towns are also connected by the local train system.

Vineyards somewhere along the Sentiero Azzurro in Cinque Terre, with Monterosso in the distance

Vineyards somewhere along the Sentiero Azzurro in Cinque Terre, with Monterosso in the distance

If, like me, you’re not a fan of driving and are looking for where to stay in Cinque Terre without a car, worry not! The towns are very small and mostly pedestrian, a car would just complicate your trip. You can travel here easily by train instead.

These five towns are all extremely picturesque, with perched houses, terraced vineyards, harbours filled with colourful wooden boats and narrow pedestrian streets. They can seem very similar, but are actually very different.

If you’re planning a trip to Cinque Terre you probably want to spend at least one night there, and are looking for the best place to do so. After all, how do you decide which of the five villages should be your home for the trip?

There is no wrong answer; it all depends on your travel style. Each Cinque Terre town has its very distinctive feel, which I have summarised below.

View over Vernazza from the start of the Sentiero Azzurro

View over Vernazza from the start of the Sentiero Azzurro

Best towns to stay in Cinque Terre at a glance

Monterosso al Mare – Home to the biggest beaches in Cinque Terre, not as hilly as other towns, perfect for beach goers and families.

VernazzaCan get very busy, many boat tours set off from here, lots of delicious food options and many gorgeous viewpoints.

Corniglia – Less busy than other towns, more affordable, epic views and an off the beaten track feel.

Manarola – Extremely scenic, very romantic location, perfect for couples.

RiomaggioreOne of the bigger towns, has a lively feeling, one of the best sunset spots and views, perfect for young people.

Hiking along the Sentiero Azzurro in Cinque Terre, Italy

Hiking along the Sentiero Azzurro in Cinque Terre

La Spezia – More a city than a town, just a 15-minute train away from Cinque Terre, offers a more local vibe and cheaper prices.

Porto Venere – Known as the “Sixth Land”, this gorgeous seaside town is overlooked by many tourists, and is perfect for an off the beaten track stay.

I have included also La Spezia and Porto Venere, which although aren’t technically part of Cinque Terre, are close enough and are actually where, as a local, I would recommend staying.

Read on to discover more information on each town, as well as some awesome hotel and apartment suggestions for each of the Five Lands.

Beautiful corners and windows in Porto Venere

Beautiful corners and windows in Porto Venere

Where to stay in Cinque Terre for beach lovers: Monterosso al Mare

Italy is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and the Ligurian coast is amongst those. That said, Cinque Terre specifically doesn’t have an awful lot of beaches.

If on your visit to Cinque Terre you want to be within walking distance of a gorgeous beach, then Monterosso al Mare is the perfect Cinque Terre town for you.

Monterosso al Mare is home to the biggest beaches in Cinque Terre, and with the most crystal clear turquoise water.

Fegina Beach in Monterosso al Mare in Cinque Terre

Fegina Beach in Monterosso al Mare, Cinque Terre

The main beaches are Fegina Beach, right as you walk out of Monterosso al Mare train station, and the one by Via Corone, in front of the town centre.

Both beaches are equipped with sunbeds, umbrellas and beach bars, as well as free beach sections.

By staying in Monterosso al Mare you will combine a picturesque stay in one of Italy’s most distinctive towns with a relaxing beach vacation.

The town centre of Monterosso al Mare is characterised by narrow pedestrian streets and quaint vibe.

The cute streets of Monterosso al Mare - the best place to stay in Cinque Terre for a beach vacation

The cute streets of Monterosso al Mare, Cinque Terre

I have listed below some accommodation options in Monterosso al Mare for every budget.

Budget: Affittacamere La Terrazza sul Mare – This bnb is in the perfect position for those looking for a relaxing beach holiday, being located exactly in front of the beach. It also has a spacious terrace where you can enjoy the sun and sea views when the beach is busy.

Check out the latest prices and availability at Affittacamere La Terraza sul Mare!

Mid-range: ALTIDO Villa Monterosso Apartment Bellavista – This modern villa is tastefully decorated, with gorgeous views of the Ligurian coastline and sea. It’s also in an excellent position in Monterosso.

Click here to see prices and availability at ALTIDO Villa Monterosso Apartment Bellavista!

Luxury: La Casa del Gigante Luxury Collection – If you want to treat yourself, this is the place to do so. Built in a traditional rock castle, this luxurious 2-bedroom apartment has spectacular views of the Monterosso beaches and coast.

Click here to book your stay at La Casa del Gigante Luxury Collection!

View over Monterosso from the start of the Sentiero Azzurro

View over Monterosso from the start of the Sentiero Azzurro

Best place to stay in Cinque Terre for awesome views: Vernazza

Vernazza is possibly my favourite town in Cinque Terre. While it might not be the most dramatic, I find the two viewpoints over it (that you can find on both sides of the Sentiero Azzurro) simply breathtaking.

And it’s not limited to the official viewpoints, there are many gorgeous corners in and around the town where you can enjoy gorgeous views over the roofs of Vernazza, the colourful harbour, the sea and surrounding green hills.

Vernazza is the perfect place to stay in Cinque Terre for people who love photography and hiking. From here you can do the Sentiero Azzurro trail going to Corniglia in one direction and to Monterosso in the other.

It’s a gorgeous place to stay, one that features on countless Europe bucket lists and travel bucket lists, and rightly so!

Vernazza, one of the towns of Cinque Terre, seen from the Sentiero Azzurro - my personal favourite place to stay in Cinque Terre for the views

Vernazza, one of the towns of Cinque Terre, seen from the Sentiero Azzurro

Vernazza, one of the main towns in Cinque Terre, Italy

View over Vernazza from the other side of the Sentiero Azzurro in Cinque Terre, Italy

Here are some awesome places to stay in Vernazza for every budget.

Budget: Affittacamere Elisabetta – In line with the beautiful of Vernazza, this lovely bnb is perfect for those who want a treat without breaking the bank. They have balconies and a rooftop with 360 views over the sea and Vernazza, the perfect place to relax and enjoy the view away from the crowds!

Click here to book your stay at Affittacamere Elisabetta!

Mid-range: Casa da Muccia Vernazza vista mare – We walked past this cute house during our Sentiero Azzurro hike and thought how amazing it would be to stay here. From this rustic house you can see the iconic view over Vernazza that you see in postcards, from the comfort of your bed.

Click here to see prices and availability at Casa da Muccia Vernazza vista mare!

Luxury: MADA Charm Apartments Terrace&Carugio – Located in the heart of Vernazza, these beautiful apartments have modern furnishing but retain their traditional feel. You can also enjoy gorgeous views over the harbour of Vernazza.

Click here to book your stay at MADA Charm Apartments!

The colourful houses and harbour of Vernazza in Cinque Terre, Italy

The colourful houses and harbour of Vernazza in Cinque Terre, Italy

Best village to stay in Cinque Terre away from the crowds: Corniglia

Considering the five towns of Cinque Terre are the main attraction of the area, it’s hard to fine one that isn’t busy and touristy. That said, Corniglia is by far the quietest of the Cinque Terre towns.

Corniglia is located on top of a hill, far from the sea. While that makes for some seriously stunning views, it makes it harder to go for a swim in the sea and doesn’t have the same maritime feeling as the other towns.

When spending a day in Cinque Terre almost every tourist passes by Corniglia, but beyond a casual walk through its quaint and narrow streets and admiring the view over the coastline, not many stop for longer.

Staying in Corniglia for a night means enjoying one of the most popular destinations in Italy, without the huge tourist crowds.

One thing to bear in mind if you’re staying in Corniglia is that while the town is on top of a hill, the train station is at sea level. To reach the town you have to walk up 380 steps. Make sure to pack light and leave the big suitcases at home!

The cute streets of Corniglia in Cinque Terre, Italy - the best place to stay in Cinque Terre for a quiet vacation

The cute streets of Corniglia in Cinque Terre, Italy

I have listed below some beautiful accommodation options in Corniglia for every budget.

Budget: Ostello Corniglia This hostel is perfect if you want to stay in the Cinque Terre towns without spending a fortune. They have spacious dorms with a view over Corniglia and the green Ligurian hills.

Check out prices and availability at Ostello Corniglia here!

Mid-range: Cecio 5 Terre Rooms – Located just outside of the town centre of Corniglia, this bnb has a gorgeous view over the perched houses of Corniglia, the sea and coast. They have a variety of rooms for different budgets and needs.

Click here to book your stay at Cecio 5 Terre Rooms!

Luxury: Corniglia Dreams – Located in the heart of Corniglia, this bnb has a panoramic terrace with stunning views over the coast and rooftops of Corniglia. It’s the perfect place for a fancy stay in Corniglia.

Click here to see the latest prices and availability at Corniglia Dreams!

Views over Corniglia from the Sentiero Azzurro in Cinque Terre, Italy

Views over Corniglia from the Sentiero Azzurro in Cinque Terre, Italy

Where to stay in Cinque Terre for a romantic couples trip: Manarola

Manarola is, in my opinion, the most romantic and scenic town in Cinque Terre. All of the Cinque Terre towns are pretty, but Manarola has a restaurant and park overlooking its iconic colourful houses that is simply gorgeous.

If you’re looking for that picture perfect spot with all the colourful houses perched on the side of the cliff and the green hill behind them, then Manarola is the place to go.

Last time I was in Manarola there were loads of couples all dressed up for dinner at Nessun Dorma, the restaurant with this iconic Manarola view. As the sun starts setting and the houses turn golden, it’s the perfect spot for a romantic date.

For those travelling to Italy with their partner, Manarola is without a doubt the best place to stay in Cinque Terre.

Admiring the colourful houses of Manarola - the most romantic town to stay in Cinque Terre

Admiring the colourful houses of Manarola, one of the five towns along the Sentiero Azzurro in Cinque Terre, Italy

Here are some awesome accommodation options in Manarola for every budget.

Budget: ARIA DI MARE, Manarola – Camere con vista mare! With its tastefully decorated rooms and gorgeous views, this bnb is the perfect place to stay without breaking the bank.

Chek out prices and availability at ARIA DI MARE here!

Mid-range: Arpaiu With their exposed brick walls the rooms at Arpaiu are the perfect combination of rustic and modern. Add to that a wonderful sea-view terrace and affordable price, and you have a winner.

Click here to book your stay at Arpaiu!

Luxury: La Torretta Lodge – If you want to treat yourself, this is the place to do so. These luxurious suites are recently renovated, tastefully decorated in a modern Mediterranean style, and also have a gorgeous outdoors terrace with view over the roofs of Manarola, the sea and surrounding hills.

Click here to see the latest prices and availability at La Torretta Lodge!

The beautiful streets of Manarola in Cinque Terre, Italy

The beautiful streets of Manarola in Cinque Terre, Italy

Where to stay in Cinque Terre for a lively stay: Riomaggiore

Riomaggiore is one of the most bustling towns in Cinque Terre. It’s slightly bigger and is home to many cool bars, restaurants and street food shops.

It’s perfect if you’re looking for where to stay in Cinque Terre with family or friends, and want a lively place where you can meet others. My favourite thing to do was watching the sunset from the harbour.

As the sun started to set many people gathered to sit in the rocks by the harbour with takeaway pizza, fried seafood and beers to watch the sun go down and turn the colourful houses of Riomaggiore golden.

In Riomaggiore you can also find some of the most scenic and panoramic hotels in Cinque Terre.

Admiring the colourful houses of Riomaggiore in Cinque Terre, Italy - where to stay in Cinque Terre for a more lively nightlife

Admiring the colourful houses of Riomaggiore in Cinque Terre, Italy

Budget: Hotel Villa Argentina – Located just outside Riomaggiore, this hotel has spacious rooms and an outdoors terrace with gorgeous views over the sea and Riomaggiore.

Click here to see prices and availability at Hotel Villa Argentina!

Mid-range: Stellio Affittacamere – Guest HouseThis tastefully decorated bnb has a rustic feel and is located over the harbour of Riomaggiore. It’s within easy walking distance of the train station and has epic views of the sea.

Click here to book your stay at Stellio Affittacamere!

Luxury: La Vista di Marina by The First – It’s considered one of the best hotels in Cinque Terre, and it’s easy to see why. For something this beautiful, I’m happy to spend a bit more than I’d usually budget in an Italy itinerary.

This apartment combines modern furnishing with exposed bricks for a rustic vibe, combined to spacious rooms and white décor for an airy feel. It also has a spectacular terrace with view over the sea and iconic perched houses of Riomaggiore.

Click here to secure your stay at La Vista di Marina by The First!

Sunset over the perched colourful houses of Riomaggiore in Cinque Terre, Italy

Sunset over the perched colourful houses of Riomaggiore in Cinque Terre, Italy

My personal favourite place to stay near Cinque Terre: La Spezia

I know it might not make much sense, but in my opinion the best place to stay in Cinque Terre is actually outside Cinque Terre. I’m also a bit biased because my dad is from La Spezia, but for me it’s the best spot for a local Cinque Terre holiday.

La Spezia is a city located just 15 minutes train journey away from Cinque Terre. It has a lively nightlife, lots of great restaurants and much more local feel than Cinque Terre.

While in Cinque Terre you will mostly meet tourists, La Spezia is relatively off the beaten track, and you can have a proper Italian experience. Most hotels and bnbs will also be considerably cheaper than in Cinque Terre.

It’s the perfect place to stay if you want a cheaper and more local experience, and don’t mind being a 15-minute train journey away from the action.

In busy season when Cinque Terre is swarmed by tourists, you’ll be glad to be a little outside it all!

While La Spezia itself is also a very pretty city and worthy of a visit, if you’re only staying there to visit Cinque Terre I recommend finding a place to stay close to the train station.

Sunset in the harbour of La Spezia, Italy - the best place to stay near Cinque Terre for a local feel

Sunset in the harbour of La Spezia, Italy

I listed below some accommodation options in La Spezia for every budget.

Budget: Grand Hostel Manin – This hostel has spacious dorms, a friendly atmosphere and is located in the heart of La Spezia. It’s the perfect place to use as base to explore Cinque Terre on a budget!

Click here to see prices and availability at Grand Hostel Manin!

Mid-range: Hotel Nella – You will need a car to stay here, but the views and experience are worth it. Located in La Foce, the hills above La Spezia, this hotel has cosy rooms in a peaceful countryside setting. Here you can wind down and relax away from the crowds after a long day exploring the bustling Cinque Terre.

Book your stay at Hotel Nella here!

Luxury: La Spezia by The First – Luxury Rooms & Suites – If you want to treat yourself, this is the place to do so. Located in the heart of La Spezia, these modern rooms have a gorgeous view and are the perfect place to relax.

Click here to book your stay at La Spezia by The First!

View over La Spezia from La Foce, Italy

View over La Spezia from La Foce, Italy

Where to stay near Cinque Terre for a local hidden gem: Porto Venere

Often referred to as the Sesta Terra (Sixth Land), Porto Venere is a gorgeous coastal town that many travellers never see. Porto Venere is located further along the coast, a 15-minute drive away from La Spezia.

Porto Venere is very similar to the towns of Cinque Terre, with its colourful houses perched along the harbour and narrow pedestrian streets.

Porto Venere is also home to some beautiful beaches, a scenic church on top of a cliff, stunning coastal views and a crystal clear rocky bay where you can swim.

The harbour and colourful houses of Porto Venere in Italy - a perfect place to stay in Cinque Terre for those looking for a hidden gem

The harbour and colourful houses of Porto Venere

While it’s a popular destination amongst Italians, you won’t find as many foreign tourists here compared to Cinque Terre. Prices are also cheaper compared to the main Cinque Terre towns, and it has a more local feel.

It’s a great place to stay if after exploring Cinque Terre you want to rest in a more tranquil setting, without as many tourist crowds, but still that picturesque coastal town vibe that La Spezia doesn’t have.

One thing to note is that you might want a car to stay here. You can reach Porto Venere by bus from La Spezia, but they’re very infrequent and slow.

Grotta di Lord Byron in Porto Venere, a great spot for swimming and sunbathing

Grotta di Lord Byron in Porto Venere, a great spot for swimming and sunbathing

Here are some awesome accommodation options in Porto Venere for every budget.

Budget: Affittacamere L’OblòThis bnb offers a cosy stay in their tastefully decorated rooms, and is located in the heart of Porto Venere. The perfect place to stay to explore this cute town.

Click here to book your stay at Affittacamere L’Oblò!

Mid-range: Relais Santa Caterina – This apartment is perfect for those looking to treat themselves at an affordable price. White airy rooms, a beautiful garden and a stunning view over Porto Venere and the islands. What more could you ask for?

Click here to see the latest prices and availability at Relais Santa Caterina!

Luxury: Grand Hotel PortovenereIf you want a relaxing stay in a hotel with beautiful views, spacious rooms and delicious food, this is the place for you! Spoil yourself and enjoy your stay while visiting Cinque Terre.

Check out prices and availability at Grand Hotel Portovenere here!

The cute streets of Porto Venere in Italy

The cute streets of Porto Venere in Italy

Final thoughts on the best towns to stay in Cinque Terre

There you have it, the ultimate guide to where to stay in Cinque Terre! As you can see there isn’t one single best place to stay in Cinque Terre, it ultimately depends on your travel style and what you’re searching for from this holiday.

If you’re a couple looking for a romantic stay you might choose Manarola, if you want to relax on a beach you might stay in Monterosso, or if you want an off the beaten track experience then Porto Venere is waiting for you.

Whatever type of vacation and stay you’re looking for, there is a town and hotel in Cinque Terre perfect for you. I hope this guide helps you choose the best Cinque Terre town for you, and to plan your perfect holiday!

Have you stayed in Cinque Terre before? How did you find it? Let me know in the comments below!

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