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Where to Stay in Cinque Terre, Italy

The Best Places to Stay in Cinque Terre

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Cinque Terre, Italy is an idyllic region located on the northwestern coast of Italy. It’s very close to Pisa and Florence, and is well known for its seafood, colorful houses, picturesque views, and hiking trails. Made up of five old fishing villages, Manarola, Riomaggiore, Vernazza, Corniglia, and Monterosso, Cinque Terre is a popular destination for travelers.

Many people visit Cinque Terre for the day, as it's small enough to explore all five towns by train in one day. If you’re planning a day trip to Cinque Terre, check out our guide on How to Get to Cinque Terre, Italy!

However, you can easily spend more than one day here and still have plenty to do. We personally spent three days here and had a blast. We felt like we were able to see everything we wanted to, yet never got bored.

Take a look at our blog on what to do in the Five Villages of Cinque Terre if you need help planning or just want inspiration. Because each village is very small, big hotels are not a thing here. The best places to stay are in Airbnbs or “guesthouses” found throughout each town.

Our biggest tip for planning a vacation to Cinque Terre is booking accommodation well in advance! The villages are small, but popular, so places fill up very quickly. Let’s check out the best places to stay in Cinque Terre, Italy!

Hotels and Airbnbs in Cinque Terre, Italy

Where to Stay in Riomaggiore

Riomaggiore is the southernmost town of Cinque Terre, Italy. While we were exploring all five villages, we found Riomaggiore to be one of the quieter towns, but still had plenty of shops and restaurants, and breathtaking views of the coast. Riomaggiore is great for any group of travelers looking for a more relaxed stay in Cinque Terre.

Pomegranate Apartment, available for booking on Airbnb, is a great place to stay in Riomaggiore. You can sleep up to 4 people here. It has a balcony with a sea view, a kitchen, and incredibly helpful hosts. If you want to stay in Riomaggiore, Italy, soak in the beautiful views, and receive local recommendations from the hosts, then this is the place for you.

Views and helpful hosts: book your stay!

Where to Stay in Manarola

Manarola is known for picturesque views, sweet wine, and everything pesto. If you’re traveling as a couple, family, or single traveler, Manarola is a great place for you. It's busier than, say, Corniglia, but not nearly as busy as Monterosso. There is plenty to see and do in Manarola, and there are lots of great restaurants and cute cafes to grab breakfast or lunch in.

The Penthouse is a charming place to stay in Cinque Terre. It has incredible views of the town below, the mountainside vineyards, as well as the Ligurian Sea. It is farther away from the main part of Manarola, but the views, the balcony, and the price definitely make up for the distance. This serene Airbnb is the perfect place to stay and relax while visiting Cinque Terre.

Quaint and relaxing: book your stay!

Where to Stay in Corniglia

Located farther up the mountain, Corniglia is the quietest of all five villages of Cinque Terre, Italy. If you’re looking for somewhere quiet to stay, then Corniglia is a great place for you. It's a decent walk upstairs from the train station, but once you’re in the town, it’s much flatter. This is a great place if you’re visiting with kids as they wouldn’t be able to run into the water (if you have brave kiddos that aren’t scared of anything).

Terrace by the Sea is a great option if you’re traveling as a family of up to 6 people. This rental property has 1 double bed, 3 single beds, and 1 sofa bed. It also has a patio with a panoramic view of the Ligurian Sea, and you'll have access to the garden which is full of beautiful flowers to admire and walk through.

Family-friendly and quiet: book your stay!

Where to Stay in Vernazza

Vernazza is home to the only natural harbor in Cinque Terre, making it a seafood lover's heaven. If you want to eat your bodyweight’s worth of seafood, then Vernazza is definitely for you. You can walk out to the end of the harbor here in Vernazza and admire the beautiful scene of brightly colored houses dotting the coast.

Angilina’s Apartment is a great place to stay for the location and the price. This apartment is quite small, but it has everything you need, from coffee supplies to wifi. It is located on the main street of Vernazza very close to the shore making it a great place for couples who want to enjoy the busy streets of Cinque Terre and hop in the ocean for a swim.

Affordable and great location: book your stay!

Where to Stay in Monterosso

Monterosso is the biggest and busiest town of Cinque Terre, Italy as it’s made up of Old Town and New Town. There are many shops and restaurants in Monterosso, as well as the biggest beaches of the Cinque Terre region. There are umbrellas and chairs you can rent for the day making Monterosso a great place for those wanting to enjoy the beach and make the most of their time by the sea.

Bellambra is a modernized, 14th century style hotel just steps away from Monterosso Old Town Beach. The hosts are incredibly friendly and helpful, and they truly want you to have the best time during your stay. There is breakfast available for a very good price, but Bellambra is also very close to many restaurants and cafes. Guests rave about how clean the rooms are here, as well as how they are designed. This is a very aesthetically pleasing hotel; you can tell they take pride in how the rooms appear.

Luxury and modern: book your stay!

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Cinque Terre, Italy is a place very well worth adding to your travel list, and if you’re already planning a trip here, we hope you find the best place to stay in Cinque Terre now you’ve read our recommendations. If you need help planning your trip in this beautiful coastal region of Italy, check out our guide to Exploring the Five Villages of Cinque Terre.

Keep in mind that Cinque Terre, Italy is a smaller place, each town being an old fishing village, so accommodations will fill up quickly. If you’re planning a trip here, you definitely want to book your stay well in advance. This will also save you money, as many Airbnbs and hotels charge extra for last minute bookings.

We hope you found this guide helpful and now know where to stay in Cinque Terre, and we really hope you have the time of your lives while staying in a charming seaside village on the Italian coast. Cinque Terre, Italy is like no other place we’ve been to, and we’re excited for you to find the magic in it too!

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Ciao! Buon viaggio!

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We're Georgina and Nathan, two adventure enthusiasts and creators of Alpacka My Bags. We're here for all of your travel and adventure planning needs! 


We've been exploring this insane planet that we call home together for over 3 years now. After college, we knew the "traditional career path" was not for us, and honestly the "traditional life path", in general, just wasn't for us.


We needed to travel and explore what this world has to offer, it sounds cliché but you do only live once. So we made going on adventures a priority, and soon realized that we wanted to share them with others so they can enjoy them too! 

Our passion is spreading the travel bug and showing others that travel is attainable and so worth it. From itineraries to camping tips to packing lists, Alpacka My Bags has you covered!

Join us, and often our dog, JoJo, as we find exciting adventures and travel recommendations for you! If you've been bit by the travel bug just as we have, we hope you find our tips useful for any and all of your future travels.

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