The Riviera di Levante and the Cinque Terre

Liguria can be found in north-west Italy. It is a long, narrow coastal region running from the tuscan border all the way to France. Its setting is stunning, it lies between the Ligurian Sea and the mountains (Maritime Alps and the Apennines). The whole region is like a huge green terrace with breathtaking sea view.

The Ligurian Riviera - also called Italian Riviera - is divided into 2 main parts by its capital city, Genova: the Riviera di Ponente - the coast of the setting sun - to the west, and the Riviera di Levante - the coast of the rising sun - to the east. The Riviera di Ponente is elegant, full of nice holiday resorts, sandy beaches and bigger towns. The Riviera di Levante is my kind of place. It is wilder, more rugged and rustic, full of promontories, hidden bays and colourful seaside villages: the Cinque Terre, Tellaro, Portovenere, Portofino, Camogli… just a few names to mention. This website is about the Riviera di Levante and above all the Cinque Terre, the most beautiful gem of this coastline.

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Accommodation

For the most authentic experience, stay in a private room or apartment in one of the Cinque Terre villages. Live like a local in one of the historical houses, with that lovely Italian lady next door. Buy your groceries at the local market, hang your clothes on your private balcony, have breakfast in the bar down the street, imagine what it feels like to be a Cinque Terre resident.

There is a solution for every budget, from cheap rooms to luxury apartments. Many places have a terrace with breathtaking views of the Ligurian Sea, the green hills and the colourful houses. Please note that the accommodations listed on my page are only a sample of all the accommodations available in the Cinque Terre villages.

For inquiry and booking, please use the booking form or write to info@cinqueterre-travel.com. I will send you a detailed description and photos of the rooms and apartments available for your chosen dates.

Below you can see the most popular apartments.

If you are travelling to other areas of Italy as well, please let me know. I can help you book accommodation and tours in several other areas of Italy, like Tuscany, Umbria, Piemonte, Le Marche, Amalfi coast, Procida, Puglia, Calabria, Sardinia, just to mention a few.

Corniglia

Stay in this house with 5 apartments and enjoy the hospitality of its wonderful owners.

Manarola

Choose one of the high quality luxury apartments with stunning terrace and view.

Manarola

Check out one of my favourite balconies to relax with a glass of Cinque Terre wine.

Manarola

Book this house for 10 people if you are travelling with a big family or a group of friends.

Riomaggiore

Rent this cosy apartment in the heart of Riomaggiore with breathtaking view of the colourful houses and the sea.

Garlenda

Discover the Riviera di Ponente and stay in this central farmhouse run by a wonderful family.

Manarola

Book a comfortable double room and enjoy the sunset from your terrace after your day out hiking.

La Spezia

Stay in this beautiful farmhouse amidst olive groves and relax by the swimming pool.


Boat rental

You haven't seen the Cinque Terre until you see it from the sea as well. The villages look stunning from the water. For the best experience, rent a private boat for your family or friends and spend an unforgettable day on the sea. Enjoy the amazing views and don't forget your bathing suit. I personally love swimming on tiny beaches that can only be reached by sea or diving into the crystal water straight from the boat. After a refreshing dip in the sea, just relax on board with a cold drink in your hand. And don't forget: this is the best way to beat the crowds! Renting a private boat from La Spezia is also a great solution for those arriving by cruise ship in La Spezia.

You can rent a boat with or without skipper. There are different kinds of boats available: sailboat, sail yacht, motorboat, gozzo boat, ligurian motorboat, motor yacht, luxury motor yacht, rubber boat, catamaran, fishing boat... You can rent a boat not only in the Cinque Terre area, but also from Portofino, Santa Margherita Ligure and Rapallo.

Sailboat - La Spezia

Sail around the Gulf of La Spezia, Portovenere and the Cinque Terre with this small, friendly sailboat.

Luxury sail yacht - La Spezia

Pamper yourself, your family and friends, and spend an unforgettable day on this luxury sail yacht.

Gulet cruise - La Spezia

Enjoy a day trip to the Cinque Terre, Portofino or Tuscany with this stylish sailboat up to 35 people.

Wooden fishing boat - La Spezia

You'll love this traditional fishing boat, the wonderful skipper and the wine and snacks he will offer you.

Luxury yacht - Portofino

Feel like a movie star on this luxury yacht while cruising around Portofino and the Cinque Terre.

Luxury motor yacht - Rapallo

Rent this luxury motor yacht from Rapallo and see Portofino and the Cinque Terre villages in one day.

Motorboat - Monterosso

Do a pleasant half day or full day boat tour along the Cinque Terre coastline with this elegant motorboat from Monterosso.

Ligurian motorboat - Vernazza

Enjoy a relaxing Cinque Terre cruise with a glass of wine in your hand during the day or at sunset time.

Motor yacht - La Spezia

Rent this small motor yacht and spend a fun day on the sea with its wonderful owners, a young couple.

Motorboat with steering wheel - La Spezia

Drive this fast motorboat yourself and view the world-famous Cinque Terre villages from the sea.

Gozzo motorboat - Vernazza

Rent a small traditional boat, visit the hidden bays and caves, enjoy swimming and snorkeling in the crystal clear water.

Excursion boat - La Spezia

Book this big boat for up to 70 people to see Portovenere and the 5 villages from the sea.


Tours

I have been reading several articles about new travel trends, and it's all about active travel and authentic experiences. Instead of sitting on the beach all day, take some local tours in the Cinque Terre, La Spezia or some other areas of Liguria, and I am sure it will be the highlight of your trip. It's the best way to meet local people and it's nice to meet other travellers as well.

During a tour you can learn so much about the history of the area, local life and the people who live here. If you'd like to spend a day out on the sea, rent a boat, do a sailing trip or a kayak tour, enjoy the sunset from a SUP board, or discover underwater life during the diving tour. If you'd like to spend time in the surrounding hills, take a guided hike, an ebike or mountain bike tour. For the most adventurous, there is paragliding, rock climbing and canyoning.

Don't forget about the gastronomy of the Cinque Terre. Choose a cooking course or a pesto class, a mussel tour, wine or olive oil tasting. Below you can see some of the most popular tours last year. To see the list of all tours available, please visit my Tours page.

Boat tours from Manarola

Choose the morning tour or the sunset cruise, and enjoy the views and some drinks.

Sailing

Book this fantastic sailing tour for a really relaxing day out on the water.

Cinque Terre by kayak

The kayak tour is your best choice if you'd like to spend an active day on the sea.

Rock climbing

This rock climbing adventure will be fun for beginners and experienced climbers as well.

Cooking course La Spezia

Visit the fantastic market of La Spezia with a local chef and prepare some seafood dishes together.

Wine tour above Riomaggiore

Meet Andrea, the winegrower in his vineyard with stunning seaview, do a short hike, then taste his nice wines.

Self-guided hiking tour in the Cinque Terre

This is really popular! We make it easy for you, you just need to enjoy your hike.

Classic Cinque Terre tour

The best way to experience the Cinque Terre if you only have one day. The perfect solution for cruise passengers.


What's new

Boat tours from various locations

Check out these various boat tours, all of them are great, and choose what is best for you.

Private tours from Portofino

If you are staying in the Portofino area, take a look at these private tours.

Self-guided hike between Sestri Levante and Portovenere

Hike along the most beautiful strech of coastline in Liguria in a week.

Food & wine tour in La Spezia

Stroll around La Spezia and stop at several locations to taste some specialties of Liguria.


Other services

Over the past decade I've been receiving thousands of emails from all over the world. I feel grateful and honoured that so many people trust me and ask me to organise their holiday in the Cinque Terre and some other parts of Italy. I've been booking hundreds of apartments, rooms, boats and different tours for these people. Then once in a while I get an email from a traveller with a special request: he wants to propose his girlfriend on a sailboat, they want to get married with seaview, they'd like to have their luggage transferred while hiking or a company is planning an incentive tour or team building in the Cinque Terre. Well, I have done all of these now, and that's why I have created this section. You can write me with the craziest ideas, and I'll do my best to help you.

Wedding

Have a special wedding with seaview in a picture perfect village of the Italian Riviera.

Anniversary, birthday, marriage proposal

Let me help you organise a surprise birthday or a marriage proposal in this stunning location.

Transfer

Travel in a comfortable way, rent a private transfer or get a luggage transfer while you are hiking.

Incentive tours

The Cinque Terre is the ideal destination for an incentive tour or team building, with so many activities to choose from.


Tuscany

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Tuscany

The Cinque Terre is only a few kilometers away from the Tuscan border, so many travellers visit Tuscany before or after the Cinque Terre.

As I have travelled around Tuscany many times and know it very well, I can help you plan your itinerary and book a room or apartment in a wonderful farmhouse (agriturismo) for you. You can also rent an entire house for your family if you prefer.

Tuscany is one of Italy's most beautiful regions, with a great variety of landscapes and uncountable treasures. Rolling hills with cypresses, vineyards, silver olive groves, poppy fields, sunflowers, medieval villages, stone farmhouses, sandy beaches, small islands, rocky mountain peaks, skihills, world famous Renaissance pieces of art, Michelangelo, Leonardo, Giotto, simple dishes of the countryside, delicious red wine, golden olive oil… Tuscany is all of this, and so much more.

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Riviera di Ponente

Riviera di Ponente

For about ten years, I've been travelling around the Riviera di Levante and the Cinque Terre. I have discovered basically every village and town along the coast, all the way from Tuscany to Genova. I was always wondering, what's on the other side of Genova, in the western part of Liguria. So I have started to visit this area as well, the Riviera di Ponente, which starts around Genova and goes all the way to the French border.

As I am really passionate about the Riviera di Levante, I was curious to see the other side. Am I going to like it? Or is it going to disappoint me? Well, I have to admit that it is much nicer than I expected. It is true that the coast is more built up so it is not so wildly beautiful, there are many bigger towns, some of them without much character, and you also find some industrial zones along the way, but there are many hidden gems around. You just have to know where to go. Also, there are long sandy beaches perfect for families, many resort towns with all the comforts and services, as well as more nightlife.

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