Where is the best place to base oneself for 3 days to explore Cinque Terre and it’s surroundings? Is 3 days enough?
It does not matter much where you stay. The local train stops at all the villages and gets from Riomaggiore to Monterosso in about 15 minutes. Corniglia is at the top of the cliffs, and a long way up from its train station. The other villages have the train station in the village. Monterosso is the largest village, and the only one with a proper beach. Vernazza is probably the most pretty.
The previous posts are accurate. If you have some specific criteria, it may be possible to have a "best place".....other than that, we all have our favourites. We like Monterosso because of the great choices of restaurants, the beaches, and great vibe. But the other villages are wonderful also. They each have their positives and negatives.
And no, three days is not enough.
I agree with the other posts above too. We stayed in Monterosso for 5 nights (4 full days) and it was about right for us. We would stay there again ahead of the other villages just because of the beach and the choice of restaurant and bars. There were so many cool places to have a meal or a drink. Our favourite was Torre Aurora on the point between the old and new town. Great food, great staff, great views and a really relaxed feel. Prices were okay too!
Thank you! I plan on walking from one village to another that’s why I need some advice on how to proceed. I have no idea how long will I have to walk to get from one to the other. Will I need a day pass? If I do, what does a day pass include? Thanks!
We walked from Monterosso to Venazza in about 1 hour and 40 minutes. After a swim in Vernazza we walked from there to Corniglia in about 1 hour and twenty minutes I think. We didn't go onto Manarola because the inland walk is quite long from what we were told and the heat was too much! I'd recommend walking early or late to avoid the heat of the day.
You only need the pass for the lower, busy trails. We avoid those. Totally.
We actually stayed in Levanto, one village away from Monterosso. A little less crowded and very close to Cinque Terre. Highly recommend. There is also a fantastic walk from the Levanto to Monterosso. In our opinion, it was the best of all of the hikes we did. Have a look at my blog for details time4travel4less.com
Enjoy... it is a gorgeous part of Italy