37 Incredible Photos of Cinque Terre To Inspire Your Wanderlust


37 gorgeous photos of Italy's coastal gem, Cinque Terre to inspire your wanderlust and make you bump Cinque Terre up your bucketlist for 2018! #italy #cinqueterre #photos #travel #europe #bucketlist

If you’ve ever been on Pinterest, you’ve probably seen photos of Cinque Terre.

It’s widely considered to be one of the most picturesque, magical places in the world, and is on many travelers’ bucketlists. For good reason! Cinque Terre boasts vibrant, colorful buildings, fresh seafood, handmade pasta, local wine, kind and friendly locals, gorgeous hikes, and absolutely insane views from all angles. Who wouldn’t want to visit?! I mean, seriously.

But when I first saw photos of Cinque Terre years and years ago, I fell head over heels. I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I knew I had to go see it in person, no matter what it took. When I was planning my crazy two month European adventure back in 2015, Cinque Terre was one of the first places I put on my list! If you’re in the midst of planning your own trip to Italy, be sure to check out this post to learn about the 10 things Italians want you to know so you don’t make any of the goofy mistakes other tourists do!

I took about four bajillion photos during my week there (a rough estimate), but I’ve finally pared the pile down to only my favorite snaps. Check out some of the best moments from my time in Cinque Terre below. And go slow…imagine the warm summer sun, an Aperol Spritz in your hand, and as the Italians say, revel in il dolce far niente – the sweetness of doing nothing. If only for a few minutes. Enjoy!

Side note: if you’re heading to Italy in the winter, check out this wonderful guide to skiing in Italy.

Heading to Bologna and looking for the best things to do as a food lover? Check out this delicious foodie guide to Bologna!

Looking for another beautiful city in Italy to visit after soaking up Cinque Terre? Check out this post on how to see Palermo in just 36 hours!


Now, I only officially started blogging this year, but believe me, I have some detailed-as-heck notes from my time in Cinque Terre that are making their way into a full blog post guide to these five beautiful villages, don’t you worry! That guide to Cinque Terre will be coming soon, but in the meantime, I wanted to share some of my favorite photos from my time there.

P.S. My favorite villages were Vernazza, Riomaggiore and Monterosso, though the other two are veeeerrry close behind. All five towns are simply gorgeous, and require their own exploration. Vernazza in particular just spoke to me. Maybe it was the fact it’s where my favorite pesto pasta and amarena gelato were located. Ahem.



I thoroughly enjoyed walking down memory lane (with myself) and hope you enjoyed it too! Much more on Cinque Terre (and lots of other European cities) coming soon to a blog near you! (This blog, guys. It’s this blog.) Looking for more Italy travel inspiration? Check out this detailed Venice itinerary or this great guide to what to do in Rome!

I hope you gained some bucket list inspiration and these photos of beautiful Italy boosted your wanderlust, even just a little bit. Get out there and see the world this summer! Here are some ideas on what to do in Cinque Terre:

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  • Annie
    September 27, 2018 at 5:02 PM

    GORGEOUS! OMG! Serious inspiration. When did you go? Is the weather the same all year round? I’d love to go when it’s warm and swim in the ocean.

    • Sierra
      October 26, 2018 at 9:57 PM

      Isn’t it incredible? It’s seriously my favorite place. So magical. I went in July, but even the “bad” weather isn’t terrible – just chillier and rainy usually during the winter months. You can go anytime, but depending on what you want to do, check out the weather beforehand! Summer is amazing.

  • Czickontheroad
    September 27, 2018 at 9:08 AM

    Beautiful photos! It’s quite close to Slovenia where I live, so have to plan a trip there next year 🙂

    • Sierra
      October 26, 2018 at 9:56 PM

      Ahh I’m so jealous!

  • Amy
    June 3, 2018 at 7:44 AM

    This place looks absolutely gorgeous!

  • Josy A
    June 3, 2018 at 1:11 AM

    Gorgeous photos!! I love that you have so many good ones even before you started your awesome blog! I guess deep down, you knew you could share them one day.

    This is such an inspiring post (as always!) I hope I can make it to Cinque Terre as well one day!!

  • Gemma Laing
    June 3, 2018 at 12:15 AM

    Such a beautifully written peice, thanks so much for sharing. Just crept to the top of my bucket list!

  • Chloe
    June 2, 2018 at 11:14 PM

    Cinque Terre is on my wishlist for next time in Italy. Looking at photos, I wish I could be there right now!

  • Jackie
    June 2, 2018 at 11:01 PM

    Your photos are amazing! I would love to book a trip to Italy and see Cinque Terre for myself. It looks lovely to walk around through.

  • Malvika
    June 2, 2018 at 5:35 AM

    Cinque Terre is so magical! I love how serene it seems, even when your photos show it’s a popular tourist destination. It’s been on my bucket list for years, and this post has definitely reminded me why!

  • Neha
    June 2, 2018 at 2:27 AM

    wow!!! I love these photos…I went there to trek from Vernazza to Monterosso…..You have refreshed so many memories…

  • Baia
    June 2, 2018 at 2:17 AM

    Cinque Terre is truly majical. And your photos show it even more! Would love to stroll down it’s streets and get lost in the beauty!

  • Sarah Shumate
    June 2, 2018 at 2:16 AM

    Ah, the Cinque Terre! Your photos do an amazing job of showcasing just how beautiful this part of the world is. I feel like booking a flight to Italy right now.

  • atravellersfootsteps
    June 2, 2018 at 1:41 AM

    Absolutely gorgeous photos! I can’t wait to see it for myself

  • Madhu
    June 1, 2018 at 11:08 PM

    Absolutely stunning pics. Giving me serious wanderlust. Italy is in my bucketlist..hope to make it soon .thanks for sharing.inspired i am !

  • Viola
    June 1, 2018 at 11:06 PM

    Your photos are stunning girl! Cinque Terre is so beautiful. Looks like a photographer’s dream. I definitely want to visit one day.

  • Sarah - Borders & Bucket Lists
    June 1, 2018 at 10:39 PM

    Wow girl. Those photos are absolutely stunning. I feel like you managed to capture Cinque Terre so well!!

  • April
    June 1, 2018 at 10:25 PM

    Cinque Terre looks amazing! One day I hope to go there and hike the trail between them. Looks like there are plenty of places to just relax and enjoy along the way. Great photos!

  • Mayuri Kashyap
    June 1, 2018 at 10:04 PM

    I am so jealous! Cinque Terre looks so beautiful. Love all the gorgeous shots and edits that you have done. Cant get enough!

  • Celia
    May 12, 2018 at 2:37 PM

    This is a great post. I’m actually going to Cinque Terre in June – so excited! Would you say it’s safe to leave your bag/towel on the beach while you go swimming??

    • Sierra
      May 12, 2018 at 6:50 PM

      Ooh, so excited for you! I had no problem leaving my stuff on the beach but I wouldn’t bring super expensive cameras with you or anything unless you have a buddy to watch them. Just use your common sense – if it’s a crowded beach and very touristy, probably not the best idea. If it’s quiet and more local, it’s probably safer 🙂

  • Mike from TravelAndDestinations
    April 20, 2018 at 6:22 AM

    Absolutely stunning photographs. They make me want to visit. I love that you’ve caught some of the local elements and not just the typical views.

    • Sierra
      April 27, 2018 at 12:25 PM

      Thanks so much Mike!

  • Mari
    February 14, 2018 at 2:31 AM

    Beautiful invitation to Cinque Terre–including that lttle curley-haired tot, the clotheslines, the bicycle. You give such a lovely overview of places! Thanks for taking us there vicariously.

    • Sierra
      February 18, 2018 at 7:12 PM

      Thanks for always inspiring and encouraging bravery and travel in your daughter! 🙂

  • Janine
    December 3, 2017 at 12:45 PM

    Cinque Terre HAS to be one of the most photogenic places on the planet! Gorgeous photos!

    • Sierra
      December 3, 2017 at 2:37 PM

      Isn’t it incredible? Definitely one of the prettiest spots I’ve ever visited!

  • Savannah
    December 2, 2017 at 10:39 PM

    I’ve been to Cinque Terre twice. Loved it, and your pictures make me want to go again! Gorgeous! Uh I love this place!

    • Sierra
      December 3, 2017 at 2:37 PM

      Ahh, so jealous! I’d love to go back a second time. It’s such a magical place, isn’t it?

  • Dorothy
    December 2, 2017 at 3:57 PM

    Beautiful post and your photos are incredible.

    • Sierra
      December 2, 2017 at 5:23 PM

      Thank you! I really love Italy (and gelato, and beaches, and umbrellas). Can you tell? Ha!

  • Tracy
    December 2, 2017 at 3:22 PM

    Your photos are absolutely gorgeous, stunning, beautiful. Sure there are more names but those are the ones that pop into my mind. I would love to visit one day!

    • Sierra
      December 2, 2017 at 5:22 PM

      Thank you so much Tracy! That means a lot! I absolutely adored Cinque Terre and hoped it showed through my photos. I’m sure you’ll love it when you get to go too!