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Family Vacations in Cinque Terre

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With so much to see and do in the Cinque Terre, many visitors plan at least a five day vacation so that the highlights of what these towns have to offer won’t be missed! Within the Cinque Terre there are five towns to hike or take local transportation through and there is much to see in between. If you plan to actually hike the Cinque Terre trails it is best to take at least two separate days to do so. This locale referred to as ‘the five lands’ encompasses the five areas of: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso and ...

each town offers something unique and magical with plenty to do as far as boating, shopping, dining and participating in outdoor activities.

Many of the trails in Cinque Terre may be too long and challenging for children, however if they are hikers at heart there are a couple that are completely doable for them and won’t be as challenging or exhausting.

The Lover’s Lane trail is completely acceptable for children’s hikes as the path is pretty flat unlike other hiking trails that are steep and difficult to maneuver. Along this trail the children will also enjoy the scenic views and beautiful waterfalls.

For older children in their teens the Blue Trail is perfect. A bit more difficult of a terrain, the trail is about a five hour walk altogether, but there are plenty of coves to explore, brilliant coastline sites and the trail connects all five towns.

But hiking is not the only thing to do while visiting these areas and each town has magnificent selections of hotels to stay in, monuments to see, restaurants to dine in and shopping centers to purchase souvenirs in.

While passing through Vernazza you will undoubtedly want to stop and just look at the town itself. The homes here are brilliantly colorful and nestle along the sea coast. Consider taking a ride on one of the milk trains which will bring you along the town and you can enjoy overlooking the cliffs and appreciate the town’s charm and mystique. Many of the rides will bring you into adjoining towns such as Genova or La Spezia.

Monterosso and Vernazza are two towns that offer kayaking and boating activities that the kids will love as well as caves and coves that are waiting to be explored.

Vernazza castle

Vernazza Castle! Photo from cepolina

For family vacations with younger children there are a few top rated hotels that are kid friendly. One such hotel is the Hotel Villa Steno, which is small and quaint as well as kid friendly. It is located within walking distance to numerous beaches and also has a kid’s play area right on site.

Another child friendly hotel is the Hotel Pasquale which is also near play centers, beaches and centrally located to public transportation so kids won’t have far to walk as they venture out on day trips.

Baia delle Favole in Levanto is a wonderful place to bring the kids. The name itself translates to ‘Bay of Fairytales’ and while here there are plenty of playgrounds and beaches to frolic on as well as café’s that cater to children’s tastes. This area was named by famous Children’s author Hans Christian Andersen.

The village of Vernazza is home to many castles which lay in ruins and can be a remarkable place to visit to expand children’s minds and experience a medieval adventure.

Camping adventures should also be experienced in Aqua Dolce, a national park which has campsites that are located about 500 feet from the beaches. In Monterosso al Mare there are additional beaches which are great for exploring and you can also accompany your children on a snorkeling adventure and build fantastic sand castles.

Monterosso offers numerous boating tours such as Angelo’s and lodging at the Cantina du Sciacchetra means you will do so in style. It is also local to some amazing wineries and café’s. Also check out the medieval Dawn Tower for a piece of history.

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