Avoiding crowds in Italy’s Cinque Terre
Escape to alternative trails and towns.
If you hear that it’ll be a busy cruise day, plan your activities elsewhere. If you’d like to hit the beach but Monterosso’s is a parking lot of bodies, hop the train a few minutes to nearby Levanto, rent a bike and pedal on a level path to the delightful (and far less crowded) beaches at Bonassola or Framura.
Skip the tourist conga line on the coastal trail.
The entire Cinque Terre is crisscrossed with hiking trails where you’ll scarcely encounter another person. The offices of the Cinque Terre national park (there’s one in each town) are a great resource for learning about your options.
Don’t let the vertical terrain intimidate you.
The picture-perfect setting of the Cinque Terre villages (in this case, Riomaggiore) draws millions of tourists annually.