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Best season to visit the Cinque Terre

The Cinque Terre is famous for its landscape and walking trails that are not always accessible during winter and autumn, as it rains a lot during this period. Climate in Cinque Terre has been described in detail on another page.

In winter the Cinque Terre is famous for its Presepe being the biggest and the brightest crib in the world. La Spezia, like all other towns of Italy, is very beautifully decorated during winter holidays. Local climate here is so nice that tourists come for hiking even in January.

Best time to visit the Cinque Terre depends on your preferences. If you like sea, it is worth visiting from mid May till the end of September. If you love mountains and hiking, note that the season begins earlier – beginning mid-March till the middle of October (you can find tourists here even in winter!). You should keep in mind that during July and August the weather usually gets pretty hot, and it is not so easy to walk around in mountains.

In contrast to many other countries, in Italy the peak vacation period is in the middle of August, especially the week in which the 15th of August falls: it is called Ferragosto, as it is a public holiday and 90% of population has their vacation during these days. That is why this week is always the most expensive, and hotel prices generally shoot up by almost three times.

Month

Description

January

Pros: the biggest Presepe (brightest crib) in the world sets-in in Manarola.
Cons: average temperature is about 10°C (50°F), some paths (usually 10-20% of them) are closed after autumn rains.

February

Cons: average temperature is about 10°C (50°F), some paths (usually 10-20% of them) are closed after autumn rains.

March

Pros: boats begin cruising in the second half of the month.
Cons: still not all the paths are open.

April

Pros: perfect time for hiking.
Cons: too early for bathing.

May

Pros: perfect time for hiking.
Cons: water is still cold, nevertheless many people start bathing.

June

Pros: perfect time for hiking and bathing in sea.

July

Pros: perfect time for bathing in sea.

August

Pros: hottest month of year.
Cons: it is very hot; it is the most expensive month for vacations, especially the week in which the 15-th falls (Ferragosto public holiday).

September

Pros: perfect time for hiking and bathing in sea.

October

Cons: rainy season usually begins in the middle of October, some walking trails are closed.

November

Cons: perhaps the worst month, between summer and winter seasons.

December

Pros: the biggest Presepe in the world opens in Manarola. La Spezia is very beautifully decorated in New Year style.
Cons: even though the temperature is not sub-zero, it is still very cold, about 20% of the paths are inaccessible because of autumn rains.


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