There are few places as breathtaking in Italy than the five towns nestled into the cliffs that form the coastline of the Mediterranean known as the Cinque Terre. Hike the region and you’ll uncover a newfound appreciation for the magnificent landscape that the locals here are blessed with. |
It makes for a fantastic day trip from Florence too, and a Cinque Terre hike can be accomplished easily without even spending the night away. Although most visitors come for the views, the villages themselves are hubs of Tuscan culture and heritage, and one of the best things to sample is the amazing gelato! This Italian staple is available throughout the area, but these are five of the best places to get some.
Gelateria 5 Terre
This delightful spot in Manarola is a great option for anybody with dietary restrictions as they do very nice gluten-free and lactose-free gelatos. As well as that are the standard flavours, which are actually anything but standard. The combination of chocolate, pistachio and vanilla is a standout!
Notable for the changeable daily flavours, Gelateria Stalin is a first-rate scoop in Vernazza. The flavours are posted outside every day, giving you a little time to decide what takes your fancy, and there are lovely seating areas for people-watching as you devour your treat.
Gelateria Ice Cream II Golosone
For lovers of fruity gelato this is the place to be. Located in Monterosso, this place is hidden away but well worth seeking out. It has daily special flavours and some of the best of those are the ones made with fresh fruit.
A small cup of the good stuff here won’t cost the earth but it will be a treat for the senses. It’s soft, creamy and flavoursome - the hazelnut is truly remarkable. It’s at the top of a long staircase so you definitely deserve a little treat for the extra effort! Whether eaten in a cup or in the (amazing) waffle cone, it’s a real winner.
Ahh, location, location, location! Set right outside the train station this place will be tempting you as soon as you arrive in Vernazza. It has some fantastic flavours on it’s menu, including favourites like the absolutely lip-smacking salted caramel.
Make the Most of Your Trip
There’s no doubt that you’ll really have earned your treat after undertaking your Cinque Terre hike - which will undoubtedly be a memorable experience, but there’s something well worth mentioning before you book anything.
In order to get the best out of your day trip, it’s important to seek out a reputable tour operator who will make sure you have a top-quality guide out on the trails. A foolproof way to get the absolute most of your experience is to be guided on a Cinque Terre hike by somebody who knows the area and has plenty of local historical knowledge. Not only will you get stunning views, but you’ll also have an interesting commentary on the history and landscape as you wander along the route. It’ll be like a walk with a friend!
Mauro Bramante is the Director of WalkAbout Florence, an independent business offering unforgettable tours and excursions around Italy including the best Cinque Terre hike itinerary. Whether you want to ride a Vintage Vespa, try the famous Chianti wine or get cooking with fresh local ingredients, Mauro's company promises excitement, adventure and above all, fun. If you're keen to experience the magic of Italy with the help of some passionate and knowledgeable tour guides, look no further than WalkAbout Florence for your next getaway.
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