Riomaggiore. Manarola. Corniglia. Vernazza. Monterosso. Five villages. Five choices. Let me help you decide which village in the Cinque Terre would be best for you. Take my quiz to find out.
Keep in mind that the villages of the Cinque Terre are VERY close to one another (from the 1st to 5th village it’s just 15 minutes by train!), so the best bet is to pick one as your home base and then visit the others throughout the day. I don’t recommend changing villages mid-stay *unless* you are staying for a good chunk of time in the Cinque Terre (otherwise, you waste lots of precious time packing up, switching villages, checking in, unpacking and getting settled, etc.).
***Disclaimer: I’m obviously biased because my heart… and work… are here in Riomaggiore. However, I promise, promise, promise that I’ve been as objective with the quiz as humanly possible and I haven’t swayed anything in Riomaggiore’s favor. Cross my heart.