Cinque Terre and the Amalfi Coast are two of Italy’s most popular coastal destinations, with both offering beautiful scenery and small, idyllic towns to travellers wanting an Italian seaside holiday. With spectacular views, quaint buildings and incredible local cuisine in both locations, the competition is fierce for which area is the best to visit.

The Amalfi Coast is a long stretch of coastline in southern Italy; a luxurious beach destination that is a very popular choice for those who want a relaxing Italian holiday by the sea. Cinque Terre, on the other hand, is a more rural destination on Italy’s northern Riviera coast that consists of five small villages nestled on the cliffs and linked together by narrow hiking trails.

Both destinations are picture perfect and full of different things to see and do, which means trying to choose between the Amalfi Coast and Cinque Terre can be a daunting decision. We’ve put together this guide of the two areas to help you choose which coastal location is perfect for you.

Amalfi Coast