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While the longer hikes in Cinque Terre can be a bit trying for younger children, there are plenty of safe and active things to do with kids in the Italian towns. Here are a few of Forbes Travel Guide editors’ favorites:
1. Explore the castle ruins. The village of Vernazza is not only a great landing pad for longer stays, but it is also home to ancient ruins that are fun for children. Take your kids to explore the village’s landmark sites, such as the ruined castle and two ancient towers.
2. Go camping. Though you cannot rent camping gear within the actual national park, the gateway town of Levanto has a host of offerings. One of the best for children is the campsite at Aqua Dolce, which is situated roughly 500 feet from the beach.
3. Swim in the Mediterranean. Home to the coast’s only sandy beach, the northernmost village of Monterosso al Mare is a great place to spend the day with the kids. Snorkel, build sand castles, tussle with the waves and bask in the village’s resort-like atmosphere.
4. Stroll along the Lover’s Walk. One of the most level pathways in Cinque Terre, Lover’s Walk is easy to do with children. The paved road is relatively flat, while the views are anything but. From enchanting hideaways to disarming waterfalls, the walkway’s treasures are sure to delight the entire family.
5. Hike the Blue Trail. If you are carting relatively fit teenagers, take them on the coast’s most talked about trek: the Blue Trail. This five-hour tour de force connects all five villages of Cinque Terre and provides stunning scenery, covert coves and breathtaking side trips along the way.