Take on the role of a farmer, driving your cart out to the fields to harvest produce and sell to the five villages along the Italian Coastline. Compete with other farmers to complete various orders and become the most popular vendor.
In Cinque Terre, there is a set collection aspect of this game that makes it similar in play to Ticket To Ride. There is a lot of variability in the gameplay with the random setup as well as dice rolls being used to determine market prices. The theme of the game is great with the victory points measured in Lira, the Italian currency. The produce in the game is native to Italy so make an enhancement for geography and social studies, with crops like: tomatoes, zucchini, olives, grapes, oranges, lemons, mushrooms, and garlic.
The action is competitive as players work to gather produce to sell at the markets, trying to fill various produce orders to gain more lira. Each player also has a secret starting order to try to complete as well. Over the course of the game, players also earn secret order cards, and if they are not filled, a penalty is incurred. The first player to deliver eight produce goods to a village, gains the most popular vendor token for that village.
From a family perspective, this game provides a lot of enjoyment while playing, and lends to a good lesson is social studies and geography. There is also a light element of economics when looking at the paying prices in each village that offers some decision-making to occur as to where to sell the produce.
The artwork and layout of this game are excellent and components are all wood, giving the game a more earthy feel. I recommend this game for a fun time with friends and family.