Have you ever heard of the Cinque Terre? Here, in the five most colorful villages in Italy, you can stroll through the alleys, drink an espresso and enjoy the view of the colorful houses and the sea. Find out more about this unique stretch of coast in Liguria now!
Where exactly is Cinque Terre?
Cinque Terre consists of five picturesque, dreamy villages on the Ligurian Riviera (Liguria) about 80 km south of Genoa.
For centuries, the five villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso could only be reached on foot or by sea.
Today, the individual places can be reached by train, ship or via narrow, winding roads.
All five villages are connected by well-marked hiking trails. The paths lead through a varied untouched nature, the “Mediterranean maquis”.
A breathtaking view of the sea and the steeply sloping coast of this protected section of the Ligurian Riviera makes every hike an unforgettable experience.
The Cinque Terre (Italian: Five Countries) is one of the cleanest areas in the Mediterranean and is located in Liguria, west of La Spezia. It includes about ten kilometers of rocky coast, five small but very beautiful towns that nestle from the small bays to the tops of the mountain range, hundreds of paths that connect these towns, as well as old churches and beautiful beaches. Due to its remote location and interesting history, the Cinque Terre has the fact that it has not been affected by industrial development. The unique landscape is characterized by a large number of vineyards, as well as winding paths along the coast and beautiful beaches between the bays with crystal clear water.
Cinque Terre is not only known for the beautiful sea and the wonderful paths with breathtaking views. You will also find numerous chapels, ancient churches, ancient castles and houses built several centuries ago, as well as diving opportunities in Riomaggiore, fresh sea products and the best quality wine. The Cinque Terre is a national park of Italy and has been under the protection of UNESCO since 1997.
The main settlements in Cinque Terre, located from north to south, – Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, Riomaggiore, which hang down on the very steep rocks between the sea and the mainland. They are all located quite close to each other, and the train goes from one to another for a couple of minutes. To learn more about the cities or the footpaths(such as the Way of Love – Via dell’amore) between them, visit the page. “For viewing”.
If you only have one day off, then you should look here: “Cinque Terre in one day”.
In addition to the Cinque Terre, Portovenere and its islands are also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is a very beautiful city nearby and we recommend you to visit it. You can find out more about this city on this website.
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