Cinque terre is magic

cinque terre

05 Feb Cinque terre is magic

During the Cinque Terre tour you will learn about the culture, Ligurian cuisine and wine production, while walking surrounded by the marvellous panorama of Cinque Terre.
A typical itinerary starts in Riomaggiore, the most southern of the villages and goes to Manarola via the Lover’s Way (when open) or by train to take pictures of its most picturesque marina.
Next stop will be in Vernazza to take some fresh sea wind breaths and fancy a tasty meal under the old tower of a panoramic restaurant, one of the best views in the Cinque terre. This is nice place to stop for  lunch of Ligurian delicacies and window shopping.  In the afteroon we will refresh with a Sciacchetrà shot in Corniglia, the only village uphill and after taking the last photo of the day we will head back to La Spezia.


Monterosso is the westernmost and most populous of the Cinque Terre. It is located in the center of a small natural bay, protected by a small artificial reef. To the west of the country, lies the village of Fegina and its fine gravel beach resorts, where there is the train station to the other Cinque Terre villages. It’s wide gulf allowed fishing in the past and today returns the famous Monterosso Anchovies.


Vernazza stands on a promontory jutting into the sea, reached by one and only road. Its harbor provides a safe retreat for boats, though very small and limited by a castle and watch tower on one side and the XIVth century church of Santa Margherita d’Antiochia on the other. It is considered one of the most beautiful villages in Italy .


Corniglia is located hlaf way with respect to the other villages of the Cinque Terre, located east of the capital town of Vernazza and Monterosso, and west of Manarola and Riomaggiore. It differs from the other villages of the Cinque Terre as it is the only borough that is not directly facing the sea, but sits on top of a hill about a hundred meters high, surrounded by vineyards and its characteristic colourful homes. Corniglia is the smallest of the Cinque Terre villages.


Manarola was founded by the displacement of populations from the Val di Vara moved towards the sea to exploit its resources. Set on a promontory high above the sea, enclosed between two rocky outcrops, hosting a tiny harbour.  Manarola is also famous for its World Record Créche, built by Mr Mario Andreoli on its Northern slope and lit up every year around December 8th.


Riomaggiore  is the easternmost of the Cinque Terre. The center was originally built in the thirteenth century in parallel rows of houses that follow the stream. The new district with the rail station developed in the second half of the nineteenth century with the arrival of the railway. Riomaggiore is the first village you meet coming from La Spezia and also the “starting point” for the Panoramic path of the Lover’s way, reaching Manarola in around 1km distance.

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