Cinque Terre is the most southern part of the Ligurian Coast. The name “Cinque Terre” originally stems from the 5 (in Italian 5 is “cinque”) villages located on the rocks and mountains along the Levantine Riviera (Riviera di Levante), i.e., Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore,.
The 18 kilometer (app. 11 miles) stretch of paradise is not only known for its natural beauty, but also for its original Roman architecture, castles and, let’s not forget, an extraordinary wine known as “sciacchetrà”.
Cinque Terre's most significant landmark is the village of “Monterosso al Mare”. It is the largest of the five towns. Originally a fortified village, it is especially known today for its splendid beaches, the only town in Cinque Terre hosting beaches.
Monterosso al Mare is home to the historic remains of the castle “Castello dei Fieschi”,
the bell tower of the church of “San Giovanni Battista” (St. John the Baptist), my name patron, and the 16th century capuchin monastery, home to significant art treasures attributed to Van Dick, Piola and Ren
Vernazza at Night
The ancient Roman port of Vernazza and the origin of the name of the village of Corniglia (“Cornelia”, a Roman tribe) are settled evidence that the region of the Cinque Terre was inhabited by Romans who later founded the villages known to date.
The village of Manarola is notorious for its exceptional scenic vistas and picturesque houses.facing the sea. It is a sub-division of the municipality of Riomaggiore, and hosts a small harbour. This is the actual birthplace of the revered desert wine “sciacchetrà”.
Riomaggiore is the most southern town of the Cinque Terre region. The colorful houses hug a small harbour, which is the center of the local fishing trade, and rental of small boats and kayaks. Not far from the harbour is a tiny pebble beach, however, swimming is not allowed there.
The road from Riomaggiore to Manarola is also known as the “Promenade of Love.
Cinque Terre can be reached by train or car, although, by enlarge the villages are off limits for cars, subject to some exceptions for local residents. If you travel to Cinque Terre by car, you will have to park outside the villages, only Monterosso has parking lots inside the village.
One of the most important specialties of the Cinque Terre are the culinary varities. Each town/village has its own specialty, mainly centering on seafood and variances of the famous Ligurian cusine.
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