Cinque Terre is a piece of the Ligurian Coast which is only 15 miles long. It consists of 5 small villages surrounded by lush nature. They are usually thought of and visited collectively, mostly because they’re so close to one another that you can walk from the first to the fifth in a matter of hours, but there are five different towns and each does have its own personality.
Cinque Terre used to be peaceful fishing villages whose clever residents even managed to find a way to grow wine grapes on almost vertical slopes. Nowadays the area relies almost entirely on tourism. The towns are incredibly popular among travelers. These include Monteresso, Riomaggiore, Vernazza, Manarola and Corniglia.
Monterosso is an ancient village located atop a hill, offering breathtaking views. The main tourist attractions include an Old Castle, the Church of Saint John the Baptist and the Convent of the Capuchin. The modern town stands at the foot of the Fenigia Hill and boasts amazing beaches and natural areas.
Riomaggiore is Cinque Terre’s most famous town as well as the closest town to La Spezia. This is the start of the zone’s famous trekking route leading to Manarola where the famous “Way of Love” route located. Another route not to be missed is “Blue Trail” traversing the National Park of le Cinque Terre.
Vernazza features a picturesque small port. The old town bears defensive structures and elegant architecture. The main tourist attractions include The Parish House of Saint Mary of Antioch, the Doria Castle and the Sanctuary of the Virgin of Reggio.
Manarola is positioned at the top of a cliff that seems to tumble down into the sea. Here you will find beautiful terraces, vineyards and orchards.
Corniglia is located on the top of a promontory where the people produce excellent wines such as the Cinque Terre DOC, the Polenza and famous Sciacchetra.
Location: Ligurian Coast
Nearby hotels: Hotel Souvenir, Hotel Villa Steno, Hotel Pasquale
Nearby sights: Vernazza, Cinque Terre Trails, Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre