The Cinque Terre (CHINK-weh TAY-reh) is a series of 5 beautiful villages located on a rugged portion of the Italian Riviera Coast. Known as “The Five Lands”, the Cinque Terre is a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE Site that offers a heart-dropping picturesque hamlets, surrounded with pastel houses on terraced hills in one side and the clear and enchanting Mediterranean ocean on the other. Beautifully preserved, the area’s terrace walls, spectacular trails and its gorgeous villages is a favorite tourist destination for vacationers particularly for those who love to hike. Guests would surely love the view and the lovely stretch of the Riviera Coastline, untouched by traffic and modern development.
Thinking of going on a trip to this beautiful location but don’t know what to expect? Here’s A Glimpse of Cinque Terre and Its Amazing Trail to give you an overview of its villages! Enjoy!!!
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The Corniglia is a tiny village in the middle of Cinque Terre and is the only town without access from the sea. Footpath known as ‘Lardarina (377 stairs), connects the village to its train station and can be reached to the other 4 villages by well kept footpaths, maintained by the park staff. The village is surrounded by vineyards and terraces. One of the highlights that tourists can visit is the eighteenth century square largo Taragio with its Oratory Santa Caterina. Here, charming theatrical scene are set.
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Considered to be one of the most romantic and charming village in Cinque Terre, the Manarola is set on a high rock 70 meters above sea level. The village has a tiny harbor with picturesque multicolored houses and amazing seafood restaurants. Manarola has steep narrow alleys ‘carrugi’. Don’t forget to visit the village’s church (where its bell tower was used as a post to watch for potential pirate raids).
3. Monterosso Al Mare
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Monterosso Al Mare is the largest of the 5 villages in Cinque Terre that features several tourist attractions including a castle, a cathedral, a seaside boardwalk and its amazing sandy beach. Regarded as one of the most picturesque village in Italy, the Monterosso Al Mare is also the departure point for the amazing 12 km hiking trail that runs down the Cinque Terre coast.
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Named after the stream crossing the village, the Riomaggiore is the most southern village in Cinque Terre. The village has typical stone houses with colored facades and slate-roofs and climbs up along the ridges overlooking the sea. Here, tourists gets to start the Via dell’Amore (Lover’s Lane), a wonderful path known for the romantic atmosphere and amazing landscapes. The Church of San Giovanni Battista, the Church of San Lorenzo, the Castle of Riomaggiore and the Sanctuary of Madonna di Montenero can be found in the village.
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Remains as a true ‘fishing village’, the Vernazza is a picturesque village, situated around a small harbor and overlooked by an old tower on a cliff. Tourists visiting the village are encouraged to stroll through the main square at the harbor and its winding narrow street to better appreciate the view of this tiny village. Despite the calamity that struck the village about 2 years ago, Vernazza is back on track and is as beautiful as ever.