Attractions in the Cinque Terre
On the Ligurian coast, between Genoa and La Spezia, The Cinque Terre offer one of the most spectacular landscapes in Italy, where sea and land merge to form a unique and evocative scenery.
A natural heritage with great variety; a rocky coast full of bays, beaches and deep ocean floors, dominated by a chain of mountains that run parallel to the coast. Terraced vineyards and olive trees, paths and trails offer a breathtaking panorama.
Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore, which overlook the sea, are the five ancient fishing villages that have retained the charm of their natural landscapes. An environment in which the secular work of generations has transformed an inaccessible territory into a landscape of extraordinary beauty. These five towns make up The Cinque Terre National Park, declared by UNESCO in 1997, a World Heritage Site.
A train connects The Cinque Terre, but the most beautiful way to visit them is to walk along their paths overlooking a Marine Protected Area. In particular, the spectacular “blue trail”, which unites the five towns and the famous “Via dell’Amore”, which goes from Manarola to Riomaggiore and is one of the most famous paths in Italy.
Riomaggiore, the first village of the Cinque Terre you come across coming from La Spezia, is huddled up at the bottom of a small valley that slides toward the sea. The oldest part of the town, preserves its characteristic beauty. From above, an old castle dominates the houses of the village crossed by steep streets and covered passageways. The village is connected to Manarola via a path called the “Via dell’Amore”, carved into the rock hillside in a landscape that is still intact.
The particular environment, the typical spontaneous architecture of houses huddled together, the narrow alleys, the hanging gardens and the sea’s crystal clear water are the most exciting attractions in Riomaggiore.