Cinque Terre Italy
The Cinque Terre — as this stretch of five towns along the Italian Riviera is called — is located in northern Italy between Pisa and Genoa, and it’s the lowbrow, under-appreciated alternative to the French Riviera. There’s not a museum in sight, just sun, sea, sand (well, pebbles), wine, swimming, hiking, and pure, unadulterated Italy. Each town fills a ravine with a lazy hive of human activity — callused locals and sunburned visitors. While the Cinque Terre is now well discovered with more happier and relaxed travelers.
Aside from swimming and soaking in the atmosphere of unspoiled fishing villages, the most popular activity in the Cinque Terre is hiking from one village to the next along centuries-old goat paths. Trails plunge through vineyards and groves of olive and lemon trees and hug seaside cliffs, affording heart-stopping views of the coast and the romantic little villages looming ahead in the distance.
Vernazza is located on an impressive cliff, currently is a tranquil seaside village but before it was port from which ships, that was charged to defend coasts from Saracens, sailed. Magical impression of this village is going to charm you: mysterious alleys, multicolored red, pink and yellow houses, that in summertime become crowded of tourists coming from all world. Vernazza is counted one of hundred most beautiful village of Italy and it preserves its maritime vocation. The importance of Vernazza in the history of Liguria is highlighted by its urban arrangement. Typical tower-shaped houses extend along a river valley up on the summit of a rocky outcrop hiding the view of the village core to anyone approaching from the sea, so we suggest you to reach this town by sea. After then you can visit church of Santa Margherita of Antiochia and remains of ancient fortress: towers of XI century and Doria’s castle, tower of friary of Padri riformati di San Francesco and tower Belfort. Wonder Sanctuary of Nostra Signora di Reggio has a tree-lined square. It isn’t easy to reach Sanctuary – you’ll have to walk a wild road among nature. It will not be easy, but it is worth it. Here you can find: Church of St. Margaret of Antioch, Monastery of Reformed Franciscan Friars Minor, Palazzo with porticoes, Belforte Tower and Castle.
Corniglia, with its mellow main square, is the quiet town — the only one of the five not on the water. From the train station, a footpath zigzags up nearly 400 stairs to the hilltop town. According to legend, a Roman farmer originally settled Corniglia, naming it for his mother, Cornelia, which is how Corniglia is pronounced in Italian. Residents claim Cornelia’s son produced a wine so famous that vases found at Pompeii touted its virtues. Still, today, wine remains the town’s lifeblood. Here you can find: Church of St John the Baptist, Oratory and chapels, Castle of Riomaggiore, begin of Via dell’Amore.
This is a vicinity of the Municipality of Riomaggiore but is more ancient than this latter, maybe dating back to the Roman age (the toponym refers to Manium Arula = little altar of the Mani Gods). The current village dates back to the 12th century, when the number of residents started to grow due to immigration from the village of Volastra, located higher up. Manarola was ruled by the Lords of Carpena and by the Fieschi Family, until in 1276 it was subdued by Genoa. The houses are in part grouped on a rocky outcrop and in part aligned along the valley of the Rio di Grippo stream. The historical buildings are concentrated in a pretty square situated in a commanding position. Here you can find: Church of St Lawrence and Oratory, Ruins of fortifications, Groppo, begin of Via dell’Amore, the biggest Presepe in the world.
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