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    Visit La Spezia: gate to Cinque terre

    by Odiseya Updated Mar 26, 2015

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    La Spezia is a city in northwestern Italy.
    The city is the center of the eponymous district of La Spezia within the Italian province of Liguria. He is known as an important naval base in the Tyrrhenian Sea.
    Located in the eastern part of the Genoese Bay, part of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Located in the coastal valley. Above the valley rise steeply Apennines.

    It is the second largest city in the province and now has close to 100,000 people, mostly Italians.

    I spend little time in exploring the city. Mostly, this was my base for further exploring the Ligurian coast.

    On train station in La Spezia you could buy The Cingue Terre Card. I follow the previous CT ticket tips and over the years their value was increased significantly. Now prices for trains from La Spezia are: 12 Euros per adults and 7,30 per young under 18 years old. Children under 4 years old travel for here. Ticket worth one day and include train travel to and around Cingue Terre as well and bus from Croniglia train station up to Cornignlia center.

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    Visit Cinque terre

    by Odiseya Updated Mar 9, 2015

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    Cingue terre is for many travelers one of most beautiful natural park in Mediterranean area. It is very unusual. It consistent from five villages/towns building on rock:
    1. Monterosso al Mare
    2. Vernazza
    3. Corniglia
    4. Manarola
    5. Riomaggiore

    This nature park framed by steep cliffs is recently popularized an on Balkan too.
    This is very attractive and romantic area but very demanding. If you planning to visit all towns in short period it could be very challenging. I visited this area during one day as day trip.

    Cingue terre exudes authenticity. It is part of Unesco world heritage lists since 1997.

    Prior to this trip I was read about this towns as car free places but this town is best evidence that this is not truth for every place here even for some other places like Vernazza is truth. But note that there no roads that connect all five places. You could walk, travel by train or rent a boat in this area.

    Vernazza Monterosso al Mare Corniglia Manarola Riomaggiore
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    Visit Portovenere

    by Odiseya Updated Mar 1, 2015

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    Portovenere is picturesque town near La Specia. It is important cultural center. Together with Cingue Terre in 1997 it become UNESCO World Heritage Site. They all sure have similar nice multicolored architecture.

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    Cingue Terre - Riomaggiore

    by Odiseya Updated Sep 4, 2014

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    And finally - Riomaggiore!

    It was a long day and I was tired. We didn't have much time on disposal to explore Riomaggiore because my group needed to back to La Spezia.

    After arriving to train station you enter in blue tunnel and after few minutes exit on main street. Riomaggiore's main street is Via Colombo. This is the place where you can find many restaurants, cafe bars and shops.
    You could explore upper part of town or go on coast trough small enter like I do.

    Interesting is that no any roads to travel to town.

    Riomaggiore is very nice.

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    Cingue Terre - Manarola

    by Odiseya Updated Sep 3, 2014

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    Next stop is Manarola.

    Manarola is very small village, but not the smallest within Cinque Terre Park, but it is the oldest one.
    The central focus of town is spacious square from you can enjoy in view on local bay. For its rocks they make very nice sight.
    The village is very crowded but even then you can heard sounds of river beneath it.
    The important landmarks is nice San Lorenzo church high above. There is less crowded square in front of it and you could heard river much clearer and louder. The church dates back to 1338.

    The main local industries are making wine and fishing and today and tourism.
    The local wine, called Sciacchetrà.

    Best is explore on foot, off course. Tourist attractions include and famous walking trail between Manarola and Riomaggiore (called Via dell'Amore, "Love's Trail"). Also, hiking trails in the hills and vineyards above the town is also very popular.

    Manarola bay Manarola street Manarola Manarols square Via dell'Amore
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    Cingue Terre - Corniglia

    by Odiseya Updated Sep 3, 2014

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    Follow the Cingue Terre saga.
    Here we are in Corniglia!

    Corniglia is only Cingue Terre village that is not directly connected with sea. So, there no harbor or beach. But there is familiar architecture and fantastic view over see.

    Corniglia is nice place located on about 100 meters high. It is surrounded with forest and vineyards.

    You can reach to the top by foot or by bus. Bus ride is covered by your Cingue Terre card. But the bus is small and not frequent. It is recommend to bus ride is taken for older people or people who have moving problems.
    So, what is alternative? By foot, of course. But there you can also have a choice.
    You can choose to climb the Lardarina, a long brick flight of steps composed of 33 flights with 382 steps or to follow vehicular road (Fieschi Road) that, from the station, leads to the village. I choose first option, both times. You can also see there and many cars and motorcycles.

    There is very interesting church - Church of S. Pietro from via Serra, it is necessary to do one short hiking there also. This Parish church is dedicated to Saint Peter and already appears in a document from 1521.

    There is nice square, few shops and restaurant. Apparently, there you could taste famous ice cream with honey. It was very crowded in gelateria so I pass this. Well, I hope I will try on my next visit.

    Trough narrow street between houses you can reach to terrace with nice view. I pass this to.

    Corniglia Corniglia stairs Church of S. Pietro from via Serra View Corniglia
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    Cingue terre - Vernazza

    by Odiseya Updated Sep 2, 2014

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    So, here we go.. continuing exploring Cingue Terre region.
    My next stop was Vernazza, fourth town from north. Beautiful fishing village on Italian Riviera.

    In comparing to previous town - Montereosso al Mare first what is coming up is that there no car anywhere. And it would not be! Inhabitants make sure of it. Namely, there was a official plan of Italian government to break a hole in rock and make Vernazza accessible to world by car.

    Vernazza is old nice town. First records recognizing Vernazza as a fortified town date back to the year of 1080.
    The main and only official street is Via Roma. There you can see Chapel of Santa Marta. This is tiny stone chapel on main road. Mass celebrated on special Sundays.

    You could visit towns fortress. It call it Doria Castle. It was built in the 15th century as a lookout tower to protect the village from pirates. It is well preserved. To fortress lead steep path with many stairs between high local houses. There is fee of 1 euros. It is spacious terrace over bay with narrow tower in the middle. It is open every day from 10 am till 8 pm.

    Vernazza's beach is off Piazza Marconi it was close at time of my visit. Well, not close there was sign to not enter. The path to secluded beach was under rock, not so big hole is there and people go trough it. Many people do that still. There is and protected harbor on the northwestern side. There is only proper harbor in Cingue Terre region. Church of Santa Margherita d'Antiochia, date back from 1318 and it is nice detail of Vernazza harbor. This church is unique for its east-facing entryway. It has a nave and two aisles, with an octagonal bell tower rising from the apse area. The church is located in the town's main square Piazza Marconi. It is interesting that in secluded area beneath church is hole and there is open shower for swimmers.

    In 25th October 2011 disaster happens and from 1000 inhabitants 9 people was die during flood of water and mud.

    Vernazza harbor Doria fortress Path up to Doria Fortress Secluded beach Via Roma in Vernazza
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    Cingue terre - Monterosso al Mare

    by Odiseya Updated Sep 1, 2014

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    Monterosso al Mare is biggest of all five Cingue terre places. There is also only sand beach in Park.

    I arrived to town by train and its train station is located on northern part of town. From there you could see large car park and nice beaches.

    In north part of town there is also a very interesting sculpture on rock - Il Gigante (meaning Giant).
    It depict Neptune who holding the waves at. Originally dates back to 1910 and it was work of Arrigo Minerbi. It is 14 meter high and it is part of private property (The Villa Pastine is connected with it). Before its destroying top of the monument was stage during festivals days. Now is arm less and damage but still one of most photographic object within Park. I didn't close enough to take a good photos of sculpture.

    Old town is historical part of town and there you could find narrow streets, wide square and all religious buildings including Church of S. Giovanni Battista and Oratories and there no fees for visitors. This town is also and oldest in Park. It is registered 1056.

    Both parts of town are connected with short tunnel. Between them is towns train station.

    It is best to explore both part of town by foot and only appropriate way. I find information that this town/village covers only 11.25 km2 (or 4.34 sq mi) and it is largest then others villages. It have population about 2000 inhabitants.
    Many shops, restaurants and hotels are here, more then in others villages within Cinque terre park.

    Old town and its churches Tunnel Il Gigante Old town Old town square
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    Visit Santa Margherita Ligure

    by Odiseya Updated Aug 8, 2014

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    Santa Margherita Ligure is very charming town in Italian riviera. I liked very much even I spend little time here. This town have very nice port, beach and interesting architecture. Very nice town to spend vacation!

    I take ferry from its port to visit Portofino.

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    Visit Rapallo

    by Odiseya Updated Aug 8, 2014

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    Rapallo is a city in northwestern Italiji.To is the second largest town in the district of Genoa Italian province of Liguria.

    Located in the eastern area of ​​Genoese bay and is located 30 km from Genoa.

    Rapallo is one of the leading Italian and European spectacular fashionable resort since the late 19th century. It has a casino, golf course, as well as the beautiful villas and residences, in which after World War held many international conferences.
    Rapallo have place in turbulent history of my country. In this city was signed very important agreement titled as Rapallo agreement, which defines the boundaries of the then Kingdom of Italy and the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (the forerunner of the state of Yugoslavia). It was 1920.

    Rapallo has about 31000 residents. Today Rapallo is the biggest holiday resorts of the Italian Riviera. A special attraction is the castle in the sea in the 15th century.

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    Visit Portofino

    by Odiseya Written Aug 8, 2014

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    Portofino is an famous elite summer resort. Former fishing place it was known in Roman times too.
    At that time they called it Portus Delphini, because in his bay contained many dolphins.

    This small town today have just over 350 residents, is one of the most famous Ligurian tourist destinations, which is also a favorite destination for world-elite.

    Portofino have very nice promenade. Small port and many interesting attractions that are locate very close: the Church of St. Martin, chateau Brown, as the church Santuario di San Giorgio, which dates from Roman times.

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    Tours and activities at Cinque Terre

    by PhiloS15 Written Jul 30, 2012

    Hi, October is good to see Cinque Terre, mostly good to walk on the beautiful trails passing through the villages and manarola as well, of course, since the weather is not hot anymore as in the summertime. As to find best deals have a look on this site http://www.arbaspaa.com/. They arrange personailzed tours and also offer informations about accomodations. I hope this is going to help you.

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    San Remo - Italy's flower capital -

    by csordila Updated Jan 18, 2012

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    The area is famous for its flowers all over Europe and every year, they decorate the marvellous Grosser Musikvereinsaal of the Musikverein in Wien for New Year Concert. San Remo, tucked in between the Mediterranean Sea and the Maritime Alp is the most important tourist area in Ligurian west coast.
    A shore of intense beauty, sandy beaches surrounded by a lush vegetation - among them the exotic palm trees, agaves, maritime pines, olive trees, citrus orchards.
    Who measures flowers by the ton? - But it is a fact, western Liguria delivers more than twenty thousands tons of flowers every year.
    During the off season the word famous San Remo Music Festival has been running in the Art Nouveau Casino theater. The first festival held in 1951 attracted only three singers. Who would believe that today?

    Welcome to San Remo San Remo Flowers and palm trees Mistral blowing in the Ligurian coast
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    Hiking in the mountains

    by tompt Written Nov 10, 2010

    There are numerous signposted paths in the mountains. Just ask at the local information center for more information and a map. Or see the website of tourism Luguria for addresses of the infocenters. In Arenzano they gave me a nice brochure with different hikes and bike rides through the region.

    As the autumn rains in november don't make it the perfect time for hikes I only walked a short route in the mountains behind Arenzano, but i loved it.

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    GENOVA - PORT

    by white_smallstar Updated Aug 2, 2010

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    In the 1992, in the occasion of the 500 anniversary of America discovery, Genoa had a huge renovation, especially in the are of the “Porto Antico” .
    The architect who redesigned totally the harbour was Renzo Piano who gave the city a wonderful showpiece and probably its new landmark/symbol.
    The old port is now made up of restored buildings such as the COTTON STOREHOUSE, the ACQUARIUM, the BIGO tensile structure and the recent BOLLA, a 20-meter diameter crystal sphere.

    Renzo Piano was born in Genoa in 1937 into a family of builders; his father, four uncles and a brother all were building contractors. While a student of architecture at the Milan Polytechnic School of Architecture, he regularly visited his father’s building sites where, he says, he gained valuable practical experience.

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