Favorite thing If you're a bit confused about locations and places, take a look at a map. As you can see, Cinque Terre are part of a National Park and the five famous villages are not far from La Spezia and Levanto.
Favorite thing Riomaggiore has the shape of a medieval village and is overlooked by a castle built in the XV century.
Riomaggiore's name derives from latin Rivus Major and its origins are legendary: tradition says it was founded in the VIII century by Greek sailors.
From Riomaggiore starts the part of the Blue Path called "Via dell'Amore" which leads to Manarola.
Favorite thing Vernazza, the only natural harbour, is considered as the jewel of the Cinque Terre (I prefer Manarola, though).
The village was built as a fortification where the houses grow creeping on the sides of a very narrow valley.
Favorite thing Manarola is one of the five villages of Cinque Terre.
The village of Manarola is surrounded by vines and is situated along a stream. The "Via dell'Amore" starts here: a two-kilometers long track towards Riomaggiore.
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Famous for its vineyards and olive groves, Corniglia stands on the principal road over a rocky cliff dropping to the sea; it is the only village far from the sea but it can be reached by some steps.
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Cinque means 5 and Terre means lands. The 5 towns in order are Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso.
Riomaggiore is Village no. 1, it also has a little harbor which is beautifully lit up at night. Some people prefer to stay here.
Favorite thing Take the train to the towns of the Cinque Terre and enjoy these charming towns! Vernazza has a beautiful harbor where you can climb up to the top of an old castle and take in the beautiful view. Even in winter, it is well worth it! We were there Dec 26-27 and had beutifully clear weather!
Fondest memory The pace is very slow in this area. Slow down, enjoy some great food, stop to watch the amazing sunsets and just relax. As we wandered among these towns we kept thinking, 'Life doesn't get any better than this!'
Favorite thing One thing I would recommend doing if staying in the Cinque Terre area would be to spend a day just doing nothing. Just enjoying the experience of being in a small coastal town. It might be more authentic if you visit during the off season like I did so you can avoid the large number of tourists that I've heard converge on this area during the summer.
Fondest memory The best part of my stay in Vernazza was watching the sun set on my first night there. After riding the train for most of the day it was a great way to end the day by seeing a beautiful sunset.
Favorite thing Manarola. The walking path between Riomaggiore and the second town, Manarola is called 'Via dell'Amore'( 'The Road of Love').It is the most famous section of path on the Cinque Terre trail.It overlooks the sea and you can see and hear the waves on the rocks.It is very romantic and I think the name suits it well!:-)
Favorite thing See the Cinque Terre .You can see it by train,sea,or foot or a combination of the three. Le Cinque Terre means the five lands.The five towns are Riomaggiore,Manarola,Corniglia,Vernazza,and Monterosso.
Here is Riomaggiore. It is the first town you will encounter if you are traveling from La Spezia. We arrived there by boat and would you believe that it is so rustic,that the boat let us off on basically a huge rock!
Favorite thing Buying some wine and foccacia. The sides of the hills of Le Cinque Terre are planted with grape vines.These grapes are used to produce a white wine called 'Sciacchetra' which means 'press and pull'. It is very good!
Favorite thing ... stay in Vernazza. During August, Italians also takes their holiday so you have to be creative in getting accomodation. At the very last resort, go to Monterosso. You should be able to find accomodation there. Absoulutely spend a meal at the square in front of the Harbor in Vernazza. Same goes for the restaurant in fron tof the harbor in Manarola...or is it Maranola, I can't keep it straight.
Fondest memory Definitely hiking through the five towns and stopping for a snack or a meal in Riomagiore, Manarola and Vernazza. Same goes for picking up picnic items in Manarola and hiking to a secluded beach right off Corniglia.