Cinque Terre villages or Le Cinque Terre (the five villages) are beautiful located on the Italian East coast south of Genoa and north of Pisa in the province of Lugurian. It is the southernmost part of the Italian Riviera. The villages are situated on rock outcrops along a 12 kilometers coast belt and offer a fantastic view over the Ligurian Sea. The five villages in Cinque Terre Italy are: Monterosso Al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore (listed in chronological order from north to south), which together is called Cinque Terre and houses approximately 7,000 inhabitants. All the villages offers good accommodation and some nice restaurants serving delicious local food and wine.
Villages in Cinque Terre Italy
Cinque Terre villages is a very scenic place and is a conservation area. It offers some of the most beautiful landscapes in Italy. The landscape is characterized by steep rock slopes, which rise vertically over the sea. Through time the local inhabitants have built terraces on the steep slopes in order to grow trees of lemon and olive as well as vines. These terraces are very characteristic for Cinque Terre. Due to the rocky and mountainous landscape, the local population have always been isolated and have been forced to fend for themselves. The isolation is supported by the fact that the area was connected to the rest of the road network for just a few decades ago.
The villages in Cinque Terre Italy are very authentic, well-preserved and picturesque and are actually one of the most shooting subjects in entire Europe. They have indeed kept their original Italian charm with old fishing atmosphere and beautiful churches. Due to the rocky shores there are no natural harbors so they are very small. It is believed that the towns can be traced back to the Roman Empire. The life has remained untouched for centuries and the city of Genoa and the bay has been a shelter and a safe base for the locals. A visit to Cinque Terre is truly an artistic, cultural and outstanding natural wonder.
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Cinque Terre by boat
The region is well-known for its wonderful walking routes which offers a trail system connecting the five coastal villages. They vary in severity and in general it takes a couple of hours walking between the towns. Furthermore, it is possible to ride on horse and mountain-bike along these trails. To get a greater overview it is a good idea to take a boat ride to discover the beautiful shore of Cinque Terre from the sea-side. There are regular ferry services connecting each of the villages. Crossing only takes about 5-15 minutes.
A railway is running along the coast stopping in each of the five villages (cf. ItaliaRail.com) making it very accessible.
Cinque Terre is a very popular tourist attraction during high season. Thus, you have to be ready for a lot of tourist in that period. Alternatively, you can visit Cinque Terre during autumn or spring where the weather is still pleasant.
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Cinque Terre National Park Italy
Due to this many beauties Cinque Terre back in 1997 was declared as World Heritage site on the UNESCO list. The National park also includes the peninsula of Portovenere and the islands of Palmaria, Tino og Tinetto. The reason for inclusion on the list is the unique cultural and natural value, showing a harmonious interaction between the human being and nature in creating a landscape of extraordinary quality.
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