Cinque Terre: Views and Food

By Liguria Expert: Loredana, April 2012

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The Cinque Terre is a rugged portion of coast on the Italian Riviera. It is in the Liguria region of Italy, to the west of the city of La Spezia. Cinque Terre means Five Lands and comprises of the five small villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso.

The coastline, the five villages, and the surrounding hillsides are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Over centuries, people have carefully built terraces on the rugged, steep landscape right up to the cliffs that overlook the sea from the outside. The Cinque Terre villages are well connected by rail and each of the villages has a train station. Regular local trains from Genova and La Spezia run with high frequency.

The other way of getting around is by boat. It is a very special experience: viewing the Cinque Terre from the sea allows you to discover the full beauty of the pastel colored villages as well as the impressive man made landscape surrounding them.

A walking trail, known as Sentiero Azzurro ("Light Blue Trail"), connects the five villages. The trail from Riomaggiore to Manarola is called the Via Dell'Amore ("Love Walk") and offers a wonderful natural landscape.

You can enjoy more than just beautiful views in this special region. Ligurian cooking is perfect combination of flavors and aromas. It is simple and genuine. This region produces the most flavorful basil, exceptional olive oil, and the tastiest fish. Very good white dry wine (d.o.c.) simply called Cinque Terre and Sciacchetrà a very strong sweet wine made from dried grapes.


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