A coastline containing 18 kilometers of bays, beaches, sea floors, colorful villages, paths, and one of kind terracing; these are the Cinque Terre, classified as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The Cinque Terre are composed of the communities of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore, a world famous landscape of extraordinary beauty where there are also protected marine areas and a national park.
Monterosso is a colorful village famous for its noble villas and the beach at Fegina. Be sure to also see the literary park dedicated to Eugenio Montale.
Vernazza is a village full of character which spreads around a port that was already in use during the Roman Era. Be sure to see the Doria Castle and the small center.
Corniglia is a small town sheltered by a promontory and famous for its terraces which have been in use since ancient times for the cultivation of vines. A stairway of 365 steps connects it to the beach.
Manarola is a small community famous for its colorful houses and for being home to the production of high quality olive oil and the passito wine “Schiachetrà”.
Riomaggiore, a small fishing village, offers a breath-taking panorama, a characteristic historic center and a castle.
The Cinque Terre National Park has much to offer tourists, not just coasts and beaches, but also many scenic trails. Among the most famous is the Sentiero Azzurro which connects the five towns. The first part, from Manarola to Riomaggiore, is the celebrated via dell’Amore. The Sentiero Rosso is an engaging ridge, long but for those in shape, very scenic. Finally, the Strada dei Santuari is a pathway halfway on the coast which connects the five shrines of the towns.