We spent 2 days in the Cinque Terre, we arrived late around midday so we decided to visit first two villages – Manarola and Vernazza. For the second day, we visited Riomaggiore, Corniglia and Monterosso al Mare. We traveled by train from village to village.
The Cinque Terre meaning, Five Lands, is a portion of coast on the Italian Riviera. It is in the Liguria region of Italy, to the west of the city of La Spezia, and comprises five villages: Manarola, Vernazza, Riomaggiore, Corniglia and Monterosso al Mare. The coastline, the five villages, and the surrounding hillsides are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site (Listed in 1997).
Manarola is the oldest town of the five villages – It is the second smallest of the famous Cinque Terre towns frequented by tourists. The Tourist attractions in the region include a famous walking trail between Manarola and Riomaggiore (called Via dell’Amore, “Love’s Trail”). Unfortunately, it’s been closed due to the extremely damage.
When you walk through the town – you will see the large wheel (It might be the symbol of the village)
The old watermill in Manarola
Vernazza is little bit bigger than Manarola – you will find more restaurants there. They have a castle with the entrance ticket fee 1.5 Euro. From the top of the castle, you will be able to see more beautiful views.
It is the most southern village of the Cinque Terre. It was first mentioned in the 13th century. The founders of the village moved from the hills to the sea. The village was built in the valley of the Rivus Maior (river).
It is the smallest and quietest of the Cinque Terre villages. It is located 100 meters above sea level, on top of a small promontory. Houses are a bit different here, smaller and wider, similar to the houses of the villages inland. You might want to go by stairs. You can go also by bus.
5. Monterosso al Mare
The village is named Monterosso because the ruling family used to have red hair. “Monte dei rossi” means “red mountains”. It’s nice for summer with a nice long beach.
The Statue of the Giant – The Giant is Neptune, the god of the sea and he is holding the terrace of an old villa on his shoulders. The 14-meter tall statue was made in 1910 by sculptor Arrigo Minerbi and an architect named Levacher.
Foods you should try when you’re there.