The “Cinque Terre” has been declared a World Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO since 1997
A territory in which sea and land are founded forming a unique and evocative area. 18 kilometres of rocky coastline abounding with abundant bays, beaches and deep sea, surrounded by mountains running parrellel to the coast. Terracings cultivated with vineyards and olives, kept under control by old dry stone walls. A naturalistic heritage of great variety. Paths and mule tracks look onto breathtaking views.
Five villages, Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, Monterosso face on the sea.
An environment in which centuries old work of generations has transformed an inaccessable territory into a landscape of extraordinary beauty. A Protected Marine area and a National Park which protect the absolute uniqueness. Monterosso al Mare is the most western town of the Cinque Terre. The village is protected by hills covered with vineyard and olive groves. Monterosso has beautiful beaches, steep rugged cliffs and crystalline waters. Vernazza was founded around the year Thousand.The historical centre conserves beautiful architectural elements as lodges, arcades and portals. It develops on a rocky spur along the Vernazzola brook, now covered. Vernazza presents a big number of side streets connected by steep stairs and it is dotted by defensive constructions, tower houses, the Turret and the castle of the Doria family, symbol of its old economic importance. The origin of Corniglia dates back to the Roman time. Its name derives from "Gens Cornelia", the Roman family owner of the place. Corniglia is located on a hundred of meters high steep promontory, close to a hill with many vineyards, from which it is possible to admire all the other four towns of the Cinque Terre.
To reach the city centre, it is necessary to climb up the "Lardarina", a long stair formed by 377 steps, or down the street from the train station. Manarola is characterized by tower houses defending the village. The town is located on a sharp promontory of dark rock, and it is structured around the course, now covered, of the Groppo brook. The square is situated on the higher part of the village. Here we find the 1338 parish church in Gothic style, the oratory and the bell tower. Among the houses, stands the white pyramid of cement, a sign for the sailors.
Manarola is the calmest of the Cinque Terre, later discovered by the tourists. It is possible to enjoy the nature with relaxing walks, above all the “Via dell' Amore” that leads to Riomaggiore.
Riomaggiore is the first town arriving from La Spezia. The houses, painted with typical traditional colours, follow the scheme of the tower houses. They are structured in three or four plants. In Riomaggiore starts the “Via dell' Amore” that takes to Manarola, a very suggestive pedestrian street, with beautiful landscapes, among the noise of the waves smashed against the cliffs.