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Location of Liguria
Area: 5,420 km²
Population: 1.6 million
Density: 297/km²
Capital: Genoa

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      Sori
      Tiglieto
      Torriglia
      Tribogna
      Uscio
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  • Imperia
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    • Ameglia
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      Lerici
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      Maissana
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      Riomaggiore
      Rocchetta di Vara
      Santo Stefano di Magra
      Sarzana
      Sesta Godano
      Varese Ligure
      Vernazza
      Vezzano Ligure
      Zignago

  • Savona
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Cinque Terre, Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, Riomaggiore, Riviera Levante, La Spezia
Cinque Terre - Photo: Chensiyuan
Cinque Terre National Park

Cinque Terre is a small stretch of coastline just west of La Spezia in Liguria. It is named after five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. It has a unique charm and was established as a National Park in 1999 and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The villages are set on the steep hillside where cultivated terraces cascade down to the sea. No cars are allowed into the villages, but there is a local train that runs from La Spezia to Genoa that connects them. There is also a passenger ferry that runs between the five villages, except Corniglia. You can get the ferry from Genoa's Old Harbour, La Spezia, Lerici or Portovenere.

For more energetic visitors, there is a trail, known as the 'Sentiero Azzurro' (The Blue Trail), that connects the five villages. It is 10 kilometres long and the height difference is over 600 metres throughout its length. It takes approximately five hours to complete. The stretch between Riomaggiore and Manarola is called the 'Via Dell'Amore' (The road of love) and varies in difficulty from easy to extremely difficult. The stretch between Manarola to Corniglia is the easiest part, although the main trail into Corniglia does end in 368 steps. The trail between Corniglia and Vernazza is steep at certain places but the stretch between Vernazza and Monterosso is by far the steepest. It winds through olive orchards and vineyards and can get rough but walkers are rewarded with the best view of the bay and the spectacular views of both Monterosso and Vernazza.

Although the whole of the Cinque Terre is interesting and full of trails and excursions it is well worth taking time to examine each of the villages as a separate entity. They are all within the province of La Spezia and running from north to south they are:

Monterosso al Mare
Divided by a tunnel for pedestrians and cars (there are very few cars in this village) Monterosso is divided into two parts, the old town and the new town.

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Monterosso al Mare - Photo: Carla

The beach is the only large sand beac in the whole of the Cinque Terre which makes it popular with tourists during the summer. Originally the village was only accessible either by boat or along one of the tiny mule tracks which have been maintained and are now used as hiking tracks. Monterosso al Mare is famous for its lemon trees which can be seen growing in profusion around the whole area. There is a partially ruined Genoese castle and the Convent of Monterosso al Mare which has many historical treasures within its interior. The church of St. John the baptist has four marble columns and a square, medieval bell tower with four merlons on top.

Vernazza
Little has changed in Vernazza which was, and still is, a small fishing village with no cars. This village is considered to be the most beautiful of the five, if not one of the most beautiful in Italy.

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Vernazza - Photo: Luca Casartelli

In the past it had constant problems with pirates and in the 15th century it built a fortified wall to help them in their defence against the onslaughts. Later in history they terraced the land and planted vineyards creating a successful wine industry. In 2011, on October 25th, Vernazza was hit by torrential rain which caused extensive flooding and mudslides which left the village buried under four metres of mud and rubble. The village had to be evacuated and was classed as a state of emergency with over one million euros worth of damage. After a lot of hard work is now almost restored, the people have returned, businesses have reopened and it is once again ready to receive visitors.

Corniglia
This is the only one of the five which is not directly next to the sea but is perched on a promontory which is around 100 metres high.

Cinque Terre, Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, Riomaggiore, Riviera Levante, La Spezia
Corniglia - Photo: Camilla Reenberg

One side is excessively steep and drops straight down to the sea, the other three sides are terraced and covered in vineyards. To access the village without a car you must climb up 382 steps or wind your way up the narrow road leading from the station. There is a bus which runs sporadically from the station to the village. Corniglia has narrow streets, the main one being Fieschi along which all the houses of the village run. One side of every house faces this road and the other side faces the sea. There is a small terrace in the rock from where it is possible to see the other four villages, Monterosso al Mare and Vernazza on one side and Manarola and Riomaggiore on the other.

Manarola
Built on a rock 70 metres high Mararola is the second smallest of the five villages and also the oldest.

Cinque Terre, Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, Riomaggiore, Riviera Levante, La Spezia
Manarola - Photo: Chensiyuan

The local church, San Lorenzo, has a cornerstone dated 1338. Although the village is above sea level, unlike Corniglia, it does have direct sea access although not a proper beach. It does however have very clean, clear and deep water making it an excellent place for swimming. It is a charming village with narrow streets and pretty multi-coloured houses all facing the sea. It is a fishing village and is also famous for its production of wine, in particular a wine called Sciacchetrà.

Riomaggiore
The southernmost of the five, Riomaggiore is also the largest and the unofficial headquarters of the Cinque Terre with the office of the National Park being based there.

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Riomaggiore

It has tall, multi-coloured houses with slate rooves lining steep, narrow roads interconnected by steps. Riomaggiore is pretty by day but when it is lit up at night it appears even prettier. It is also, due to its position, renowned for its beautiful sunsets.

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Liguria Information
Location of Liguria
Area: 5,420 km²
Population: 1.6 million
Density: 297/km²
Capital: Genoa

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Provinces
Comunes
  • Genova
    • Arenzano
      Avegno
      Bargagli
      Bogliasco
      Borzonasca
      Busalla
      Camogli
      Campo Ligure
      Campomorone
      Carasco
      Casarza Ligure
      Casella
      Castiglione Chiavarese
      Ceranesi
      Chiavari
      Cicagna
      Cogoleto
      Cogorno
      Coreglia Ligure
      Crocefieschi
      Davagna
      Fascia
      Favale di Malvaro
      Fontanigorda
      Genova
      Gorreto
      Isola del Cantone
      Lavagna
      Leivi
      Lorsica
      Lumarzo
      Masone
      Mele
      Mezzanego
      Mignanego
      Moconesi
      Moneglia
      Montebruno
      Montoggio
      Ne
      Neirone
      Orero
      Pieve Ligure
      Portofino
      Propata
      Rapallo
      Recco
      Rezzoaglio
      Ronco Scrivia
      Rondanina
      Rossiglione
      Rovegno
      San Colombano Certenoli
      Santa Margherita Ligure
      Santo Stefano d'Aveto
      Sant'Olcese
      Savignone
      Serra Riccò
      Sestri Levante
      Sori
      Tiglieto
      Torriglia
      Tribogna
      Uscio
      Valbrevenna
      Vobbia
      Zoagli

  • Imperia
    • Airole
      Apricale
      Aquila d'Arroscia
      Armo
      Aurigo
      Badalucco
      Bajardo
      Bordighera
      Borghetto d'Arroscia
      Borgomaro
      Camporosso
      Caravonica
      Carpasio
      Castel Vittorio
      Castellaro
      Ceriana
      Cervo
      Cesio
      Chiusanico
      Chiusavecchia
      Cipressa
      Civezza
      Cosio d'Arroscia
      Costarainera
      Diano Arentino
      Diano Castello
      Diano Marina
      Diano San Pietro
      Dolceacqua
      Dolcedo
      Imperia
      Isolabona
      Lucinasco
      Mendatica
      Molini di Triora
      Montalto Ligure
      Montegrosso Pian Latte
      Olivetta San Michele
      Ospedaletti
      Perinaldo
      Pietrabruna
      Pieve di Teco
      Pigna
      Pompeiana
      Pontedassio
      Pornassio
      Prelà
      Ranzo
      Rezzo
      Riva Ligure
      Rocchetta Nervina
      San Bartolomeo al Mare
      San Biagio della Cima
      San Lorenzo al Mare
      Sanremo
      Santo Stefano al Mare
      Seborga
      Soldano
      Taggia
      Terzorio
      Triora
      Vallebona
      Vallecrosia
      Vasia
      Ventimiglia
      Vessalico
      Villa Faraldi

  • La Spezia
    • Ameglia
      Arcola
      Beverino
      Bolano
      Bonassola
      Borghetto di Vara
      Brugnato
      Calice al Cornoviglio
      Carro
      Carrodano
      Castelnuovo Magra
      Deiva Marina
      Follo
      Framura
      La Spezia
      Lerici
      Levanto
      Maissana
      Monterosso al Mare
      Ortonovo
      Pignone
      Portovenere
      Riccò del Golfo di Spezia
      Riomaggiore
      Rocchetta di Vara
      Santo Stefano di Magra
      Sarzana
      Sesta Godano
      Varese Ligure
      Vernazza
      Vezzano Ligure
      Zignago

  • Savona
    • Alassio
      Albenga
      Albisola Superiore
      Albissola Marina
      Altare
      Andora
      Arnasco
      Balestrino
      Bardineto
      Bergeggi
      Boissano
      Borghetto Santo Spirito
      Borgio Verezzi
      Bormida
      Cairo Montenotte
      Calice Ligure
      Calizzano
      Carcare
      Casanova Lerrone
      Castelbianco
      Castelvecchio di Rocca Barbena
      Celle Ligure
      Cengio
      Ceriale
      Cisano sul Neva
      Cosseria
      Dego
      Erli
      Finale Ligure
      Garlenda
      Giustenice
      Giusvalla
      Laigueglia
      Loano
      Magliolo
      Mallare
      Massimino
      Millesimo
      Mioglia
      Murialdo
      Nasino
      Noli
      Onzo
      Orco Feglino
      Ortovero
      Osiglia
      Pallare
      Piana Crixia
      Pietra Ligure
      Plodio
      Pontinvrea
      Quiliano
      Rialto
      Roccavignale
      Sassello
      Savona
      Spotorno
      Stella
      Stellanello
      Testico
      Toirano
      Tovo San Giacomo
      Urbe
      Vado Ligure
      Varazze
      Vendone
      Vezzi Portio
      Villanova d'Albenga
      Zuccarello

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