Cinque Terre - the unspoiled jewel of the Tuscan Coast
Cinque Terre is the name of the area that encompasses five beautiful towns on the Tuscan coast, where small, colorful houses and buildings are surrounded by spectacular views and lush nature. The villages hug the coast between the sea and the mountains and because cars car banned from this area, the villages remain in many ways, snapshots of a bygone era. The Cinque Terra, meaning Five Lands, consist of Manarola, Riomaggiore, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare
The inhabitants of Cinque Terre benefit not only from its sparkling waters, but also from the lush terrain with vineyards, citrus orchards and olive groves. Monterosso is in an ancient village located atop a hill, offering amazing views out into the ocean. The Old Castle, the Church of Saint John the Baptist and the Convent of the Capuchin all wait to be explored. The modern town stands at the foot of the Fenigia Hill, and consists of rugged and picturesque beaches. Finally, the Statue of Neptune, called the Giant, majestically guards the coastline from on a hilltop.
Riomaggiore is Cinque Terre's most famous town, as well as the closest town to La Spezia. This is the start the zone's famous trekking route, dug into the rock in the early 20th century, and leading to Manarola where we have the famous Via dell'Amore or "Way of Love". Another route not to be missed is the Sentiero Azzurro (Blue Trail), traversing the National Park of le Cinque Terre. Vernazza features a picturesque small port, evidence of its ancient maritime traditions. The old town bears defensive structures, elegant architecture, decorative portals and elaborate colonnades running between the narrow lanes convergin on the main piazza, adjacent to the small port. The Parish House of Saint Mary of Antioch, the Doria Castle and the Sanctuary of the Virgin of Reggio are Vernazza's main tourist attractions. Manarola is positioned at the top of a cliff that seems to tumble down into the sea; it is a fine example human manipulation of a harsh environment that is now made up of generous soil, terraces and vineyards and orchards. Kosher Travelers can enjoy awe-inspiring landscapes from the Punta Bonfiglio headland.