Cinque Terre General
The Cinque Terre, translated as “five lands”, is a beautiful stretch of dramatic coastline right below the Levanto Riviera in Liguaria province where 5 charming villages have been built right up against the cliffs. The hills rise dramatically from the Mediterranean Sea and result in a spectacular hillside landscape. These steep hills have been elaborated for over a 1000 years by local farmers. Without their hard and back braking labor the green and fertile “Cinque Terre National Park” that we know today would have been nothing but rocks and sheer cliffs. You’ll see that the characteristic terraces where vine grapes, lemons, plums, cherries, olives and oranges are still cultivated. Although tourism has had its influence, the colorful Cinque Terre villages still have kept their charm. There is a trail that runs between the villages along the coastline which offers spectacular views along the way. If you’re not into walking there is a train that runs between the villages.
You could visit the Cinque Terre in a long day, but most people choose for an extended stay of 1 or 2 weeks exploring a village every day. Since all this walking and exploring may be tiring Monterosso di Mare and Vernazza have beaches where you can take a dip into the sea and relax. In addition, the larger beaches of the Levanto Riviera are closeby.
The big question is which village is the nicest one. Well… we have an opinion, but there is only one way to find out..
and that is to go see for yourself.
The Cinque Terre is one of the most beautiful spots in Italy and Europe overall!