Welcome to the Cinque Terre
Set amid some of the most dramatic coastal scenery on the planet, these five fishing villages can bolster the most jaded of spirits!
The Cinque Terre are five villages: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso. Because of the rare flora and fauna and for the uniqueness of their position they became National Park in 1997 and UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998.
The frigile rocks which rise from the sea have been moulded by man into terraces retained by dry stone walls. This method allowed the cultivation of narrow strips of land. Grapevine, olive and citrus trees are the main cultivations of this area, with a predominance of viticolture, which produces famous wines such as the fine Sciacchetrà.
There are many footpaths with various degrees of difficulty across the park. All five towns are served by railway and during summer there are ferry boats connecting the Cinque Terre to the Gulf of La Spezia.
The paths of the Cinque Terre have been the only connection through the villages for centuries. Today the paths network developing along more than 120 kilometers allows visitors to admire and enjoy the whole territory. Following you can find the most famous ones:
- The Sentiero Azzurro (The Blue Path) is the easiest, the most famous and the most popular path in the entire Cinque Terre. It is divided into four sections and connects all the five villages of the Cinque Terre. Total length: 12 km / 7.5 miles. Click here for more details.
- The Sentiero Rosso o Alta Via (The Red Path or High Path) is the second most visited place after the Blue Path (the first and last parts only). It goes through the entire Cinque Terre Park and connects Portovenere to Levanto. It can be divided into five sections, but they are all officially called “Path number 1 (AV5T)”. Total length: about 35 km / 22 miles. Click here for more details.
- The Via dei Santuari (Road of the Sanctuaries). To each of the five villages of the Cinque Terre, halfway up the hill, corresponds a Santuario (Sanctuary). The Via dei santuary is of great historic and naturalistic interest, its horizontal route unites all five buildings. Click here for more details.
There is always something going on in the Cinque Terre or in the surrounding areas! Ask us for more information on the events in program or have a look to the following sites!