Cinque Terra (“Five Lands”), Italy

Manarola (left) and Riomaggiore (center right) seem to blend into the massive hillsides of the rock coast of Cinque Terra, Italy

Manarola (left) and Riomaggiore (center right) seem to blend into the massive hillsides of the rocky coast of Cinque Terra, Italy

 

Cinque Terre (“Five Lands” in English) is a string of centuries-old seaside villages on the rugged Italian Riviera coastline.  In each of the five towns, colorful houses and vineyards cling to steep terraces, harbors are filled with fishing boats and trattorias turn out seafood specialties along with the Liguria region’s famous sauce, pesto.  We took a private boat trip from our port in La Spezia around the southern end of Cinque Terra, home of Porto Venere.  Heading north, we passed Riomaggiore, Manorola, and Corniglia before stopping in Vernazza (with the region’s only protected harbor) and then Monterosso al Mare (the largest of the five villages) where we had the opportunity to hike uphill for some nice vistas and time to (window) shop and get refreshments.  The coastline, the five villages, and the surrounding hillsides are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park and the region is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

The stonework church on the point of Porto Venere looks like an extension of the land, hugging the far southern tip of the coastline of Cinque Terra, Italy

The stonework church on the point of Porto Venere looks like an extension of the land, hugging the far southern tip of the coastline of Cinque Terra, Italy

 

Manorola, Cinque Terra, Italy

Manorola, Cinque Terra, Italy

 

The beach behind the protected harbor of Vernazza, under the town’s church, Cinque Terra, Italy

The beach behind the protected harbor of Vernazza, under the town’s church, Cinque Terra, Italy

 

The other side of the beach behind the protected harbor of Vernazza, Cinque Terra, Italy

 

Interior of the church in Monterosso al Mare, Cinque Terra, Italy

Interior of the church in Monterosso al Mare, Cinque Terra, Italy

 

A ferry boat that goes up and down the coast of Cinque Terra, Italy, pulling into a natural rock “pier” where the passengers literally jump on and off the boat

A ferry boat that goes up and down the coast of Cinque Terra, Italy, pulling into a natural rock “pier” where the passengers literally jump on and off the boat

 

Corniglia, Cinque Terra, Italy

Corniglia, Cinque Terra, Italy

 

Riomaggiore, Cinque Terra, Italy

Riomaggiore, Cinque Terra, Italy

 

3 thoughts on “Cinque Terra (“Five Lands”), Italy

  1. Jumping on and off a natural rock pier to/from a boat sounds kind of dangerous – especially for those of us who aren’t 20 any longer. But gorgeous area!

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