These five picturesque seaside villages offer a unique and enchanting overview of the landscape, traditions and culture of the Ligurian Riviera.
Very similar to each other for the appearance, the five towns have their own distinctive and features, histories and personalities that set them apart.
Since 1997, the area has been protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and National Park, making it one of the most pristine natural areas in Liguria.
Monterosso al Mare, an ancient fishing village, boasts beautiful beaches, including the largest in all of the Cinque Terre, steep cliffs and crystal clear waters.
Visit the charming old town, among its alleyways that smell of salt, and admire the churches of San Giovanni Battista and San Francesco, as well as the oratory of Santa Croce.
Vernazza, a village perched upon a spur, will amaze you with its colorful houses, charming alleyways and small fishing boats in the stretch of water before the beach.
The village’s main landmark is the Belforte Tower of the Doria Castle, which allows you to admire the coast all the way to Monterosso. The terraced vineyards, the façade of Santa Margherita di Antiochia, a medieval church, and the traditional town square with its restaurants and artisan workshops, welcome visitors with their unforgettable atmosphere.
Corniglia can be reached by sea or by a brick staircase called Lardarina. Alternatively, you can take the road from the train station.
From the village, you can admire the entire coast of the Cinque Terre and the town itself, surrounded by vineyards and terracing. Worth a visit is the square on Largo Taragio with the ancient oratory of Santa Caterina tucked between the houses.
Manarola, a village with Romanesque origins, is perched upon a promontory at the end of the famous hiking path called the Via dell’Amore, or the Pathway of Love. The town’s colorful tower-like homes continue down towards the sea until they reach the small port, surrounded by vineyard-covered hills and stone walls, terracing and olive groves.
Riomaggiore is where the Via dell’Amore, which leads you to Manarola, begins. With slate roofs reflecting light in captivating ways, the town sit on land reshaped by man, with terracing supported by stone walls, a technique handed down over centuries. Local vineyards produce two excellent wines: a white DOC and Sciacchetrà, with an exceptional aroma and flavor.