Please note that the towns on Monterosso and Vernazza were seriously
damaged during mud slides in October or 2011. The disaster was
quite serious and not all areas have completely returned to their
normal, idyllic state.
The Cinque Terre is a
beautiful, rugged landscape that has defiantly yielded to
the agricultural practices of a population determined to
make this scenic, rocky, craggy, coastal area their home and livelihood. Over a thousand year period, the
residents eked out a comfortable existence by taming the
hillsides with terraces for growing grapes, olives and other
agricultural products. In
addition, the buildings comprising the famous five villages of the Cinque
Terre were constructed from local materials. The interaction of humankind with nature has produced an
environment in the Cinque Terre that is beautiful and relatively
The five towns of the
Cinque Terre (from the north to the south) are Monterosso, Vernazza,
Corniglia (the only town not built on the coast), Manarola and
Riomaggiore. These compact little villages take
advantage of the limited space available to them for settlement.
The cities were established within a hundred years of each other,
most dating back to a period between 1000 and 1200, although specific
information on the dates of their founding is lacking.
Each of the towns is clustered around a church or other religious
buildings constructed during the Middle Ages.
Vernazza's coastal setting fits the town like a well-made glove
The Cinque Terre is both a UNESCO World Heritage site and a National Park of
Italy. In addition, it includes the Cinque Terre National Marine Park.
The area has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy due
to its unique setting, natural beauty and wonderful culture. In some ways, visiting here is like taking a page out of the past, especially since the most
pleasant way to wander between the towns is to use the thousand-year-old hiking trails
that connects all five villages. For those looking for easier duty, train service is
available to all towns and in good weather, mainly the summer, you can "ferry"
between some of the towns.
If you want to hike between the villages and are in good shape, you can make
the walk in around five hours. During the summer, it is quite hot and the trails can be extremely crowded. However, in order to really enjoy the
Cinque Terre, you
should consider spending the night in one of the towns to sample the local
culture. Make your reservations well in advance or face disappointment.
Tourism has become an
important part of the economy, especially in Riomaggiore and the Cinque Terre
appears to be
slowly losing some of its charm. So, don't delay, see it this year!
One of the great attractions of the Cinque Terre is the ability to
hike between the towns.
If you need information about another travel destination, try
Destination Guide Index
or Googling ThereArePlaces.
The Cinque Terre coast is rugged and attractive, revealing a unique
Vernazza's float-up boat park.
Riomaggiore intensely utilizes its limited coastal area
|Click here for the
by the consortium of towns in the Cinque Terre. It is a
detailed site available in multiple languages.
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