"Cinque Terre" is the collective name for the five villages on
the Riviera di Levante. These villages, Vernazza, Monterosso,
Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore, are part of a national park
and UNESCO World Heritage site and the scenery will take your
Located at the mouth of a river, Vernazza is a car-free village
that has always been the only safe landing point for boats in the
Cinque Terre, as its harbour is protected by a rocky promontory.
Vernazza has a medieval castle, which was built in the 16th century
to protect the village from pirates. Due to its strategic
importance, Vernazza has always been a wealthy village - evident in
the elegant streets and buildings.
Boasting a large beach, the town of Montoresso is the most
northerly of the original 'villages' of the Cinque Terre. It is
separated into two parts (the Old Town and New Town) by a road
tunnel. The village is famous for white wine and olives, and is
surrounded by lemon trees.
Corniglia is the only village of the Cinque Terre which doesn't
touch the sea. Instead, it is located almost 100 metres above sea
level, on a cliff-top promontory, surrounded by vineyards, terraces
and the steep drop to the sea. The village is reached by climbing
377 brick steps.
Famous for wine-making and fishing, the village of Manarolo is
thought to be the oldest of the Cinque Terre. It is connected to
nearby Riomaggiore by the famous Via dell'Amore - the love
Located at the southern end of the Cinque Terre, Riomaggiore has a
small beach surrounded by tall houses. It is famous for its
historic character and wine production.