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Cinque Terre

"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 breath away.

Vernazza
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 harbor 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.

Montoresso
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
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.

Manarolo
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 trail.

Riomaggiore
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.

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The Italian Riviera
(28 reviews)
2020SepOct
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Mr C Williams
“The vacation overall was fine, as we had done this trip before, two years ago. The Villa Balbi is a very good hotel with excellent facilities and staff. The journey home was not something I would recommend to anyone. It was something that you, Great Rail, could not control; the total cancellation of our train from Sestri Levanti to Milan. We ended up in a coach, driven by someone who in my opinion, was dangerous, and had no knowledge of Milan and the location of our train station at all. We did, eventually, arrive at Mulhouse, after a couple of quick train changes, although rather later than was planned. The following day, when arriving in Paris we thought nothing else could go wrong. On getting ready to get on our Euro Star train we had a last minute alteration to all our tickets as the train had been changed, which meant that we were seated randomly in three different carriages, which spoilt the final journey home. Once again this was out of the control of Great Rail. Let me add that our tour manager, Rosie Sharp, was excellent in calmly dealing with all of the problems we encountered, and also, we were very lucky to have a gentleman on our trip who spoke fluent Italian. This was our thirteenth journey with Great Rail. I have never been superstitious before.?
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