Days 7 & 8 – Cinque Terre – Monterosso
The Cinque Terre, or 5 lands, is a stunning series of villages hugging the rugged cliffs overlooking the ocean on the Italian Riveria, the west coast in Luguria. The ‘Five Lands’ is composed of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. The coastline, the five villages and the surrounding hillsides are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Over centuries, people have carefully built terraces on the rugged, steep landscape right up to the cliffs that overlook the sea. Foot, trains and boat is the only way to get around the villages, as cars cannot reach them from the outside. Local trains connect the “five lands” and run most of the distance in tunnels. A passenger ferry also runs between the five villages, except Corniglia.
However, the best way to experience the Cinque Terre is by walking it. A trail, known as ‘Sentiero Azzurro’(Light Blue Trail), connects the five villages. The trail from Riomaggiore to Manarola is called the ‘Via Dell’Amore’ (Walk of love). The stretch from Manarola to Corniglia is the easiest to hike, although the main trail into Corniglia finishes with a climb of 368 stairs.
Situated on the Mediterranean, seafood is a favourite part the local cuisine. Anchovies are a local specialty. The terraced hillsides are used to cultivate grapes and olives. This region is also known for pesto sauce. The grapes of the Cinque Terre are used to produce two locally made wines. And Grappa, a brandy made with the pomace left from winemaking, and Limoncello, a sweet liqueur flavored with lemons are also a favourite of the region.
Don’t miss walking the Cinque Terre with us this July. For more details visit go to http://incredibleindiatours.com/incredible-italy/