Cinque Terre: The Five Villages

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The five seaside villages in northern Italy, make up Cinque Terre.  Each village is small but they are close together and make up a popular location for tourists during the summer months.  The bright colors of the buildings, matched by brilliant blues and teals of the sea, makes Cinque Terre a feast for the eyes.

From north to south the five villages are, Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarolo, and Riomaggiore.  There are hikes between all of the villages, but many are often closed due to landslides and earthquakes, so it is best to check before you go.  There are Cinque Terre offices with hiking maps and train passes for all of the towns, found in or near the train stations.  For a few of the paths between the villages you need a hiking pass.  The hike between Manarolo and Riomaggiore is named “the lover’s walk” and is supposedly easy and paved, but it was closed while we were visiting because of a landslide.  And after the hike from Levanto to Monterosso, we were done with the hard hikes!

Here are some pictures of all 5 of the Cinque Terre Villages:

Monterosso– the best beach town of all the villages, with wide beaches and the most sand.

Monterosso

Monterosso

Vernazza- this is one of the most photographed of all the villages.  It is classic and we all thought it was the prettiest of all the villages.

Vernazza

Vernazza

Corniglia- is the highest of all the villages and the most remote.  But after taking the bus or climbing the hundreds of stairs to get to the village, the views of the sea are amazing!

Corniglia

Views from the top of Corniglia

Manarola-is very touristy, with plenty of restaurants to choose from.  It also is a popular spot for cliff jumping into the bay of Manarola.

Manarolo

Manarolo

Riomaggiore- is the largest of all the villages, it also happens to serve up some special fried fish and seafood, which was perfect for Jon & Kristen!

Riomaggiore

Riomaggiore

Jon & Kristen enjoying the fried seafood cone!

Jon & Kristen enjoying the fried seafood cone!

 

 

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