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Italy, Cinque Terre – Visiting Quiant Towns

Published: 24.11.2017
Cinque Terre is national park and listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You will fall in love with this Italian region. There are not monumental landmarks of antiquity or Middle-Ages as you may see in Rome, Bologna or Pisa. Yet still local atmosphere is splendid. Cinque Terre is an area consisting of five beautiful towns (Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso al Mare). Not long ago (in the 1960s), tourists almost didn't know about them. Even if they did, it would be very difficult to reach them, i.e. only by boat. Today, you may travel there by car but don't expect your ride to be an easy one.

We highly recommend you to walk through at least part of the region. Maps are available in visitor centers at train stations. Also, you may buy tickets there needed to enter the trails between the towns. Moreover, we recommend you to find out the latest info on the condition of the trails. Bad weather may cause their closure. And lastly don't forget to have appropriate shoes.

Monterosso al Mare is the largest of the towns. It is home to about 1700 people.  Unlike other four towns, here you can actually swim in the sea and relax on the beach. The main feature of the historic center is undoubtedly Loggia del Podesta constructed in the 14th century, and San Giovanni Battista church. Torre Aurora sits on the rock raising up from the sea. The tower guarded the town against frequent pirate attacks. Last but not least, pay attention to the pilgrimage church of the Madonna di Soviore with spectacular painted Baroque interior.

Montessoro al Mare

Vernazza – is second of five coastal town. It catches your attention immediately thanks to its colorful houses squeezed along its main street. A small yet cozy square consists the heart of the town. Right below it, several boats are docked in the little harbor. A tower sits on one of the rocks around the town, a remnant of old castle and foritication built during the Genoa's war with Pisa in the 11th century.


Corniglia lays right next to the sea. It sits 180 meters above the sea. Once you arrive at local train station, get ready to go up 382 stairs to this village of 150. Sometimes, a shuttle bus rides here and there. The main sight here is San Pietro, a Gothic church built in the 14th century.


Riomaggiore is a town made famous mostly by Telemaco Signorini. Thanks to him tourists started visiting this town. Notice the 14th century church of San Giovanni. It features a marble pulpit. Also, there are two towers, remnants of a 15th century Genovese castle.


The last place on our place is Manarola. Like other towns around here, it was also built on on the rock. Here is a miniature harbor. Natività di Maria Vergine, a 14th century church, is the main sight around these parts.

GPS: 44°08'59.4"N 9°39'10.2"E


Text: Maxim Kucer

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