The Cinque Terre – colourful jewels of Italy

Situated along the Italian Riviera, the Cinque Terre is composed of five colourful little villages perched on clifftops by the Mediterranean. Incredibly picturesque and a little difficult to differentiate from afar (for the inexperienced), up close each have their own flavour and character.

The famous walking trail which strings the towns together allows for best appreciation of the entire coastal region and offers the most spectacular views of each town. Made all the more dramatic as they progressively come into view.

We began in Monterosso al Mare and worked our way south, spending a little time in each town for a quick wander and some gelato/focaccia sampling.

Vernazza

Corniglia

Manarola

The famous lovers’ walk (Via dell’amore) between Manarola and Riomaggiore.

Beautiful accommodation space for the night. (Parking lot in Monterosso)

Unfortunately a severe flood hit on October 25th 2011 and the heavy damages done are still very visible, particularly in Monterosso and Vernazza (the two towns hit hardest).

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