- Location: In the region of Liguria in the province of La Spezia
- Best time to Visit: Early spring and autumn
- How to reach: The nearest airports are at Pisa and Genova. All the Cinque Terre villages are well-connected by rail and each of the villages has a train station. Frequent trains to Cinque Terre are available from Genoa and La Spezia. Apart from air and rail access, you may take the ‘litoranea’ road from La Spezia and it will take around 20-30 minutes from La Spezia to drive to Riomaggiore or Manarola.
- Parking: There are small pay parking lots in the towns of Monterosso and Riomaggiore. Levanto has many parking areas.
- Nearest Rail Station: Manarola Train Station
- Nearest International Airport: Cristoforo Colombo International Airport
Cinque Terre is famous for pesto ” a sauce prepared from basil leaves, garlic, salt, olive oil, pine nuts, and pecorino cheese. To visit Cinque Terre means to visit the 5 villages at the foot of terraced hills that go down steeply toward the sea and the region welcomes you with the cleanest Italian sea, perfect for diving and for a good swim. The scenic coast of Cinque Terre on the Italian Riviera is noted for its scenic charm. It is a breathtaking place to enjoy the marvelous vistas by hiking amongst the vineyards and olive groves above the villages.
Nearby places of interests
The main attraction of the Cinque Terre is its exquisite landscape. Mediterranean herbs and trees grow abundantly from the top of the hills down to the water level and they all add to the beauty of the place.
The appealing destination of Portovenere is well-known for hiking trails. You may also visit the Gulf of Poets around La Spezia or Tuscany’s Lunigiana region. If you are looking to get away from the throngs of tourists congesting the Cinque Terre, the Gulf of Poets is the perfect place to relax.
Depending on the time of the year there are some specific sites to visit and they include the lightning Nativity in Manarola (December 8th till late January), the patron festivity of the 5 towns (between late May and August), the pirates attack in Vernazza (mid-summer), the harvest (early/mid-September) and winemaking.
What to do
- Hiking in Cinque Terre
The best way to explore and enjoy the Cinque Terre is on foot. While walking along the mountainside, you go through the Mediterranean bush. The Cinque Terre is traversed by several pathways and the main trail goes along the coast and connects all the villages in 5 hours’ walk.
- Boating in Cinque Terre
You will enjoy the pleasurable journey by boat, leaving for the Cinque Terre frequently during summer.
Dine and wine
As located in the Mediterranean, seafood is plentiful as the local cuisine. Some of the local specialties are Focaccia, a baked product, and Farinata, a typical snack found in bakeries and pizzerias.
The mountainsides of the Cinque Terre are used to cultivate grapes and olives and the grapes are used to produce two locally made wines, namely the eponymous Cinque Terre and the Sciachetra. In addition to them, other popular local drinks include grappa, brandy, and limoncello, a sweet liqueur flavored with lemons.
The towns of Cinque Terre offer a number of fine restaurants.
The Cinque Terre, forming one of the most unspoiled areas of the Mediterranean, is a kingdom of natural resources and wild fragrance retained as in the past.
Related Links :
http://in.youtube.com/watch?v=HR0JK5Ubl7Q: Check out the exquisite beauty of Cinque Terre from this beautiful slideshow.