The Cinque Terre

The spectacular landscapes and the folk tales from the area’s seafaring tradition have made the Cinque Terre a splendid tourist destination that every year attracts visitors from all over the world.

 

Borghi marinari delle Cinque Terre

The spectacularly enchanting landscape of the Cinque Terre has no equal, symbolising how Man has adapted to live in complete harmony with Nature here, nestled within the rich variety of colours and splendid scenery that continue to be a source of inspiration for artists and poets worldwide.

 

The views the Cinque Terre is famous for feature large expanses of vineyards and olive groves, stretching for hundreds of kilometres alongside dry-stone walls that sculpt and embellish the mountain ranges looking straight out onto the sea, carved out into the rock for generations upon generations to create opportunities for farming. Thanks to these efforts, both locals and visitors are able to enjoy the superb local wines, lemons and olive oil, indispensable ingredients in the typical cuisine of the Liguria region.

 

The coastal villages of the Cinque Terre are encircled with typical Mediterranean maquis and inhabited by hundreds of animal species that come together to form a setting of priceless beauty and natural heritage. The Cinque Terre National Park area is a nature oasis that has remained unspoilt for centuries and is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

In addition to its marvellous nature, the Cinque Terre is also rich in culture and steeped in history. The fishing villages that make up the area are even older than the town of La Spezia they gravitate around today, and for many centuries went about their business along the mule tracks and paths in the mountains linking the inland areas to the sea.

 

The earliest human settlements we are aware of in the area stretch back to 3000 years BC, although it was not until the end of the nineteenth century that the area emerged from its isolation from the rest of the world, thanks to the newly established rail links between Genoa and La Spezia.

Mare delle Cinque Terre

 

Cactus

The most convenient way to reach the Cinque Terre is by train, since all five of the villages are linked by the rail line. Weather permitting, the Cinque Terre is also accessible by sea, with numerous boats leaving from La Spezia on a route that also links up with Portovenere.

 

The only way to enjoy a genuine Cinque Terre experience, however, is to delve right into the heart of the area and the lifestyle of the colourful coastal villages, admiring their splendid hues up close and savouring the marvellous natural landscape, where visitors can explore both the inland areas or venture along the paths on the steep cliffs (such as path no. 1 “del Crinale”, along the ridge, which the locals once travelled along for trading purposes).

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