The Italian Riviera is home to Cinque Terre, five small coastal villages nestled on the hillside and ready for exploration. Linked by footpaths allowing for exploring around every corner, the five villages are Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, Riomaggiore.
Take in the beautiful beaches of Monterosso; endless coastline with breathtaking views along the hiking paths have been enjoyed for centuries. Vernazza is a fishing village with wonderful character. Take a tour through historic churches and the Tower of the Doria Castle. Surrounded by stunning vineyards, Corniglia is accessed via train or footpaths from the other villages. Quaint restaurants and vibrant houses line the cliff sides of Manarola. Built on a high rock the town is full of hilly climbs and is known for some of the best deep water swimming. Last but not least is Riomaggiore, the most southern village. “In Riomaggiore starts the Via dell’Amore (Lover’s Lane), a wonderful path known for the romantic atmosphere and amazing landscapes. It leads to Manarola and it takes twenty minutes walking.”
“Given its location on the Mediterranean, seafood is plentiful in the local cuisine. Anchovies of Monterosso are a local specialty designated with a Protected Designation of Origin status from the European Union. The mountainsides of the Cinque Terre are heavily terraced and are used to cultivate grapes and olives. This area, and the region of Liguria, as a whole, is known for pesto, a sauce made from basil leaves, garlic, salt, olive oil, pine nuts and pecorino cheese. Focaccia is a particularly common locally baked bread product. Farinata, a typical snack found in bakeries and pizzerias, is a savoury and crunchy pancake made from a base of chick pea flour. The town of Corniglia is particularly popular for a gelato made from local honey. The grapes of the Cinque Terre are used to produce two locally made wines.”
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