Cinque Terre: Unesco Human Heritage
Cinque Terre are a cultural site of outstanding value, representing the harmonious interaction between man and nature to produce a landscape of exceptional scenic quality that illustrates a traditional way of life that has existed for 1,000 years and continues to play an important socio-economic role in the life of the community.
It is a very jagged, steep coastline, which the work of man over the millennia has transformed into an intensively terraced landscape so as to be able to wrest from nature a few hectares of land suitable for agriculture, such as growing vines and olive trees. Between hills and creeks rise incredibly the five villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso where since the Middle Ages the communities have adapted to a rigid and inhospitable nature by building compact settlements directly on the rock with winding streets. The general use of natural stone for rooting gives these settlements a characteristic appearance.
How to move through Cinque Terre
By Train : the most comfortable and fastest way.
It connects the five villages with frequent rides.
It takes about 4 minutes from a town to the other.
You could buy la Cinque Terre CARD, available in every station, that includes all the rides between Levanto and La Spezia for the whole day, free wi-fi, free entrance in Sentiero Azzurro and much more.
By Boat: The most charming landscape can be seen from the sea. From April to November you can get the boats that connect all the 5 boroughs. According to the route you choose the prices range is from 3 euro to 25 (for an unlimited one-day pass).
Further info on Navigazione Golfo dei Poeti website
Buses connect each village with the others and with some other fascinating venues nearby. For example Monterosso offer a connection ti the Sanctuary “Nostra Signora di Soviore”, Vernazza connect the nearby areas of the Sanctuary “Madonna Nostra Signora di Reggio” and the village of San Bernardino, Corniglia offers a connection from the centre of the village on the top of the hill to the railway station below.
If you are a Cinque Terre CARD owner, bus service is included.
By feet or bycicle:
The best way to get around, especially for hiking lovers. Many paths, with different levels of difficulty, connect the different villages.
The most famous are:
- Sentiero Azzurro (Blue Trail): a 12 km trail that connects all the villages. It takes several hours of walking but it is simple enough with many rest stops, access to the beaches and several panoramic viewpoint. Some sections may be closed for maintenance. The stretch between Riomaggiore and Manarola is the world’s most popular trail, La via dell’Amore – “the Way of Love”- (colsed for maintenance);
- Sentiero Rosso (Red Trail), a long and tiring traverse, but not difficult, that dominates from the top all Cinque Terre landscape;
- Strada dei Santuari (Road to the Sanctuaries), easily travelable by bicycle or on horseback .
Info and maps:
In Cinque Terre there is a planty of beaches easy to find (the wilder ones are reachable only by boat). Walking on Sentiero Azzurro, you will be able to join the beach anytime. The largest beach is in Monterosso. It is also the only sandy beach and the most crowded. The others are made of stones. All beaches are free. Some offer paid services: bar, toilets, umbrella rental, chairs and etc. A special feature of the coast is that usually there is no wind, so swimming is pleasant even when it is really hot .
We suggest you to take a look to inCinqueTerre website where, in addition to the arrangement of the beaches, you will also find information on how to reach them from the nearest railway stations.
Vi rimandiamo al sito In Cinque Terre in cui, oltre alla disposizione delle spiagge, troverete anche indicazioni su come raggiungerle dalle più vicine stazioni ferroviarie.
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