Italy had never run out of interesting places that can be used as a tourist destination by foreign travelers. If you feel bored with attractions that are in the middle of the hustle and bustle of big cities, then try to visit the Cinque Terre. Since there is a small town in the Riviera which became one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy. The region has the uniqueness of the colorful building has stood since hundreds of years ago and still maintained continuity until today.
Because it is on the edge of the Mediterranean Sea, an area which has been recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site is also famous for the delicious culinary sea. Cinque Terre means five regions, the name is used because this region is made up of five small regions that extends from north to south. The five villages are Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore.
Monterosso al Mare
Monterosso al Mare is the northernmost village in the Cinque Terre. Here, we can enjoy a garden walk tour in the area of vineyards and olive groves. There are also historic buildings that we can visit, such as the Aurora tower with medieval style located on a hill that serves as a barrier Cappucini village, or the historic Crucifixion painting by Van Dick is in the church of Saint Francis.
Monterosso al Mare has a beautiful white sand beach and is filled with colorful umbrellas at the edges. You can swim or relax under an umbrella while enjoying the beauty of the Monterosso beach. Visitors can also see a row of cafes and restaurants around the beach that serves typical cuisine of this region, anchovies. Anchovies are seafood based on anchovies.
Vernazza has been discovered since the first century and has the most beautiful architecture in the Cinque Terre. It shows that the citizens of Vernazza have a better economic life than the other villages. The village is considered as the ideal to be used as a residence, because the atmosphere is comfortable and away from the bustle of urban Italy.
Vernazza also has beaches and colorful umbrellas are provided for visitors at the edges. You can swim or relax under an umbrella while looking at the small boats were propped up on the shoreline. Vernazza is also known for having two large clock tower resembles the tower of Big Ben in London, England.
Corniglia village is located right under the vineyard. Therefore, the majority of Corniglia livelihood in agriculture. A Gothic-style church called San Pietro, built in 1334, became a landmark for the area located at the end of this rocky bay. For visitors who intend to buy souvenirs, then Corniglia is the right place. Various wall hangings and the cultivation of wine produced from vineyards of Corniglia is the gift that much sought after by the tourists. If you want to enjoy the nightlife in Cinque Terre, you can visit the Nunzio bar which provides local wines with a bowl of olives as a compliment.
Manarola is a village whose territory is flanked by rocky hills. This village can be regarded as the most popular region in the Cinque Terre. You can see the unique colorful houses standing on a rock. It was here that became a favorite among travelers when visiting the Cinque Terre. Usually, tourists will take pictures with colorful houses background as proof for visiting the Cinque Terre. Manarola is also famous for its romantic atmosphere. Here, we can down a walkway called La Via dell Amore (lovers pathway) which is filled with lovers of all ages. This path will lead you to Riomaggiore, the last village in the Cinque Terre. In Manarola, visitors will find plenty of focaccia shops, a type of wheat bread served with cheese and rosemary aroma.
Riomaggiore or so-called Rimazuu by local residents has colorful buildings that stood since the 8th century. Riomaggiore is situated in a narrow valley that lay on the Liguaria hillside. From here, visitors can see the beauty of the Liguaria Sea with the ambience warm and romantic. The village in the bay of Genoa does have a small beach with clear blue water that will tempt you to swim there. Due to the many tourists who come, now Riomaggiore has many restaurants, bars and shops are ready to serve the tourists. But unfortunately, the price of food sold in this place is relatively expensive.
The five villages in the province of La Spezia are connected by a footpath at the edge of the reef just on the edge of the Mediterranean Sea. For those who want to down this place, could walk along the Cinque Terre national park. You can also take a train that goes through the five villages, every 15 minutes. Cinque Terre can be reached in about 4 hours from the city of Rome.