Cinque Terre (Five Lands), a string of five small ‘pearls’ located on Liguria’s coastline, is ready to delight travellers with superb scenery and interesting architecture. The ‘pearls’ are actually five Italian villages; Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore, placed among other wonders on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Located on the west coast of the Italian Peninsula, these villages experience a mild oceanic climate, with temperatures ranging between 7 and 10 degrees Celsius during winter and between 23 and 25 degrees Celsius during summer. Frequent yet short rainfalls shower the entire region throughout the year.
Things to do and see
Holidaymakers can do many things in this region. For instance, they could visit the aforementioned villages, check coastal hiking trails, swim in the cool waters of the Ligurian Sea or spend time on beautiful, desolate beaches.
Additionally, small restaurants serving simple yet delicious dishes such as trofie with pesto sauce, tagliatelle with mushrooms and cabbage, and torte di verdura (vegetable pies) are a delight for the traveller who has never tasted authentic Italian cuisine. The best places to eat in this region are Cantina dello Zio Bramante and Enoteca da Eliseo.
Travellers can find a variety of lodging options, ranging from camping to B&Bs and holiday villas. A few highlights include La Torretta, Alla Porta Rossa and Villa Cristina.
British tourists can get from London to Genoa in about one hour and forty minutes by plane and from Genoa to Cinque Terre in about one more hour by train or boat. Frequent trains and boats connect different parts of Cinque Terre, allowing tourists to visit the entire region.
Picture: Davide Vadala