Cinque Terre, a corner of Paradise in Liguria Region

Cinque Terre are five wonderful old villages located in the Italian Region of Liguria, just by the sea.

The names of such outstanding villages are Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare. All the towns slope down to sea-level except for Corniglia, which is perched on top of a tall cliff.

They are famous all around the world for their blooming, luxuriant Mediterranean vegetation and fabulous landscapes, and they are part of World Heritage of Unesco.

With their miles and miles of breathtaking trails, the Cinque Terre along the Italian Riviera is a sort of magnet for hikers because boast some of the best coastline hiking trails in the world. Walking is very popular here, especially on the main coastal paths, which are subject to park entrance fees.

Frequent trains link all five villages with each other, La Spezia and other places towards Genova. A more expensive, but very scenic option for travelling, is taking the boats that run up and down this part of the coast.

For those who are looking for a peaceful and quiet place for spending their holiday in total relax, we suggest the wonderful Cinque Terre in Liguria, where they will have the chance to enjoy deep-blue sea, beaches, cliffs, green hills and parks, but also old churches, castles and ancient monasteries.

And once there, don’t forget about Ligurian cuisine! The cuisine of the Cinque Terre almost perfectly conserves the characteristics of the past and respects the flavours and fragrances of the primary ingredients.

Trofie is a kind of pasta made from chestnut or wheat flour and its usual condiment is pesto sauce, an original Ligurian sauce made from basil leaves, extra virgin olive oil, grated cheese, pine nuts, and marjoram. Tagliatelle, a broad handmade pasta, is used with sauces that contain mushrooms, cabbage and potatoes, beans, chickpeas or sometimes with pesto. Also remember farinata, a regional speciality made with chickpea flour, very tasty!

For the ones who wish to visit Italy this summer, think about Liguria and the blue sea of Cinque Terre! Just have a look at the Liguria Travel Guide “About Liguria” and plan your trip!

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