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Town of Vernazza, Cinque Terre National Park

Cinque Terre

Cities and Towns in Cinque Terre

The Cinque Terre is Italy's most famous famous national park.  It is one of the most unique coastlines in the world with a unique rugged landscape consisting of sharply defined mountains, steep valleys, daunting cliffs and narrow beaches, is located within the Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre" and it has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. 

Modernity in all its dubious glory has not managed to impinge itself too heavily because the Cinque Terre is well off the main highways and rail lines that give life to modern industry and create the usual activity that a growing population demands.  Not only that, but steps have been taken to protect the natural - and man-made - environment from over development.

There are a few cars within Cinque Terre, and a small network of roads used by local people, or by the drivers who bring goods to the place, but for travelers and tourists, it is mostly inaccessible by car and it is on our list of places you can read about on our BLOG list of "Places in Italy You Definitely Do Not Want to Drive."  

It is much better when planning a trip to the Cinque Terre national park to take the train (or a coastal ferry) from Spezia (south), or Levanto (north), and get to your hotel - or arrange transfer to your hotel directly from train or the ferry landing.  We can of course help you do this.  

In terms of hiking in the Cinque Terre national park:  

There are a number of well-worn paths in The Cinque Terre, but the Via Dell'Amore - the lover's walk -  strings all five villages, winding its way along beaches, and through the many olive orchards, vineyards and chestnut woods on the terraced seaside slopes.

The easiest part of the route is from Riomaggiore to Manorola, but things get more difficult from Corniglia to Vernazza, and very difficult from Vernazza to Monterossa, as the hills become steeper and more challenging.  At some points you will be 1000 feet above the level of the sea.

During the summer months, along the beaches one can take the sun at one of several Lidos, or perhaps find a small stretch of beach.  If you want to be more active, you can hire a boat, swim in the azure waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea, or go snorkeling or scuba diving in the Riomaggiore area.  The local waters team with fish, so you can hang a line from pier, rock or boat.

Strolling through the medieval villages you will encounter many churches, including the oldest in Manorola, whose cornerstone dates to 1060 AD.  When you are hungry, and perhaps tired from your wanderings, each of the villages has its share of cafes and restaurants. 

It will not surprise you that Ligurian fare is heavily oriented to sea food with pasta running a close second.  The the sauces, many of them based on basil, pine nuts and other local produce, are sensational.  If you are a lover of wines, then eat your meal with one of the delicious local wines.

The Cinque Terre is the ultimate in the paradox which confronts the veteran and novice traveler alike: avoiding the most heavily touristed places means not seeing the places that are most heavily touristed because of their profoundly attractive virtues.  In the case of Cinque Terre - we suggest you submit yourself to the experience.

 

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Carrara Marble Quarries Tour

Driving up along a very scenic road we visit Carrara’s marble quarry Fantiscritti, which is 2000 feet above the sea level. The open air Museum of Fantiscritti is surrounded by the quarries of Miseglia Basin. It displays tools and techniques used for quarrying marble since the Roman Age. It is possible to buy marble, onix and alabaster souvenirs in the shop of the Museum.

 

Cinque Terre Mini-Stay Holiday

This Cinque Terre mini-stay option offers those looking to travel into the Cinque Terre national park one of the most convenient and comfortable ways to visit one of Italy's most beautiful coastal areas. It includes a centrally located hotel in Monterosso al Mare, one of the best villages to stay in, that offers white sand beaches and direct access to the trails.

 

Cooking in the Cinque Terre National Park

This cooking class takes place in the famous Cinque Terre national park with our friends Gianni and Rosanna at their Restaurant "IL CILIEGIO" which is high up on the mountainside over-looking the sea with a spectacular panorama. The day begins at 10am when you will meet in Monterosso and transported to this beautiful location. You will be greeted upon arrival and meet the family who owns the restaurant. The preparation begins and for the next 3 hours you will enjoy a hands on cooking class preparing a 3 course meal.

 

Cooking on the Italian Riviera

You will meet Enrico, one of the best of Levanto’s Chefs and he will introduce you to his beautiful restaurant and its lovely kitchen before starting the cooking lesson. The Italian cuisine is famous for involving a generous use of herbs in most of the recipes such as rosemary, thyme, sage, borage and fresh basil. Basil is not only used for the famous pesto sauce but also to add flavor to many other Italian and Ligurian dishes.

 

Small Group Photography Tour In Cinque Terre

This is a guided photographic tour of the Cinque Terre national park. It's a great tour for those who want to get away from the touristy places and for those who don't want to take the usual "snapshots" many tourists take while travelling the world. Learn how important the light, the right composition, the right moment, sometimes a different point of view and other elements are to make pictures different. The secret how to take not only a picture but to transport a message. The professional photographer and guide, will take you around in Manarola, for sure one of the most "picturesque" towns of the Cinque Terre and show you the most beautiful places to take pictures.

 

Small Group Wine Tour – Meet A Winegrower In The Vineyard And The Cellar

Andrea, a young winemaker from Riomaggiore, follows the wine-growing traditions handed down over generations. Skillful and with sensitivity he combines modern methods with ancient equipment as the terra-cotta amphorae. The tasting consists of two different wines, a local white wine made in amphora and a traditional sweet wine produced by withered grapes, offering you a complete new gustatory experience - very natural wines, produced respecting the vineyard and the earth, without the use of chemical products, sulfites and yeasts.

 

Tour of the Cinque Terre National Park from Florence

Our comprehensive exploration of the Cinque Terre national park will include the visit of the most beautiful villages and landscapes of Cinque Terre National Park (a world-heritage protected by UNESCO since 1997): Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, the villages clinging to a remote stretch of the Riviera coastline.

 

Wines of the Cinque Terre

This is a unique wine tasting experience in the heart of the Cinque Terre national park where fine red and white wines are produced on the terraced land in nearly impossible positions. This wine tasting experience in the Cinque Terre national park takes place in an incredible location: at the beginning of the famous Via dell’Amore high on the cliffs over the sea with a great panoramic view there is a Bar-Enoteca. The owner Yvonne, a sommelieuse, will introduce you the wines of the Cinque Terre, selected among the best local winemakers.

 

Private Tour of the Cinque Terre National Park

This is a private tour of the Cinque Terre national park that can depart from Genoa. On request. Explore the unique and UNESCO protected area of the Cinque Terre. You will visit the five charming villages of Riomaggiore, Corniglia, Manarola, Vernazza and Monterosso. This is the ideal way to spend your day ashore in Genoa. A private driver and vehicle will wait for you at the dock to show you one of the most enchanting area of Italy. The sea facing the five medieval villages built on the rock is also a protected marine area. Your driver will take you first to Riomaggiore. From here you will walk on your own through the town and reach “via dell’Amore”, a spectacular and romantic walkway built all along the cliffs. After 15 to 20 minutes walk you will reach the second village of Manarola. You may proceed through the walkway until you reach the last town of Monterosso or take the local train that will stop in each of the villages. As an option you may add the “Cinque Terre Card” ticket that will give you unlimited access to the trains and include the entrance to the “via dell’Amore” walkway. For lunch, stop by a restaurant and taste the local cuisine of the region, in particular the pesto sauce (lunch not included). One you reach Monterosso, the last village, you will meet your driver and drive back to the port of Genoa.

 

Cinque Terre Mini-Stay Holiday

This Cinque Terre mini-stay option offers those looking to travel into the Cinque Terre national park one of the most convenient and comfortable ways to visit one of Italy's most beautiful coastal areas. It includes a centrally located hotel in Monterosso al Mare, one of the best villages to stay in, that offers white sand beaches and direct access to the trails.

 

Rome & Cinque Terre by Rail

This incredible package has been developed with the independent travelers in mind, who wish to experience Italy on their own by taking the train. We assure easy and fast connections between the fascinating cities of Rome and Monterosso (Cinque Terre), travelling along the fascinating Italian landscape on 1st or 2nd class high speed trains. We include 3 or 4 star hotels, and amazing sightseeing experiences in both cities

 

Rome - Flavours of Tuscany, the Cinque Terre National Park and Italy's Amalfi Coast

This is a small group tour of 9 days/8 nights across a vast area of Italy. On this tour we visit some of the most picturesque places in the country. Highlights of this tour include visiting the beautiful towns along the Amalfi Coast, as well as Rome, many towns in Tuscany, Cinque Terre and more.

 

Rome, Flavours of Tuscany and the Enchanting Cinque Terre

This package is designed for those who want to see Italy's smaller and less touristy towns in Tuscany and in the Cinque Terre. There is a focus on this tour on the locally produced foods and wines as well as Tuscan artisans. Highlights of the tour include the Montepulciano Vino Nobile wine cellars, Chianti, the Cinque Terre & The Carrara Marble Caves, just to name a few things!

 

Rome, Florence & Cinque Terre by Rail

This incredible package has been developed with the independent travelers in mind, who wish to experience Italy on their own by taking the train. We assure easy and fast connections between the fascinating cities of Rome, Florence and Monterosso (Cinque Terre), travelling along the fascinating Italian landscape on 1st or 2nd class high speed trains. We include 3 or 4 star hotels, and amazing sightseeing experiences in all three cities.

 

Rome, Tuscany & The Italian Riviera including the Cinque Terre National Park

This unique and elegant journey begins in Rome and ends on the magnificent Italian Riviera in the beautiful sea-side town of Portovenere. It includes beautiful hotels, wonderful dining experiences in addition to all of the sightseeing tours listed on the itinerary. This tour is one of our most popular tours and a great choice for those looking to enjoy Italy's architectural, gastronomical and natural wonders.

 

Tuscany & The Italian Riviera including the Cinque Terre

This small group tour (max 14 participants) is a fantastic way to discover two of Italy's most beautiful regions: Tuscany & the Italian Riviera. In Tuscany we visit the Chianti wine region and savour the local flavors. On the Italian Riviera, we stay in the town of Portovenere and experience the rich cultural heritage and the beautiful colors of this spectacular coastal region.

 

Hotel La Spiaggia

Hotel la Spiaggia is situated directly across from the sea in Monterosso al Mare, which is the largest of the Cinque Terre villages. This is a delightful, clean and very bright property with wonderful, airy and well appointed sea-view rooms. A delightful breakfast included in the rate is served each morning in the garden.

Hotel Porto Roca

Nestled in incomparable scenery Hotel Porta Roca gives our guests the impression of sailing above by the sea accompanied by fragrant flowers and the sounds of birds chirping. It is surrounded by the pristine nature of the Cinque Terre and its lush Mediterranean vegetation overlooking the bay of Monterosso. This view of crystal clear waters and sheer cliffs makes it a paradise beyond compare.

Monterosso Sea-View Apartment

one beautiful and big apartment, in one of the historic buildings of Monterosso in front of the sea, with two bed room each with one double bed and one single, one bathroom with shower, kitchen with refrigerator, big dining/living room, TV and one balcony with an amazing view of the 5 Terre and the beautiful Mediterranean Sea. The beach is down the stairs, just across the street from the apartment

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