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Cinque Terre Charm…

The sheer beauty of Italy’s Cinque Terre is indeed a sight for sore eyes. The pure magic of these ‘five lands’, each unique in their own way, is a worthy experience for any traveler. Read more...

The sheer beauty of Italy’s Cinque Terre is indeed a sight for sore eyes. The pure magic of these ‘five lands’, each unique in their own way, is a worthy experience for any traveler.

Located on the Italian Riviera between Genoa and La Spezia (the northwest corner of Italy), these magnificent cliff top towns rely heavily on tourism. All five fishing villages are a Unesco World Heritage Site and each town can be reached solely by train, boat or foot.

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Our base was Levanto, a short five-minute journey by train from the first town of Monterosso. We allocated a day to explore the Cinque Terre and began at the furthest town from Levanto,  Riomaggiore. Being late September, the heavy tourist crowds of the summer holiday period had subsided, however the trains that connected each of the towns were still overflowing with eager sightseers.

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Colourful decorative tiles along the walkways of the train stations…

 

The parade of tightly wedged coloured houses perform in typical Ligurian style over the little harbour of Riomaggiore. Walking through the narrow streets of Riomaggiore,  the local specialty… “Cono di fritto misto”, fried seafood cones, is just waiting to be discovered. If you enjoy your seafood, then these appetizing take away snacks are highly recommended. The crispy batter that coats the freshly caught fish and calamari, simply melt in your mouth. Additionally, what other better way to complement your fritto misto, a gelato of course.

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Unfortunately, the famous path “via del amore” which connects Riomaggiore to the next town of Manarola was closed. This scenic rock faced trail commonly referred to as “lover’s lane” is only a short 20 minute walk. The charming Manarola also possesses a tiny harbour reflected by the kaleidoscopic houses along the rugged coastline.

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Riomaggiore

 

In the middle of the five towns sits Corniglia. Unlike it’s coastal neighbours, Corniglia is located high on a cliff 100 metres above sea level. There is no port in Corniglia, therefore it can only be reached via train or foot, and it is the quietest town of the five.

The stunning town of Vernazza is where we spent a fair amount of time absorbing its beauty and grace. Vernazza is the most photographed town of the Cinque Terre and rightly so. The vivid colours are a spectacular display just as a rainbow. With the glorious sun blazing down, the water still remained too icy for a swim, though it did not stop some! While sitting on the sun warmed rocks and dipping our feet into the cool crystal waters of the Ligurian sea, we watched a young newly married couple sail around Vernazza’s tiny harbour, photographing and capturing the moment of their special day.

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Vernazza

 

Moterosso is the largest town of the five and the only town to have a sanded beach where you can rent chairs and umbrellas in typical Riviera style. The town is actually separated into two sections, old and new. Monterosso offers a wider choice of accommodation, cafés and restaurants and also playgrounds for children.

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Monterosso

 

Walking along the coast and taking in the serenity of such peaceful surroundings was surreal. I was genuinely captivated by the intensity and vibrancy of these charming picturesque cliff top towns. Cinque Terre is definitely a place like no other!

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99 comments on “Cinque Terre Charm…

  1. What a beautiful place indeed! Your photographs are stunning.

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  2. Totally idyllic! Enjoyed the pics and reading about the places helped me feel like I was there. 🙂
    Now if I could just click my heels together 3x like Dorothy! 🙂

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  3. How lovely and yummy are those seafood little baskets xx

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  4. Always wanted to go there!!

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  5. Absolutely love your pictures

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  6. Lover’s lane looks really amazing. Beautiful pictures!☺

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  7. What a beautiful city! And, that gelato looks so tasty! 🙂

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  8. I have nominated you for the Liebster Award 🙂 If you except the award, I’ve posted a blog with the rules and questions to follow, in which you will then post onto a blog post of your own.

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    • Thank you so much guys for the nomination. I have already taken part in the Liebster Award which you can check out here… https://amindfultravellerblog.wordpress.com/2017/07/13/liebster-award/
      But I would like to answer a couple of your questions if that’s ok….
      I am most appreciative for my family. I am blessed to have a wonderful husband of 20 years and 2 amazing teenage kids. I have a wonderful supporting immediate family and lots of cousins. I am truly grateful for these special people in my life and without them life would be empty. So the meaning of life to me and my passion in life is to love and respect one another and nothing else but happiness truly matters.
      Congratulations for your nomination and best of luck with your adventure. Lorelle 😉

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  9. Looks absolutely stunning, I love the main picture and could just tuck into the Fritto Misto! 🙂

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  10. it is so so beautiful! what an experience to look at such beautiful scenery.

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  11. Wow!! That tiled wall looks absolutely amazing!!
    #WanderfulWednesday

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  12. Cinque Terre is a dream of mine! I was so close this past spring when I was in Florence and almost made a day trip out of it but I didn’t want to rush it. Gorgeous part of Italy! #wanderfulwednesday

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  13. What a shame that Lover’s Lane was closed! But I love that in Italy, no matter where you go, there’s always a beautiful town. Or towns. It’s just a picturesque place. #wanderfulwednesday

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  14. Never been but want to go so bad! Like that you visited in September. Sounds like a nice month to stop by (and escape the crowds a little). Need to try that seafood cone. #wanderfulwednesday

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  15. You are making me miss Cinque Terre! What a truly beautiful place.

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  16. Congrats also on the Liebster award. Had to chuckle at the thought of it becoming a ‘Lobster’ – auto correct is a b…., sometimes!! But I can agree – the award is very well deserved for your effort in creating a gorgeous blog!

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  18. Interesting Place. Beautiful Pictures.

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  19. Gotta love Gelato, Cinque Terre is so pretty! too bad it gets so crowded in summer

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  20. Wonderful portrait of the Cinque Terre with stunning images. I wonder why the famous Lover’s Lane was closed? You seem to have picked the right time of year for this scenic adventure. Even later is ok too, I suppose.
    Thanks a lot for sharing! I’ll save this one, lots of good advice and tips. 🙂

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  21. How wonderful that you got to visit this beautiful part of Italy. It is my dream destination! xx

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  22. Beautiful beautiful colours! 🙂 I always flock to places with colour, i just can’t seem to stop 😀

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  23. This is somewhere I haven’t been to yet so I really enjoyed reading your post and your photos are gorgeous. On the list it goes….

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  24. Your pictures have really made me want to visit – it looks such an interesting place. Added it to my list!

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  25. Awesome photos! Thanks for sharing!

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  26. Cinque Terre ❤

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  27. Looks amazing!

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  28. More than a little envious of that fish in batter with gelato dessert. Looks like a stunning spot!

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  29. I can’t believe I missed Cinque Terre in all the times I went to Italy! I want to go back just to see it! One of my friends is going in a few weeks and I’m going to send her this post to check out! 😀

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  30. It looks amazing those pastel coloured apartments and that seafood just screamed freshly caught that morning…a beautiful place 🙂

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  31. I loved Cinque Terre – though I only had an evening and a couple of hours in the morning – less than a whole day. This brought back great memories for me.

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  32. angelanoelauthor

    I spend just a day enjoying the Cinque Terre many years ago. But I have a picture of the water off Vernazza. Gorgeous then, gorgeous now in your pictures. Thank you for the reminder of this lovely place. We walked what I remember as a long a treacherous path from Monterosso to Vernazza. Is that path still open?

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    • Thanks Angela. I believe some of the paths are still open and I think there is a particular website you can check. When we were there 2 years ago it was only Via del Amore that was shut. Xx

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  33. I really love the Cinque Terre! Lovely post and beautiful photos. I want to go there again!

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  34. cepiatone

    I’ve always wanted to visit Cinque Terre! Loved this informative & beautiful recap. 🙂

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  36. Wonderful post. I have not been there, but in Sorrento. 🙂

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  37. I’m heading there in a few weeks and could be not more excited (even though I’m expecting it to be super crowded!).
    Beautiful photos!

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  38. Fabulous post. I’m so happy to have come by your blog. I am completely in love with Italy, the Amalfi Coast my favourite spot so far. But Cinque Terre is definitely on my list. Your post just makes me want to get back to Italy asap!

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  40. Loved this! I visited this summer, and you took me right back there with your photos–especially that fritto misto and gelato! Amazing how vivid food memories are from places we’ve visited! Thanks for reminding me of the gem that is Cinque Terre!

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    • Our memories of these wonderful places will live forever. No one can take them away and we can look back and be reminded of these special times through these photos and memorabilia anytime we want. Blogging has helped me do this and I am very grateful.
      Glad to help others realise this too. 😉

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  41. Lerici, Liguria, is our favourite place in the world. We base ourself and explore Tuscanny, the Carrera mountains and most of the cinque Terre. Your post has reminded me that it is time to return. Thank you.

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