I'm really excited to be visiting Cinque Terre in northern Italy next month. Located between Genoa and Pisa the area spans 18 km of coastline along the Italian Riviera.
Cinque Terre ('Five Lands') is named after the five towns in the area that sit perched along the cliffs and hillsides- Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore.
Cinque Terre is a Unesco World Heritage site and a national park. Most vehicle traffic is restricted within the villages to preserve the area, so travel from village to village is by train, bus or hiking along the walking paths the region is famed for.
While reading up on the area and what to do there I came across this useful itinerary by Bianca of Italian Fix, a blog dedicated to help you travel Italy beautifully. Well worth a look!
I am definitely looking forward to wandering round these picture perfect towns and hiking some of the paths between them but I am also really looking forward to trying the food of the area. Seafood is a favorite of mine and thankfully it is very popular here, and it seems that local dishes also make use of the olive oil, herbs and vegetables of the region, which sounds great to me.
I am going to be staying at La Francesca 'A Green Oasis on the Sea of the Cinque Terre.'
The resort looks lovely, all of the villas and apartments overlook the sea and are surrounded by woodland.
The resort is car-free (there is a secure parking area) and has numerous footpaths to walk, including down to the sea. There is a outdoor pool, large play area, indoor gym, tennis courts and more. There is also a mini-market bar and restaurant. All in all I'm really looking forward to this trip.
Have you ever been to Cinque Terre? Do you have any recommendations?
La Francesca photo's provided by the Resort
Map used under Creative Commons from Krigh
Manarola image used under Creative Commons from Laurent Castellani
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