Italy is one of the world’s most beautiful places to visit. Cinque Terre has stood out as one of the finest tourist destinations in Italy. The literal meaning of the name Cinque Terre is "Five Lands" and this is exactly what it is. Cinque Terre five coastal villages are; Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore.
Why on earth should I visit Cinque Terre?
If you choose to visit Cinque Terre you will not have any regrets. The natural beauty of the environment in addition to the warmth and very receptive culture of the locals, delicious food, wine, the breathtaking views and inviting beaches, make the visit worthwhile. Cinque Terre is rich in history and there is so much to learn. The sight of the beautiful landscapes and the complementary ancient Italian architectural designs would surely leave you marveled. Not over taken by urbanization, Cinque Terre gives you the opportunity to relax and experience the serenity of the amazing coast on the Italian Riviera.
So, like, what do I do in Cinque Terre?
There is so much to do in Cinque Terre. Actually, time and money are the limiting factors. Hiking is a great way to start exploring the beauty of the five villages. The routes used for hiking cut across all five villages. Perhaps one of the best hiking points to start is Trail #2, or Sentiero Azzurro. Depending on your speed you can walk the route in five to six hours. The route is made up of four paths along the coast and you can begin your walk from Monterosso or Riomaggiore. Be mindful that it is a long walk on the rough terrains, but it is truly worth it.
If you love water, you can enjoy the beaches in Monterosso and Corniglia. The biggest and most popular beach is in Monterosso, it is the only one with the shores covered in sand.
Something for the taste buds can make the trip more interesting. Wine tasting is another activity to take up when in Cinque Terre. Owing to the locals' creativity there is a variety of naturally brewed white wines you can appreciate. After returning from hiking and sightseeing, the value of good wine cannot be underestimated. There are basically two types of wine in Cinque Terre, a dry white wine called Cinque Terre D.O.C., and Cinque Terre Sciacchetrà D.O.C., this is made from the best grapes and is not sold without having at least two years of aging.
Of course there are so many other things you can do. Like what? You ask. Well you can do the usual run of the mill visit to castles and churches in Vernazza or visit, Manarola and check out the harbour, the Church of San Lorenzo, the ancient San Rocco Hospital, do the Vineyard Walk or just enjoy the brethtaking views while walking towards the beach. BTW Manarola may be the oldest of the towns in the Cinque Terre, so you really gotta check it out.
I don’t have unlimited cash. Cost of things in Cinque Terre
Virtually everything is affordable in Cinque Terre. With proper planning, there is a lot that you can enjoy at reasonable prices. For instance, a nice cup of cappuccino with some local pastries can go for as little as 2.40 Euros. Dinner in a fine restaurant inclusive of a bottle of white wine can go for around 11 Euros. Isn't this affordable? Staying in the right place will give you value for your money. A perfect view of the mountains and a comfortable place to lay your head plus a king's breakfast in the morning and not forgetting room service can translate to as little as 73 dollars per night. Not so bad right? However, if you want luxury accommodation and the perks that come with it, you will have to show them the money! That's right it will cost yuh!
There must be some place I Have to! Have to! Have to! Visit while in Cinque Terre, Italy
There is always that special place that defines a tourist destination for what it is. Vernazza
is the most beautiful of the five villages in Cinque Terre. It is so rich in the history and the remains of the old fortresses are something that you have to see when in Cinque Terre. The towers of the XI century and Doria's castle, the tower of Belforte and the tower of Padri Riformati are a breathtaking sites that can be very appealing to the eye. The beauty and the details in the architecture of these remains are usually imperative of the rich culture and levels of creativity of the Italian people. Even if you do not love history, the architectural structures are sufficient to leave you in awe at the beautiful sites. Other places of interest in Vernazza are the Church of Santa Margherita d'Antiochia and the Chapel of Santa Marta.
Hey! I am starving what can I eat in Cinque Terre. No! Not burgers.
When it comes to food, there is an assortment you can enjoy in Cinque Terre. Italian cuisine at its best. There is something for everyone so you need not worry about how to fill your ammm... your face. So buon appetito! Most of the locals take delight in seafood, and therefore most of the restaurants serve it. There is a wide range to choose from and the truth of the matter is that making a choice on what to eat can be a dilemma. Grilled, fried or roasted squid or anchovy are just examples of what there is to offer. There is the option of having pasta with conger-eel sauce, which most people find very delicious. The most captivating part of the foods in Cinque Terre is the seasoning, which is done with all natural and aromatic herbs. You should also try the Pansotti, which is ravioli with ricotta and spinach, often served with a hazelnut or walnut sauce, and of course you must try Pesto Genovese.
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For more information about Cinque Terre and the five villages, visit Italia.it
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