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Cinque Terre-where the mountains meet the sea

August 29, 2011

Storm in Manarola - Cinque TerreOn the eastern coast of Liguria, the Riviera di Levante, a land of ancient flavors framed by spellbinding vegetation, where sea and mountains live side by side, the Cinque Terre, five small villages on a rocky coastline, stretche from Mesco Point to Montenero Point, ten kilometers or so from La Spezia, all sharing unique characteristics; above all, that of being set on a beautiful coast, suspended above the sea…

Manarola - Cinque TerreThe Cinque Terre represent one of the best preserved natural and semi-natural areas of the Mediterranean. Historical and geomorphologic reasons have forbidden excessive housing development and the creation of major roadways, still Italians and foreigners flock here every year, recognizing the uniqueness of the place and it’s beauty.

In Italian, Cinque Terre means “5 earths” and it refers to the 5 villages that form together this magnificent place: Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, Riomaggiore.

 

Famous Cats 5 Earth

It’s important to remark that the Cinque Terre are not a classic touristic resort…particularly in Manarola and Corniglia everything has remained as in the past, no adjustments to the new touristic bent of these towns; local people’s life has been influenced by tourism only in marginal aspects. Life here continues today, as it did a hundred years ago, undisturbed by the passing of time, or tourists.

The beach Guvano between Corniglia and Vernazza - Cinque Terre

The sea of the Cinque Terre is a very particular sea and coast. With the exception of two long sandy stretches near Monterosso and of other, mainly cobble or stone, beaches, the coast plunges steeply into the sea with almost vertical cliffs, which continue underwater.

The famous lemons of Monterosso

 

*Images from the Cinque Terre blog 

Virtual visit of the Cinque Terre here

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