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Cinque Terre and Portovenere

A paradise nestled between land and sea, a combination of nature, culture and art: the Cinque Terre.

A paradise nestled between land and sea, a combination of nature, culture and art: the Cinque Terre.

National Park and Unesco World Heritage Site, the Cinque Terre are among the most fascinating places in the world; a unique territory, with mountainous reliefs that jut out into the sea.

We are in the easternmost part of Liguria, in an area which extends for a little more than 10 km between the cities of La Spezia and Levanto.
The name Cinque Terre recalls the five fishing villages set in the rock, overlooking a crystal clear sea in a protected marine area.

Five characteristic villages, each with peculiarities that make it unique:
Riomaggiore and its small port, Manarola and its vineyards facing the sea, Corniglia – the only one high above the sea – and its view from above, Vernazza with its horseshoe shape between the Doria Tower and the splendid medieval church, Monterosso with its alleys and beach.

This area of Liguria expresses, in its beauty, the hard work of man over the centuries: the transformation of an arduous environment for settlement and cultivation, to create a unique balance between land and man.
A dense network of terraces, built with the famous dry stone walls, dedicated to the cultivation of vineyards, olive groves and citrus trees, embraces the characteristic villages made of tall and narrow houses painted with bright colors.

Visiting the Cinque Terre means to immerse yourself in a small territory that offers a variety of experiences:

a rich network of routes with numerous types of excursions.

tastings of local products, among which certainly wines: Cinque Terre DOC, a delicate dry white wine, and SciacchetrĂ , a sweet and fortified raisin wine.

visits to discover the history, traditions and architecture of the five villages

numerous recreational/sports activities including scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking and biking.

Not far from Cinque Terre are Porto Venere and the islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto.
This area is also definitely worth a visit.
Porto Venere is a wonderful medieval village (we recommend to reach it – from Cinque Terre or from La Spezia – by boat!), with colorful tower-houses protected by a wall that ends with the Castle; from it you can enjoy a splendid view over the Gulf of Poets and Palmaria Island. Sublimely positioned at the end of a typical Ligurian crĂȘuza, there is the splendid church of San Pietro.

With a passage by boat, from Porto Venere or La Spezia, you can easily reach Palmaria Island. Here, hiking enthusiasts can follow a circular route through the scents of the Mediterranean, the beautiful views of Porto Venere and the island of Tino, and traces of history (Forte Umberto I, Forte Cavour, Path of the condemned).