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The ideal place for a perfect tuscany villa holiday - a beautifully restored historic farmhouse, set in the unspoilt countryside of Lunigiana

Cinque Terre

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Vernazza and the Cinque Terre Coastline

Where & What is the Cinque Terre?

It is a rugged and stunningly beautiful piece of Italian coastline in the region of Liguria, just North of La Spezia in Lunigiana.

It consists of five ancient villages (five lands), clinging to cliffs beneath coastal mountains, and overlooking a sea of incredible clarity and marine diversity.

It has five miles of rocky coastline, vast areas of terraced vineyards, and 100s of miles of dry stone wall terracing.

Cinque Terre is untouched by modern times and is preserved for all of us to enjoy since it became a UNESCO National Heritage Site in 1997. Click Photos-Albums-Slideshows for more photographs.

It remained largely  unknown to the outside world until the railway line between La Spezia and Genoa was built approximately 100 years ago. The local trains call at all five villages.

Getting There

Tourist access is by train and on foot. There's a labyrinth of footpaths - easy and hard - making it a walkers delight .

The five villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso each have their own individual character, but all are ancient, beautiful, spectacular and steeped in history. See Google Map .

There are many small hotels, guesthouses and restaurants so your visit can be as long or as short as you please.

Exploration using a mixture of train and footpaths is a joy, enhanced by the railtrack running largely in tunnels.

There is also a passenger ferry ruunnig along the coast which visits Lerici, La Spezia, Portovenere and all five Cinque Terre villages except Corniglia.

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Monterosso Staue & Coastline

Things to See and Do

History and culture abound, with a wealth of churches, historic buildings, famous sculptures & paintings etc. from the stone age, through the bronze age, to modern times.

A landscape that inspired Dante and Michelangelo, and in more recent times, Byron and Shelley, is not to be missed.

There are hotels and restaurants to suit all tastes and pockets, with local wines and local food specailities adding to the occasion.

Grapes and olives are grown in profusion on the mountain terraces here, resulting in two famous local wines and some of the best Pestos in Italy.

Focaccia, a locally baked bread, and farinata, a crunchy pancake made from chick-pea flour, should also be sampled.

Walking in the Cinque Terre is truly spectacular and there are paths to suit all levels of ability. To view a hiking video available click Hiking the Cinque Terre. For more walking inforation got to our section on Walking in Cinque Terre.

The Cinque Terre also has a wealth of beaches of all shapes and sizes - from small sandy beaches hidden in rocky coves to commercialised beaches with sunbeds, sunshades and a variety of watersports.

Snorkelling reveals the amazing clarity of this part of the mediterranean sea, along with its rich variety of marine life.

For more detailed information about all aspects of the cinque terre, its facilities and its history, click cinque terre.org  .

Finally as a foretaste of the wonders of the Cinque Terre, you are invited to view a variety of  U-Tube Videos. There are lots to choose from - interesting, beautiful, stunning and even terrifying (don't try the cliff jumping).

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