Cinque Terre, which means “5 Lands”, is located along the northern half of Italy’s Riviera and is an awe inspiring city whose beauty and serenity feels as if it’s been untouched by the outside world. It is one of the favorite chill out spots for backpacker’s with its miles of breathtakingly beautifully trails.
Each village in the Cinque Terra vicinity has its own unique charm, all nestled into the magically terraced vineyard coastline. It is impossible to express with words the absolute intense, visual impact the area will have on you, a virtual sensory overload, all in a compact, magical space.
The ancient, cheerfully colored homes that make up the five villages (causing the 5 lands reference), Corniglia, Manarola, Monterosso, Riomaggiore and Vernazza have been virtually built onto the mountain side, seeming to magically remain with the help of unknown hands, between the hills and beaches. You’ll love wandering through each of these amazing chill out spots, as well as exploring Levanto, which has often been called the doorway to Cinque Terre, and a splendid place to relax. You can travel between each lovely city via train but the best way to experience all that each has to offer is by seeing them on foot.
As you wander through Cinque Terre, you’ll find a multitude of hidden places to explore, surrounded by vibrantly colored butterflies and the most fragrant flowers you’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing a breathing in. As you make your way through the maze like walkway’s you’ll be touched by the beautiful gardened terraces and the aroma’s drifting to you from the local restaurants. You can stop here and there along the way and sample the local specialties like baby shrimp, pecorino, anchovies and lemon, taglierini with tasty tomato, pine nuts, and fresh foccacia dipped in the best olive oil you’ve ever tasted. Complete you outing by finding a place to relax with a nice glass of local wine while you sit and take in the sweeping vineyards and panoramic ocean views.
Besides the welcoming people, the food, the views, the amazing wine, all that makes Cinque Terre one of Italy’s favorite chill out spots, the charming events here put the icing on the proverbial cake. What better way to celebrate Valentines Day then by finding one of Cinque Terre romantic hidden places for a romantic rendezvous, or to celebrate New Year’s Eve in a way, at a location, you’ll remember for years to come. For some real, local fun don’t miss the Lemon festival where the locals compete in the hopes of winning the prize for the area’s biggest lemon. The shop windows and bars will be decorated with lemons and greenery and offering delicious delicacies like Limoncino for all to share.
The easiest way to get to Cinque Terre is to fly directly into the Pisa or Genoa Airports. From there you’ll find that the Italian mainline railway operates along the coastline line regularly throughout the day between each of the Cinque Terre villages.