A magical journey through the coast of the Ligurian Riviera di Levante to discover together the beauty of the Cinque Terre!
Monterosso al Mare is the largest village of the Cinque Terre. Our journey from west to east along the Ligurian coast, starts from the central part of the country, Piazza Don Giovanni Minzoni, where is the church of St. John the Baptist while climbing over a hill is the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Soviore, absolutely to visit, and the Church of San Francesco. On the coast of the sea rises the statue of the Giant. Debilitated by a strong storm in 1966, the giant was partially restored but the statue that graced Villa Pastine with a large shell-shaped terrace, was also damaged by the bombings of World War II and today it looks like a torso with no arms without trident, without shell and without a leg while maintaining a certain artistic charm. Small curiosity for lovers of Italian literature: Monterosso has for years been a preferred holiday destination of the Montale family, which owned a villa, now called Villa Montale. The villa is unfortunately not be visited because it is privately owned but it was certainly a very important place for the poet, along with the unique nature of the Cinque Terre area, to realize "Ossi di sepia".
Vernazza is one of the most beautiful and characteristic villages in the area and, despite the flood of 2011 that made unrecognizable the beautiful marina, has managed to give the light of its beauties that make it always unique. To see the Church of St. Margaret of Antioch, located on the west end of the beach town, dating back to the early decades of the thirteenth century. For those interested in visiting the building, now it leads the church by means of open access in the apse! Another building well worth visiting is the Castle Doria. The perfectly it adheres to the rock on which the fortress was built, dominating the entire town and the bay below.
Corniglia is a fraction of the town of Vernazza and it is absolutely a historic village worth mentioning in our path because it is the only village of the Cinque Terre not directly facing the sea, but is situated on a promontory surrounded by vineyards. A unique spectacle for the eyes! The Church of St. Peter dominates the village from above and heading towards the city center, passing from the central square, you can drop down to Corniglia sea through a panoramic staircase from which you can take some beautiful pictures of the cape! For those who love hiking, Corniglia, is connected with the other neighboring countries through the trails in the middle of the very unique nature.
Manarola, a village of Riomaggiore, is considered the most peaceful village in the Cinque Terre, ideal for a relaxing holiday only. What makes famous the country, however, unlike the neighboring villages, is the largest crib in the world! It was inaugurated on December 8 every year and usually stay until the end of January in all its glory. To visit the Church of San Lorenzo, dedicated to the patron saint of the village, a beautiful church in the Gothic-Baroque style. Beautiful places like that of Manarola is a destination where couples can not give up. Therefore we recommend for all lovers embarking on the path of the Via dell'Amore, a path overlooking the sea, protected by the Cinque Terre National Park, linking precisely Manarola and Riomaggiore. It will be a unique experience to be shared and to be photographed, especially during sunset!
It's the most eastern village of the Cinque Terre, in the valley of the river Rio Maggiore, from which was taken the name for the country. In the upper part of the old town is the Castle of Riomaggiore, building of 'municipal administration, in the past a defensive stronghold. It constitutes one of the main cultural and artistic attractions, has a square shape and has on one of its two towers a large clock. Among the places of worship do not miss the Church of St. John the Baptist and the Oratory of Santa Maria Assunta, two beautiful churches perfectly preserved to visit absolutely. Riomaggiore is a beautiful village located on a steep cliff with a small marina located between two creeks. The village is all crossed by stairways and alleys that intersect with each other forming a sinuous network linking the streets of the old town. From the village you can take the trekking route known as the Road of Shrines that connects all the major religious sites of the Cinque Terre.