June 6, 2011
With many festivals and events this year held in observance of Italy’s 150th anniversary of unification, IgoUgo this week visits the Italian Riviera, specifically the five towns called Cinque Terre. Known for its fishing villages, terraced landscape, vineyards and many hiking trails, Cinque Terre offers breathtaking views of the sea and harbor and the colorful houses that hug the hillsides. The five villages -- Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso al Mare -- each have their own unique beauty and personality, and in1997 Cinque Terre became a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Photo by micas
For years, it was remote and unreachable, until a railway was built in the 1870s, passing through the Villages. Still it remained off the radar. Then in August 1964, The New York Times declared it “A New Tourist Discovery in Italy.” Currently it is a must-see on any Italian itinerary. Member Katie Elaine wrote, “Every time I go to Italy, I make a point to go to Cinque Terre,” and called it her “Favorite Italian Getaway.”
Photo by airynfaerie
Since driving is not possible between the villages, the number one attraction are the many walking trails making it what some consider the best coastline hiking in the world. Zeke111 wrote that “we have hiked all over the world, from Japan and Peru to Spain and Italy, and the Cinque Terre hikes are some of the most rewarding I have been on.”
Photo by Zeke111
For an insider tip, follow airynfaerie’s directions to the clothing-optional beach called Guvano, frequented by locals (and travelers in the know).
Photo by Ghost Train Rider
Photo by Katie Elaine
More Things to Do in Italy
Things to Do in Florence
Things to Do in Rome
Things to Do in Milan
Posted by Nik’sMom (Terre Grilli)