We move to Cinque Terre, that means Five Lands: they are a special places, made up of five towns along the “Italian Rivera”, on the Liguria’s coast.
Monterosso in the north, then Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and, in the end Riomaggiore. This is an isolated area where there are no automobiles in the cities and you can go from town to town by train, boat, or your own foot power.
The absence of cars gives you the complete the illusion being far away of everything.
These villages are uncontaminates: they are little towns between the rocks, carachtherised by very little coves.
The first one is Monterosso, the most accessible village; it is the furthest west and famous for its lemon trees and anchovies…but especially for the stuffed ones, “glued” one above the other with a paste of anchovies, garlic, oil, breadcrumbs and parsley.
If you think about an Italian fishing village of 50 years ago, well, Vernazza is that. A very picturesque township with lots of little boats pulled up onto the beach. Here there is Doria Castle with its watchtower, on to the top of unbelievably steep cliffs. Through a stone spiral staircase you can go you to the top of the tower… the landascape will astound you.
A Roman farmer settled Corniglia, giving to the town the name of his mother, Cornelia. A local legend also says that Cornelia’s son produced a wine very fine that became famous in the south of Italy, in Pompeii; but today wine remains the pride of the town with vineyards surrounding the village on three sides with last being a 100-meter high cliff descending to the ocean.
Then we move to Manarola, the second smallest village in Cinque Terre. Here starts Via dell’Amore (Love’s Trail), the famous walking trail which joins Manarola and Riomaggiore. The legend holds that path was a meeting place for lovers from the two towns.
On the other hand of Via dell’ Amore there is Riomaggiore, with its pastel colored façades and slate-roofs.
There is no particular food, but you can try the famous wine called “Sciacchetrà”. It is made by grapevines from “Bosco”, “Fermentino” and “Albarola” grapes. It is a suave and you can taste both Sweet and Strong Sweet version.
Cinque Terre is a unique world, the right place to slow down…