Five Lands and a Holiday

One of the most characteristic and charming landscapes of Liguria, as well as one of the main attractions for its seaside, sports and food and wine tourism, “Cinque Terre” enclose a stretch of the Ligurian coast in the province of La Spezia, between the villages of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza , Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore and since 1997 it is considered an heritage of the UNESCO.

The first of the five locations on this fascinating coastline is Monterosso, especially loved by Eugenio Montale, who used to spend his summer time in this “rocky and austere place, a fishermen and farmers’ home”, as he called it.

Next we find Vernazza, located on a promontory on the sea and it already appeared in medieval chronicles as a fortified village built against the Saracens. With its narrow streets enclosed in a magical and mysterious atmosphere, and with its colored houses, today Vernazza is crowded with tourists from all over the world, and has been considered one of the most beautiful villages in Italy.

In the center of the territory there is Corniglia, on a high cliff and that is linked to Vernazza by a famous and picturesque promenade overlooking the sea.

Manarola is a paradise of vines and olive trees and is known not only for the famous local wine Sciachetrà, but also for the so-called “Street of love”, symbol of the Cinque Terre for its sun, sea and landscapes. It is a path that was carved into the rock, overlooking the sea, at the beginning of the XX century, to link the place to Riomaggiore, famous for its colored houses built vertically, while by night it is characterized by thousands of lights that reflect on the sea.

We recommend two properties of high prestige, which are only minutes away from the Cinque Terre: the Hotel del Lido, in Lerici, and the Tenuta La Ghiaia,  that is located in Sarzana.

The Hotel del Lido offers a private beach and a wonderful swimming pool, as well as a solarium  with a beautiful view of the sea. Tenuta La Ghiaia, in a park-like setting and with country-style rooms, is, however, in a favourable position to reach the Cinque Terre and also for those who want to take advantage of the holiday itself to visit the northern parts of Tuscany.

E.C.

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