Italy – Cinque Terre

3 Days in Cinque Terre 

Cinque Terre is in La Spezia Province, northwest of Italy by the Ligurian sea. Cinque Terre means five lands. These are five tiny fishing villages on the Ligurian coast. The five villages are: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore.

 

All pics shot using Samsung Galaxy S9+.

Using a smartphone has lots of drawbacks apart from the sensor size. One can’t play with F-stops and also effects such as ‘lens compression’ can’t be achieved. Yet, it is readily available for any situation.

 

We took a car to travel to Cinque Terre, but once you’re there, we took the train to visit all of the villages.

The train takes a mere 4-6 minutes (as it goes through the tunnels that connect each of the five towns)

 

Each of the towns has its own unique character which is something that I truly loved. It was a total throw-back as if one had gone back in time to old Italy.

Time-travel tunnel

The vibrant colours of the buildings against the backdrop of the bluish-greenish Ligurian sea are nothing short of breath-taking.

 

#1 Monterosso al Mare

It has the largest beach in the area, and often crowded with beach chairs and umbrellas.

Probably the town with the most ‘touristy’ feel to it, in my opinion it lacks coziness and is therefore my least favorite of the five villages.

 

#2 Corniglia

Corniglia, perched high upon the cliff edge, offered stunning views across this beautiful national park where we sat in awe of how beautiful this region is.You must climb 382 steps from the train station. A small shuttle bus runs regularly as well.Sitting atop a 100m-high rocky promontory surrounded by vineyards.. Sea-facing terrace .. the only vantage point from where you can clock (and photograph) all five villages at once.

Its surrounding greenery includes lemon trees that produce a fragrant sub-species of the more-famed lemons of Amalfi. The Cinque Terre host a lemon festival each May in honor of this native fruit


Since Roman times, Corniglia has been noted for its wine-making. To this day, many families still make a little wine in their cellar.

 

#3 Manarola

 

The board says – ‘Welcome to paradise’!

 

The houses on the villages are brightly coloured, standing on the cliffsides, with the sea surrounding the area.

The slopes of the Cinque Terre are terraced and are used to cultivate grapes and olives. These hillsides have been terraced for centuries.

Cinque Terre National Park has very strict regulations about constructions and renovations, so you can’t paint or renovate your house. If you do, you’ll go to jail.

 

We have Cars parked in front of our houses…. They have a Boat parked in front of their houses….

 

 

#4 Vernazza

Vernazza is a small town comprising one main stone road leading to a plaza on a harbor that’s lined with cafes, souvenir shops, bistros, restaurants, and boutiques.

 

View from atop the Doria Castle (now in ruins) .. built in the 15th century as a lookout tower to protect the village from pirates

 

 

In October 2011, an intense rainstorm inflicted serious damage to Monterosso and Vernazza.

Torrents of water from the surrounding mountains came into the towns, carrying with it tons of mud and debris. Landslides filled the streets with rocks, dirt, and debris up to four metres deep. Entire ground floors were buried.

The village is surrounded by very steeply terraced olive groves which are said to produce among the finest Olive oil in the country

 

#5 Riomaggiore

Despite the huge population of tourists visiting this place every day, Cinque Terre has successfully maintained its rural, laid back vibe and has not fallen prey to urbanization yet!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s the epitome of “colorful Italia” with its mountainside cascading with a curtain of many-colored buildings.

Each one on its own is nothing special but all together they make for a picture-perfect destination.