Portofino—The Best of All

Cinque terre are all beautiful, but Portofino is magic! A name known all over the world, synonymous with elegance and ”dolce vita” Around the famous little ”piazzetta” flows the desire for a holiday. It is one of the symbolic places of Liguria and tourism in the Mediterranean. Famous in the world and everything to see: […]

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Portovenere

SEITERRE! In my very humble opinion Portovenere (or Porto Venere), should be the “6th Terra!” And they should called them “Seiterre” from now on, not merely Five! Visiting the area and skipping PortoVenere is being dumb! The town of PortoVenere is located at the southern end of a peninsula, which, breaking away from the jagged […]

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Rapallo—Even Before “La Dolce Vita”

Rapallo, like most italian towns has a long history. The first settlement seems to date back to 700 BC, nevertheless! Like most Italian regions and towns Rapallo was subjected to different rulers, conquerors, even pirates; In 1549 Rapallo was raided of riches and young women by the pirates of the Turkish Dragut. In 1557 after […]

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Manarola and Riomaggiore

[Corniglia] Manarola, and Riomaggiore Corniglia differs from the other Cinque Terre towns in that it is the only village that does not directly face the sea, but is located on the top of a promontory about ninety meters high, surrounded by vineyards on the characteristic “terraced” land. To reach Corniglia from the railway station, one […]

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Monterosso & Vernazza 🕍—Two of the “Cinque”

CINQUE TERRE The name Cinque Terre means “Five Lands”, meaning the Five Villages or, as was called in ancient times, “lands” instead of “villages.” It is the coastal strip consisting of the villages of (from west to east, that is from Genoa to La Spezia), Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore, which stretches for about […]

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Lerici and Sarzana

Lerici the Steep Lerici was the first town of my trip to Cinqueterre; while driving to Lerici one can admire the panorama and the numerous pretty sites. Little towns nestled on top of a hill, among olive trees and vineyards, beautiful to look at, but one wonders how they (did) manage to care for it, […]

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CinqueTerre—Portofino in One Long Weekend

Our Own Riviera Liguria is a crescent-shaped region in northwestern Italy that stretches from Tuscany to France. The coast, right on the Mediterranean Sea is known as the Ligurian Riviera. The hills just beyond and all along the coastline protect this area from the cold of winter, maintaining the temperatures around 45-50F in winter and […]

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