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Sights in Cinque Terre

Riomaggiore

Riomaggiore

Travelers wandering Riomaggiore’s main road—known to locals as Via Colombo—will find picturesque views of rolling hillsides and the Ligurian Sea that Cinque Terre is known for. This tiny hamlet has become famous for its Sciacchetra, a signature dessert wine available by the glass in most restaurants and bars, as well as by the bottle in the local Coop shop.

It’s true that the laid back vibe and natural beauty of this coastal village attracts plenty of tourists seeking quiet escape, but thrill seeking adventurers will find plenty to keep them occupied, too. One of the most popular activities is cliff diving into the Mediterranean, where crystal clear waters reduce the chance of hitting rocks (or sharks!) on the way down.

Torre Guardiola

Birdlife and local flora can be seen from a nature observation and bird-watching centre on a promontory of land just east of Riomaggiore. The building was a former naval installation in WWII, known as La Batteria Racchia. It’s reachable via a trail that starts just west of Fossola Beach.

Price

admission €1.50

Hours

9am-1pm & 4-7pm Feb-Jul, Sep & Oct, 9am-1pm Aug
Manarola

Manarola

Manarola is the second smallest—and also the oldest—of the five towns that make of Cinque Terre. Its name derives from a Latin word meaning large wheel, which pays homage to a giant mill at the center of town.

Travelers to Manarola will find the same rolling hillsides and picturesque hiking trails that Cinque Terre is known for, as well as the Sciacchetra wine the region made famous. What sets this vista apart is the colorful homes tucked into ocean cliffs that bring pops of yellow, blue and red to the landscape, which have inspired artists for decades. Visitors can check out some of the oil paintings and watercolors at the local gallery before heading up the hill for incredible views and a visit to the Church of St. Lorenzo.

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Castello Doria

This castle, the oldest surviving fortification in the Cinque Terre, commands superb views. Dating to around 1000, it’s now largely a ruin except for the circular tower in the centre of the esplanade. To get there, head up the steep, narrow staircase by the harbour.

Price

€1.50

Hours

10am-7pm summer, to 6pm winter

Vernazza

Just north of Montrerosso al Mare is the idyllic fishing town of Vernazza. This quiet respite tucked into the Italian hillside has absolutely no cars and is best known for its maritime roots, as well as for producing the indigenous wine. It is the only official harbor in all of Cinque Terre.
The town’s main square is home to the well-known Church of Santa Margherita d’Antiochia, which was built in the early 1300s. Nearby Doria Castle, which was erected to protect the village from pirates, proves another popular architectural stop on a tour of this quiet, picturesque fishing town.
Visitors looking for a steep (but scenic!) trek can follow a path dotted with Stations of the Cross that leads to the Sanctuary of Madonna di Reggio and epic views of the surrounding countryside. Vernazza’s beach, near Piazza Marconi, offers travelers the perfect place to relax and unwind after a day spent wandering this quiet community.
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Convento dei Cappuccini

Monterosso’s most interesting church and convent complex is set on the hill that divides the old town from the newer Fegina quarter. The striped church, the Chiesa di San Francesco, dates from 1623 and has a painting attributed to Van Dyck (Crocifissione) to the left of the altar.

Corniglia

Corniglia

Historic vineyards and epic views set the 100-meter-high village of Corniglia apart from other towns in the Cinque Terre. Unlike Vernazza, Riomaggiore, Monterosso al Mare and Manarola, Corniglia’s borders don’t actually touch the sea. Instead, travelers must climb a steep set of brick stairs, referred to as the Lardarina by locals, to reach the picturesque village.

While a small road makes the village accessible via car or local bus, visitors agree climbing the 33-flight Lardarina is an essential Corniglia experience. The town’s famous terrace provides incredible panoramic views, including a single spot where all villages in Cinque Terre can be seen at one time.

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Piazzale Papa Innocenzo IV

At the northern end of Via Discovolo, you’ll come upon this small piazza dominated by a bell tower that was once used as a defensive lookout. Opposite, the Chiesa di San Lorenzo dates from 1338 and houses a 15th-century polyptych.

Monterosso

Monterosso al Mare

The scenic stretch of sandy beach that runs along the Monterosso coast makes this popular Cinque Terre village one of the area’s most-visited summertime destinations. Divided into old and new towns, this pedestrian-friendly, cars-optional spot tends to overflow with tourists once the season heats up. Easy access to crystal clear waters mean it’s the perfect place to cool down.

In addition to relaxing on the quiet shores of Monterosso, travelers can check out historic castle ruins tucked into the idyllic hillside or experience iconic religious frescos in the church of St. John the Baptist. But it’s the vast collection of work from artists like Van Dyck and Luca Cambiasco that make the convent of Monterosso al Mare an essential stop on any visit to this famous village.

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Fossola Beach in Cinque Terre

Fossola Beach in Cinque Terre

This small pebbly beach is immediately southeast of Riomaggiore marina. It’s rugged but secluded. Swimmers should be wary of rocks and currents.

Cinque Terre National Park

Cinque Terre National Park

This protected area in the heart of La Spezia was designated Italy’s first national park in 1999. Since then its 4,300 acres, which include the five towns that make up Cinque Terre, have been attracting globetrotters from around the world.

A network of scenic hiking trails linking cliff-side villages to one another are among the park’s main attractions, but the protected marine area and quiet fishing communities help to draw some 3.5 million travelers a month to these hills. An impressive array of Mediterranean flowers, trees and plant life dot Cinque Terre trails and visitors are likely to spot a handful of animals unique to the region on a hike through this popular destination

Guvano Beach

This hard-to-find, clothing-optional beach is situated between Cornigla and Vernazza. Getting there involves walking through an abandoned railway tunnel – ask a local for directions.

Belvedere di Santa Maria

Belvedere di Santa Maria

Enjoy dazzling 180-degree sea views at this heart-stopping lookout in hilltop Corniglia. To find it, follow Via Fieschi through the village until you eventually reach the clifftop balcony.

La Torre

La Torre

This medieval lookout is reached by a stairway that leads up from the diminutive main square, Piazza Taragio.

Punta Bonfiglio in Cinque Terre

Punta Bonfiglio in Cinque Terre

Manarola’s prized viewpoint is on a rocky promontory on the path out of town towards Corniglia where walkers stop for classic photos of the village. A rest area, including a kid’s playground, has been constructed here and there’s also a bar just below. Nearby are the ruins of an old chapel once used as a shelter by local farmers.

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Chiesa di Santa Margherita d’Antiochia

The waterfront is framed by a small Gothic-Ligurian church, built in 1318 after a murky legend about the bones of St Margaret being found in a wooden box on a nearby beach. It is notable for its 40m-tall octagonal tower.

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