The Cinque Terre
The Cinque Terre, the small fishing villages characterized by narrow alleys and colorful houses are situated in a harsh and rugged landscape where the mountains pour sheer into the sea. All around, the steep slopes are softened by the typical terraces built with dry stone walls, where the cultivation of vines and olive trees extend. Due to the unique relationship that exists between man and nature in these places, the Cinque Terre were included by UNESCO on the list of world heritage sites in 1997.
Thanks to its strategic position overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, the Cinque Terre have been for centuries the meeting point between the West and the East. This centennial relationship still echoes in the architecture, art, and also in the flavors and aromas of local cuisine characterized by the refined mix that has its roots in Arab and Saracen traditions.
A weekend in the Cinque Terre
The ideal destination for a tour among nature, culture and good food.
• The villages of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore have rich history. The houses, the narrow alleys and the bright colors evoke an ancient charm.
• A boat trip is unmissable because from the sea you get the privileged point of view to admire the conformation of the territory and discover secret coves that can only be reached by water.
• The mountains of the Cinque Terre national park are full of paths that cross the terraces and villages. They offer a unique view and welcome those who walk through them, with the intense scent of Mediterranean herbs.
• The typical dishes of the Cinque Terre are worth trying: prepared with poor ingredients such as blue fish, olives and pesto, they amaze with the refined amalgam of flavors.
• Local wines enhance the dishes of this area thanks to fresh and aromatic notes. Do not miss local passito Sciacchetrà, ideal to taste with a dessert or as a meditation wine.