Cinque Terre is one of the most prized destinations on the Ligurian Riviera. The tourist success of the region is chiefly due to the fact the five villages which delineate the area, namely, Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare, as well as the surrounding towns and villages, enjoy the advantage of being located in a stunning nature set the beauty of which was immortalized by Lord Byron when he described Cinque Terre as the Paradise on earth.

Indeed, nestled between the sea and the backdrop of the hilly relief, the five scenic villages have also been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a status which furthermore evidences the uniqueness and the historical and environmental value of the place. Thus, the National Park of Cinque Terre (which comprises the five resorts and their wide surroundings) consists of a bundle of scenic gulfs and beaches, picturesque villages and meandering hiking trails and last, but not least, a place bursting with tradition, in particular in terms of gastronomic practices.

Accommodation in Cinque Terre

The height of luxury in Cinque Terre is represented by the 4-star hotels one can spot and turn to while enjoying their stay in any of the five villages. Visitors in search of mainstream tourist experiences can definitely rely on such sleeping venues, but for a taste of the specific charm of the place, tourists can also try the rental solutions or the residences scattered throughout the National Park of Cinque Terre.

Traditional Cuisine in Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre is not famed only for its great outdoors, which are well worth searching out given their legendary beauty. Cinque Terre is at the same time a place where the local communities observe the most representative traditions of the Ligurian cuisine, inviting visitors with the marine flavors of the most tempting array of fish and seafood dishes. Salted anchovies are a sort of symbol in this respect. However, the gifts of the sea are generously complemented by the rich produces of the land: olive oil and wine. The sweet Sciacchetra and the white Cinque Terre are the best DOC labels one can sample while searching out the secret corners of the Ligurian cuisine. But once in Cinque Terre, sampling the celebrated pesto sauce is a must-do, since this historical garlic-based dip is virtually ever-present on locals’ tables.

Attractions and Objectives in Cinque Terre

By far, the main tourist trump of Cinque Terre refers to the stunning and challenging hiking trails which meander through the five villages and their surroundings, providing visitors with an unparalleled opportunity of searching out the region. The Blue Path with the celebrated Via dell’Amore section, as well as Via dei Santuari must definitely be part of one’s stay in Cinque Terre. But however rewarding hiking might be, tourists can also consider visiting sundry other sights, such as the Castle of Riomaggiore, the San Giorgio Castle in the neighboring La Spezia, which is home to the namesake archeological museum, the celebrated Aurora Tower and the Statue of the Giant, both located in Monterosso al Mare.

The Memory Museum and the Anselmo Crovaras Collection are the most notable museums in Cinque Terre proper, but the neighboring La Spezia is an excellent idea for tourists who want to go museum hopping. The Church of San Lorenzo in Manarola, the Parish Church of Saint John the Baptist in Riomaggiore and the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Soviore nearby Monterosso al Mare are three of the most notable religious edifices in Cinque Terre, successfully complementing the sightseeing tour on the Ligurian coastline.

Events and Festivals in Cinque Terre

The so-called Sagra dell Acciughe, meaning the Anchovy Festival, which is held in Monterosso al Mare, is one of the festivals most popular with the tourists who visit Cinque Terre. There’s also a Wine or Grape Festival organized in Riomaggiore which draws plenty of attention, given the wine culture is, next to the gastronomic customs of Cinque Terre, one of the most respectable historical traditions in Cinque Terre.

Hotels in Cinque Terre

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