Cinque Terre

Hello again to all my fellow qwirk and color lovers!

Today we’re headed for Cinque Terre, one of Italy’s beacons of pastel-colored beauty and picture-perfect magnificence.

The name Cinque Terre means “five lands” in Italian. It consists of five small fishing villages off the rugged Mediterranean coastline of what is famously known as the Liguria Region or the Italian Riviera.  This is the crescent-shaped northwestern coast of Italy that sits adjacent to the French Riviera, and also known as the birthplace of pesto!

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Cinque Terre sits at the eastern end of the Italian Riviera. The five villages are Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. All five villages are unique in their own way, but equally beautiful. They are all known for their adorable clusters of pastel-colored homes cascading down the cliffs of the area’s mountainous terrain.

From the villages you have access to beautiful Mediterranean beaches and an unlimited number of locations with gorgeous panoramic views of pristine blue waters. Note that, the village of Corniglia does not have beach access, as this entire village is perched high on a hill top. However, it will give you the one of the best views in the area. So Corniglia not one to skip.Screen Shot 2019-02-27 at 9.35.28 PM

The easiest way to get to all the Cinque Terre villages is by train which you can catch in Genoa, Pisa or Rome. The train will give you magnificent views as it makes its way along the ocean’s edge into each village. You can also ferry your way in from Genoa, Portofino, or Porto Venere during the spring and summer months.

Driving or biking in is not recommended due to the steep streets, stairs, and the rugged hillsides. The villages have managed to preserve their old-world feel up into the 21st century and would like to keep it that way. Therefore, cars are banned from all of the villages and if driving in, you will have to leave your car at the train station.

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Be prepared to do a lot of walking in Cinque Terre, as it’s a walker’s paradise! Because of the rugged terrain, your feet will be the most ideal form of transportation. You’ll be singing and walking!

And speaking of walking, the area is also well-known for its hiking trails. There is a main trail along the sea connecting you to all five villages giving you impeccable views of vineyards, olive groves, citrus orchards, and the ocean. Note that there are different levels of trekking difficulty depending on the area and sometimes some portions of the trail are closed for maintenance. So always check with the tourist bureau to see which parts are open for walking.

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For those who don’t care much for hiking or who prefer quicker access to the five villages, have no fear! The trains and buses can take you from one village to the next in 5-10 minutes time! All-inclusive, all-day passes can be purchased with the tourist bureau. They include access to the trains, buses, museums, toilets, trails, and public wi-fi. Yes, in Cinque Terre everything is going to cost you money, even access to some of the beaches.

Cinque Terre is a UNESCO world heritage site which boasts an alluring laid back lifestyle. It’s a little corner of the world where you can enjoy azure beaches among a charming old-world atmosphere, while surrounded by beautiful nature and amazing color!

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Lady Miss Neptune here wishing you a bright, happy, and qwirky journey! We’ll catch up again very soon!

ATTRIBUTIONS

1. Featured image by Ricardo Gomez Angel on Unsplash    2. Image by BeaTowers on Pixabay   3. Image adapted from “Riomaggiore Waterfront” by Addy Cameron-Huff under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.    4. Image adapted from “Corniglia 2012” by chensiyuan under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.    5. Image by djedj on Pixabay    6. Image by MariaMichelle on Pixabay    7. Image by pcdazero on Pixabay    8. Image by susanne906 on Pixabay    9. Image by djedj on Pixabay   10. Image by MariaMichelle on Pixabay    11. Image by Corinespics on Pixabay

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