Over the centuries, people have carefully built terraces on the rugged, steep landscape right up to the cliffs that overlook the sea.
For me the Cinque Terre (the Five Lands) was love at first sight. It was just enough to walk across t he pastel-coloured main street (Via Colombo) which was girded with the long staircase. Then descened the stairs to the fishing village where the smacks – they were same coloured as the houses – were swaying. The place has enchanted me completely. What only existed in the pictures it has now became reality.
This 18-kilometer long rugged portion is the most beautiful part on the coast of the Italian Riviera. It is in the region Liguria
, to the west of the city of La Spezia
. Coruscating sunshine, azure sea. The colorful houses were built on the cliffs which offer a unique, fabulous scenery in the world. The coastline, the five villages, and the surrounding hillsides are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park
and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
"The Five Lands" is composed of five villages (from east to west):
Coruscating sunshine, azure sea. The colorful houses were built on the cliffs which offer a unique, fabulous scenery in the world.
Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, Monterosso.
Over the centuries, people have carefully built terraces
on the rugged, steep landscape right up to the cliffs that overlook the sea. Part of its charm is the lack of visible corporate development. The local economy is largely driven by olive cultivation, viticulture and turism. This wonderful countryside can be discovered by a number of ways: walking on road, by rail, by ship.
The constuction projects is strictly regulated by the National Park and UNESCO. Virtually the building of new houses are beyond and there is more: the already existing houses can be reconstructed only as directed. In fact the houses can be painted only permitted colors.
Riomaggiore (the Big River) is the first village from La Spezia. It is located on the embankment of the Rivus Mayor’s (watercourse) wizened valley. It has two traditional parts: the sea-front Borgo dei pescatori (Fisherman city) and the one lying above Borgo dei Contadina (City of peasants). The houses are painted typical Ligurian-colors and were built by the tower block. They are 3- or 4-storeyed. Each of them has two entrances. One is the main entrance while the other oneis rearwads on the higher level.
One can't find two of the same coloured houses side by side allegedly so the fishermen can recognise their own dwelling-place from the sea.
Across this entrance you can step out to the commanding street. One can't find two of the same coloured houses side by side allegedly so the fishermen can recognise their owndwelling-place from the sea.
Traditionally, from this point starts the 5-village copulative beat - the Sentiero Azzurro (Blue Trail) The first break name is Via dell'Amore ("The Way of Love"). It’s about 1km long. The end of this wan in Manarola. We can comfortably walk through in 25 minutes.But why should we walk hurriedly when the aspect is impressive whithersoever we can see. Some people are just sitting on benches and waiting for the scenic sunset, whlist others are engraving its love’s names to the stone. There is a lovers’s statue with a lot of padlock namely the walking romantic couples are putting a padlock up to the railing and they are throwing the key to the Ligurian sea ensuring each other of the perpetual love.
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