The rugged portion of the Ligurian coast to the west of the city of La Spezia, comprises five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore – called the Cinque Terre (Five Terraces).
It’s almost unfair how much intense beauty, great cuisine and amazing aromas are jampacked into such a compact space. – NYTimes
All the towns are connected by trails which run alongside the ocean, by trains with stops at all towns and also connected by boat.
We went on hike from Riomaggiore to Manarola and visited the rest of the towns by trains. We stayed in Monterosso, in a boutique hotel called Albergo margerita.
More than two hundred local dishes prove that Ligurian food is not only the tastiest in Italy, but healthy as well. This ultimate Mediterranean diet of herb-perfumed cuisine – pesto, focaccia, filled pastas, minestrone, as well as specialties like stuffed basil leaves and sea bass fillets in asparagus sauce – will make you hungry for the region too.
We had dinner at Belvedere, facing the seashore, and had some of the best seafood in town. Lobsters cooked in earthen pot and home made tiramisu. YUM!
The beautiful waters, tiny villages, colorful houses, breathtaking trails that connect these towns makes Cinque Terre one of the unique places I have ever visited!