Those who travel by motorbike, at least once in their life, must discover the beauty of Cinque Terre.
They are the most uncontaminated and fascinating natural part of Liguria and the Tyrrhenian coast and are connected by. Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Monterosso and Vernazza are the villages that live suspended over the sea and leave us breathless.
We started from the center of La Spezia, more precisely from theArsenal of the Navy, because going in the direction of Porto Venere, before turning for the Cinque Terre, it is possible to admire the grandeur of the Italian military ships from above and, if you are lucky, the Amerigo Vespucci, when it is stopped for maintenance.
Riomaggiore in the Cinque Terre
The ancient village of Riomaggiore resembles a small nativity scene with colorful houses built vertically. The most unusual thing is that they all have a double entrance: one is located on the facade at the level of the alley, the other is located at the back. It was used since 1500 to be able to flee quickly in case of Saracen raids. The famous one starts from Riomaggiore via dLove, a pedestrian path carved into the rock leading to Manarola. The path is truly wonderful, surrounded by nature and accompanied by the sound of the waves breaking on the rocks. Do not miss: Castle on the hill of Cerricò, which offers a beautiful view of the sea, or the pretty Church parish church of St. John Baptist.
Manarola in the Cinque Terre
The small village, also nestled between land and water, still offers the view the old mill, renovated by the National Park. In the upper part of the city, stands the Church of San Lorenzo, built in 1338 in Ligurian Gothic style, consisting of three beautiful naves and baroque interiors. Do not miss also the White Bell Tower, used as a watchtower, lo historic Hospital of San Rocco and the fifteenth century Oratory of the Disciplinati della Santissima Annunziata. Going down to the beach you will also find small corners of paradise from which you can enjoy a truly unique panorama.
Corniglia in the Cinque Terre
Corniglia is an ancient Roman village (of the colonist Corneliu), it rises from the cliff and is the only village in the Cinque Terre that is almost completely inaccessible from the sea. To reach Corniglia it is necessary to go up the Lardarina, an exhausting brick staircase, 33 flights with 377 steps, or cross a carriage road that leads from the railway to the town. Don't miss the Gothic parish of San Pietro and the eighteenth-century square of largo Taragio with its Oratory of Santa Caterina. Corniglia, although clinging to the cliff, has a beautiful pebble beach, the so-called Beach.
Vernazza in the Cinque Terre
Considered one of the hundred villages most beautiful in Italy, Vernazza proudly displays its long maritime tradition, which has seen important leaders and sailors sail from here. Do not miss the church of Saint Margaret of Antioch and the remains of the ancient fortified structure of the city: the sighting tower of the eleventh century, the Castle Doria, the Torre of the Convent of the Reformed Fathers of San Francesco and the Belforte. Wonderful the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Reggio: getting there is not easy, you will have to take a road that is not very comfortable but full of greenery, which will make your journey a bit tiring but definitely fascinating.
Monterosso in the Cinque Terre
Last, but not for beauty, Monterosso still today it keeps intact its long tradition linked to fishing and proudly shows the times of the battles fought at sea: the Medieval tower, today the bell tower of the Church of San Giovanni, the Castle overlooking the sea, which includes three round towers, and the Aurora Tower, last remaining of 13 towers which in the sixteenth century protected the country. In the historic center of the village stands the Church of St. John the Baptist. The fegina you will appreciate the villa liberty of the Montale family, as well as taking wonderful baths. Monterosso beach is the largest in the Cinque Terre.
We recommend that you walk the streets of the Cinque Terre calmly and slowly, to enjoy the unique views, smells and discover a small region unique in the world.
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Photo Credits: Riomaggiore by Felix Wolf from Pixabay, Manarola by Free-Photos from Pixabay, Corniglia by Gianni Crestani from Pixabay, Vernazza by djedj from Pixabay, Monterosso by Fabio Capone