Destination guide: Ligura & Cinque Terre
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The Liguria & cinque terre region
Liguria stretches westward along the coast from the French
border to La Spezia, with a fabulous dropback of mountains separating
it from Piedmont to the north, Emilia Romagna to the east and Tuscany
to the south, this stretch of picturesque coastline, suspended between
the intense blue of the sea and the green mountains.
Liguria is a land of contrasts with fashionable seaside resorts,
promenades lined with palm trees and terraces of bougainvillaea,
pastel coloured houses, sandy & pebble beaches, rocky coves,
stretches of rugged and desolate coastline with lush lemon groves,
almond and pine trees and endless explosion of flowers, for which
Liguria is renowned.
The Cinque Terre (meaning five lands) is the name given
to five small villages along the Ligurian coast, Monterosso al Mare,
Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, Riomaggiore.
Corniglia sits high on a cliff one thousand feet above the sea whilst
the other four villages are lower down near the sea.
Until the 1960's, the villages were not accessible by road and so
were very isolated but still today they have managed to keep the
"Old World charm" and peacefulness of the ages, with tiny
narrow streets and interesting ancient buildings. In most areas
of these 5 little gems car access is not allowed. You can reach
the Cinque Terre by car or train or boat.
No traveller to Liguria should miss Portofino, a very pretty
ancient, fishing village of stunning natural beauty, has long been
fashionable with what we once called 'the jet set' and has now become
the home of many rich and famous people and their elegant yachts.
A place of timeless glamour & beauty.