|Cinque Terre Hiking, Italy
Italy's Cinque Terre Five Lands In Medieval Italy
The hiking hiking trails go between the villages on paths used by the farmers to tend olive and grape farms on the terraced hillsides. .
Hiking The Five Lands Of Cinque Terre Italy
Cinque Terre describes five small fishing villages carved out of the rocky hillsides above the Mediterranean Sea a thousand years ago or more. The villages are connected by terraced trails and now make an ideal place for a hiking vacation.
The Five Lands
The people of the villages work the Bay of Ligeria, fishing the sea and planting grape vines and olive trees on the terraced hills.
- Terraced Hills For Hiking
Trails on the terraced hillsides connect the villages and make great day hikes.
Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso al Mare can provide lodging and dining in one of the best preserved natural areas of the Mediterranean,
Cinque Terre has defied development. The cliffs make building of major roadways next to impossible. The villagers live a simple life of fishing and intensive viticulture which has created a unique landscape with extensive stone terraces on steep hills connected by walking trails. The terraces have become a nature park. The park includes a fee which can include bus and train transportation between the villages
Cinque Terre Hiking, Walking Italy's Mediterranean Coast
Cnque Terre Hiking, Italy
Hiking the grape orchards and olive groves high above
the Mediterranean Sea, you look down on five tiny villages tucked into the rocks between the beach and the steep hills.
Cinque Terre describes five fishing villages that have resisted progress for a thousand years and still live by simple grape growing, fishing, and the harvesting of
olives. High trails go along the ridge above the Park and lower trails connect the villages
While hiking above the villages on the steep hills, you see the Mediterranean Sea below each town from the necklace of trails that connects the olive groves and vineyards.
The Terraces are now a nature park with an entrance. The fee includes bus transportation and train transportation for around $8. USD.
The trains run between La Spezia and Levanto frequently and can provide transportation to the villages or between villages. The Park card (Fee) includes bus service between villages and train service.
Cinque Terre's villages can be a dream for travelers who long to sense the life of people in Medieval times. The villages still grow grapes and olives in the hills and fish the Mediterranean as they have done since the 12th century .The residents of the five villages (Cinque Terre Map) still practice the simple farm life and they harvest of the sea in small boats.
The villages were built into rocky enclaves on the mountainside a thousand years ago and are now surrounded by Italy's premier nature park.
The Park preserves the environment and the air quality by operating a shuttle between villages. The Park trail use fee includes transportation by the park buses.
Walking the trails above the villages is the ideal way to get around and the view of the coast while walking in the terraced vineyards is a stunner.
Corniglia, a half-hour hike from Manarola heading north occupies a formidable rock promontory jutting from the sea with two small beaches at its sides. You can reach Corniglia by walking from Manarola or from the railway stop and then up a long flight of steps.
Vernazza, the fourth village heading north has sheltered cove and several restaurants near the sea. Vernazza's harbor once sheltered a Roman installation.
The next village Monterosso al Mare can be a two-hour hike but the ferry stops at the cove and will shuttle between the two. Monterosso al Mare has a sandy beach and a boat dock where the water taxis connect to the other villages.
Italy's Cinque Terre, Villages
Cinque Terre Villages
Riomaggiore is the first Cinque Terre Village
you encounter driving north from La Spezia or coming by train form the south. There is just one pedestrian only street leading down to the sea. Some hotels have parking and you drive through a gate to reach them. Otherwise no cars clog the roads.
A trail leads out of Riomaggiore north along the shore to the next village, Manarola.
The Via del'Amore as it is called has a dozen little trails leading to outcrops where sunbathers find some privacy and hikers feel the breeze from the Mediterranean Sea.
Cove at the walkway to the Via
dell' Amore in Riomaggiore
Cinque Terre Climate, What To Wear in Cinque Terre, Italy:
If you are flying into Rome for a trip to Cinque Terre you can count on the temperature being warm year round. You can keep your wardrobe simple.
Black is a popular color for clothing in Italy and does not show wrinkles. Rome is a sophisticated city and could require formal dress in some restaurants (Necktie suit jacket, dress)
Cinque Terre will be casual dress throughout. Hiking clothes for trail use between villages
Central and northern Italy has a climate similar to the mid USA at sea level, cool Dec. Jan. 40s but no ice or snow, warm summers, June July August, 80s possible light rain in Spring. October the rainiest month.
Cinque Terre is north of Rome on the Mediterranean Coast, south of Genoa.
Cinque Terre Hiking on Italy's Coast offers
walking trails high above the five villages of
Cinque Terre in the terraced hills overlooking the
Cinque Terre ferry boats connect four of the five villages
The beach and ferry landing place at Monterosso al Mare, Cinque Terre is handy for a swim after a hike
The fishing harbor at Riomaggiore
The fishing boats in the harbor at Riomaggiore
|Cinque Terre Walking,
|Train Rome to Cinque
|Shop Cinque Terre
Train Fares and
Riomaggiore allows parking in
hotel garages where you drive through a gate to reach them. Otherwise no cars use the roads.
Riomaggiore offers pedestrian-only streets
Shopping in Riomaggiore
Cinque Terre Ferry Boats connect the villages
Cinque Terre, Italy
Cinque Terre, Village from the water, Italy
The ferry at Cinque Terre, Italy
Cinque Terre Hiking The Mediterranean Coast
Cinque Terre villages are now
part of Italy's premier nature park.