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Excursion to the Cinque Terre, what to visit and why

Are you planning an excursion to the Cinque Terre but you don’t know exactly what to visit? Don’t worry, follow our advice and get ready for a unique and unforgettable day.
The Cinque Terre are about an hour’s drive from Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte. National Park since 1999 and UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997, it is a jagged stretch of coast located in the province of La Spezia that comprises the villages of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore.

What immediately catches the attention is of course the spectacle of nature we can immerge ourselves into through pleasant walks through paths and olive groves, with the typical terraces as a frame to the picture and the blue of the sea on the horizon.

When we enter the villages, we are thrown into another era. A placid, relaxed, and quiet atmosphere characterizes alleys, arches, and stone steps. Below us, the enchantment of the sea, the sunny beaches, the evocative cliffs, the sailors’ boats filled with sounds and voices that seem to come from an ancient time.

One of the things to see in the Cinque Terre is the village of Riomaggiore, an authentic colour palette defined by the typical little houses with vivid colours and the famous Via dell’Amore (Way of Love), a path carved into the rock that leads us to Manarola.
Here we are enraptured by the Gothic Church of San Lorenzo and the White Bell Tower.

It is then the turn of Corniglia, which we climb along the 33 flights of stairs with 377 steps. A visit to the Gothic parish of San Pietro and Piazza di Largo Taragio, to then maybe take a moment to relax at the so-called ‘Spiaggione’ (Big beach), a pebble beach.

We then land in one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, Vernazza, of medieval origin and with a strong maritime tradition, softened by the characteristic pastel-coloured houses.

Finally we reach Monterosso, with a historical centre marked by suggestive labyrinthine alleys, where we see the Church of San Giovanni Battista. Heading toward the sea, stretches of sand and others of rock mark the beach of the village, the largest of the Cinque Terre.

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