EXPLORING THE CINQUE TERRE
Panorama, Packed lunch
A lovely excursion to discover Vernazza, Manarola and Riomaggiore, three towns in the Cinque Terre that charm us with their perched outlines, enchanting harbours and colourful tower-houses connected by a maze of alleyways and staircases.
What we will see
- Tour of the Cinque Terre
What we will do
- We leave the port behind us on a private minivan and set off on a lovely tour of the Cinque Terre, a rugged stretch of coast in Liguria characterised by a series of old fishing towns (five in total) where colourful houses overlook small harbours teeming with fishing boats.
- As we travel west, we can admire the audacious terraces perched above the sea supported by dry-stone walls and destined mainly to vineyards, one of the marvels of this area declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Our first stop is the town of Vernazza, the most beautiful in the Cinque Terre according to many. Once off the van, we have some free time to explore the town, which is overlooked by the remains of a Medieval castle.
- We walk along the main road with its characteristic steep staircases known as “arpaie”, and stop at the main square, overlooking the sea and home to the church of Santa Margherita di Antiochia, erected in the Romanesque-Genoa style and dating back to the 13th century.
- Back on our minivan, we reach Manarola, perched on a steep promontory with a harbour enclosed between two rocky cliffs.
- We have some more free time to explore the town as we please, taking in the variety of colourful tower-houses huddled up on the rocks and visiting the church of San Lorenzo, the most important in the town with a rose featuring twelve columns.
- Our last stop is Riomaggiore, which also features the typical stepped structure of the Cinque Terre and colourful houses overlooking the small harbour.
- We walk around the town, which is characterised by important monuments such as the castle towering over the houses, the 14th-century church of San Giovanni Battista and the Oratorio di Santa Maria Assunta, home to a 15th-century triptych and a 14th-century wooden statue depicting the Madonna.
What you need to know
- This excursion does not include a guide.