|A view of the town of Vernazza from the|
top of the castle tower.
Each of the towns, Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore, have their own unique characteristics. They even have there own dialects. But one thing they have in common is beautiful scenery and great food! They are known for their white wines, which I must say were delightful!
We spent some time in each town but we stayed in Monterosso al Mare, which has a beautiful beach area. The beach was always crowded but you could hardly see the people for all the colorful umbrellas. They made for pretty pictures.
|Lots of umbrellas!!|
My friend Kathy and I, walked down to the end of the beach and stuck our feet in the water. It was so nice and warm. There was a private, gated club there, too, but I don't think it could have been any nicer than where we stayed, at Hotel Villa Steno. And the staff was as nice as they could be. Click the link above to see some of the views from the hotel. If you go to Cinque Terre, I would highly recommend you check them out.
There are trails between each of the towns that you can walk, if they have not had bad rains that wash them out. We came in right after one of those rains, so the main trail was closed but the alternate route was open. Out of Corniglia, it took you up one mountain, through the small town of Volastra and then down to Manarola. It took us about 4 hours to do it but we did stop in Volastra for a snack (wine, beer, meat and cheese). They have train service between the towns so we decided to take it back to our town.
|View of Vernazza, from the little restaurant on the hill.|
Cinque Terre is a unique, beautiful area of Italy to visit. If you haven't been there, make sure to check it out on your next trip over the pond!
Other views of Cinque Terre!
|Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy|
|Corniglia, Cinque Terre, Italy|
|Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy|
|The coastline as seen from Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy.|