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Trips to Cinque Terre - Visit 5 Terre and Gulf of the Poets - Boat and walking trips

Boat & Walking Trips to Cinque Terre 

The Cinque Terre is definitely one of the most popular destinations of the Ligurian coast, whose name derives from five villages castled in small creeks close to the long overhanging cliff: Vernazza, Monterosso, Riomaggiore, Corniglia, Manarola. Thanks to this characteristic, have become UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. 

To visit "5 Terre" by boat means to emerge into one of the most evocative areas of Ligurian coast, for history and nature: these areas can be reached by sea, with possibility to stop and visit characteristic villages along the coast.

The "Gulf of the Poets" and its islands (Palmaria, Tino, Tinetto), famous because they were visited by romantic poets, are now famous sightseens for the boat tours. Beside the characteristic villages of Portovenere and Lerici, you can also visit the "blue cove" and the Byron's bay.

The departures for the Cinque Terre are carried out by La Spezia, Lerici and Portovenere, Levanto, Bonassola, DeivaMarina, Moneglia and Portofino, but in summer, you can also leave from Forte dei Marmi, Viareggio, Marina di Carrara and Marina di Massa.

Corniglia: Cornelius, a Roman colonist, and his mother Cornelia, are the first names having some relation with Corniglia. This village was built around around the XI century and still preserves its charm, with beautiful stone buildings of remarkable beauty embellished by sandstone portals. From the terraced balcony overhanging the sea, at the farthest limits of the village, its possible to admire the ancient "valley of mills" which is now intensively cultivated.

Manarola: Its name almost derives form "Manium Arula". The harbour is formed bt a terraced promenade with boats hanging at the food of a handful of coloured houses. On the main square there is the parish church of Saint Laurence, in front of the bell tower once used as a watchtower (XIV century).

Monterosso: "Rubra" used to be the ancient Latin name given to this village, because of the reddish colour of the hills at sunset, or perhaps it could be colour of the lord's hair (Rufus) tha inhabited the castle. While walking along the "carrugi" of the historical centre, you can go as far as the Convent of the "Cappuccini" from where you can admire an incredible landscape. 

Riomaggiore: This village was founded at the end of the XII century and the name derives from "Rivus Mayor", the biggest of the two streams which flow across the village. Along the charming road down to the "Marina" you will find the typical coloured houses, which seem to cling to one another, with the boat dock in the middle. From the little beach of Fossola you can reach the gardens of Torre Guardiola along a pathway rich in extraordinary botanic and naturalistic beauties. Another unforgettable itinerary is the "Via dell'Amore", going from Riomaggiore to Manarola along the coast.

Vernazza: "Vulnetia" was its ancient Latin name, then "Vernaccia" and finally Vernazza. The web of "carrugi" (narrow lanes) and steep stairways converges in the main square overlooking the sea. This is the centre of the village, where stands the church dedicated to Saint Margaret of Antiochia with its foundations in the sea. On the opposite side, built on a sheer crag, you have the castle, once strategic defence necessary to prevent the pirates' attacks.

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