Cinque Terre: what to see in Vernazza, Monterosso, Manarola, Corniglia and Riomaggiore.
The Cinque Terre are the most unspoiled and fascinating natural part of Liguria and the Tyrrhenian coast. Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Monterosso and Vernazza are the countries suspended between sea and land that give life to the Cinque Terre. Clinging with all their strength on cliffs overlooking the sea, these villages are part of a National Park and since 1997 are UNESCO World Heritage Site, to preserve this kingdom of wild scents as he originally designed the nature .
Region of Liguria, in the Riviera di Levante, province of La Spezia: it includes, between the tip of Mesco and the tip of Monesteroli, five small villages, situated in picturesque and characteristic position, at the foot of the Apennine range, which precipitates very steep sea, and their territory. In this region, benefiting from an excellent climate, olive and citrus trees thrive, but above all the vines, from which an exquisite wine, known from the Cinque Terre, that made the region famous, since it had European fame in some centuries; wine, especially the sweet wine, is still very much appreciated in Liguria. These vineyards are very characteristic: each tract of land is wisely used, and the vineyards climb boldly on the rocks, spread over the short shelves and even over the streams hang the branches suspended in iron cross-sections: in some places the winemakers can reach to the vineyards only by means of ladders or ropes.
The villages, going from Levanto to La Spezia, are succeeded in this order: Monterossso al Mare, at the mouth of a gorge and on a short beach (1312 inhabitants in the country, 1848 in the whole municipality, which is 11.08 sq km wide .); Vernazza, located against a cliff of rock, which goes down to plumb, counts 1018 ab. in the village, 2169 in the whole municipality (12.40 sq. km), to which belongs the village of Corniglia, third of the Cinque Terre: the village of Corniglia (859 inhabitants) is located a little higher up on a shelf (of the vernaccia of Corniglia speaks the Boccaccio); Manarola, the fourth of the Cinque Terre, is also located on a shelf, which goes down to the sea: the village counts 1006 inhabitants. and is a fraction of the municipality of Riomaggiore (3869 inhabitants, 10.72 sq. km.), fifth of the Cinque Terre: the village of Riomaggiore counts 2488 inhabitants.