Cinque Terre guide: Doing the Italian Riviera justice; Emma Gibbins; Intrepid Travel Blog

Italy – Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands (Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto)

Visited Rome and Venice and looking for your next Italian destination?

Between Florence and Genoa lies a string of five fishing villages: Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore, each connected by its own scenic trail. The Cinque Terre, translated as ‘five lands,’ dates back to the early medieval period and is considered by many as the most romantic stretch of the Italian Riviera.

These pretty-as-a-postcard towns are dotted along old cobbled streets overlooking crystal clear waters and are no more than a two-hour walk from each other. What’s great about Cinque Terre is that it takes you away from the commercialism of some of Italy’s busier cities, each with its own heritage and dialect and surrounded by a ruggedly stunning stretch of coastline.

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