Cinque Terre Charm…

The sheer beauty of Italy’s Cinque Terre is indeed a sight for sore eyes. The pure magic of these ‘five lands’, each unique in their own way, is a worthy experience for any traveler.

Located on the Italian Riviera between Genoa and La Spezia (the northwest corner of Italy), these magnificent cliff top towns rely heavily on tourism. All five fishing villages are a Unesco World Heritage Site and each town can be reached solely by train, boat or foot.


Our base was Levanto, a short five-minute journey by train from the first town of Monterosso. We allocated a day to explore the Cinque Terre and began at the furthest town from Levanto,  Riomaggiore. Being late September, the heavy tourist crowds of the summer holiday period had subsided, however the trains that connected each of the towns were still overflowing with eager sightseers.



Colourful decorative tiles along the walkways of the train stations…


The parade of tightly wedged coloured houses perform in typical Ligurian style over the little harbour of Riomaggiore. Walking through the narrow streets of Riomaggiore,  the local specialty… “Cono di fritto misto”, fried seafood cones, is just waiting to be discovered. If you enjoy your seafood, then these appetizing take away snacks are highly recommended. The crispy batter that coats the freshly caught fish and calamari, simply melt in your mouth. Additionally, what other better way to complement your fritto misto, a gelato of course.




Unfortunately, the famous path “via del amore” which connects Riomaggiore to the next town of Manarola was closed. This scenic rock faced trail commonly referred to as “lover’s lane” is only a short 20 minute walk. The charming Manarola also possesses a tiny harbour reflected by the kaleidoscopic houses along the rugged coastline.





In the middle of the five towns sits Corniglia. Unlike it’s coastal neighbours, Corniglia is located high on a cliff 100 metres above sea level. There is no port in Corniglia, therefore it can only be reached via train or foot, and it is the quietest town of the five.

The stunning town of Vernazza is where we spent a fair amount of time absorbing its beauty and grace. Vernazza is the most photographed town of the Cinque Terre and rightly so. The vivid colours are a spectacular display just as a rainbow. With the glorious sun blazing down, the water still remained too icy for a swim, though it did not stop some! While sitting on the sun warmed rocks and dipping our feet into the cool crystal waters of the Ligurian sea, we watched a young newly married couple sail around Vernazza’s tiny harbour, photographing and capturing the moment of their special day.




Moterosso is the largest town of the five and the only town to have a sanded beach where you can rent chairs and umbrellas in typical Riviera style. The town is actually separated into two sections, old and new. Monterosso offers a wider choice of accommodation, cafés and restaurants and also playgrounds for children.


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Walking along the coast and taking in the serenity of such peaceful surroundings was surreal. I was genuinely captivated by the intensity and vibrancy of these charming picturesque cliff top towns. Cinque Terre is definitely a place like no other!

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101 thoughts on “Cinque Terre Charm…

    1. Thank you so much guys for the nomination. I have already taken part in the Liebster Award which you can check out here…
      But I would like to answer a couple of your questions if that’s ok….
      I am most appreciative for my family. I am blessed to have a wonderful husband of 20 years and 2 amazing teenage kids. I have a wonderful supporting immediate family and lots of cousins. I am truly grateful for these special people in my life and without them life would be empty. So the meaning of life to me and my passion in life is to love and respect one another and nothing else but happiness truly matters.
      Congratulations for your nomination and best of luck with your adventure. Lorelle 😉

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      1. Thank you so much for answering some of my questions even though you did not wish to take part. Congrats on receiving a Lobster Award! We fully enjoyed reading your response to these questions. Your answers are without a doubt wonderful put. Your love for life definitely shows here.

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  1. What a shame that Lover’s Lane was closed! But I love that in Italy, no matter where you go, there’s always a beautiful town. Or towns. It’s just a picturesque place. #wanderfulwednesday

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  2. Never been but want to go so bad! Like that you visited in September. Sounds like a nice month to stop by (and escape the crowds a little). Need to try that seafood cone. #wanderfulwednesday

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  3. Congrats also on the Liebster award. Had to chuckle at the thought of it becoming a ‘Lobster’ – auto correct is a b…., sometimes!! But I can agree – the award is very well deserved for your effort in creating a gorgeous blog!

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  4. Wonderful portrait of the Cinque Terre with stunning images. I wonder why the famous Lover’s Lane was closed? You seem to have picked the right time of year for this scenic adventure. Even later is ok too, I suppose.
    Thanks a lot for sharing! I’ll save this one, lots of good advice and tips. 🙂

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  5. I spend just a day enjoying the Cinque Terre many years ago. But I have a picture of the water off Vernazza. Gorgeous then, gorgeous now in your pictures. Thank you for the reminder of this lovely place. We walked what I remember as a long a treacherous path from Monterosso to Vernazza. Is that path still open?

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  6. Fabulous post. I’m so happy to have come by your blog. I am completely in love with Italy, the Amalfi Coast my favourite spot so far. But Cinque Terre is definitely on my list. Your post just makes me want to get back to Italy asap!

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  7. Loved this! I visited this summer, and you took me right back there with your photos–especially that fritto misto and gelato! Amazing how vivid food memories are from places we’ve visited! Thanks for reminding me of the gem that is Cinque Terre!

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    1. Our memories of these wonderful places will live forever. No one can take them away and we can look back and be reminded of these special times through these photos and memorabilia anytime we want. Blogging has helped me do this and I am very grateful.
      Glad to help others realise this too. 😉


  8. Lerici, Liguria, is our favourite place in the world. We base ourself and explore Tuscanny, the Carrera mountains and most of the cinque Terre. Your post has reminded me that it is time to return. Thank you.

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