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Cinque Terre Travel Guide

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Translated “five lands” Cinque Terre is a rocky piece of the coastline known as the Italian Riviera. It gets its name from the five villages that make up the hot spot: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore, as well as the surrounding hillsides that produce fine wine and olive oil. While Cinque Terre might be known now as vacation destination, the area has been settled for centuries. Cinque Terre has a rich history. Monterosso, full of picturesque cliffside dwellings, and Vernazza, a colorful waterfront town, sprang up in the 1200s. The other villages emerged under the military and political supremacy of Genoa. Old forts were rebuilt and new defense towers built in the 1700s to fend off the Turks. Visitors travel to Cinque Terre for plenty of sights and historic things to see and do.

Things Not to Miss in Cinque Terre

• The islands of Plamaria, Tino, and Tinetto
 • Old Castle at Monterosso
 • Church of Saint John the Baptist at Monterosso
 • Convent of the Capuchin
 • The Parish House of Saint Mary of Antioch at Vernazza
 • Doria Castle at Vernazza
 • Sanctuary of the Virgin of Reggio at Vernazza
 • Punta Bonfiglio headland
 • Churchyard of Sanctuary of Nostra Signora della Salute di Volastra at Manarola
 • Vineyards around Corniglia
 • Givano Beach, a famous nudists' beach at Corniglia.

When to Go to Cinque Terre

An ideal time to visit Cinque Terre is May and early June. The weather is pleasant, tourists are scarce, and the days are long. By mid-June the vacationers start arriving in droves. September is also nice; the water and temperatures are still warm, and the crowds have dwindled, leaving time and space for more sightseeing. Late fall brings rain, which can result in mudslides and closed trails.

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