Little colorful houses, authentic architecture, scenic roads with the fragrance of olive fields, vineyards, lemons, and of course the sea…..
Cinque Terre means Five Lands, and it is in the Liguria region of Italy, between the city of Levanto and La Spezia. As the name says it comprises five famous villages from North to South: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, Riomaggiore.
The towns are old, first historical documents date back to the 11th century, but the houses were not painted until the late 1970s. The villages were affected by torrential rains which caused flash floods and mudslides with the most damage in Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare. On 25 October 2011 in Vernazza a mudslide left the town buried in over 4 meters of mud and debris.
The region is a very popular tourist destination, and the area is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The towns are tiny, and the area is surrounded by olive fields, and vineyards. The grapes are used to produce two locally made wines: the eponymous Cinqe Terre and the Sciachetrà. All of the towns has authentic little restaurants, where you can taste the wines of the region, and seafood as local cuisine. In addition to wines, limonchello, a sweet liqueur, flavored with lemons is also a popular local drink.