A magical land stretching along the Ligurian Riviera, in Italy. Five small towns grown like from the rock itself, squeezed in between and on top of the rocky, rugged coastal cliffs. As going from North to South, Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore are revealing their splendour as flowers opening their petals under the gentle caressing of the morning sun. The small, colourful, tightly packed houses arranged mostly along one single main street meandering through the cliffs and welcoming you into their romantic and warm embrace. The breathtaking coastline, the five picturesque villages, and the surrounding towering hills are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park and the UNESCO World Heritage. Cinque Terre is a place that inspires you to leave your car far away, pack your backpack with some water and food, take comfortable shoes and go exploring the villages and the hills in between them. While your body will get a nice workout and your eyes will enjoy the rocky, wild view of the coastline, the peacefulness of the forest, the terraces of olives groves and vineyards will make your mind rest and disconnect from all your daily problems. And at to conclude a glorious day, give yourself the pleasure of tasting the local specialities of fine food and drink: from freshly caught fish, garnished with local lemons and the genovese pesto to wines from the vineyards you’ve just crossed during the day and gelato made from local honey.
Although we all know that Italy is a wonderland, Cinque Terre National Park will not cease to surprise you and enchant you with its unique beauty and treasures, a place to visit at least once in a life time.
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