Cinque Terre, Italy


The Cinque Terre is “Five Villages” on the Ligurian coast in northwestern Italy. These unique villages (Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso al Mare are basically in the sides of the hills, connected by hiking trails, the sea, and a train through the rocks. A popular tourist activity is hiking between villages, through vineyards and people’s backyards, up and down many steep steps and paths, as you take in the breathtaking beauty of the Ligurian Sea and coastline below.  The whole area is a protected national park.

Riomaggiore

Manarola

Corniglia

Vernazza

Monterosso al Mare

Trail down to Vernazza

Riomaggiore

One of the many highlights of the area is a few unique murals in Riomaggiore, painted by Argentine artist Silvio Benedetto, depicting the people who originally built the town:

Silvio Benedetto Mural "Unknown Heros of the Cinque Terre," Riomaggiore

Silvio Benedetto Mural, town center of Riomaggiore

Between Riomaggore and Manarola is a beautiful walk, famously known as the via dell’Amore (“Lovers’ Lane”).  The walk is full of tokens of love left behind by couples and even a tribute to the Beatles.

via dell'Amore, Cinque Terre, Italy

via dell'Amore, Beatles Abbey Road Plaque, Cinque Terre, Italy

The sun setting into the Ligurian Sea  in the Cinque Terre  is truly magical:

Cinque Terre, Ligurian Sea, Sunset

You can purchase prints or license images via the Photographer's main photo website, PortlandBridges.com. Click on any image you see to visit its display page on PortlandBridges.com .

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