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Cinque Terre Villages, Riomaggiore, Five Lands For Hiking Italy's Coast
Cinque Terre Hiking, Italy
Hiking the grape orchards and olive groves high above the Mediterranean Sea, you look down on five tiny villages tucked into the rocks between the beach and the steep hills.
Cinque Terre describes five fishing villages that have resisted progress for a thousand years and still live by simple grape growing, fishing, and the harvesting of olives.
While hiking above the villages on the steep hills, you see the Mediterranean Sea below each town from the necklace of trails that connects the olive groves and vineyards.
There is not much to do in Cinque Terre but hike the trails during the day and in the evening, dine on pesto and olives, and fish from the daily harvest while drinking the local white wine and watching Mediterranean sunsets over the Sea.
The villages date back to the twelfth century.
From Riomaggiore heading north, the next village, Manarola is only a half hour walk on the walking trail, Via del Amore.
villages. (except Corniglia)
Riomaggiore is the first Cinque Terre Village
If you arrive at Cinque Terre from the south coming from La Spezia you will find Riomaggiore as the southern most villag e of Cinque Terre.
The village has one pedestrian only street leading down to the sea. The houses of the medieval village of Riomaggiore lean one to the other in a disarray of pastel colors intersected by small cobble ways and sheltered paths.
Riomaggiore is a fishing village with great color for artists and photographers, and good seafood restaurants.
The narrow stretch of path leading out of Riomaggiore along the coast towards Manarola is called Via del'Amore.
This hiking trail leads to offshoot trails and isolated outcrops used by sunbathers. There are also paths leading to sanctuaries built to protect the fishermen from ravages of sea and crashing waves.
The hillside vineyards above the trail produce a white wine famous on the coast.
The village dates back to the end of the XII Century; its brightly colored buildings make the village unique.
The Via del Amore weaves its way north along the rocky mountainside to Manarola, the second of the antique seaside towns as you head north along the coast.
Rio Magiorre offers ample lodging opportunities including hotels hostels and B&Bs.
The village from the shuttle boat.
Walking to the dock at Riomaggiore.
Ferry boats connect the five villages except Corniglia
Shopping in Riomaggiore
Cinque Terre Climate, What To Wear in Cinque Terre, Italy:
If you are flying into Rome for a trip to Cinque Terre you can count on the temperature being warm year round. You can keep your wardrobe simple. Base it on a few neutral colors like brown and black to travel light and flexible.
Black is a popular color for clothing in Italy and does not show wrinkles.
Rome is a sophisticated city and could require formal dress in some restaurants (Necktie suit jacket, dress)
Cinque Terre will be casual dress throughout. Hiking clothes for trail use between villages
Rome has a climate similar to the mid USA at sea level, cool Dec. Jan. 40s but no ice or snow, warm summers, June July August, 80s possible light rain in Spring.
Cinque Terre is 170 miles north of Rome on the Mediterranean Coast south of Genoa.
The Cinque Terre Village of Riomaggiore in the Five Lands For Hiking Italy's Coast has one pedestrian only street leading down to the sea.
The houses of the medieval village of Riomaggiore lean one to the other on small cobble ways and sheltered paths.
Cinque Terre beach at Monterosso al Mare
The popular beach at Cinque Terre at Monterosso al Mare