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2010-11-07 23:25:30
It's a beautiful and interesting place,alright, but hold your precious belongs ( money, passport, traveler's checks, bank cards, cameras, dentures, etc ) close and tight, because the entire reguion is a Den of Theives inhabited by scoundrels who would steal the pennies off a dead man's eyes.
2010-11-07 17:13:17
The Cinque Terre (five lands) is a rugged portion of coast (about 10 miles) on the Italian Riviera in the Liguria Region of northern Italy. Liguria is divided into four major provinces, Genoa, La Spezia, Savona and Imperia. Cinque Terre is in the province of La Spezia. It comprises five small coastal fishing villages. From North-to-South: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, Riomaggiore,. All villages slope down to the Mediterranean Sea, except Corniglia, which is perched on top of a high cliff above the Mediterranean Sea - about a 1000 steps to get there. The coastline, the five villages, and the surrounding hillsides are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Over centuries, people have carefully built terraces on the rugged, steep landscape right up to the cliffs that overlook the sea. Part of its charm is the lack of visible "modern" development. Paths, trains and boats connect the villages, and cars cannot reach it from the outside. The mountainsides are heavily terraced and are used to cultivate grapes and olives; it has lemon groves. The villages, except Monterosso, possess an old-world charm with its narrow, crooked streets, lined with colorful old houses stacked haphazardly on top of each other. Monterosso is completely different; it’s a beach-resort place, with not much to see beyond the boardwalk except modern apartment blocks and hotels. But, it has a large sandy beach Transportation: A local TRAIN from La Spezia to Genoa connects the "five lands" – the frequent trains link all five villages with each other. The tracks run most of the distance in a tunnel between Riomaggiore and Monterosso. The train occasionally emerges from the tunnel along the way and there are quick glimpses of the Mediterranean Sea A more expensive, but very scenic option is the BOATS that run up and down this part of the coast. A passenger FERRY runs between the five villages, except Corniglia. The ferry enters Cinque Terre from Genoa's Old Harbour and La Spezia, Lerici or Portovenere. A WALKING TRAIL, known as Sentiero Azzurro ("Light Blue Trail"), connects the five villages. The trail from Riomaggiore to Manarola is called the Via Dell'Amore ("Love Walk") and varies in difficulty from an easy stroll to a rough and physically challenging hike.