Monday, November 1, 2010

The Mesmerizing Cinque Terre I - Italy

Cinque Terre is like a box of crayons 

Located in the Liguria region, Cinque Terre is a rugged portion of coast on the Italian Riviera. It comprises five picturesque tiny villages suspended on the cliff: Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. Noted for its beauty, Cinque Terre was declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.

There are no cars or camels in the villages so your best vehicle is your feet! But it all depends on how strong your knees are! Carrying my 17kilo luggage up to our apartment in Riomaggiore, I felt like a participant in the Biggest Loser Challenge!! No joke...my knees trembled but that's Cinque Terre. If you are looking at the buildings in my photos just imagine what it's like without elevators!

A scenic 13 km hiking trail on the cliff links all the five villages. It is an easy 30 minutes walk from Riomaggiore to Manarola but the rest will just take your last breath away :)


Alley in Riomaggiore
Flaking Crayons
Vernazza Beach
The hiking trail from Riomaggiore to Corniglia

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