Sightseeing tours of Cinque Terre from Genoa

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Monterosso al Mare

Monterosso - Cinque Terre - panorama

Monterosso is the largest of the five Cinque Terre towns; it was erected right in the center of a gulf of the La Spezia coastline. It is the only village in the Cinque Terre to have a large sand beach, which locals and tourists alike take full advantage of during the summer months.

The towns is famous for its beautiful lemon and olive trees and its white wines!

It is divided into two sections: the old town and the new town. The old town is the original settlement, dating as far back as the 1st century. This part boasts ancient architecture such as the Torre Aurora, a Genovese castle that protected the coast from pirate raids, and the Church of San Giovanni Battista, built in the 13th century in the Gothic style and particular for its black and white striped façade. The two parts are divided by a small tunnel.

Famous is also the Convent of Monterosso that it is possible to admire from many different points of the Cinque Terre area.

Things to see

In 1910, an impressive statue of Neptune was constructed on the western end of the beach out of cement and iron. This statue used to hold up a shell-shaped terrace but much of it was lost during bombings in World War II.

For centuries it was possible to reach Monterosso only by sea or mule paths. The situation changed in 1870 when the newly born Italian government decided to built a railroad line. Today the mule paths are perfect for hiking: the views that they offer are breathtaking!


Vernazza - Cinque Terre - boats
Vernazza - Cinque Terre - view

Located along the coast of La Spezia is the gorgeous Vernazza, one of the five Cinque Terre towns.

This tiny fortified fishing village dates as far back as the 1st century A.D.. Vernazza was used as a naval base tasked with protecting the coast from pirate attacks, taking advantage of the natural moor created by the cliff arching into the sea.

The name Vernazza derived from a local grape variety: the Vernaccia.

Like the other towns in the Cinque Terre area, Vernazza experienced a sharp economic decline between the 17th and the 19th century. However thanks to the construction of the Genova–La Spezia rail line the town isolation ended and it started to prosper again. Vernazza returned to fishing, wine and olive oil making as main industries, remaining much the same as it has been all these centuries. It has no cars and it is still considered among the truest fisherman villages of the Riviera.

in 1997 the UNESCO named the Cinque Terre a World Heritage Site; a couple of years later the National Park of the Cinque Terre was created.

Things to see

Among the historical sights to see is the gorgeous Church of Santa Margherita d’Antiochia, a 13th century Romanesque church near the edge of the water. It is worth a visit also the Doria Castle, built in the 15th century as a lookout tower to warn and protect the village from approaching pirates. It goes without saying that the natural sights are just as, if not more, breathtaking than the colorful town itself.


Manarola - Cinque Terre - view
Manarola - Cinque Terre - day panoramaManarola - Cinque Terre - housesManarola - Cinque Terre - day view

The tiny lovely village of Manarola was built on the cliffs overlooking the Ligure Sea; it is the oldest of the five famous Cinque Terre towns.

Manarola traditional industries have always been wine-making and fishing; however in the last few decades tourism as grown exponentially especially during the summer time.

Visitors are welcome to stroll through the small medieval streets between brightly colored buildings, or to climb to the top of the hills to enjoy breathtaking views of the town and the sea. Near the city centre is located the beautiful Church of San Lorenzo, built during the 14th century, while in the lower part of the village tourists will find an ancient mill wheel that lies at the origin of Manarola’s name, in dialect it means literally “large wheel”.

Things to see

For the tourists who enjoy long romantic walks, there is the Via dell’Amore, a path approximately one kilometer long which runs along the coast and connects Manarola to Riomaggiore. Others interested in hiking will find trails and tours that lead to the hills and vineyards above the town.