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Für Traumhafte Wochenenden: Cinque Terre
Cinque Terre, which translates to “five lands” in Italian is exactly just that, five small coastal villages built into the cliffy coast of the Ligurian Sea and is the perfect destination for a weekend get away.
Cinque Terre is known for its picturesque colorful houses, fresh pesto and the UNESCO World Heritage Site & National park that is surrounding the area. The cities are connected by an impressive train system built into the cliffs, or for the more adventurous by hiking trails. Each town is unique and has something special to offer, and we have been lucky enough to be able to explore each of them. Here are our discoveries:
The first of the five towns (when coming from La Spezia) is Riomaggiore, which is nestled into a valley, with the main street winding down from the train station, right into the sea! You can find fishing boats anchored in the cove, occasional local sunbathers and swimmers at the small beach. This town is known for its incredible wine, and tasty pesto pizza taglio (by the slice). You can get to the next town,’ Manarola by the Via Dell’Amore Path (Path of Love).
This town has a quiet and romantic feel to it. The beautiful domed San Lorenzo church is a staple in the village. In the summertime, there are weddings held their almost every weekend, and if you catch the ending you can see an old Italian tradition of throwing rice on the bride and groom as they leave the church for good luck.This town is the best for watching the sunset at sea level and enjoying the fresh seafood, that was likely caught in the morning.
This town is often missed as it sits about 100 meters above sea level, if you take the train there prepare for the seemingly never ending staircase up to reach the town. The city is surrounded on three sides by vineyards built into the side of the mountain, making each step up worth it with the incredible view. Of the fives towns, this one is the most peaceful, a good place to get away from the crowds of tourists in the summertime.
Gamble at the World famous Monte Carlo Casino, or experience the Casino from the bar while sipping one of their house crafted cocktails and watching the high rollers at the blackjack tables. Check out the marine life in the Musée Océanographique de Monaco, just a sheet of glass between you and some of the most exotic sea animals, sharks, and beautiful coral reefs. Don’t miss the opportunity for a instagram worthy photo-op rooftop cafe. The breathtaking views of Monaco’s coast will have you dreaming of never leaving.
If you want a day to spend at the beach, this is the city to be in. It has the longest beach of the five cities, along with many shops and cafes lining the beach. It is a perfect place to grab a pesto focaccia, and lay on the smooth stone beach! There is a paid beach directly in front of the main piazza, but if you walk a bit further up the coast there is also a free beach that is just as great!