Cinque Terre is a quintet of five small fishing villages Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare, and have become one of the most photographed locations in the world. Each of the five villages is a variation of the same theme, a pastel potpourri of homes, built along a rugged portion of coast on the Italian Riveria. It is situated in the Liguria region of Italy, to the North West of the city of La Spezia. I've wanted to visit Cinque Terre for a long time now, eversince I saw some online images of these picturesque sea side villages. The region presents some of the most beautiful vistas of the sea encountering civilisation. They are rooted in antiquity, dating from the early medieval period, founded by settlers escaping from invading Barbarians or Greek settlers escaping persecution in Byzantium.
Riomaggiore is connected to the next town Manarola by rail road and via the famous Via dell'Amore or translated in English - The Road of Love. It is said that after World War I, the people of Riomaggiore and Manarola decided to build a road joining the two villages so that the young people of the two villages could meet and fall in love, hence the name via dell'Amore. Unfortunately, via dell'Amore was closed due to some rock falls during my visit, I therefore used the train to run up and down the Cinque Terre.
The main street.
The local kindergarden - yes, even in a place beautiful as this, kids are made to go to school and do homework !
In the glow of the afternoon sun.
The next town - Corniglia.
Keeping invaders at bay - a relic of the past.
View from high above the hill, from the local graveyard. It was dark and the graves were right behind me. No camera shake - I guess the alcohol in the mojitos did their work !