If you are looking for a European tourist destination, consider the Liguria region of northern Italy, commonly known as the Italian Riviera. This thin strip of land lies on the Ligurian Sea, not far from Monaco and the French Riviera. While Liguria is by no means undiscovered, its crowds are much smaller than those next door. There are many little towns or villages, and one international port city almost smack dab in the center of the coast. This article explores Cinque Terre, five little seaside villages that just might steal your heart. Be sure to read the other articles in this series: eastern Liguria, western Liguria, and Genoa, the capital and largest city of Liguria.
As its name indicates, Cinque Terre are five coastal villages located in eastern Liguria. Collectively they form a UNESCO World Heritage site. Going from west to east their names are Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. If you are going to hike across all five villages you probably should work your way in the opposite order because the easiest paths are in the west. You can always take the train from one village to another. Don`t be a hero and spoil your trip. Continue reading I Love Touring Italy – Cinque Terre, Liguria→
Genoaâ€¦ From his high pedestal Christopher Columbus observes the sea, trying to find the place where, beyond thousands of miles, there lays his greatest discovery and the lands of Central and South America. Genoa citizens solicitously keep the memory of their great compatriot: still, you can find the house in which Columbus was born and where he spent his life and there are always fresh flowers by the foot of the monument.
Lagoon is the favourite place for the citizens where they can spend their free time, and if you come here in the evening, you will see an impressive sight: the full-length copy of the Columbus`s caravel is shining in the rays of searchlights. The lagoon was projected by talented architects: here`s one of the world`s biggest aquariums located, and ten steps further there is the skating rink that never melts, so you can see young men and women in beach outfits. Continue reading The magnificence and charm of Genoa→