Cinque Terre in Photos | Italy

I am coming from a few days in Tuscany. I just left the rented car in La Spezia and boarded the train to Cinque Terre. This is my last stop for my long-overdue and first trip to Italy. I’m still marveling at what I’ve just experienced in a region dotted with medieval hill towns and rich scenery, and I really don’t know what to expect. Fortunately, the Trenitalia ride is short and in less than ten minutes I’ve already figured out that I’ll have a blast here too.

MANAROLA, ITALY - CIRCA MAY 2015: View of sea cliffs in the village of Manarola in Cinque Terre, Italy. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

The Cinque Terre translates into “five lands.” Five lands that are so unique, all of them have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites since 1997. These lands are actually five small coastal villages: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso. The fishing villages were originally constructed on cliff-sides, right there perched over the cobalt waters of the Mediterranean Sea. A bunch of buildings are piled up, painted in incredible pastel colors that time transformed in patina-like textures leading to the ocean via countless winding narrow streets and stairs.

I stayed three nights in Monterosso, the northernmost of them all, but moving around is easy as they are all connected via the train. Aside from the villages there are also olive fields, vineyards, and gardens layered over the cliffs; hiking the trails around them and taking in the vistas is jaw-dropping. This is a place that truly deserves a longer stay; like every place in Italy, the food is fantastic and I loved the peace and calm of the villages at night.

I really enjoyed walking around and making photos of all the villages in Cinque Terre. I am glad my stay was not rushed and I hope to come back in the future.

MANAROLA, ITALY - CIRCA MAY 2015: Balcony overlooking the village of Manarola in Cinque Terre, Italy. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

MANAROLA, ITALY - CIRCA MAY 2015: Window in the village of Manarola in Cinque Terre, Italy. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

VERNAZZA, ITALY - CIRCA MAY 2015: Windows in the village of Vernazza in Cinque Terre, Italy. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

RIOMAGGIORE, ITALY - CIRCA MAY 2015: Balconies in the village of Riomaggiore in Cinque Terre, Italy. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

MANAROLA, ITALY - CIRCA MAY 2015: Village of Manarola in Cinque Terre, Italy. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

RIOMAGGIORE, ITALY - CIRCA MAY 2015: Typical store in the village of Riomaggiore in Cinque Terre, Italy. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

VERNAZZA, ITALY - CIRCA MAY 2015: Typical door and alleway of Vernazza in Cinque Terre, Italy. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

RIOMAGGIORE, ITALY - CIRCA MAY 2015: Boats in the village of Riomaggiore in Cinque Terre, Italy. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

VERNAZZA, ITALY - CIRCA MAY 2015: House in the hills of Vernazza in Cinque Terre, Italy. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

MONTEROSSO AL MARE, ITALY - CIRCA MAY 2015: Vineyards around Monterosso al Mare in Cinque Terre, Italy. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

VERNAZZA, ITALY - CIRCA MAY 2015: View of Vernazza in Cinque Terre, Italy. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

MANAROLA, ITALY - CIRCA MAY 2015: Boats in the port Manarola in Cinque Terre, Italy. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

MANAROLA, ITALY - CIRCA MAY 2015: Village of Manarola in Cinque Terre, Italy. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

MONTEROSSO AL MARE, ITALY - CIRCA MAY 2015: View of main piazza in Monterroso Al Mare in Cinque Terre, Italy. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

MONTEROSSO AL MARE, ITALY - CIRCA MAY 2015: Streets of Monterroso Al Mare at night in Cinque Terre, Italy. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

MONTEROSSO AL MARE, ITALY - CIRCA MAY 2015: Streets of Monterroso Al Mare at night in Cinque Terre, Italy. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

MANAROLA, ITALY - CIRCA MAY 2015: Village of Manarola at night in Cinque Terre, Italy. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

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