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  • Writer's pictureMarcelo Di Liscia

Cinque Terre: A Coastal Paradise

As we arrived in the enchanting Cinque Terre in Linguria, Italy, we were immediately captivated by the beauty of this coastal paradise. Visiting the picturesque Cinque Terre, comprised of the charming towns of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore, offers a delightful experience like no other.

We were pleased to find that convenient parking options are available in Monterosso, including Fegina in the new town and Loreto in the old town. These parking areas provide easy access for exploring the enchanting coastal villages.

One of the highlights of Cinque Terre is the public beaches and beach clubs that dot the coastline. These beaches offer a serene setting to relax and enjoy the sun, while beach clubs provide additional amenities like sun loungers, umbrellas, and on-site restaurants. It's the perfect place to unwind, soak up the Mediterranean vibes, and indulge in delicious seaside dining.

To explore the five towns of Cinque Terre, you have the choice of taking the train or traveling by boat. The train is a convenient option that operates until late in the evening, allowing you to easily hop between the towns at your own pace. On the other hand, traveling by boat offers a scenic and memorable experience, although it's important to note that boat services generally close in the afternoon. Whichever mode of transportation you choose, you'll be treated to stunning coastal views and the unique charm of each village.

Cinque Terre is a haven for food enthusiasts, with an abundance of restaurants, cafes, and bars to satisfy every craving. Monterosso, in particular, offers a wide range of culinary options, from traditional Ligurian cuisine to international flavors. During our visit, we discovered the delightful "risotto al limone," a lemon-infused risotto that quickly became one of our new favorites. The local cuisine is a true reflection of the region's vibrant flavors and culinary traditions.

While in Monterosso, be sure to discover the interesting story of the giant statue known as the Giant of Monterosso. This statue, depicting Neptune, stands at the entrance of the old town.The story of the Giant of Monterosso intrigued the kids. During World War II, Monterosso faced immense challenges and suffered significant destruction. The Giant statue, which had been severely damaged during the war, became a poignant symbol of the town's resilience and determination to rebuild.

A visit to Cinque Terre is a feast for the senses. With convenient parking options in Monterosso, you can easily start your journey through the five towns. The public beaches and beach clubs offer relaxation and seaside dining opportunities. Whether you choose to explore by train or boat, you'll be treated to breathtaking views and the unique atmosphere of each village. Indulging in the culinary delights, such as the "risotto al limone," is a must, and uncovering the story behind the Giant of Monterosso adds an element of intrigue to your trip.

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