10 July 2010

Honeymoon photos - Cinqueterre

About an hour's drive north of Pisa is Cinqueterre, or "The five lands". This national park protected area consists of five 'preserved' towns situated along the west coast: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare. All are connected by train and walking paths (you can walk between all of them in a day), and most are connected by water ferry.

We spent two nights in the area, giving us a whole day to explore the towns, starting with Monterosso al Mare:

Monteresso al Mare

Departing Monteresso al Mare

We caught a water ferry to the next town, Manarola:


We caught a train, which turned out to be express to the town we planned on visiting last, Riomaggiore. Oh well!


We walked from Riomaggiore to Manarola, along a path known as "Via dell'Amore", or the "path of love".

Via dell'Amore

The "thing" to do along this path was bring a lock and lock it into the fence or... anywhere you possibly could.

Via dell'Amore

We had a pesto-filled lunch in Manarola, and Adriana made friends with a group of pensioners.


We caught a train to the last town, Corneglia, which is the only town that was not situated on the edge of the water, but rather up on a hill. While there we sampled and purchased some of the sweet dessert wine "Sciacchetrà" and I got my bottle of regional dry white wine.


After this trip, we continued to head up north to Milan. That (and photos from Pisa, by the way) are for a separate post.

You can see the whole set for Cinqueterre here.

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