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The 5 Lands

Named after its five tiny villages (Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso), the Unesco-listed Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre encompasses some of Italy’s most picturesque and environmentally sensitive coastline. The villages are linked by the 12km Blue Trail (Sentiero Azzurro), a magnificent, mildly challenging 9km (five-hour) trail. The Blue Trail is just one of a network of footpaths and cycle trails that crisscross the park. If water sports are more your thing, you can hire snorkelling gear and kayaks.

Things you may not know!

  • Cinque Terre grapes produce two local wines,  Sciachetrà and Cinque Terre
  • Anchovies of Monterosso are a local specialty designated with a Protected Designation of Origin status from the European Union
  • On October 25, 2011 the region was damaged by over 1000 mudslides.  The local area is slowly recovering with the help of the Save Vernazza Project of which Busabout is a big support. 

 

Focacceria Enoteca Antonia  A great place to pick up picnic provisions of foccacia and the local DOC wine.

Marina Piccola In Manarola, this welcoming place has an outdoor terrace with a lovely water view. Specialities include zuppa di pesce (fish soup) and antipasto di mare (seafood antipasto).

Recommendations

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Had the most amazing time helping at the Save Vernazza Project. A fantastic insight into the local culture and a great way to give back."

Dave, USA

#hopon to La Spezia for Cinque Terre