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).
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."