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UNESCO World Heritage Site #136: Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands

UNESCO World Heritage Site #136: Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands

UNESCO World Heritage Site #136: Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands

From the World Heritage inscription:

The Ligurian coast between Cinque Terre and Portovenere is a cultural landscape of great scenic and cultural value. The layout and disposition of the small towns and the shaping of the surrounding landscape, overcoming the disadvantages of a steep, uneven terrain, encapsulate the continuous history of human settlement in this region over the past millennium.

The towns of Cinque Terra are just beautiful. If you are ever in the neighborhood of Pisa or Genoa, you should consider making a trip there. You can visit the five towns by train, by boat or even on foot. It was the highlight of my recent cruise around Italy and would highly recommend it to anyone visiting Italy. It might not be as sexy as some of the other destinations in Italy like Rome, Florence or Venice, but it has its own unique charm. Try to avoid arriving on a day with cruise ships or show up before 10am or after 1pm to beat the crowds.

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  1. Amanda W says:

    Cinque Terre is gorgeous! I hiked between the five towns when I was there last. My advice: wear comfortable shoes! There definitely more than a few steep spots and daunting staircases (if that’s what you call them when they look like they were literally carved out of the mountains!). When all is said and done, it’s definitely worth the trip.

  2. Great picture! Spent about a week in Cinque Terre and loved it. A perfect place to relax.

  3. Dean says:

    I was in Cinque Terre last year on my trip through Italy. What a beautiful place it is. Loved hiking between villages and taking the ferry along the water. You definitely need at least a few days to explore the area. I still find it amazing how they managed to build the train line between the towns.

  4. Liv says:

    I spent a blissful week in Cinque Terre last year and walked from village to village along the tracks. It was a blissful escape from work!

  5. Stephen says:

    Nice pic. I had to skip past Cinque Terre when I was in Italy a couple of years ago, and have always wanted to get back to the country to remedy that.

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