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The Cinque Terre is a national park made up of five small towns and natural areas that are under protection from development. It is a UNESCO world heritage site and walking from town to town is a popular attraction. Enjoy the charms of North Italy. Riomaggiore dating from the early eight century, is known for its historic character and its wine, produced by the town's vineyards. It's in the Riviera di Levante region and has shoreline on the Mediterranean's Gulf of Genoa, with a small beach and a wharf framed by tower houses. A lovely hike along the Mediterranean coastline takes you through the quaint towns of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso. The hike starts from the train station at Riomaggiore. The walk here is called the Via dell’Amore or Lovers’ Way, probably because of the beautiful view from the cliffs overlooking the ocean inspire people to declare their love for each other. This part of the hike is short and easy, about 30 minutes until you reach Manarola.

 

Riomaggiore is the most southern village of the five Cinque Terre, all connected by trail. The water and mountainside have been declared national parks. The town is situated in a small valley just along the coast. Torre Guardiola's path starts from the small Fossola beach is an incredible botanic walk in the nature. Unforgettable is "Via dell'Amore" the most famous path of Cinque Terre from Riomaggiore to Manarola.

 

Riomaggiore is het meest oostelijk gelegen dorp van Cinque Terre en het eerste wat u tegenkomt vanuit La Spezia. Gelegen in de vallei van de nu gedempte stroom van de Rivus Maior en gebouwd op verschillende terrassen. Het dorp vindt zijn oorsprong in de 8e eeuw door een groep voortvluchtige Grieken. De huizen zijn geverfd in de typische Ligurische kleuren en hebben het typerende torenhuis kenmerk, dat wil zeggen dat ze hoog gebouwd zijn, met wel drie of vier verdiepingen. De entree van deze huizen is op de begane grond, maar ook aan de achterkant op een van de hogere verdiepingen, dit dankzij het hoogteverschil van de omgeving. In het hoger gelegen deel van het dorp vinden we de parochiekerk van San Giovanni Battista, die gebouwd is in 1340. In Riomaggiore begint de Via dell’Amore, die u naar Manarola leidt, een prachtige wandelroute met uitzicht op schitterende landschappen en het geluid van de golven die breken op de kliffen.

 

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Taken on August 17, 2012