Introduction to Cinque Terre, Italy
My name’s Aitor Cacciola and I’m an Italian Webmaster and Web Developer since more than 4 years. I lived the most part of my life in different places in the Tigullio Gulf and Valleys, like Chiavari and Lavagna. But from about 1 year and half, due to different reasons and the desire to discover and travel all the world I’m living in Pamplona, a town in the North Spain also known for its famous Festival of San Fermin and the Running of the Bulls ( if you never come I recommend you to live this wonderful experience).
Since I was a kid I was enthusiast for new technologies: computers, video-games, electronic music, in general all related to these areas.
After the achievement of the High school, with the advice and support of my father and family, I convert the passion of new technologies in a Job. As a lot of people in this sector, I start learning the basis on how to build a website, watching tutorials in YouTube, taking course on MOOC like Edx and Coursera, reading in forums or blogs, and practicing and experimenting my skills everyday.
In 2013, after a short time that I was working as Webmaster, I rebuild the website MyCinqueTerre, applying the latest trends in web development, like Responsive Design, adding content, pictures, speed up and best SEO Practices.
What is MYCINQUETERRE.COM ?
MyCinqueTerre is tourism and travel web portal started in 2005 (when I was only a teenager 🙂 ) from an idea of my father “Angelo Cacciola” to promote Cinque Terre. The five villages are composed by: Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore.
This is one of my first projects and also the one that I most care because is about my homeland. So I decided to a open a Blog to offer the most information you can find about Cinque Terre. I also decided to open this blog to share with anyone in this world the beauty that you can find in the 5 hidden Gems on the Italian Riviera, and why you must to travel in, if you have the chance and the time, or also you can follow me to know more about and ask me if you have any question.
Each village has its local characteristics and sights, and there are some people that prefer one to other, that depends, as all things each one have their own preferences.
I want to start sharing a brief description about the five villages starting in geographically order from West to East. In Italian the Ligury West Coast and the Ligury East Coast are also known as: Riviera di Ponente and Riviera di Levante. The Cinque Terre are part of the Riviera di Levante.
Monterosso is the biggest village of Cinque Terre, the most accesible by car and also the place where you can find the best sandy beaches.
The village, known for its lemon trees and anchovies, is split in two, its new and old halves linked by an underground tunnel burrowed beneath the blustery San Cristoforo promontory. Monterosso was badly hit by the 2011 floods, but recovered remarkably quickly.
And here if you are curious, you can read more information in this interesting Travel Guide to Monterosso.
It’s perhaps the most beautiful village of Cinque Terre and you can enjoy beautiful landscapes both coming by sea or from the paths. It’s also famous for the Doria Castle above the sea.
Vernazza has the only proper harbor in the Cinque Terre and is a charming, small fishing village. Vernazza was founded about 1000 A.D. and was ruled by the Republic of Genoa starting in 1276. Vernazza’s medieval castle, Belforte, towers above the harbor and was built in the mid-1500’s, primarily to protect the village from pirates.
Vernazza’s historic wealth is evidenced by the elegant style of its houses and streets, which are decorated with tower forms, open galleries, refined arcades and elaborate doorways. The Village is surrounded by very steeply-terraced Olive groves which are said to produce among the finest Olive oil in the country.
Corniglia is located in a central position in the Cinque Terre National Park. The village of Corniglia differs a lot from the other villages for its elevated position above the sea.
To know more take a look to this guide to Corniglia
In a sheer promontory of dark rock, with its small port enclosed by two rocky outcrops, we find Manarola, ancient village originally founded probably by Roman, from Volastra. The village it’s noted for the Via dell’Amore also known as the Way of Love, that connect Manarola to Riomaggiore.
Manarola is the smallest of the seaside villages (though the next town, hilltop Corniglia, is even smaller), far less busy and bustling than Riomaggiore.
Manarola is a near-vertical cluster of tall houses piggyback up the hillside. Because it has no harbor, just a landing, its main drag becomes a parking lot of boats that are hauled up each day after the morning fishing’s done.
Is the other village in the Lover’s path Via dell’Amore. Starting from La Spezia, the first town you meet is Riomaggiore that has the typical structure of terraced villages situated in torrential valleys, with steep walls and small valley. The landscape is unique.
The town of Riomaggiore presents typical features reflecting its history and traditions.
The town stretches along a vertical axe where steep staircases are the only means to move around the town.
The typical houses have one or two-floor towers in order to use at best the place at disposal.
The first historical traces date back to 1239, when the inhabitants of the feudal district of Carpena entered in the Compagnia Genovese.
Riomaggiore is located at the interior of the Natural Park of Cinque Terre (founded by a Decree of the President of the Republic in 1999), and it is a Protected Marine Area housing several very rare animal and vegetal species. The sea of Cinque Terre is characterized by the presence of wonderful animals like dolphins and whales; in fact it is part of the Whales’ Sanctuary, a protected Marine Area. The fishing is regulated.
Among the particular events in the area the Luminous Crib of Manarola, the suggestive town of Cinque Terre belonging to the municipality of Riomaggiore, is really worth seeing. This spectacular crib is prepared every year on the hill “Tre Croci” by the retired railwayman Mario Andreoli, who make tourists and inhabitants dream with his luminous statues. Very interesting is also the Celebration of Corpus Domini in Riomaggiore with the blessing of the sea taking place in May or June according to Easter.
Additional information to this village and the experience to live Riomaggiore can be found in the guide to Riomaggiore.I really hope that you can enjoy this first post, and sorry to all English native if there is some grammatical/syntax error. Writing and writing post in this blog I hope to improve it. :)Greetings Aitor