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Cinque Terre & Surroundings

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The Cinque Terre, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site, are five wonderful villages situated in the western part of the Ligurian Riviera, in a scenery beyond compare.
To move inside the Cinque Terre Park we suggest using the train or the boat yet the best solution is to walk along the paths and the old steps that offer breathtaking views over a landscape between sea and sky.
The most famous path is Via dell’Amore, between Manarola and Riomaggiore: it is on a sheer rock cliff and partly excavated into the rock. It is part of the Blue Path, which links in five hours of walk Riomaggiore to Monterosso.
The area of the Cinque Terre is characterized by a close net of paths. Besides the sea one you can choose the more difficult track on the ridge or towards the Sanctuaries. There are a number of itineraries, each one of great excursion and cultural importance.

Lerici

Situated in one of the most beautiful bay of the east Ligurian Riviera, Lerici offers a perfect combination of past and present. Full of historical and artistic evidences and of religious traditions, the village doesn’t betray the fame of modern and well equipped seaside resort. The area, destination in every time of famous poets and artists, has been named Gulf of the Poets and with this epithet Lerici in known all over the world.
The municipal territory includes not only the well-known Gulf enclosed between the two castles of San Terenzo and Lerici with the large beach of Venere Azzurra, but also the picturesque hill villages linked together by panoramic paths, hidden and secluded bays like Fiascherino and little architectonic gem like Tellaro.
Lerici is sea - so much to obtain the Blue Sail and the Four Sails of Legambiente - yet it is also nature. Its area indeed is included in the Regional Park of Montemarcello-Magra, a big protected area, dominated by the Mediterranean bush.

Portovenere

Portovenere is probably one of the most beautiful areas of our peninsula. For this reason in 1997 the village, together with the adjacent islands Palmaria and Tino, has been included among the Unesco Human Heritage Sites.
Particularly noteworthy is the gothic church of San Pietro situated on a sheer rocky promontory and characteristic for the white and black stripes. At the foot of the church there is a little cave dedicated to the poet Byron, who loved to take shelter there during his famous stays in the area.
On 17 August they celebrate the White Madonna, the village patron and Protectress of the mariners.
Inside the village there are many characteristic paths that contribute to create a charming atmosphere just up to the Castle of San Lorenzo, on the bottom of Portovenere. All year round inside that fortress there are frequent art exhibitions.

Isola Palmaria

Situated in front of Portovenere the Island is separated from the dry land by Le Bocche Strait. On the island there were once many monasteries but today no trace of them is left. In the first half of the XIII century the recurrent attacks by the Pisan troops destroyed vineyards, olive groves and the village of San Giovanni with its monastery too.
Today the island is a regional natural Park and a marine reserve; it can be reached by steamboats and private boats and offers to its visitors the opportunity to do wonderful walks between the flourishing green and the sheer rocks. The paths are strewn by sage, rosemary, genista, acacia and strawberry-trees.
The island is then scattered with caves: the most characteristic are the Pigeon Cave, the “Bersagliere” cave and the Blue Cave.

Sarzana

Sarzana is definitely a town that deserves to be visited. Not only to admire its roads, squares, buildings and churches but also because it can renew from season to season presenting itself always modern and different. “Sea, mountains, hills, valleys, olive groves and pinewoods, it is a real marvel” wrote in the summer 1852 about Sarzana Alessandro Manzoni to his wife Teresa. Scattered with shops and stores and animated by recurrent markets and local initiatives, Sarzana is a lively town where you can’t be bored.
Try to walk up to the Fortress of Sarzanello, following the medieval trail starting in Via San Francesco to enjoy a great view over the Magra Valley, from the Appennino to the beaches of Marinella.

Marinella di Sarzana

The beaches of Marinella di Sarzana are the ideal destination for those who want to have a day of total sea-relax! The coastline of Marinella is characterized by a sandy beach, with the Apuan Alps at its back. Large and well-kept the beach is divided into free and private sections. A constant ventilation favours those who want to lay on their deckchairs to get tanned, reading a book or simply hearing the sound of the sea… The area is included in the Regional Natural Park of Montemarcello-Magra, a naturalistic zone with very pleasant and relaxing landscapes.