The Cinque Terre

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The Cinque Terre

What to see in the Cinque Terre starting from Tuscany

Antico Borgo San Lorenzo is the perfect B&B for people looking for a relaxing getaway, while at the same time enjoying visiting some fantastic places nearby. Indeed, from Antico Borgo San Lorenzo, one can easily reach and visit superb art cities such as Pisa, Florence, San Gimignano and Siena.

This charming B&B is ideally located near Florence, but is also a great base from which to explore the Cinque Terre, the Unesco World HeritageNational Park, a fascinating gem on the Ligurian Coast. Riomaggiore, Manarola, Vernazza, Corniglia, Monterosso are the names of the five charming fishing villages of outstanding beauty that attract visitors from all over the world.

The colours of nature and exceptional beauty of these villages built on the rocky coastal hills convey a unique charm to the area: the Cinque Terre cannot be described, one has to live the experience. Here are some information for planning your trip to Cinque Terre and explore the beauty of this corner of paradise.

Riomaggiore and the Via dell'Amore (Lovers' street) in the Cinque Terre

From Antico Borgo San Lorenzo the first “terra” you meet on the way is Riomaggiore. The village consists in two valleys that embrace the coast of Campione. Here you can visit the Church of San Giovanni Battista: a fine building dating back to 1340 that, with the Church of Sant’Antonio represents one of the most significant monuments of Riomaggiore.

From Riomaggiorewe suggest you to proceed towards Manarola, along the famous “Via dell’Amore”, the pedestrian way overlooking the sea amidst some picturesque breath-taking landscapes.

The “Via dell’Amore” which can be travelled nowadays was reopened in 2015, after a rock slide had shut it down in 2012. We strongly recommend you to walk this section of the road, which is about one kilometre long, as it offers some stunning views.

Manarola in the Cinque Terre

Manarolahas some of the most beautiful beaches in the Cinque Terre, but the seashore is not the only treasure of this ancient village. In the highest part of the town, there is the delightful Church of San Lorenzo, with its Baroque decorations inside. Before leaving, you must visit the Oratory of the Disciplinati della Santissima Annunziata and the famous “Campanile Bianco”, the ancient lookout tower once used to control the whole valley.

Vernazza in the Cinque Terre

Vernazzais considered by many as the most beautiful village in the Cinque Terre. Once a fortified harbour, the village has maintained its singular beauty. Its characteristic alleywaysand the coloured houses found all over the town give this ancient village a compelling charm. Our suggestion is to visit theharbour area: a cove flanked by extremely colourful buildings.

Have a snack and try the typical focaccia (kind of flat bread); then make your way to the Church of Santa Margherita di Antiochiato visit it. If you are feeling adventurous, we advise you to follow the footpath, immersed in nature, that leadstothe Sanctuary of Nostra Signora di Reggio. The effort made to reach the Sanctuary is well worth it given the beauty of the building and the superb tree lined square that surrounds it.

Corniglia in the Cinque Terre

Visiting the village of Corniglia can prove quite a challenge: the town can only be reached by a steep brick staircase with no fewer than 382 steps. The pebble beach and characteristic narrow streets carved out of the rock bring to life the historical past of this lovely village of the Cinque Terre.

Monterosso in the Cinque Terre

Monterossois the last gem you advise you to visit to complete the tour of the Cinque Terre which you can arrange starting from Antico Borgo San Lorenzo B&B. Here the family of Italian poetEugenio Montale– and more precisely in Fegina– owns a delightful Liberty style Villa, where the Nobel Literature Prize winner composed some of his poetry. In this area you can really enjoy magnificent views of the sea. Later you can make your way to the impressive fortress overlooking the sea.

Back to Antico Borgo San Lorenzo

After visiting the villages of the Cinque Terre it is time to return to Tuscanyfor a well-deserved rest at Antico Borgo San Lorenzo.

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