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Coastal Explorations

Wandering Cinque Terre you experience a diverse and beautiful coastline, rough and steep at times and smooth in other places. Photographed in July 2022.

Italian Explorations

Bella Italia! Who doesn’t know Italy, who doesn’t love Italy? It is the country of wine, excellent cuisine and rich history after all. It can take a lifetime to explore all the interesting places in Italy, especially if you travel slowly and meaningfully as you should. But no matter how much time you have, Italy is always worth a visit.

The 5 Earths

Cinque Terre is a national park in Liguria, a region in the northwest of Italy situated just south of Genova. It is not only a national park but home to five distinct villages, also called “Cinque Terre” – the five villages – by locals and foreigners alike. These places are called Vernazza, Riomaggiore, Portorosso, Corniglia and Manarola. So what’s so special about them? For a long period of time they were only reachable from the sea by boat, nowadays there is a train line connecting all of them, and the time to go from one to the other is usually just a couple of minutes. Imagine a subway line, but instead of connecting different neighbourhoods of one city you can be in different towns along a beautiful coast in mere minutes. Another possibility to travel between these places is to hike. That’s one of the major reasons why people like to come to Cinque Terre, they hike from one place to the other and take the train back later on. It’s so incredibly easy!

Photographing Portovenere

Portovenere is situated at the southern end of a peninsula. It consists of some islands and the former fishing village itself. Close by there is a larger town called La Spezia. Nonetheless Portovenere seems remote and you don’t really notice to be in the vicinity of a fairly substantial metropole. The town is popular for visitors staying a couple of hours but also for guests spending their entire vacation right here.

Exploring Riomaggiore

Riomaggiore, one of the five towns commonly known collectively as Cinque Terre, is a lovely place. Certainly you can see the whole city in a few hours; there is the main street with all the shops and restaurants, but there are also lovely walkways in the north and south of the center with a beautiful church and changing perspectives at the port and at the sea. Sure, you can stay an hour or two, but Riomaggiore offers enough to stay one weekend or even longer. In any case: Take it slow and enjoy it the Italian way! There must be some time for wine and pasta in between, that’s for sure.

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