If there’s one place in Italy that’s on most people’s bucket list, it’s the magnificent and memorable Cinque Terre. Tours of this stunning region are extremely popular and just one look at the countless photos taken and shared by smitten travellers will help you understand why. |
If you’re considering a Cinque Terre tour and wonder if it can possibly live up to the hype, fear not, because there’s absolutely no doubt that it does. If you’re looking for the proof, here are some of the best reasons to treat yourself to this trip of a lifetime.
It Offers Fantastic Walking and Hiking
As long as you’re of reasonable fitness you’ll be able to enjoy some lovely gentle walks as well as some for more advanced hikers. There are plenty of different trails to take on apart from the main Sentiero Azzuro, but you will need to check beforehand, as there are regular closures due to the weather or rock slides. Wherever you choose to walk, though, you are guaranteed jaw-dropping views.
It’s Picture Postcard Perfect
It’s no surprise this gorgeous part of Italy’s coastline has been a muse for artists and writers for centuries. It really is breathtaking in every way, from the stunning mountain backdrop and the pastel-painted houses that appear to cling to the cliffs, to the deep azure waters that wash the coast. The sunsets here are the stuff of legends and the views over the ocean from each of the five villages are nothing short of perfection.
The Food is Fabulous
It’s Italy – so, let’s face it, what more really needs to be said about the food? But it’s possible it may be just that little bit more special here. Naturally, seafood features heavily on every menu in every café and restaurant. It’s fresher than fresh, plucked from the surrounding seas every day, and served up in a multitude of mouth-watering ways. In particular, you really should make a point of trying the local anchovies, simply prepared in a marinade of lemon and olive oil, then rolled in batter and fried – unbelievably good!
It’s a Region Steeped in History
While it’s a no-brainer that most people are tempted to take a Cinque Terre tour because of those views, if you’re a bit of a history buff, the region has plenty to keep you interested. It’s a designated UNESCO site, acclaimed for its outstanding cultural importance in addition to its vast natural beauty. In all of the five villages there are many fine examples of ancient architecture, dating back to the twelfth century, as well as some more modern heritage down by the sea, in the form of the remains of the mammoth statue of Neptune that was bombed in World War II.
A Truly Memorable Experience
These are just a few of the myriad reasons visitors come, explore and fall in love with this part of the world. A Cinque Terre tour is that rare concept that really can be all things to all people. Whatever it is you’re looking for in your experience, you can find: relaxation, invigorating exercise, history, culture, cuisine – it’s all there for the taking. Perhaps it’s time to tick this one off that bucket list!
Mauro Bramante is the Director of WalkAbout Florence, an independent business offering unforgettable tours and excursions around Italy including the best Cinque Terre tour itinerary. Whether you want to ride a Vintage Vespa, try the famous Chianti wine or get cooking with fresh local ingredients, Mauro's company promises excitement, adventure and above all, fun. If you're keen to experience the magic of Italy with the help of some passionate and knowledgeable tour guides, look no further than WalkAbout Florence for your next getaway.
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