5 Terre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997 and milions of tourist yearly visit this land that has been struck on 25 October 2011 by torrential rains, massive flooding and quite buried under of mud & debris. Some weeks ago I organized a short trip from Lucca to 5 Terre because I wanted to check the situation before the beginning of the tourist season and I wanted to show this beautiful spot to my son, Iacopo, 14 years old. Moreover I also wanted some time to spend with him as he is always engaged with a lot of activities or sports or friends (please note that I did not mention studying..) so I convinced him with the promise to be back home in time for him to go to play soccer with his team.
Early in the morning we went by car till La Spezia, about 70 km from Lucca, we were lucky enough to find a parking space near the harbour (paying 75 cents per hour..) and so we started our excursion with a 10 minutes walk till the train station and I was surprised to discover La Spezia so clean, bright, full of shops and museums.
From April it will be possible to reach 5 Terre also by boat, buying tickets from one of the Maritim Companies as “Golfo dei Poeti” and it is a strongly recommended experience as from the boat you can look at the coastline, see the “terrazze” that’s to say the hills transformed by men into terraces where to cultivate olive trees and grapevines and you can stop in each of the so called 5 Terre: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso.
By train is quick but half of the route is, of course, inside tunnels dug in the hills.
Our first stop was Riomaggiore where we walk along the “Via dell’Amore” a route along the hill from where you can really catch the sight of the hills, the villages and the see. A ticket is required to enter the path and it is also possible to buy a pass including this fee and the train ticket.
panoramas from Via dell’Amore
people in love use to leave them everywhere, I don’t know if I like them
<– Manarola from the Via dell’Amore
I suggest you to visit this small village: take time to stop for a coffee, for a walk along the narrow streets, to enjoy the sights.. 🙂
<– Iacopo in Manarola 🙂
end of part 1! 🙂