Senior Travel to Cinque Terre

Apr 7th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

The Cinque Terre (meaning Five Lands)  is a National Park and Unesco World Heritage site found along a rugged portion of coast on the Italian Riviera. It is in the Liguria region of Italy, to the west of the city of La Spezia.

“The Five Lands” is composed of five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. Built into the sheer rocky coast, each is famed for their rugged scenery. The coastline, the five villages, and the surrounding hillsides are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  It is a great place to enjoy the fabulous vistas by hiking amongst the vineyards and olive groves above the villages.

YouTube has a nice two minute slide show accompanied with Italian music. The attractive harbor and colorful array of buildings stand out as a great place for seniors to visit on the coast of Italy.  A visit here will long be remembered. One visitor remarked…”I spent about 3 months in Europe travel through 17 different countries/territories and Cinque Terre is at the top of my list for relaxation, beauty and romantic appeal.”

The main attraction of the Cinque Terre is the landscape. Mediterranean herbs and trees grow spontaneously from the top of the hills down to the water level. Well embedded in this magnificent natural scenery, one can admire the intense human activity of the ancestors, when the wine terraces were built. An enormous (and somehow crazy) work of transportation, all the heavy stones were carried on men’s shoulders and women’s heads.  The Cinque Terre boasts some of the best coastline hiking trails in the world. The path from Riomaggiore to Manarola is called the Via Dell’Amore (or roughly “Lovers Walk”). The beautiful trail along the shore is very easy to hike.

The Cinque Terre is noted foremost for its beauty. Over centuries, people have carefully built terraces on the rugged, steep landscape right up to the cliffs that overlook the sea. Part of its charm is the lack of visible “modern” development. Paths, trains and boats connect the villages, and cars cannot reach it from the outside making it a very popular tourist destination. Rich Grams shares his video on Cinque Terre.  And the sea… the water is so crystal clear.

Images of Cinque Terre share with seniors the natural landscape and beauty of the region. The Cinque Terre are also one of the most uncontaminated areas in the Mediterranean Sea. Five miles of rocky coast among two promontories, thousands of kilometers of dry-laid stone walls, five small towns castled up on stone spurs in minuscule creeks. For their history and their position, the Cinque Terre have not suffered a massive expansion. The vineyards, typical of this area, have contributed to create a unique landscape with dry-laid stone walls, winding paths, enchanting beaches between cliffs and clear waters.

Lastly WikiTravel describes Cinque Terre is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage List . The fame of the Cinque Terre is largely due to its products, the dry white wine, simply called ‘Cinque Terre’ and the ‘Sciacchetrà’, a prized dessert wine made from prime grapes dried to the point of holding only a few drops of sweet juice. A colorful addition to the Cinque Terre products is ‘limoncino’; a dessert wine made from steeping lemon peels in pure alcohol and then adding sugar and water to make a fragrant and fresh liquor. Food, wine, scenery, sea, Italy…do talk with your local travel agent!  jeb



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