Cinque Terre National Park is one of the most famous spot in Italy and Unesco World Heritage site since 1997. Located in the north of Italy, along Liguria rocky coast, this charming and uncontaminated place offers a network of paths joining different beautiful villages, built in the typical style of Liguria houses, and its hamlets. Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso are a treasure of Italian heritage. I have got used to traveling around the world, visiting unusual places, but i was born here close to Cinque Terre, and when I get home it is always worth backpacking around my birthplace because with any doubt this is a place not to be missed.
My daily trip starts from Riomaggiore, located between two steep hills descending to the sea. Leaving the railway station, I walk inside the train tunnel heading to the city center. Once there I go straight toward the sea. I want to enjoy the view. It’s early morning, no one is around yet and walking through these narrow alleys, surrounded by the typical Ligurian colorful houses is very fascinating.
Got to the small harbour, I follow the steps on the left side of the cliff. Here you can start enjoying the view of the village. From the top you can see some steps heading to the rocks where you can take very beautiful pictures of the place. On the other side of the top, there is a path that runs along the coast and where you can also take the tourist boat and get the rocky beach of the village.
Got back to the center, I walk through the alley going to the old church of Santa Maria Assunta, then following the sign to the city hall, I get to a path along the cliff, where I can enjoy the sea view and reach the railway station. On the right side of the station, you can see the sign for “Via dell’amore” (the first part of the blue path), a very famous coastal path, but at the moment it is closed because of under maintenance.