Historical Cinque Terre?
History is abundantly alive in the historical Cinque Terre. This area in Italy represents probably one of the best preserved natural (and semi-natural) areas of the Mediterranean. For historical and geomorphologic reasons, it is now unlawful to develop housing excessively or to build major roadways. What is present instead, is the Val di Vara which is inland from Cinque Terre.
This is what makes the Cinque Terre so unique in a country that has become a tourist favorite over the last century. Not only is it considered a national treasure and strict laws in place to protect it, but it's charm also lies within the sub-culture of these tiny towns. The locals are a tight-knit bunch that are made up of generations of the same families.
Some of the most beautiful parts of historical Cinque Terre are the typical stone walls that make up the reinforcements for the many terraces of vineyards that bring us excellent local wines. Some of the walls are so intricately put together that they've been compared to the craftsmanship of the Great Wall of China!
Add in the beautiful views of the crystal clear aquamarine sea, the famous and colorful archtecture of each of the five hamlets that make up Cinque Terre and the wonderful network of paths that connect the towns and you have a destination not to be missed. In fact, it's not just foreign tourists that seek the peace found in Cinque Terre, but it's also a much sought-after vacation spot for Italians as well.
The desire to travel to Cinque Terre is not because of highly sucesseful tourist campaigns, but rather the recognition of many past travelors spreading the word about the unique experience one can have there and recognizing the specialness and beauty of these seaside villages and enjoyment one has from staying or visiting.
The one thing we all can do when we visit the Cinque Terre is to show our appreciation for it by respecting that this is the home of the locals who have lived here for centuries and now offer up their treasure to the rest of the world. Tread lightly and leave it better than you found it.
Check out the links below for more interesting articles and notes about Cinque Terre, the Italian Riviera.
History of Cinque Terre
What's So Great About Cinque Terre?
Cinque Terre Map
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