Enchanting Cinque Terre.


by Alessandro Rocchi

I spent the last weekend with friends in the Cinque Terre area of Italy.

Nowadays, thanks to the internet, and thanks to awesome pictures of the Cinque Terre, this area is pretty well known. For those of you who don't know this part of the world, the Cinque Terre are five enchanting and picturesque villages which sit right on the Italian coast of the northern Mediterranean. They are surrounded by vineyards, olive groves, and woods.

The Cinque Terre villages (Cinque Terre means “five lands”) are Vernazza, Manarola, Corniglia, Riomaggiore, and the place we stayed at, Monterosso. The most interesting are Vernazza Manarola and Rio Maggiore.

There were lots of Americans, Japanese, Germans, as well as people from Russia; very few Italians. Everybody who visits this part of Italy must taste “Pesto Genovese”, a famous sauce for pasta made with basil, and must drink “Sciacchetrà”, the wine from the hills surrounding these villages.

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