Cinque Terre Park – The Trails

Cinque Terre Park – The Trails

The first thing worthy of mention is that the trails of the 5 Terre, currently Liguria's only national park, is a 120-kilometre network which is not just a trekker's paradise. These trails have been for centuries and still are the only link between villages and between villages and the hinterland. Today, the network makes it possible to appreciate and visit the entire territory, through different types of trails. Routes are many, and we recommend you get a map. One of the most famous routes is the so-called Sanctuaries route, which are beautiful and worth seeing. The best way to visit them and fully enjoy their natural beauty and views is definitely on foot. They are all marked with red and white trail signs, symbols of the CAI signposts. Here are some suggestions. From Monterosso: A loop hike starts on the high paths of the village dear to Montale: amidst sea scales, Jurassic rocks, ancient lemon groves and flowers. - From Vernazza: Here begins a route on the high paths embracing Vernazza. A continuous discovery of cultural and religious testimonies, of high altitude environments merging with coastal ones. From Corniglia: Pure fascination for those who set out to discover the high paths of the village of Corniglia, along the itinerary from the sea to the ridge forest, up to the wine terraces - From Manarola: Verticality and rural images are the fil rouge that one discovers through the loop on the high trails from Manarola, passing through its hamlets, Collina del Corniolo and Strada dei Santuari. From Riomaggiore: The beauty of the loop hiking route from the village of Riomaggiore through its ancient pilgrimage routes.

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Nobel Prize winner E. Montale, a native of Monterosso, is the symbol of the relationship between poetry and the Cinque Terre. But history recalls other tributes from great poets and writers such as F. Petrarch, G. D'Annunzio and G. Boccaccio

Poetry and beauty

To fully discover the Cinque Terre, you have to read Eugenio Montale, the Nobel Prize winner for literature who was born here. These five villages are “soulful locations” with a beautiful and dramatic landscape, clinging to the rocks and surrounded by lush Mediterranean maquis. Montale recounted the harsh landscapes clinging to the rocks.

The Cinque Terre are also one of the places in Liguria where menhirs - megaliths from prehistoric times symbolising divinities, cult of the dead and astronomical observations - can be found.

The National Park

The Cinque Terre are now a National Park and Marine Protected area with the purpose of protecting this great cultural heritage. Its borders are the coast of Tramonti, to the east, and the Municipality of Monterosso, to the west. We find ourselves immersed in this park, full of the colour of intense scents and proud and exuberant scrubs with exotic and poetic names: Holm Oak, Mastic and Euphorbia. From all around the world, hikers reach the Cinque Terre to follow the red path connecting Porto Venere to Levanto (40 km, journey time 15 hours) and the blue path, connecting all five villages.

The film was directed by Enrico Casarosa, Genoese by origin and American by adoption

The Cinque Terre are the setting of the Disney Pixar masterpiece 'Luca'

The story of the young protagonist of the animated film is set here, in one of Italy's most enchanting (and famous) landscapes. The film's images offer incredible and realistic impressions.

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