February 03, 2011

Cinque Terre - Manarola and Corniglia

A path that you can hike connects all five villages. The section between Riomaggiore and Manarola is called the "Via dell'Amore". The towns were very isolated until the last century and villagers rarely married someone from outside their own town. This trail opened up in the 1920s, after blasting through the cliffs for a rail line. It became a meeting point for lovers from the two villages.


It has become a tradition for lovers to close a padlock together on the railing or cable.


Here is the first glimpse of Manarola when coming from Riomaggiore.


"Main Street" Manarola.


Gelato-colored houses. Mmmmm. Gelato.


This is probably the most famous view in the Cinque Terre region. It is on the other side of Manarola, as you head towards Corniglia.




Corniglia is the smallest of the towns and sits 100 metres above the sea, surrounded by vineyards and terraces. Oh. And you have to climb 382 steps to get there. Or, you can cheat and take a bus.






11 comments:

Kathryn Hansen said...

oh, wow...more fabulous photos...i feel like i could climb right in them, they're so beautiful!!

Suki@Fantabulous Design said...

Love the last photo, it's kind of peaceful.

tiziana - the t time said...

so nice to see my usual places through your photos... so beautiful.
thanks,
tiziana - liguria

risamay said...

Bellissima (:

Laura Williams said...

these photos are just so stunning, it makes me want to go there so much!

pillowville said...

Oh Thank you for taking me away from the snow and winter of the US midwest and giving me some time to dream.

Anastasia S said...

Beautiful photos! You are very talanted! Italy is truly wonderful, I've been there many times and it never stop amaze me!

Little Nan said...

Your images are just gorgeous! My husband and I are about to take a trip to the UK and are hoping to also visit many European towns and villages. Hopefully I can capture our own memories on film that look as beautiful as yours.

jenny-catharina said...

i love scrolling through this blog, definately gonna visit more often! beautiful work.

che carina! said...

simply gorgeous.

you've captured le cinque terre exactly how i remember them.

gelato coloured houses..love it.

miss living there.

garden clippings said...

We stayed a couple of days in Manarola in 2007. It was amazing. Thank you for sharing your photos.