Cinque Terre interesting facts

Cinque Terre interesting facts – 5 things to know!

Cinque Terre interesting facts – 5 things you need to know

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Let’s see Cinque Terre 5 interesting facts to know – about this wonderful coastal area of ​​Liguria.

We are reasonably sure that almost everyone has heard about the Cinque Terre at least once in life.

It is probable, however, that you have never heard these 5 curiosities about the Cinque Terre. Or maybe, you only know some of these.

In any case, continue reading and discover them: they are really special and interesting facts!

Cinque terre interesting facts: Cinque Terre… are not five, but 3!

That’s right, there are not five Cinque Terre, but there are just three.

That is, there are five, but actually three. Clear isn’t it? 😁

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Cinque Terre interesting facts, Riomaggiore – Photo by Dante Bergamini, from our Facebook Group

Let’s get serious and let’s start from the beginning

Cinque in Italian language means FIVE (Terre means Lands).

So, now we reveal “the mystery”: only 3 of the Cinque Terre are Municipalities. The other two are instead fractions of those municipalities!

➡ Monterosso (1.400 inhabitants), Vernazza (850 inhabitants) and Riomaggiore (1500 inhabitants) are the Municipalities.

▶ Corniglia (190 inhabitants) is a fraction of Vernazza and Manarola (350 inhabitants) is a fraction of Riomaggiore.

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You can visit all the Cinque Terre on foot (and train)

The Cinque Terre are connected to each other by the Sentiero Azzurro, a coastal path that connects the wonderful villages to each other, passing a short distance from the sea.

Passeggiata, via dell'Amore
Via dell’Amore, first stretch of the Sentiero Azzurro – Photo by Antonella Cristarella, from our Facebook Group

The first (and the most famous) stretch, which starts from Riomaggiore, is known as Via dell’Amore (in the photo above), which – unfortunately – is currently closed.

Be careful and remember:

The Sentiero Azzurro is very (very) long throughout its entire length. You can do it easily dividing it at times, taking advantage of the railway stations.

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Corniglia is really different from the others!

The wonderful Corniglia differs from the other villages of the Cinque Terre: it is the only one that does not directly overlook the sea and it is also the only without a ferry boat stop

Corniglia – photo by Rosa Mastrosimone, from the Facebook Group

Corniglia is located on the top of a promontory, overlooking the sea, at about ninety meters high.

To reach Corniglia, you have to climb a staircase – called Lardarina – consisting of 33 ramps with 382 steps, or take the Via alla Stazione (strictly uphill).

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In Manarola, the largest nativity scene in the world

Every year, the largest nativity scene in the world is built on the Manarola hill.

The inauguration usually takes place on December 8, and remains installed until the last days of January/early February.

Presepe luminoso di Manarola
Nativity scene of Manarola at night, with illuminated figures – Photo by Anna Mori, from our Facebook Group

This work, one of a kind, has been included in the 🏅 Guinness Book of Records since 2007.
Over 8 km of electrical cables, over 17,000 light bulbs and more than 300 life-size figures are used.

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The Super famous wine of the Cinque Terre: Sciacchetrà

From the terraced vineyards, overlooking the sea, comes one of the best, rarest and most precious raisin wines in Italy: it’s called Sciacchetrà.

Cinque Terre Sciacchetrà
Cinque Terre, Sciacchetrà – Photo by Pier Sergio Baudoni, from our Facebook Group

This wine, praised in every era by poets such as Dante, Petrarca, D’Annunzio, is obtained with 85-90% Bosco grapes, the rest is Albarola and Vermentino.

Sciacchetrà is a real pride of Cinque Terre and Liguria. It is also quite expensive both for the fine taste and for the and for the limited production.

If you get the chance, taste it!

You can also read: Cinque Terre History: when was Cinque Terre built?

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