I began my college career as an art major, and I think that was a big stepping stone to appreciating all the antiquities and styles of architecture. But now that I'm old (er), I just love old things period! Living in the PNW gives us very little opportunity to really savor anything really old in the way of buildings. We just don't have a very long history!
I enjoyed ALL of Italy, each area I visited had so many different things to offer.
This post is highlighting on of my favorite places, and that's hard to choose really, because I loved them all. OK, they were all my favorites!
I stayed the longest here in the Cinque Terre, 4 nights. SO I really had alot of time to explore the area.
I stayed in Vernazza, one of the 5 little towns. My room was up on the very top of town, with my window overlooking the ocean. I had to climb up 113 steps just to get there, but it was worth it!! The views were spectacular. And I had a rooftop patio.
Warning.......lots of pictures coming!
The Cinque Terre consists of an area along the Ligurian Sea between Genoa and Portovenere and the towns (5 of them) are connected by train, boat, and hiking trails. The whole area was made a national park in 1999. The town of Vernazza only has about 500 residents, and unfortunately about 10 times as many tourists.
"The Five Lands" is composed of five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. The coastline, the five villages, and the surrounding hillsides are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Over centuries, people have carefully built terraces on the rugged, steep landscape right up to the cliffs that overlook the sea. Part of its charm is the lack of visible "modern" development. Paths, trains and boats connect the villages, and cars cannot reach them from the outside.
A walking trail, known as Sentiero Azzurro ("Light Blue Trail"), connects the five villages. The trail from Riomaggiore to Manarola is called the Via Dell'Amore.
Laundry looks so good hanging out here in Italy!
Hope you enjoyed the tour. I still have a few more places to revisit here on the blog.
If you missed Siena, you can see the post here.
If you missed Florence, you can see that post here.
Thanks so much for stoppin by......Sylvia