Sunday, September 15, 2013

A lovely Bike Ride along the sea

A beautiful view from above the bike path.  This path runs along the old tunnels where during World War II the train transported passengers and war equipment.  Afterwards a section of the rails where moved inland.  Today several tunnels have been restored and now connect the towns of Levanto, Bonnasola, and Framura.  

The tunnels are accessible only by foot or bike making them a nice location to stroll during a hot summer day.

A nice view of the Mediterranean sea from inside one of the tunnels.

Approaching the town of Levanto

Levanto's beach

Monday, September 2, 2013

Why you should visit Cinque Terre

Often times in life there are special moments, people, or places that inspire us to change course in life or maybe to simply pause and asses our priorities.  Cinque Terre are definitely one on those special places that have inspired me to appreciate nature and its magnificent beauty.   I hope you will find inspiration, peace, or just the perfect day with family and friends.   

Where are Cinque Terre:

Cinque Terre are found in the Northern Region called Liguria also famous for the town of Portofino.  Liguria has an exceptional climate all year around, it is a large producer of flowers, but its economic resources come from the sea. In fact Genova, Savona, and Imperia are still in today's economy leading shipyards in Europe and the world.  If you like good food you must try "pesto."  “Pesto” is the Ligurian sauce par excellence. Famous wines from the Cinque Terre need no introduction.  

Brief Description of the towns in Cinque Terre:

Monterosso al Mare, sometimes known simply as Monterosso, is the largest of the five, and the most heavily visited – especially by young people. It’s the only village with a nice long span of beach. (The other towns either require a hike or are very small and/or rocky).

Vernazza has perhaps the most charming central square, as it’s right on the water and there’s a lovely church tower on one side. The ruins of a castle are on one of the hills overlooking Vernazza. This is the town that tends to be most visited by people carrying Rick Steves’ guidebooks.

Corniglia is the only town not immediately on the water – it’s on top of its cliff, and so either direction you walk from requires a steep hike uphill.  However, once you reach the top of this small village you will not be disappointed.

Manarola feels a bit more rustic and less polished than its northern neighbors; for this reason some find it a bit more charming and less populated with tourists. The part of the path between Manarola and Riomaggiore is the easiest. It’s paved, so you can even make the “trek” with a baby in a stroller, and it’s called the Via dell’Amore – the road of love.

Riomaggiore rises away from the water at a dramatic angle, so you can get away from the water and feel like you’re in another town entirely. This town seems to be most popular with German tourists.

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Going back to the main title of this posting "Why you should visit Cinque Terre."  I would like to hear your story of inspiration while visiting this stretch of land.  Safe travel, keep discovering.