Our favorite place in Italy . . . next to Rome . . . and Venice.
I wish I could give you answers to your questions but we could only lust over the boats we saw there. I had planned to set something up for us but had time issues in the end. I do know there are no marinas in the Cinque Terre . . . only local fishing boats (small) and most of them moor out. There is a breakwater in Monterroso you can anchor inside of if you needed to.
If you donít get to sail you still have to go! My take on the area . . .
Itís only an hour and a half drive from Pisa and even more Accessible by train. The five villages are connected by Railroad, walking path and boat when the weather is good . . . no cars. These five beautiful little pastel colored villages are pasted into the mountainsides above the deep blue Mediterranean. The walkway (trail) is the most beautiful Iíve seen anywhere! You walk along a narrow trail with the Ligurian Sea on one side and straight up on the other are the terraced vineyards going up what must be a thousand feet. You can literally touch the vines as you walk. The best Pinot in the world comes out of those vines! Our favorite part is between Manarola and Riomaggiore. Itís called Via Dell Amore (Lovers walk) and just before sunset the locals (many elderly) hold hands and enjoy the end of the day with a slow stroll through what I can only describe as a dream world. We really loved sitting and enjoying the incredible local wines with the friendliest people in Italy. Most of the wine we had was given to us by our hotel owner Andrea Poggi (La Spiaggia) and his friends and relatives across the villages. You truly are treated like family in the Cinqua Terra and when you leave youíll miss it.
Some pictures from our last trip . . .
Monterroso . . . Northern most town
Check out Andreaís hotel. You have to sit and have some wine (from his vineyard) with him! He is a wealth of information about all of Europe. He was educated in the UK and is an incredible chef. We spent several hours with him. Andrea and his family are the friendliest most enjoyable folks we have ever met. I will always cherish that time. We canít wait to stay with them again!
From our room at La Spiaggia
Get wine here! Enoteca . . . the most interesting and romantic little wine place anywhere
Sit and enjoy it with Andreaís brother-in-law . . . more great education in the local culture
366 steps . . . one for every day of the year. The 366th step was recently added and Andrea said the towns Corniglia and Manarola fought for years over whether or not to add it.
Boat anchored off Monterroso
Boat anchored off Corniglia (middle town of Cinque Terre)
View from our table at Belvedere overlooking Monterosso
Typical fishing boat in Cinque Terre
Riomaggorie . . . the southern most of the Cinque Terre
Best way to get between towns