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Hiking on the “Cinque Terre”

For travellers who are keen on the beautiful scenery of Europe as well as the adventure and challenge of a hike, the Cinque Terre in Italy in an ideal choice of holiday destination. Located on the coast of Italy, the Cinque Terre or ‘The Five Lands’, makes up part of the Italian Riviera and the Cinque Terra National Park. The hilly region consists of five villages as denoted in its title, which are Corniglia, Manarola, Monterosso al Mare, Riomaggiore and Vernazza. Deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site, visitors can be assured that Cinque Terre will remain charmingly beautiful due to its protected status. Conservation efforts ensure that Cinque Terre is not marred by the same gaudy commercialisation that other popular tourist areas often suffer.

The villages of Cinque Terre are served by ferries, which allows holidaymakers to arrive by land or sea. Tourists will find that travelling by train is the easiest option to take when travelling via land, with trains arriving there from Rome, Milan and Tuscany amongst other areas. Holidaymakers who plan to stay at Cinque Terre are advised to book accommodation beforehand to avoid disappointment. In addition to arrange of accommodation being available in the area, it is also possible to set up a tent on designated camping areas.

Despite the exposed location, Cinque Terre enjoys a comfortable climate with sunny springs and summers and moderate temperatures. However, the area has been known to be affected by adverse weather conditions with heavy rainfall causing landslides and flooding that led to extensive damage. By avoiding late autumn and winter periods, visitors can get peace of mind from knowing that they are likely to enjoy reasonable weather conditions.

The steep cliffs and rugged landscape of Cinque Terre offers an ideal locale for a hiking holiday, enabling many to be able to explore and take in impressive views on foot. The Sentiero Azzurro Trail or ‘Light Blue Trail’ allows hikers who follow its path to visit each of the five villages that form Cinque Terre. Smaller paths intersect the Sentiero Azzurro and create the ability to design a hike that is most suited to the individual undertaking the same, such as being able to be completed
piecemeal or wheelchair accessible. The most difficult sections of the trails are those that follow the coastal line, with sheer cliff edges and tricky mountainous terrain awaiting the adventurous.


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