Sunday, 28 October 2012

Cinque Terra - 5 Lands~

My boyfriend was on a 3 months work assignment to Italy, so I took a week leave and flew to Italy to visit him. We didn't really go much places for sightseeing as he gotta work during the weekdays. We only went places around Gallarate (the town he stayed) and during the weekend, we went Cinque Terra.

Using Google translator, Cinque Terra = 5 lands. It's actually 5 villages (Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore) built on coastal hills. The whole Cinque Terra National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

We've heard of the famous Via dell"Amore (Lovers Lane) which is a walking trail from Manarola to Riomaggiore and there's a place along this trail where lovers could lock their love with a padlock. Hence, we took a train from Genoa which directly brought us to Manarola. Upon reaching Manarola, we were totally disappointed!! The trail was closed.. And we saw people locking the padlocks on the gate instead..

The gate to the Lovers Lane was closed

Padlocks on the gate

Okay -.-''' So we walked around randomly and took some photos. It's just many colourful houses built on the terraces. It looked beautiful from far. But on closer look, the buildings were quite old and dirty.

Colourful buildings in Manarola

We walked in between the buildings, and that's the type of stairs you will find..

Er. After a while, dark clouds started sinking in and it's definitely no fun at all. It became very windy and the storms were quite scary.

Heavy storms hitting on the rocks..

It started raining heavily, and we took the evening train back to Genoa.

So that's about it for Cinque Terra. We realised that the trails in Cinque Terra close quite often. So you gotta check online for latest news to see whether the trails are open to avoid any disappointment.

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