For a taste of romance and la dolce vita, a yachting holiday in Cinque Terre is as idyllic as it gets. Consisting of five charming seaside villages: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso, that sit perfectly perched along a ten-mile stretch of the Italian Riviera coastline, this exclusive Mediterranean yacht charter destination boasts of a rich history, dramatic hillside backdrops, and tons of charm.
Riomaggiore is situated at the southern end of Cinque Terre, where the famous coastal hiking path, the Sentiero Azzurro (Blue path) begins. The first part of the trail between Riomaggiore and Manarola, is called Via dell’Amore (Lover’s Lane), where for years couples have been leaving behind a padlock along the trail’s railing to symbolize their everlasting love.
The spellbinding town of Manarola which spills down into the sapphire blue waters of the Ligurian sea is the picture of postcard perfection. Musts to do here include a sampling of the traditional sweet Sciacchetrà wine and a visit to the Churchyard of Sanctuary of Nostra Signora della Salute di Volastra.
Quiet Corniglia which sits high on a hilltop surrounded by sprawling vineyards, is the only village from the five which does not lie directly on the water. In addition to touring the vineyards, other sights of interest include the Church of San Pietronears and the Oratory of the Disciplinati of Santa Caterina.
The colorful waterfront town of Vernazza is known as the jewel of Cinque Terre. Its vibrant harbor features quaint restaurants, cafes, and bars, and there are plenty of sites to visit such as the oldest surviving fortification of Cinque Terre dating back to 1000 – Doria Castle, the Parish House of Saint Mary of Antioch, and the Sanctuary of the Virgin of Reggio.
Lively Monterosso is Cinque Terre’s only resort town which boasts of a true beach. The village is split into two distinct areas old and new – the historic center which is filled with Old World charm and the newer Fegina quarter which frames the beach. The Old Castle and the Church of Saint John the Baptist are two sites not to miss in Monterosso.