Castello Doria

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  • Day4


    July 1, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    ist unser dritter Stop in der Cinque Terre. Das Mittag hatten wir uns verdient. In jedes der Dörfchen mussten wir laufen, bergauf und bergab und es war heiß 🌞🌞🌞 Danach wieder ab ins kühle Nass.

    Die restlichen Dörfer schaffen wir nicht, nach einem weiteren copa vino bianco und ein leckeres Tiramisu geht es zurück nach La Spezia zur AIDAnova.
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  • Day23

    Vernazza, Cinque Terre

    September 21, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Today we decided to visit one of the other fishing villages before returning to Monterosso al Mare for another day of relaxing on the beach. A bit of research showed that Vernazza was one of the prettiest and most photographed of the five villages, especially around sunrise.

    So after an early rise we caught the train to Vernazza and started the hike up to the best vantage point to capture the colourful buildings surrounding the small marina. Only thing we didn’t account for was the position of the marina in comparison to the sun rising behind the mountain, stopping the sunrise from lighting the marina for some time.

    Because we were there so early it was nice to walk the empty streets before the crowds descended for the day. It is a town filled with history. The first records recognizing Vernazza as a fortified town date to 1080. It was a likely point of departure for naval forces in defence of pirates.

    In 1997, the Cinque Terre was recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and in 1999 the National Park of the Cinque Terre was created. Today the main source of revenue for Vernazza is tourism. However, as a testimony to the strength of centuries-old tradition, fishing, wine and olive oil production still continue.

    On 25 October 2011, Vernazza was struck by torrential rains, massive flooding, and mudslides affecting not only Cinque Terre, but the surrounding province of Lunigiana. The flood left the town buried in over 4 metres of mud and debris (submerging even the train station in mud), causing over 100 million euro worth of damage. The town was evacuated and remained in a state of emergency for many months.

    After taking the odd photos or two (code for many) we decided we weren’t going to wait around for the full sun as our beach chairs were calling us from Monterosso al Mare. Vernazza is a lovely town and one I would love to visit and photograph again.
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  • Day12

    Cinque Terre

    May 20, 2019 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

    Made the drive to LaSpezia then took the train to Cinque Terre. We visited 3 of the 5 towns...Vernazza, Manarola and Riomaggiore. What were quaint fishing villages are now chock full of tourists and cheesy souvenir shops. It's sad to see this changing.Read more

  • Day7


    August 23, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    We finally get to Vernazza at

    It took us 4hrs 50mins.
    It is supposed to take 1.5hrs. (the lesson learnt is do not take Athena hiking on cliff sides)

    Vernazza is beautiful.

    We enter via a steep stepped alley into the small square. It is filled with sounds of diners, swimmers, and languages galore.

    The umbrellas are as colourful as the pastel pink buildings. Mature Italian men sit together in discussion.

    I grab a prosciutto panini and a coke.
    Athena smells the ham, and gets one too. More bread!

    The church bells ring out on the hour and half hr. A little tourist shopping and then we watch the boat disembark with the hoards.

    We go into the church and I go up to the castle.

    I thought a bourban sounds good so into a bar we pop.
    Whilst I pay, Athena suddenly goes into major panic mode rummaging through her bag. She has lost her purse.
    I look at the barman and think hurry up and hand me that drink would you!!!
    I looked on the bar and see a black wallet.
    Is this your purse?

    We catch the train back to Monterosso for dinner at La Cantina on the beach. For me scallopine veal in vino. Athena chose grilled prawns.

    Next to us a man had putinesco in a nut sauce, which made me drool, so I ordered that too!!!!

    On the walk to our room, we grab a limone gelato, before bed because we can 🍦
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  • Day1


    September 13, 2014 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Unico porto naturale delle Cinque Terre, il borgo di Vernazza si sviluppa lungo il torrente Vernazzola (ora coperto), per risalire sulle pendici di uno sperone roccioso che nasconde l’abitato a chi proviene dal mare. Ripidi e strettissimi percorsi scendono verso la strada principale che sfocia in una piazzetta situata in faccia al porticciolo. Alla stessa tipologia delle case torre, presenti anche a Riomaggiore, Manarola e Monterosso, si aggiungono forme architettoniche più elaborate quali portali decorati e porticati, testimonianza della prosperità di cui godette il paese durante la dominazione genovese.
    Molto ben conservati i castelli, nota caratteristica delle Cinque Terre e di Vernazza in particolare.
    Il porticciolo può ospitare barche medio-piccole ed è un valido riparo per onde di media intensità, mentre non risulta sufficiente per le grandi mareggiate invernali.
    Vernazza è stato per diversi anni il polo di attrazione maggiore nelle Cinque Terre, insieme a Monterosso. Il colpo d’occhio è senza dubbio il più spettacolare sia giungendovi via mare, sia dai sentieri. Il nucleo abitato ha il suo fulcro nella piazza proprio a ridosso del porticciolo e perciò, specie nei momenti di maggiore afflusso turistico, l’affollamento può risultare un po’ fastidioso, specie per chi intende pernottarvi.
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