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Cinque Terre ….
Cinquere Terre details: …. A landscape worth saving …. A mans park … .. the first image that comes to mind when thinks of Cinque Terre is that of rugged mountain terrain, with its deteriorating dry stone walls, built to hold up vineyards.
An impressive and unique landscape which has been included on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The landscape, which we admire, is the product of collective creativity that was able to overcome the difficulties posed. It is the local Cinque Terre people, that has spanned over a thousand years. Together these people have worked towards one vision – to live, to produce and to be part of a community. Over this time, a human chain of men and woman transformed this territory with age-old techniques and wisdom and with the naivete’ of poverty, a hard challenge for survival.
There are five ancient fishing villages perched on the edge of the cliffs: 1. Riomaggiore, 2. Manarola, 3. Corniglia 4. Vernazza, 5. Monterosso ….. all joined by a railway line and by old walking and donkey trails. We walked up from the train station at the first village of Riomaggiore and saw the ocean and the steep cliffs …… we walked on the easy walk to Manarola …… a rockslide had occurred between Manarola and the third village of Corniglia. We then caught the train up to the last (fifth) village of Monterosso then walked for four hours to Vernazza ….. the fourth village on the sea.
These are some of the wonderful things we saw in our hour of walking …..
Beginning at the (first) village of Riomaggiore ….
Harriet, my wife at the base of steps which lead up to a house built of local stone …. the construction gives a very homely man – made appeal vs. modern machine built house ….
Because of the rockslide between Manarola and the third village of Corniglia, we then caught the train up to the last (fifth) village of Monterosso then walked four hours back to Vernazza….. the fourth village on the sea. These are some of the wonderful things we we saw in our four hours of walking.
The beauty of this area of Cinque Terre was unbelievable. It was like through a giant piece of art for four hours of natural geography and man-made art carefully superimposed on the natural geography over a thousand years.
A wide beachfront jetty looks over a sand beach to the blue water of the Mediterranean Sea …. The cliffs cascading into the sea make it more spectacular ….
The rocky islet gives a sense of desolation and remoteness of this area as with the whole coastline of the Cinque Terre region ….
A tall public clock tower gives a sense of command in this remote region …
A local market under a tent expresses the personal friendly side compared the remote distant surrounding ridges ….
Ancient stone built buildings painted in traditional colours of ochre, pink, terracotta and chocolate brown ……
A boat ready for action on the quiet sea ….
The square ancient stone built buildings painted in traditional colours of ochre, terracotta and chocolate brown are in stark contrast to the rounded shapes of the cliffs, the level whitish beach and the blue water of the bay ……
Leaving the village of Monterosso behind and walking for four hours to Vernazza ….
A small ship moored in the small bay at Monterosso …..
The village of Monterosso from a different angle …..
Looking along the coast …. spectacular with dark stone cliffs falling into the blue sea ….
Getting further along the coast from Monterosso …. The agricultural terracing becomes apparent ….
Note the man made landscape of ancient terraces built from dry stone. The narrow terraces are filled with soil to grow olives and grapes. A farmhouse built from stone with a terracotta tile roof is perched on an excavated terrace ….. only connected by a walking track. Some of the walking tracks we were walking were old donkey tracks. Narrow handmade stone steps ascended or descended steep areas. Olive tree branches were used to provide a railing in some steep areas.
Olive tree branches were used to provide a railing in some steep areas ……
Grape vines are held by horizontal wires supported by posts…..
Narrow stone steps lead down to the path going to Vernazza …..
Wildflowers in blossom along the track …..
The path twists around to the right, goes down past a house and goes over a stream bed then goes around the far ridge ….
The donkey path continues …. we walked for four hours from Monterosso to Vernazza admiring the ever changing scenery ….
A f arming family working amongst their orange crops growing on the narrow terrace. A section of the retaining wall has collapsed
over time so the farmer has constructed a section of mesh to prevent stones rolling down on path users ……
More wildflowers in blossom along the track ……
Another footbridge across a small stream chasm ….
A house set in the terraced farmland …. donkey tracks connected their market ….
The Terraced Hills of Cinque Terre with a House ……
The terraced hills of Cinque Terre are set on beautiful bays with the Mediterranean sea filling them ….
The donkey path from Monterosso to Vernazza continues ……
Ken and Harriet walking along the old donkey tracks ….
Harriet looking over the coastal windswept slopes to the Mediterranean sea …..
Flowering Peach Blossom along the track ……
Rough steps form a section in the path ….
An end portion of a retaining wall ….
A small terrace area for growing crops on…..
Village of Vernazza ….. the fourth village on the sea …. ancient stone built buildings painted in traditional colours of ochre, terracotta and chocolate brown. The track descends to the village down narrow stone steps down past garden plots on terraces. The village had an original stone tower as look out for invading pirates from previous centuries. The village has a man made stone harbour wall to protect the fishing boats from stormy weather.
Nearing the end of our four hours of walking from Monterosso ….. we are nearing to Vernazza….. the
fourth village on the sea ….
A farmhouse on a property as we are nearing to Vernazza….. the fourth village on the sea ….
Village of Vernazza ….. the fourth village on the sea …. ancient stone built buildings painted in traditional colours of ochre, terracotta and chocolate brown.The track descends to the village
down narrow stone steps down past garden plots on terraces … see photo above. The village had an original stone tower as look out for invading pirates from previous centuries. The village
has a man made stone harbour wall to protect the fishing boats from stormy weather.
If you have time, In addition to my photos above, see these wonderful images of Cinque Terre at this website.