The Enchantment of the Ligurian Coast

COUNTRY Italy
REGION Liguria
AVAILABLE FROM Florence ,
INTEREST Romance , Family Friendly ,

Motor along the Ligurian Coast and takein the view of medieval fishing villages tenaciously clinging onto seaside cliffs, pastel colored houses, bell towers, and olive trees that lean out from the terraces. Driving through the "azure motorway" along a stretch of Tyrrhenian coast, enjoy the sight of white marble quarries of the Apuan Alps, and then enter the Ligurian territory to reachRiomaggiore, one of Cinque Terre’s beautiful villages. Next it’s on to Vernazza, one of the most captivating hamlets in Italy, a jewel perched on a rocky cliff that stretches out towards the sea. Admire the houses from the beach, get lost in the dozensof shops, and be tempted by the seafood cuisine in the many locally acclaimed restaurants. The beauty of these enchanting places reveals itself from the sea as you sail along the stretch between Vernazza and Portovenere. Cruise along enjoying the rugged coast showcasing picturesque villages. Portovenere, a gem rich in history and art,welcomes you to enjoy her at every turn. Come stroll along the seaside and among the shops that sell local products and handicrafts. Perched high on a cliff, visit the Gothic Church of San Pietro (1198) that was built on the remains of a Roman temple dedicated to the goddess Venus and is adorned with the area’s typical white and black bands. Further along, take time to see the medieval sculptures of the Collegiate of San Lorenzo (1130) and the imposing Castello Doria overlooking the hamlet.