Liguria, the coastal region of north-west Italy.

by Tanya on August 5, 2010

Italy has always been the most important European country for me to visit and my wish came true this April. My husband and I brought Mema and Pop Pop to Florida to watch the kiddos while we whisked ourselves away for two weeks. We focused on Liguria, home of Le Cinque Terre, the five villages. They are Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. This region is rich with culinary splendors and the local wine called Sciacchetrà, a straw wine, typically enjoyed with cheese or desserts. They are fisherman villages, and wine villages, known for the best pesto and focaccia in Italy. As well, you must have the acciuga, anchovies, a specialty of Monterosso.

capers

This region is also a part of the Cinque Terre National Park. There are walking trails connecting the five towns and the difficulty levels range from an easy stroll to a rough and physically challenging hike. The segment of the hike between Riomaggiore and Manarola is called the Via Dell’Amore (“Love Walk”). We enjoyed bringing along a little nosh to sit and enjoy during our hike. The towns are each unique in there own way, our favorite was Monterosso al Mare, it has two distinct sides, the new and old. We spent most of our time in Old Town at the Enoteca’ de Eliseo a beautiful little wine bar run by husband and wife, Eliseo and Mary. They serve bottomless bowls of the most amazing capers, they are huge in size and flavor.

This is where you can buy jars of the best pesto to take home and the little pasta called Trofie, Combine them to make Trofie al Pesto!

Trofie al Pesto

We also loved Corniglia. Unlike the other towns of the Cinque Terre, Corniglia is not located on the sea. Instead, it is on the top of the mountain, surrounded on three sides by vineyards and terraces and the fourth side descends steeply on the sea. We found a lovely place to stop for vino named Il Pirun, run by Mario. After you finish up with a drink downstairs, wind your way up the spiral staircase to the second floor for a wonderful meal.

Whatever you do, DO NOT leave here without buying several bags of the olive oil crackers they serve with the wine. These are addicting.

For now, Ciao!  I’ll be back with Venice on our next tour of our trip to Italy.

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Terry August 5, 2010 at 7:15 am

Wow, your photos are beautiful (of course) and your descriptions just make me wish I could go there. Looking foward to more. Love the red door photo.

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Karen August 5, 2010 at 5:30 pm

Tanya, your pictures are amazing! Hopefully I will see this beautiful place in person too someday.

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aviva August 5, 2010 at 8:43 pm

oh my – those capers, and the company! what a great evening that was, and what amazing food and wine and views… I’m so glad you finally got around to posting some photos, I really need to do the same on my neglected blog! Just ordered some prints to put up by our new espresso machine! Molto bene!

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Sophie August 10, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Tanya you’ve made me homesick! Love the photo’s and the blog.

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Tanya August 11, 2010 at 9:50 am

Sophie, without you this blog post wouldn’t exist. We had such and amazing trip and can’t wait to take the kids. Thank you!!

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Blumen Riviera May 22, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Amazing photos!

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Tanya May 30, 2012 at 10:59 am

Thank you!

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Charline June 14, 2014 at 6:50 am

Great info. Lucky me I discovered your website by chance (stumbleupon).
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