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Beautiful Bellagio Lake Como Italy

April 9, 2017 by David Herd

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Beautiful Bellagio Lake Como Italy

Beautiful Bellagio Lake Como Italy

 Beautiful Bellagio Lake Como Italy with it’s cobblestone lanes and elegant buildings with beautiful views over the famous lake. The village is characterized by century-old buildings & interesting stone lanes & steps.

 Cobblestone steps

Beautiful Bellagio Lake Como Italy

Climbing all the Bellagio stairs is an excellent way to work up an appetite. 🙂

View from the top of the steps.

Beautiful Bellagio Lake Como Italy

Every time you turn around there is another great photo opportunity.

Narrow lanes

Beautiful Bellagio Lake Como Italy

I used to wonder why so many European towns & villages had such narrow streets & lanes. Then a friend of mine Riny Doyle, from Breil Sur Roya in the south of France, explained it was simple to control the temperature. Narrow lanes meant a much cooler environment, & lets face it in those ancient times there were no air conditioned shopping malls where you could get relief from the heat. 🙂

Delightful little cafes & restaurants

Beautiful Bellagio Lake Como Italy

Around every corner there is a little cafe or restaurant.

If you prefer a water view

Beautiful Bellagio Lake Como Italy

Here is a perfecy spot to soak up the view of Beautiful Bellagio Lake Como Italy. Perhaps if you hange around long enough you may see George Clooney wander in with his beautiful bride. 🙂

Sadly I don’t have the time.

Beautiful Bellagio Lake Como Italy

 

I don’t have the time to wait for George as I’m about to catch the car ferry to the other side of the lake.

Bit of a rust bucket

Beautiful Bellagio Lake Como Italy

At least I don’t have far to travel.  

Lets explore a little more before I leave.

Beautiful Bellagio Lake Como Italy

More stairs and more shops.

And another little hidden restaurant.

Beautiful Bellagio Lake Como Italy

A surprise around every corner.

 Hotel Metropole

Beautiful Bellagio Lake Como Italy

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Beautiful Bellagio Lake Como Italy

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The crowd builds up

Beautiful Bellagio Lake Como Italy

Lunch is over, now for some serious shopping.

Farewell to beautiful Bellagio

Beautiful Bellagio Lake Como ItalyJust a wonderful Italian village.

As Andrea Bocelli would say……

Time to say goodbye. (lets not forget Sarah Brightman)

Ferry across Lake Como

Beautiful Bellagio Lake Como Italy

The views from the ferry are absolutely stunning. 

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Beautiful Lake Garda northern Italy

August 18, 2015 by David Herd

Another Italian Gem.

Beautiful Lake Garda northern Italy

Beautiful Lake Garda northern Italy

 

Beautiful Lake Garda northern Italy is the largest Italian lake. The wealthy and the snobbish will always prefer Lake Como because that’s what they read about in the social pages and gossip columns, the experienced traveller however would most certainly choose Lake Garda as the more interesting and user friendly location.

Lake Garda northern Italy

Beautiful Lake Garda northern Italy

 

Lake Garda is Italy’s largest and most visited lake. The lake is 51km long but only 17km wide at its widest point in the south. The distance around the lake is 158km. Picturesque villages, medieval castles, and lakeside promenades dot the shoreline.

Swimming at Lake Garda

Beautiful Lake Garda northern Italy

The lake has numerous small islands and five main ones, the largest being Isola del Garda. Nearby to the south is Isola San Biagio, also known as the Isola dei Conigli (“Island of the Rabbits”). Both are offshore of San Felice del Benaco, on the west side. The three other main islands are Isola dell’Olivo, Isola di Sogno, and Isola di Trimelone, all farther north near the east side. The main tributary is the Sarca River, while the only outlet is the Mincio River.

Relaxing beside Lake Garda

Beautiful Lake Garda northern Italy

There are many delightful cafes and restaurants around the lake where you can relax and enjoy the sunshine.

Beautiful Lake Garda

Beautiful Lake Garda northern Italy

 

 Lake Garda is known for its clear water, great for swimming in summer. Windsurfing, sailing, and hiking in the lake’s many parks are popular activities.

Beautiful Lake Garda northern Italy

Beautiful Lake Garda northern Italy

 

Is it surprising that Italy is my favourite European country?

Lakeside restaurant

Beautiful Lake Garda northern Italy

 

A perfect spot to relax by the lake.

Lake Garda church

Beautiful Lake Garda northern Italy

 

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Fabulous colours

Beautiful Lake Garda northern Italy

 

Magnificent colours on the buildings.

Shopping arcade beside the lake

Beautiful Lake Garda northern Italy

 

Shop, drink coffee or enjoy pasta for lunch.

Ferry at Lake Garda

Beautiful Lake Garda northern Italy

 

You can also explore the lake from the ferry.

Old castle

Beautiful Lake Garda northern Italy

 

The lake has a diverse landscape with beaches along the southern shores and rocky cliffs above the northern shoreline.

North of Lake Garda.

Beautiful Lake Garda northern Italy

 

The surrounding countryside is magnificent.

The Castle of Sirmione on Lake Garda.

Beautiful Lake Garda northern Italy

The Sirmione castle is the most significant example of the defensive structures on Lake Garda. Between the 13th and 14th centuries, the village of Sirmione was a border town situated between the land owned by the Della Scala dynasty of Verona and the property of the lords of Milan. The original nucleus was delimited by a tall square wall with three towers, and was probably built on top of the remains of a Roman fortress.

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Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

August 17, 2015 by David Herd

Lake Como northern Italy

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy has been a popular retreat for aristocrats and wealthy people since Roman times, it’s a very popular tourist attraction with many artistic and cultural gems. It has many villas and palaces such as Villa Olmo, Villa Serbelloni, and Villa Carlotta.

Fabulous Lake Como home

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

 

Lake Como weather is generally mild. It is known for its Mediterranean-like climate where sub-tropical plants can grow year-round, Average daily temperatures range from about 2 °C (36 °F) in January to 30 °C (86 °F) in July.

Bellagio on Lake Como northern Italy

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

 

Bellagio is a wonderful upmarket village on Lake Como, certainly a place that attracts the wealthy. Bellagio & Lake Como are both beautiful and famous, however I do prefer the larger Lake Garda which is a couple of hours east. I found it more “user friendly” in so much as there were many more places you could actually access the lake itself. The wealthy and the snobbish will always pick Como because that’s what they read about in the fashion magazines and gossip columns, but the experienced traveller I believe would choose Lake Garda as the more interesting location.

My little road rocket

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

  This little car really covered a lot of miles in the coming weeks, all the way to Saint Tropez, Cinque Terre, Menton, Breil Sur Roya, Verona, Pejo, St Moritz and Salzburg.

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

 

Taking the shortcut across Lake Como northern Italy.

West side Lake Como

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

 

It is a rather short trip on the ferry.

For whom the bell tolls

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

  Pardon me quoting the title of Ernest Hemingway’s 1940 novel, however I’m sure he would have sometime in his life sipped his double daiquiris on the shore of Lake Como. 🙂  

Hemingway did enjoy a drink

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

 

What a fabulous old photo.

San Giacomo Church, Ossuccio

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

 This Romanesque church is situated along the shore at Spurano, Ossuccio.  It was built between the 10th and 12th centuries. The sail bell tower on the outside wasn’t built until after the 14th century.  The double arched apse is typical of the local architecture and inside the church you can see visible traces of original frescoes.

Grand Hotel Tremezzo

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

Dining outside on the terrace overlooking the lake with the lights of Bellagio twinkling is a magical experience.  

Grand Hotel Tremezzo

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

 

Way above my pay grade I’m afraid. 🙂

Como Cathedral

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy 

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Como

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

Como is a city and comune in Lombardy, Italy. It is the administrative capital of the Province of Como. Its proximity to Lake Como and to the Alps has made Como a popular tourist destination and the city contains numerous works of art, churches, gardens, museums, theatres, parks and palaces.

  Veal Scallopini

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

  One of my favourite meals is veal scallopini and this dish I had in Como at the restaurant shown below was perhaps the best I have ever experienced.  

Main square opposite Cathedral

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

 

The food here was fantastic.

Restaurant on the square

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

 

A beautiful summer day in Como.

Como by the lake

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy


As you can see the weather was absolutely perfect at the end of June.

 Garage for the boat

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

 

I would be very happy living here, 🙂

I’m enjoying a coffee in Bellagio.

Dramatic scenery Lake Como northern Italy

 

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Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village

August 15, 2015 by David Herd

Let the games begin

Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village

Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village

 Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village has a quintessential main town square where everybody gathers to play chess, socialise and relax in the sunshine.

Early evening in Airole

Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village

 One of my favourite Italian villages 14 km south of Breil and 14 km north of Ventimiglia on the coast. A beautiful Italian medieval village with a population of 461, it has a delightful town square where the locals meet to chat, play chess & enjoy a vino or an espresso.

Town square

Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village

Everyone gathers here to chat & socialise.

Discussing serious business

Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village

The world cup was being played & I’m guessing these gentlemen were discussing the teams.

Enjoying a cold beer

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Well it was a beautiful summers day. 🙂

Deborah & Jodie

   

Homes in Airole

Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village

Very peaceful & quiet.

The town square

Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village

The local will gather here later to watch the world cup football on TV.

July 2010 and the World Cup is on.

Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village

The TV is set up in the village square.

The Roya river

Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village

  On the road to Airole just south of Breil Sur Roya.   The Upper Roya Valley begins at the Col de Tende (1871 m) on the French-Italian border. It runs south about 35 km to Breil-sur-Roya and then another 8 km to where it crosses back into Italy. (The Lower Roya Valley flows into the Mediterranean at Ventimiglia.) TheUpper Roya Valley is a region of mountains and valleys, with swift rivers, thick forests, and villages with an Italian flavor.  

Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village

Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village

Located just beside the French border.

Road to Airole

Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village

The road winds up to the village.

Narrow lanes

Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village

   OK, time to find a nice restaurant in Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village.

Local restaurant

Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village

    And here it is. 🙂

Veal scallopini al funghi

Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village

  My favourite Italian dish, so far this trip I have had it in Como, Fanghetto & now Airole.  

Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village

Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village

It’s now July so to warm for firewood.

Nestled in the mountains

Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village

The village is sheltered by the mountain range.

Ancient water fountain

Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village

  In Airole there are hidden treasures around every corner.  

 Is David Herd in Airole? I’m looking for David Herd.

Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village

  A guy can dream can’t he? 🙂  

A very peaceful village

Airole beautiful Medieval Italian village

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Milan Limone Monte Carlo road trip

August 14, 2015 by David Herd

Limone Piemonte Italy

Milan Limone Monte Carlo road trip Milan Limone Monte Carlo road trip stopping for lunch at Limone Piemonte Italy, one of the oldest ski areas in the country. Driving through the Italian & French mountains south on our way to the French Riviera.

Pizza pasta and wild boar

Milan, Monte Carlo road trip My friends & travelling companions Deborah Holliday and Jodie ONeill from the Gold Coast in Australia.


Lovely mountain village

Limone Piemonte I had just spent a couple of days in Lake Como waiting for my friends to arrive from Australia before spending 10 days exploring the French Riviera from our apartment in Breil Sur Roya.

Australian beer in Italy

Milan Limone Monte Carlo road trip Quite a surprise to see large Australian beer sign.

Nestled amongst the forest

Limone Piemonte Italy The railway reached Limone in 1891, in 1897 the skiers arrived & competitions began in 1907.

Waiting for the snow

Milan, Monte Carlo road trip

Obviously the village would look quite different in the winter.

Charming stone chalets

Milan Limone Monte Carlo road trip

This was a perfect village to have a break on our Milan Limone Monte Carlo road trip.

Here is where we had lunch

Milan, Monte Carlo road trip

Very good wine and food at this delightful restaurant.


Main street Limone Piemonte Italy

Milan Limone Monte Carlo road trip

The weather was gorgeous as was the village.

The girls are excited 1st day of their holiday

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Deb & Jodie jumping for joy. 

Mountain creek

Milan Limone Monte Carlo road trip

A small mountain stream runs through the village.

Our road rocket

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This little rocket was perfect for 3 people. Car hire in Europe is rather inn expensive if you shop around for a good deal. Always try to drop the car off in the country you picked it up in. This will save you a relocation fee. 

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Riomaggiore Cinque Terre Italy

December 10, 2014 by David Herd

Spectacular & beautiful

Riomaggiore Cinque Terre Italy

Riomaggiore Cinque Terre Italy

 

Riomaggiore Cinque Terre Italy is the 5th and final village that are called in English “the five lands.” Then we have Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso. The village, dating from the early thirteenth century, is known for its historic character and its wine, produced by the town’s vineyards.

Riomaggiore, one of the five villages at Cinque Terre

Riomaggiore Cinque Terre Italy

 

Riomaggiore is in the Riviera di Levante region and has shoreline on the Mediterranean’s Gulf of Genoa, with a small beach and a wharf framed by tower houses. Riomaggiore’s main street is Via Colombo, where numerous restaurants, bars and shops can be found.

Morning gossip in Riomaggiore

Riomaggiore Cinque Terre Italy

Riomaggiore Cinque Terre is the most southern village of the five Cinque Terre, all connected by trail. The water and mountainside have been declared national parks.

Boat repairs

Riomaggiore Cinque Terre Italy

 

This wonderful village, dates back to early in the thirteenth century.

The locals at Riomaggiore Cinque Terre

Riomaggiore Cinque Terre Italy

 

Also quite well known for the wine they produce in their own vineyards.

Riomaggiore Cinque Terre Italy

Riomaggiore Cinque Terre Italy

 

Over the centuries, people have carefully built terraces on the rugged, steep landscape right up to the cliffs that overlook the sea. Part of its charm is the lack of visible corporate development. Paths, trains and boats connect the villages, and cars cannot reach them from the outside. The Cinque Terre area is a very popular tourist destination.

Boats are everywhere

Riomaggiore Cinque Terre Italy

 

The villages of the Cinque Terre were severely affected by torrential rains which caused floods and mudslides on October 25, 2011. Nine people were confirmed killed by the floods, and damage to the villages, particularly Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare, was extensive.

Lots of little restaurants tucked away.

Riomaggiore Cinque Terre Italy

 

Every nook and cranny holds another surprise.

Relaxing by the sea

Riomaggiore Cinque Terre Italy

 

Everybody here seems to enjoy a glass of local wine sitting by the sea.

Fresh seafood in Riomaggiore

Riomaggiore Cinque Terre Italy

 

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Manarola seaside village Cinque Terre Italy

December 9, 2014 by David Herd

Magnificent Cinque Terre

Manarola seaside village Cinque Terre Italy

Manarola seaside village Cinque Terre Italy

Manarola seaside village Cinque Terre Italy seems to cling to the side of the cliff, it is the fourth village in the Cinque Terre and quite spectacular. I couldn’t believe how the people would sunbathe on the jagged rocks. 🙂

Manarola on the rocks

Manarola seaside village Cinque Terre Italy

 

Manarola Cinque Terre may be the oldest of the towns in the Cinque Terre, with the cornerstone of the church, San Lorenzo, dating from 1338. The local dialect is Manarolese, which is marginally different from the dialects in the nearby area. The name “Manarola” is probably dialectical evolution of the Latin, “magna rota”. In the Manarolese dialect this was changed to “magna roea” which means “large wheel”, in reference to the mill wheel in the town.

That concrete looks soooo comfortable. 🙂

Manarola seaside village Cinque Terre Italy

 

Grabbing some sun anywhere you can in Manarola

Narrow streets of Manarola.

Manarola seaside village Cinque Terre Italy

 

Wonderful narrow streets wind through the village.

Manarola seaside village Cinque Terre Italy

Manarola seaside village Cinque Terre Italy

 

Manarola may be the oldest of the towns in the Cinque Terre, with the cornerstone of the church, San Lorenzo, dating from 1338. The local dialect is Manarolese, which is marginally different from the dialects in the nearby area. The name “Manarola” is probably dialectical evolution of the Latin, “magna rota”. In the Manarolese dialect this was changed to “magna roea” which means “large wheel”, in reference to the mill wheel in the town.

Manarola cute restaurant

Manarola seaside village Cinque Terre Italy

 

Beautiful small restaurants here in Manarola.

Manarola gorgeous flowers

Manarola seaside village Cinque Terre Italy

 

There is a photo opportunity around every corner.

Inportant business in Manarola

Manarola seaside village Cinque Terre Italy

 

Solving the world’s problems in this seaside village.


Manarola ferry

Manarola seaside village Cinque Terre Italy

 

Manarola’s primary industries have traditionally been fishing and wine-making. The local wine, called Sciacchetrà, is especially renowned; references from Roman writings mention the high quality of the wine produced in the region. In recent years, Manarola and its neighbouring towns have become popular tourist destinations, particularly in the summer months. Tourist attractions in the region include a famous walking trail between Manarola and Riomaggiore (called Via dell’Amore, “Love’s Trail”) and hiking trails in the hills and vineyards above the town. Manarola is one of the five villages. Mostly all of the houses are bright and colourful. Manarola was celebrated in paintings by Antonio Discovolo (1874-1956)

Relaxing on the rocks

Manarola seaside village Cinque Terre Italy

 

One of my favourite places in Italy if not the world.

Manarola seaside village Cinque Terre Italy

Manarola seaside village Cinque Terre Italy

 

You can walk between the villages or catch the train.
 
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Corniglia seaside village Cinque Terre Italy

December 9, 2014 by David Herd

The fabulous Italian coast

Corniglia seaside village Cinque Terre Italy

Corniglia seaside village Cinque Terre Italy

Corniglia seaside village Cinque Terre Italy is the third village between Vernazza and Manarola. Many people walk between the villages, lazy people like me catch the train. 🙂

Unlike the other localities of the Cinque Terre, Corniglia is not directly adjacent to the sea. Instead, it is on the top of a promontory about 100 metres high, surrounded on three sides by vineyards and terraces and the fourth side descends steeply to the sea. To reach Corniglia, it is necessary to climb the Lardarina, a long brick flight of steps composed of 33 flights with 382 steps or, otherwise follow a vehicular road that, from the station, leads to the village. Sometimes a small bus runs up and down here.

Lunch in a peaceful courtyard

Corniglia seaside village Cinque Terre Italy

 

The village stretches along the main road, Fieschi Road, and the houses have one side facing this road and the other facing the sea. Corniglia is characterised by narrow roads and a terrace obtained in the rock from which all other four Cinque Terre’s villages, two on one side and two on the other, can be seen. The town planning structure presents also original characteristics compared to those of the other villages: the houses are lower set, and only more recently higher, similar to those of the villages of the hinterland.

Corniglia Cinque Terre

Corniglia seaside village Cinque Terre Italy

 

Documents dating from 1276-77 mention the existence of a castle. However, remains of the castle have yet to be discovered and the location of the castle grounds is unknown.

Wonderful old buildings in Corniglia.

Corniglia seaside village Cinque Terre Italy

 

The only ruins in Corniglia belong to Genoese fortifications, a stronghold on a cliff plunging into the sea, which dates back to approximately 1556.

Waiting for the puppet show

Corniglia seaside village Cinque Terre Italy

 

All the children getting ready for the show.

Puppet show in Corniglia

Corniglia seaside village Cinque Terre Italy

 

I have not seen a puppet show since I was a child.

Corniglia station with Manarola in the distance

Corniglia seaside village Cinque Terre Italy

 

Village clinging to the side of the hill.

Looking at Manarola from Corniglia

Corniglia seaside village Cinque Terre Italy

 

      Manarola in the distance.
 
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Monterosso seaside village Cinque Terre Italy

December 8, 2014 by David Herd

Unique coastal resort

Monterosso seaside village Cinque Terre Italy

Monterosso seaside village Cinque Terre ItalyMonterosso seaside village Cinque Terre Italy is the first village of the Cinque Terre, or five lands as they say in English, the next one along the coast is Vernazza. The town is divided into two distinct parts: the old town and the new town. The two areas are divided by a single tunnel that caters to pedestrians and the very few cars in the town.

Monterosso

Monterosso seaside village Cinque Terre Italy
The beach at Monterosso runs along most of the coast line and is well used by tourists and locals. The beach is the only extensive sand beach in the Cinque Terre. Monterosso is a small town that in the summer months is overrun by tourists.

Pebbles on the beach

Monterosso seaside village Cinque Terre Italy

The village was briefly excluded from the Cinque Terre trail in 1948, but was re-introduced in mid-1949. This is because Italian officials considered the village too large to be considered part of the historic trail.

Sunbaking on the rocks

Monterosso seaside village Cinque Terre Italy

This really does not look comfortable to me. 🙂

A lone musician at Monterosso

Monterosso seaside village Cinque Terre ItalyThe two areas of Monterosso are divided by a single tunnel that caters to pedestrians, here a busker sits in the dark and plays.

 Fabulous Monterosso at Cinque Terre

Monterosso seaside village Cinque Terre Italy

During World War II, many young men from the Cinque Terre fought for the resistance against the fascist regime of Benito Mussolini, and the subsequent Nazi German occupation of Italy.

Other side of the tunnel

Monterosso seaside village Cinque Terre Italy

Take a ferry to Portofino you won’t regret it.

The old town

Monterosso seaside village Cinque Terre Italy

Out of all the Cinque Terre villages this is the only one with a substantial beach.

Monterosso seaside village Cinque Terre Italy

Monterosso seaside village Cinque Terre Italy

An interesting rock formation.

Cold beer and pasta for lunch.

Monterosso seaside village Cinque Terre Italy

Lunch in Monterossa is a very pleasant experience.

Great pasta in Monterosso

Monterosso seaside village Cinque Terre Italy

Seafood pasta for lunch was delicious.


Monterosso Cinque Terre railway station

Monterosso seaside village Cinque Terre Italy

In 1870, the Italian government built a railroad line into the city, which opened it up to the outside world. It is the main way in which people enter the city.

No sand at Monterosso

Monterosso seaside village Cinque Terre Italy

Tanned & gorgeous, shame about those rocks.

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Vernazza seaside village Cinque Terre Italy

December 7, 2014 by David Herd

The very best of Italy

Vernazza seaside village Cinque Terre Italy

Vernazza seaside village Cinque Terre ItalyVernazza seaside village Cinque Terre Italy is the second village after Monterosso and before Corniglia. We chose to stay here because we could park the car close to the village. First records recognizing Vernazza as a fortified town date back to the year 1080. Referred to as an active maritime base of the Obertenghi, a family of Italian nobility, it was a likely point of departure for naval forces in defence of pirates.

Great food at Vernazza

Vernazza seaside village Cinque Terre Italy

In the 1800s, after a long period of stagnation, Vernazza returned to wine production, enlarging and creating new terraced hillsides. The result was a revitalization of Vernazza’s commerce. Also at this time, the construction of the Genova–La Spezia rail line began, putting an end to Vernazza’s long isolation. The population of Vernazza increased by 60% as a result. Meanwhile, the construction of La Spezia’s naval base also proved important to Vernazza in providing employment for many members of the community.

 

Vernazza at night

Vernazza seaside village Cinque Terre Italy

On 25 October 2011, Vernazza was struck by torrential rains, massive flooding, and mudslides that left the town buried in over 4 metres of mud and debris, causing over 100 million euro worth of damage. The town was evacuated and remained in a continued state of emergency

Such a peaceful setting

Vernazza seaside village Cinque Terre Italy

With the arrival of the 20th century, Vernazza experienced a wave of emigration as working the land was viewed as dangerous and the culprit of disease, and the ability to further exploit agriculture diminished.

Sandstone buildings

Vernazza seaside village Cinque Terre Italy

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 born. 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 to take place.

Narrow Vernazza lanes

Vernazza seaside village Cinque Terre Italy

Grat atmosphere at night wandering through the narrow streets.

Busy Vernazza restaurant

Vernazza Cinque Terre

This delightful restaurant was right next to my apartment.

Drinks with Jodie O’Neil and Deborah Holliday

Vernazza seaside village Cinque Terre ItalyThe girls & I travelled to Vernazza Cinque Terre from Breil Sur Roya just north of Monaco where we have been staying in a friends apartment.

Lots of gossip in Vernazza

Vernazza seaside village Cinque Terre Italy

There could be some morning gossip happening here.

Vernazza surrounded by hills

Vernazza seaside village Cinque Terre Italy

The steep hills behind Vernazza seaside village Cinque Terre Italy.

Dining at sunset

Vernazza seaside village Cinque Terre Italy

I enjoyed dinner way up in that restaurant.

Jodie and Deborah at Vernazza

Vernazza seaside village Cinque Terre ItalyMy two lovely travelling companions from the Gold Coast in Australia.


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