Author(s): Gillian Price
A series of beautiful villages built on the steep slopes of the Ligurian coast, the Cinque Terre are one of Italy's most famous and special destinations. This guidebook contains 16 walking routes that explore the pastel-coloured settlements which are perched above the sparkling sea. Most of the walks take two to three hours, and allow time in the day to explore the villages and go swimming in the sea.
In addition to the villages, row upon row of manmade terraces appear to cascade down vertiginous mountainsides. Neck-craningly steep paths lead to spectacular lookouts that take your breath away. Secluded coves with turquiose water are the reward for venturing down hundreds of knee-challenging stone steps. The small region is easily accessible by public transport, allowing for a relaxed and trouble-free walking holiday.
Each of the walks are accompanied by clear route directions, high quality mapping, public transport tips and plenty of information about refreshments and what to see along each walk. Accommodation recommendations are given, and background information is provided on the history of the villages, plants and flowers, as well as general logistics advice.