The perfect scenery (Highlight #3)
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You won´t be long if you go to La Spezia from Lucca. La Spezia is a small coast city, known to be the central point of one of the most beautiful places in northern italy: Ligurian coast.
Heading south from here you will reach jewels as Portovenere, close to Tuscany´s border. Here, lord Byron died after his boat sinked. This is one of the places we have to go and visit, because this time we decided to visit the other part: Cinqueterre.
Heading north from la Spezia you will find five little towns, close enough to walk from one to the next in a beautiful trekking. In fact, tourism center advice you to leave the car in La Spezia and move along by train. That´s what we did, buying the cinqueterre card wich allows you to use the tolling access trekking routes (yes, you have to pay for using them, bad point)
It´s an incredible scenery. Small villages around the cliffs, with fishermen with their boats, dungeon-like corridors, narrow passages, colourful houses, tiny beaches... Trust me, this is a breathtaken place. Also, you can taste the local licqueurs, a limonetto based on the surroundings cultives.
There are five villages, and using the train is an extremly good idea. My favourite was Vernazza, followed by Manarola. In Monterroso there is one little beach.
We enjoyed the pleasant "lovers-walk", from Riomaggiore to Manarola. We tried to tried others but they were closed due to bad weather (it was a windy evening).