The beautiful season is coming and Porto Mirabello is preparing for the summer.
The boats are undergoing a makeover and, in the meantime, our guests have the opportunity to have fun and relax inside our Marina that offers many opportunities , not least the beautiful Lounge, the flagship of the Port, but for those who maybe want to “stretch” their legs, there is one of the most fascinating scenery in the world: the Cinque Terre. Here, there is a path to do step by step, to fully enjoy this beautiful corner of Italy.
Riomaggiore via Beccara (trekking route)
From Riomaggiore you can reach Manarola on foot in about an hour, along an ancient mule track, the Via Beccara (path 531) that climbs up the hill, and then descend suddenly. The steps are many…. but the views that will open before your eyes are spectacular! Surrounded by the Mediterranean scrub, with breathtaking views of the sea is worth every effort.
Once you arrive in Manarola you deserve a taste break and the opportunities will not miss such as a nice focaccia or maybe something even more delicious like the fried bianchetti, superb just out of the pan.
Four steps to Manarola
The town of Manarola winds along Via Discovolo. Upstream the village opens into a beautiful square where you can admire the church of San Lorenzo in pure Ligurian Gothic style, with three naves, with the facade in local sandstone, characterized by the fourteenth-century rose window in Carrara marble. A few steps away you can visit the oratory of the Disciplinati of the fifteenth century and the bell tower, an ancient medieval building sighting.
Very typical are the colorful tower-houses, clinging to a headland of dark rock. Visiting the parallel carruggi are very characteristic Via Rollandi and Via Belvedere or Via di Mezzo, joined by a series of slate staircases. Then you arrive at the end of a viewpoint overlooking the sea towards Riomaggiore in a beautiful square where you can admire a spectacular sunset sitting on a bench.
Another magnificent viewpoint is Punta Bonfiglio, from here you can clearly see the whole village of Manarola, the marina and a tower incorporated in the village, the last testimony of the thirteenth-century castle remained today.
The “songs” of Corniglia
Corniglia, extends on a small rocky promontory 90 m high and is the only village of the Cinque Terre not to have a direct access to the sea. It is a pleasure to “get lost” for its “songs”, so they call the small districts that make up the ancient village of Corniglia.
But once refreshed in the shade of the ancient “carruggi” you can choose to tackle one of the most scenic paths in the heart of the Cinque Terre Park, the path that starts from Corniglia and leads to San Bernardino and finally to Vernazza. It lasts 3 hours and the total length is 6.5 km with a maximum height of 612 m. The trail crosses a large number of terraced vineyards, olive groves and lemon groves. Along the way you will reach the village of San Bernardino, from which you can admire the village of Corniglia clinging to the rocks.
Vernazza the icon of the Cinque Terre
The village winds along the river Vernazzola, now covered on which winds the central carruggio.
There are two main monuments to visit: the church of Santa Margherita d’Antiochia, dating back to the twelfth century which overlooks the sea. The other monument that has become the symbol of Vernazza over the centuries is the Doria Castle, originally built in the eleventh century also overlooking the sea, of which remains a circular watchtower and parts of the defensive walls.
And since you are now more than half the way, you certainly deserve a typical lunch.
The “Tian Vernazza” is the pan alla vernazzese, baked in the oven with potatoes cut into thin slices, anchovies, oil, white wine, garlic, tomato and spices. All wet by an excellent white wine D.O.C. or by Sciacchetrà.
Monterosso the land of lemons
If the season allows it is a must to bathe in the waters of the beach of Fegina that winds along the entire village of Monterosso, or in the beach of Gigante, otherwise we recommend to get lost in the beautiful and narrow streets of the village, dotted with ancient churches in Gothic-Ligurian style such as the beautiful church of San Giovanni Battista built in the thirteenth century.
The façade and the central rose window in ornate white marble are valuable.
Inside the basilica with three naves, there is an ancient baptismal font and some paintings by artists of the Genoese school, dating back to the seventeenth century. Monterosso is beautiful to live in all seasons, just sit in any square in one of the many outdoor rooms sipping maybe a limoncello made with the precious lemons typical of Monterosso, the most fragrant in the world.