Cinque Terre, Liguria    (Italy) Alla Porta Rossa - Via Rollandi 246     Manarola - Cinqueterre (SP)
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Porta Rossa viewed from VIA DELL'AMORE

Railway station of Manarola

Seasons.... Colours.... Scent of CINQUE TERRE....
Which is the most beautiful season to visit the Cinque Terre, this singular landscape of both spirit and harmony hewn out laboriously through constant collective work by man over the centuries?
... I was born in May.... My favourite flower is the violet , a particular kind of spekled violet, yellow and orange,  which we call "viola ciocca" and fills the hills ...
That's why I think the perfect season to come and see the five lands is spring.... 
From April to the end of June the five villages Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso are dressed in flowers, multicoulered flowers and wrapped in a strong scent of "viola ciocca", roses, white grapesflowers.
Our small lovely affittacamere "ALLA PORTA ROSSA" , which was a castle in ancient times , is nowadays a new bio-ecological structure  with its environment quality-mark; just like the hotels of Manarola and the other lands, bed& breakfast, houses and apartments, it lies in the heart of the National Park of 5 Terre and is really caressed by this scent.
From the balkonies of the comfortable rooms "Sapore di sole" and "Rugiada di mare", from the terrace of the Suite " Crem caramel"... you can  listen to the  the voice of the sea, admire the spring sea, calm, quiet with its twinkling all day long ... and stay breathless with the sunsets in the early evening.... Unforgettable....
At the beginning of summer you can meet new and old fond tourists all over the world who come here to this natural corner, recognised by the Unesco "Mankind's World Heritage", to the   5 Terre; they relax in the sun and refresh themselves in the cool and clear green-blue waters either in "Palaedo", "Marina", small lovely inlets,  or on the rocks of the so called "Via dell'amore, 20 minutes walk to Manarola .... just "1 Km to love and to be in love with....".
Here on this romantic path, partially cut out of the steep cliffs overlooking the sea,  there is also a little  cosy bar-restaurant where you can have a rest trying the tipical products "tagliatelle al pesto", "totani and accuighe fritte" or drinking a rare precious raisin wine, "Sciachetrà",  really very very special after a swim!!!!
But in the village, by the sea, there are other restaurants, pizzerie, bars, gelaterie for a snack or a special meal with  fresh sea -food.
During the week-ends, on Saturday and Sunday evening, you can dance on the small charming square on the sea till early in the morning... and than to the jazz-pub "Cantina dello zio Bramante" for a glass of good wine and a sandwich with anchovies....
And also September with its scent of grape, must, cellar and new wine is coming! New white wine ideal with different kind of pasta..., rice and vegetable pies.... The Cinque Terre, apart from its characteristic landscape, is also famous for the DOC wines produced here and the harversting is a great natural events not to miss. 
During this period the farmers, men and women,  carry baskets overflowing with golden grapes from their fields into the cellars, sometimes they sell them to the wine co-operative of 5 Terre, which lies on the terraced vineyards closed to Groppo between Manarola and Volastra, very small village on the hill inside the National Parc of 5 Terre.
Little by little the hill changes its dress..... and is tinged with nuances of red, yellow, orange; the air getts more and more biting, the sky clearer and clearer... much more blue....
The winter is coming to the 5 Terre. The empty "caruggi", the wind, the scent of hood-smoke and vegetable soup all around the cold and silent village....
From "Alla porta rossa", from the balkonies of the rooms "Sapore di sole" and " Rugiada di mare" you can see the sea....a dark blue sea ... sometimes almost black....; a cold, maybe a litlle severe skywith all its stars is mirorred in this sea..... ....Also the silent winter here in Cinque terre is lovely and has its own particular swing..........  

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The Cinque Terre National Park is in Liguria in the province of La Spezia. It extends from the coast of Tramonti, near La Spezia, westward to include Monterosso.
The National Park was set up as a means of promoting and safeguarding the landscape of the Cinque Terre, an area whose form and structure have been profoundly modified by human activities throughout the centuries.
The early inhabitants of the Cinque Terre were forced, not by tyrannical overlords, but by the desperate need to create agricultural space in a hostile environment, to substitute the original vegetation growing on the steep hillsides with a close-knit network of terraces based on dry stone walls for planting vines. The dry stone walls round the hillsides total about 6.729 kilometres.
It was a superhuman endeavour which has created a unique landscape. Today changes in economic and social behaviour have redefined the significance of this terraced agriculture leading to a slow decline of the traditional activities.
The Cinque Terre National Park intends to restore and preserve this amazing example of landscape architecture with its historic, cultural, visual and environmental importance by keeping up the cultivation of grape vines, the only human activity that could possibly conserve what is already considered a World Heritage site, and guaranteeing the local production of centuries-old famous wines such as the fragrant after-dinner wine, Schiacchetrà.

The fascinating coast along the Cinque Terre is characterized by high cliffs, caves, bays, tiny beaches and cleft rocks.
Marine life in the stretch of the coast that extends from Punta Mesco at Monterosso to Capo Montenegro at Riomaggiore is extraordinarily rich and varied.
The steep faces of the cliffs under water and the shallows and isolated rocks are populated by various kinds of gorgonia (sea fans) such as the colourful Leptogorgia sarmentosa and the white Eunicella verrucosa, a rare species in the Mediterranean, but fairly common along this part of the coast.
The Posidonia oceanica, a plant that creates very important grass-like colonies grows here and provides a safe habitat for the reproduction of many organisms.
The steep rock faces of Punta Mesco and Capo Montenegro have the richest forms of marine life including rare species: the Eunicella verrucosa mentioned above, the very rare Gerardia savaglia, or black coral. At a depth of only about 15/20 metres at Punta Mesca, unlike the rest of the Mediterranean, it’s possible to discover the magnificent fans of the Paramuricea clavata or red gorgonia.
These two stretches of the coast which have the richest and most varied marine life (the A and the B zones) are the most severely protected.
However there is another reason why the sea at the Cinque Terre is so special: dolphins. This part of the sea is included in the Cetacean Sanctuary, an international protected area where marine mammals can be found.
These are some of the environmental characteristics which stimulated the setting up of the Cinque Terre Marine Reserve in order to preserve the local biodiversity and the natural habitats by regulating the activities within its boundaries. The reserve has been created without penalizing the local population which has in fact developed new activities tied to the respect of such an important and beautiful part of the coast.

Info centers:
Riomaggiore c/o Stazione Ferroviaria Riomaggiore Tel. 0187 920633
Corniglia c/o Stazione Ferroviaria Corniglia Tel. 0187 812523
Vernazza c/o Stazione Ferroviaria Vernazza Tel. 0187 812533
Monterosso c/o Stazione Ferroviaria Monterosso Tel. 0187 817059
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The Montemarcello – River Magra National Park comprises the hills along the southeastern flank of the Gulf of La Spezia, the part of the plain of the River Magra flowing through Liguria as well as the major and minor tributaries of the River Vara as far upstream as Ponte Santa Margherita. Stretching from Punta Bianca, the striking rocky tip of the Caprione promontory to the green valleys of the River Vara, the park covers an important natural, historic and cultural area of 3,660 acres. The park includes sixteen comunes: Amelia, Arcola, Beverino, Bolano, Borghetto Vara, Brugnato, Calice al Corniviglio, Carro, Carrodano, Follo, Rocchetta Vara, Santo Stefano Magra, Sarzana, Sesta Godano and Vezzano Ligure.MONTEMARCELLO - MAGRA NATURAL PARK

The Park’s offices are in:
Via Paci, 2 19038 Sarzana (SP)
Tel 0187 691071 Fax 0187 606738
Information centre: Via Nuova, 48 19030 Montemarcello (SP)
Tel 0187 670910
IAT Pro Loco Montemarcello: Via Nuova, 48 19030 Montemarcello (SP)
Tel 0187 600324