Destination Cinque Terre

Lose yourself in olive groves, vineyards and picturesque villages.

Built on sheer cliffs above turquoise waters, the clutches of brightly coloured houses that make up the Cinque Terre were born from ancient engineering stunningly etched into terraces of vineyards and tiny gardens. Ruggedly beautiful and brimming with old-Italian character, the gravity defying landscapes set a dazzling scene on the glittering coastline.

Lying to the south of Portofino in eastern Liguria, the five tiny villages of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore are dotted along the Italian Riviera. The 18km stretch of coastline provides secluded beaches, enchanting cafés and a maze of crooked streets and pathways into the tumbling hills.

The most northerly village, Monterosso al Mare, is the largest and most modern of the five and is home to a selection of fine hotels and picturesque beaches. Enjoy some tempting gelato and wander through the market stalls before sampling a chilled glass of the famous local white wine. Walking distance away is the next village, Vernazza, the only one to boast a small harbour which is overlooked by the ruins of a castle. Its café-lined square is enclosed by tall, shabby-chic houses, perfect for a lazy afternoon.

Sitting beside Vernazza is the only Cinque Terre town perched above sea level in a private hilltop hideaway, Corniglia. There is a choice of either 377 winding steps or a shuttle bus leading up to the town where you will be rewarded with staggering views and the region’s finest wine. Next up is the picture-perfect village of Manarola that offers a more cosmopolitan feel than the others with a scattering of bars and restaurants in the sun-soaked piazza where you can watch the fishing boats bobbing in the sea.

The path that leads to the last and most southerly village of Riomaggiore is one of Cinque Terre's greatest joys, boasting a beautiful stretch of overhanging rocks, sweeping branches and flourishing undergrowth. The village itself embodies old-Italian charm in its crooked streets fringed by tall, narrow buildings.

Charter the Aurora of the Seas

The Aurora of the Seas is currently available for charter in this region, to find out more about this superyacht please contact our yacht charter division.