Monterosso is the first of the Five Lands for who comes from north or west. In the picture, the beach in front of the railway station.
Vernazza is just five minutes by train from Monterosso, or several hours by mountain trekking. In the pictures, the small dock with "Santa Margherita di Antiochia" church, and a view from the top.
Traveling from west to east, the next Land is Manarola. It is a charming town built over a rocky hill on the sea, where every available space is used for homes and small gardens.
The Five Lands are also known because of the excellent wine produced there. Because of the mountains, the vineyards can grow only inside terraces, contained into walls made of stones. The total lenght of the walls of the Five Lands terraces, is longer than the China's Great Wall.
HOW TO GET TO THE FIVE LANDS
The nearest airports are Genova, about 50-60 miles either way. Driving there is really not advised, as the roads are very narrow, winding and often not actually linking the downtown of each land. Getting there by train is much more better. The Five Lands are along the Genova - La Spezia railway, about one hour from Genova and five minutes from La Spezia. There are also many daily direct links with Pisa. If you like hiking and moderate trekking, the Five Lands are connected between them by mountain trails taking from a few hours to full day. Please check this link if you would like a taxi from Genoa airport to Five Lands.
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