Known all over Italy as the birthplace of night life and entertainment on the Tyrrhenian coast, Versilia also combines cultural aspects and wellness within the municipalities that are part of it. Indeed, we find the most social of all here, Camaiore
and Forte dei Marmi
, right on the sea and where legendary restaurants, bars and clubs are flanked by thermal bathes and wellness centres, which are particularly blessed by the benefits provided by the salsobromoiodic water and the peat, such as the Terme delle Versilia
Moving further inland we find the towns of Pietrasanta
, which feature a particular focus on cultural and naturalistic tourism.
Crossing over the border into the Liguria
region, we get to the wonderful and delicate world of the Cinque Terre
, which has been declared as being a National Park
and a UNESCO World Heritage Site
. The rugged and uneven character of the area, which fluctuates between rocky cliffs and farmed terraces that descend towards the sea, have given life to small, breathtaking fishing villages
Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola
are the five gems that make up this small chain, meandering between promontories and the Liguria coast, which has been a landing point ever since the Maritime Republics.
Each village has kept its own unique qualities: Monterosso
has the largest beaches, thanks to the breadth of the golf that it looks out over; In Vernazza
you can try the best bottles of traditional local wine, the Vernaccia, and it is connected to Corniglia
via a pathway that winds through peaks and the sea. Corniglia is the only village that does not directly look over the sea. Surrounded by vineyards that are cultivated on the distinctive terraces, it can be reached on foot from the staircase, known as the Lardarina, which is made up of 33 flights with 382 steps.
The houses in Manarola
, on the other hand, have been built close to one another and look onto the main street, because they sprung up around the waterway that used to cross through the town.
, however, you will find the typical Genovese tower-houses that follow the steep course of the river.
Try this itinerary and discover the Cinque Terre
. It is sure to leave you blown away!
Lovely peaceful place to stay
We picked this hotel for us to spend a few nights while we visited Florence as we wanted somewhere out in the countryside. The staff were very helpful and did what they could to tell us where things were and how to get to places as we didn't have a hire car. It is about a 20 minute walk into the town centre from the villa along a road which is not ideal, if you don't have a hire car it does make getting around quite difficult as it is quite far away from everything.
There was a bus than ran hourly into Florence which was good, and the Villa had bikes to borrow free of charge, which we did and cycled to the next village.
Overall, the food was fantastic, beautiful setting, great staff and nice rooms. I would recommend. "