Liguria is known as the Italian Riviera, a crescent-shaped region in Northwest Italy. Vacationers love to visit this region because of its mild climate all year round. Liguria's capital is Genoa. There's a lot to discover in this region such as the Mediterranean crystal-clear waters, picturesque national parks, relaxing atmosphere, fresh-delicious cuisine and ancient medieval villages, many beautifully nestled along the coast. Cinque Terre meaning Five Lands is a popular destination in Liguria. The 5 centuries-old seaside villages are Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. In this article, we will show you the 10 Villages in Liguria you should visit on your next holiday vacation.

1. Manarola, Manarola, Italy -

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Manarola may be the oldest of the cities in the Cinque Terre, with the San Lorenzo church dating back to 1338.
It's a small part of the comune of Riomaggiore, in the State of La Spezia, Liguria.

It's the second-smallest of the famed Cinque Terre villages with a tiny population of 353 people. Wine-making and fishing are Manarola's main business. Most of the homes are bright and colourful and the dialect is called Manarolese, which is slightly different from the dialects of the region.

Address:19017 Manarola, SP, Italy
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manarola

2. Apricale, Apricale, Italy -

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Apricale is a comune in the Province of Imperia in the region Liguria, located around 120 kilometres southwest of Genoa.
Apricale is a very scenic medieval village perched on the hillside of Val Nervia surrounded by olive trees.
All year-around events and cultural exhibitions are organized attracting many visitors. Its history stems all the way back to the bronze age but its official foundation is dated back to 10th century.

Address:18035 Apricale, Province of Imperia, Italy
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apricale

3. Tellaro, Tellaro, Italy -

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Tellaro is among the seaside villages that annually participate in the Palio del Golfo, a yearly boat race held in the Gulf of La Spezia. It's a small fishing village, looking over a cliff on the east coast of the Gulf of La Spezia. It's a frazione of the comune of Lerici and has been rated among the most beautiful villages in Italy. Many an artist from all over the world has journeyed to Tellaro because of its beauty. 

Address:19032 Tellaro, SP, Italy
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tellaro

4. Boccadasse, Genoa, Italy -

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Enclosed in a narrow bay the village of Boccadasse attracts many visitors. With its modern built medieval castle on the eastern side of cape Santa Chiara. The western side is covered with rocks and in the middle, there is a small cobblestone beach where the fisherman keep their boats.

Largely a residential village, its pastel-coloured houses with equally colourful shutters makes it look like a painting. Full of trattorias along the beach with al fresco tables and fresh catches of the day and gelaterias offering mouthwatering desserts. Don't forget to stop by the terrace beside the church of ST. Anthony as it offers magnificent views of the village and the sea.

Address:Boccadasse, Genoa, Metropolitan City of Genoa, Italy
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boccadasse

5. Corniglia, Corniglia, Italy -

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With a population of 150 Corniglia is a small comune of Vernazza. Unlike the other localities of the Cinque Terre, Corniglia is not directly adjacent to the sea. The village stretches over the primary road Fieschi.  Houses have one side facing the road and the other facing the sea. Corniglia is characterised by narrow roads and a terrace from the stone where all other four Cinque Terre's cities, two on one side and two on the can be viewed.

Address:19018 Corniglia, SP, Italy
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corniglia

6. Dolceacqua, Dolceacqua, Italy -

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Dolceacqua is a lovely village located in the mountains of Val Nervia and is one of the gems of the Italian Riviera, only minutes from the sea. Dolceacqua is a comune in the Province of Imperia from the region. In late 1800s Claude Monet painted the village of Dolceacqua. Today, it stands just like it did then and as beautiful. This village is full of fragrant cellars and artists' shop filled with typical local products.

Address:18035 Dolceacqua IM, Italy
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolceacqua

7. Monterosso al Mare, Monterosso al Mare, Italy -

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Monterosso al Mare is the westernmost village of the Cinque Terre.
The beach at Monterosso runs along most of the coastline and is popular by tourists and locals. The summer months are not the best time to visit this beautiful village as its almost overrun by tourists, try and visit in the late summer or springtime. With its sweet-smelling lemon trees, olive groves and vineyards you shouldn't skip Monterosso al Mare. 

Address:19016 Monterosso al Mare, SP, Italy
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monterosso_al_Mare

8. Riomaggiore, Riomaggiore, Italy -

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The Riomaggiore village, dating from the early thirteenth century, is popularly famous because of its historical personality and its local wine, made by town's vineyards. Riomaggiore also has a shoreline on the Mediterranean's Gulf of Genoa, with small townhouses surrounding its wharf.

Riomaggiore's main street called Via Colombo is where you can find delicious Genoese restaurants, small cosy shops and cafes. Connected by trails Riomaggiore is the most southern of the Cinque Terre villages and both the water and mountainside have been pronounced national parks.

Address:19017 Riomaggiore, SP, Italy
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riomaggiore

9. Porto Venere, , Italy -

In 1997 Porto Venere along with the villages of Cinque Terre were designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage sites. Originally founded by the Romans, It has been said that the name refers to a temple to the goddess Venus which was sited on the promontory where the church of Peter the Apostle now stands. It has the atmosphere of a small fishing village, but most likely it's not its main business anymore as tourists are easier catch these days. Although a small village there are plenty of things to do apart from the mouthwatering cuisine and wine. Church of St Peter, Doria Castle and the Palmaria Island are must-sees when passing through Porto Venere. 

Address:19025 Porto Venere, SP, Italy
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porto_Venere

10. Vernazza, Vernazza, Italy -

Vernazza's name comes from the Latin adjective Verna, meaning "native". The aptly named native wine, Vernaccia, helped give birth to the village's moniker. Vernazza is known among the absolute most beautiful villages in Italy. It's one of those five manicured villages which make up the Cinque Terre, on the northwest of Italy's rocky Ligurian shore. Colourful properties surround its small marina. Clinging to the stones, Doria Castle is just a medieval defensive structure using a top-notch tower. The Belforte bastion is just below it.

Address:19018 Vernazza, SP, Italy
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vernazza

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