In the Cinque Terre, there are five villages on the Ligurian Riviera, Monterosso al mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Rio maggiore, hooked between the sky and the sea, between Genoa and La Spezia, listed as a World Heritage site in 1997 with Porto Venere, and the islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto.
These five villages, a few kilometers from each other, are difficult to reach by car and are connected by rail, by footpaths which make the hikers happy and by boat (except Corniglia).
Monterosso al mare
Village in two parts connected by a tunnel: the station and the beach, on one side, the old village, on the other
During this stay, a round trip, by boat from Monterosso to Porto Venere, for the day, allows to see all the coast, the mountain that falls in the sea, villages, vineyards, olive trees with possibility to stop in one or more villages and continue or return with another boat …
As a bonus, a jump to La Spezia and Genoa …
In Genoa, a very beautiful exhibition on Modigliani and as it was the day of Saint John the Baptist, patron saint of the city, on the Matteotti square, in front of the Palazzo Ducale, a group of faithful who were to join the procession: Five Christ in the cross, important, three or four men united to lift it and have it taken over by another equipped with a harness, relayed according to its capacities ...
In Monterosso, the procession took place in the evening. It arrived in the square, led by a priest, who spoke of the sailors who had disappeared at sea. It was followed by a local orphan who played the « Sonnerie aux morts » (Taps ? Last tops ?). The procession continued to the Church. The Orpheon then returned to the square to greet an orchestra that began playing Morricone. Night had fallen when dozens of boats at sea lit their lantern while the orchestra continued to play. Then fireworks on the jetty and at sea … The fire of Saint John had taken place the day before.
The fire of Saint John is a pagan rite for the summer solstice, recovered by the Church in celebration of Saint John. Here, ecology obliges, the wood burned on this occasion had to be presented to a commission, announced by public display, to control its composition and the absence of toxic varnishes …
The next day, the same procession, for the sailors or the fishermen who died at sea, with Sonnerie aux morts, born during the Civil War in the United States, transfer of powers of the Band to the Orchestra, of the music to the lanterns of fishermen’s boats and to the pyrotechnic spectacle.