Portofino’s tall colourful houses curve around the bay in a cove that forms a perfect miniature harbour.
Built high on a ridge like the prow of a boat, Corniglia is the only village of the Cinque Terre from which you can see all four others at the same time making the views especially splendid.
What is lovely about Apricale is that it has only just opened up to tourists and has lots of charm.
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Riomaggiore is the largest of the five villages of the Cinque Terre. Colourful houses fill the steep ravine and it looks much as it did when painted by the Impressionist Florentine painter Telemaco Signorini.
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Genoa is a real port city. When Welsh poet Dylan Thomas arrived here in 1947, he wrote home to his parents, ‘The dock-front of Genoa is marvellous. Such heat and colours and dirt and noise and loud wicked alleys with all the washing of the world hanging from the high windows.’
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San Siro, Genoa's ancient cathedral, dates from the 4th century.
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Vernazza – probably the prettiest and friendliest of the villages of the Cinque Terre.
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Porto Maurizio – the historic old town of Imperia.
Portofino’s tall colourful houses curve around the bay in a cove that forms a perfect miniature harbour protected from behind by steep green hills. When Frederic Lees arrived here in 1912, Portofino was famous for fish and lacemaking.
Manarola’s colourful pink, brown, yellow and light-green houses have been immortalised by the artists Paul Klee, Llewelyn Lloyd and Antonio Discovolo.
The village of Varigotti is an upmarket resort and one of the loveliest spots on the Riviera di Ponente.
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Apricale tumbles down a crag, a short drive above Isolabona in the Val Merdanzo. This is the place to base yourself to explore the area. The village takes its name from the Latin ‘apricus’, meaning ‘sunny’.
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Tall colourful houses look out to the sea and are all painted different colours so that the fishermen could recognise their homes while out fishing. In fact, the men were away at sea so much that Camogli actually means ‘the wife’s house’.
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Manarola’s colourful pink, brown, yellow and light-green houses have been immortalised by the artists Paul Klee, Llewelyn Lloyd and Antonio Discovolo. The town takes its name from the huge olive oil wheel in the lower part of the town: magna roea means ‘big wheel’ in the local dialect.
Medieval Taggia sits surrounded by 16th-century walls 3km inland. This is Taggia’s cultural face, but it’s off the tourist track and bursting with tumbledown charm.
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One of Recco’s sights is the weekly Monday market that sells lots of local products, chestnuts and chestnut flour, pasta and cheese. The town has four week-long food festivals, La Settimana Gastronomica, in March, June, September and December that bring together scores of local producers.
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For fresh pasta like this pesto spaghetti, go to the Fiorini’s family shop on Via Lanzerotto Malocello in Vanazze. They make excellent ravioli stuffed with local herbs, called pansotti and use the basil grown in Genova Prà, considered the best in Liguria, to make their pesto.