Reggio and the Sanctuary Road: pining for peace in the Cinque Terre
Cinque Terre away from the crowd is a wish that many visitors have during their stay, as the incredible amount of people make many want to run away. Trekking is definitely the solution, as well as one of the best things to do in the area. Trekking on the Sanctuary Road features more than just a more relaxing atmosphere: a unique sense of peace.Autumn is the ideal season, together with spring, for one of the best activities to practice in the Cinque Terre, Trekking. If the weather is nice, the days are still long and clear to get the chance to view even the most distant islands on the sea; the temperatures are mild and allow not to sweat too much on the trails. You can choose, for example, to walk along the Via dei Santuari, which connects the ancient churches found on the heights of each of the five villages of the Cinque Terre.
It is believed that originally the populations of the Cinque Terre lived inland, devoting themselves to agriculture in small inhabited centers in which the church never missed. Only around the year 1000 AD and in the following centuries the inhabitants of the heights went down towards the sea to practice also fishing and to exploit the ways of the marine communication forming the spectacular urban settlements of the villages of the Cinque Terre, in the little space available on the coast.
The villages on the sea became civilized and expanded much more than the original centers on the heights, which, however, remained points of reference for agricultural cultivations, which can be reached in a short time by climbing up the steep mule tracks. Also the Sanctuaries remained favorite places of worship, places of pilgrimage and refuge in the most difficult moments, as evidenced by the numerous ex-votosstill preserved in the churches.
Behind Riomaggiore is the Sanctuary of Montenero, on the heights of Manarola the village of Volastra and its church, while Corniglia is dominated by San Bernardino and its ancient church. Above Vernazza is the Sanctuary of Reggio and above Monterosso that of Soviore.
The route along the road to the Sanctuaries leads to discover these ancient testimonies of the most authentic history of the Cinque Terre, examples of Romanesque churches on which the styles of the following ages have been grafted harmoniously, even though they are often characterized by poor and simple art. It is a spectacular discovery of a unique scenery for the panorama that opens from the perspective of the road that remains at high altitude among the ancient Sanctuaries.
And the peace you can find up there is just unique.
How to get to the Santuario di Reggio da Vernazza
If you arrive by car, it is not advisable to start from Vernazza, but rather to choose the opposite route, to park the car more easily.
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