Cinque Terre La Spezia local insider

Vernazza, the beach originated by the flood

The catastrophic rains of October 25, 2011 have not left only mud and destruction, but also a large new beach. October 25, 2011 is a day that in Vernazza – as in all of the Vara Valley and the entire Val di Magra and in La Spezia – no one will forget: six hours of heavy rain poured over half a meter of water on the ground; in the area of La Spezia, the rivers Magra and Vara overflew and many towns were put in danger by a tragic flood…

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Volastra, the Saracens and the mystery bells

Between Manarola and Volastra a common history of pirates and treasures. A magical path, between vines, olive trees and nativity scenes tells all this corner of Liguria High and sunny, situated on a promontory on which the sun never seems to set, Volastra enjoys the view of the sea and of the plateaus planted with vines and olive trees. The town is strongly linked to Manarola, both in history and in legends. Its ancient name was Oleastra and its inhabitants – skilled merchants of what could be drawn from the…

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Telemaco Signorini, the Macchiaioli painting art and the Riomaggiore skirts.

Around mid-nineteenth century, Riomaggiore became a refuge and inspiration for one of the founders of the Macchiaioli art school. Between the Gulf of Poets and Riomaggiore there are only 10 minutes away by train, through a gallery. There is no difference between the two, however, in the ability of the landscape to impress and stimulate the artistic sensibility. If along the coasts of the Gulf many great writers and poets have stayed, the first village of the Cinque Terre is a major center for the world of painting . Riomaggiore…

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