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Cinque Terre: paths of the Sanctuaries

In each of the five villages of Cinque Terre is halfway up a sanctuary to which the people are always linked by a deep devotion. Five churches attached to their village with steep mule, real Way of the Cross is still covered by believers during the annual celebrations.


The first coastal town west of Portovenere is Riomaggiore, the first of the Cinque Terre. The name derives from “rivus major”, which is today crossed by the steep main road lined on both sides with houses that slope down in the direction of the sea. Originating in the fourteenth century, it separated from the community of Biassa in 1343.

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