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Cinque Terre

Affittacamere e Appartamenti Deiva Marina The "Cinque Terre" include the coastal belt of the territory that runs from Punta Mesco, the western promontory of Monterosso, to Portovenere; it’s a strip of coast about 15 kms. long, between the sea and the mountains. Behind them, there’s the Val di Vara (Vara Valley) and, in their final part, the Gulf of La Spezia.

The steep profile of this territory, sometimes overhanging on the sea, with growings and vineyards, terraced thanks to the famous "little dry stone walls" (built with stones without cement), where rocks and barren areas appear covered with heather, broom and pines, only in a depht of 3 or 4 kms., highlights some 700-800 metres high relieves.

The villages of the Cinque Terre (Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, Monterosso), crouch between the ridges of the Ligurian Appennines, downgrading over the sea, and the creeks of their spurs. It’s a strip of land of an as enchanting as rugged nature, where inhabitants became used to obstacles and toil, always fighting with love for their landscape.
  Portofino and Gulf of Tigullio  
Affittacamere e Appartamenti Deiva Marina The hill of Portofino (with his wonderfol harbour attainable only on foot or by boat from S. Fruttuoso) mark a changing in the landscape and even in the Gulf: exceeding it, you will find a smooth landscape with the Gulf of Tigullio, amazing perl of Riviera, with his important town like Rapallo and Santa Margherita Ligure.
Affittacamere e Appartamenti Deiva Marina It’s impossible to estabilish the real Lerici’s time of foundation but the study on its ancient name “Portus Illycis” (probably from the greek “Iliakos”: Troyan) fed the theory of the foundation by a group of exiles from the War of Troy; this theory is supported by landscape’s beauties
(similar to that of the Greek coasts) and by the fact that one of Lerici’s creek is consecrated to Venus.
The village was an important harbour for greek and phoenician trades, but it had its greatest links with the Etruscans, thanks to the closeness to Luni.
Lerici was contended by the Romans to the Ligurians for the relevant importance on maritime routes; the Romans conquered and used it as a trading and military stationing.
The harbour was important during the Medieval Age,too; under the power of Luni’s Bishop, a lot of travellers, pilgrims and merchants arrived in Lerici along their journey to the north of Italy and the central Europe, through the neuralgic knot of Sarzana.

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