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By Chris | December 30 2012
Some of the world’s leading charter brokers share their highlights of the Italian Riviera and Tuscan Archipelago
The Italian Riviera is commonly referred to as the Cinque Terre meaning ‘The Five Lands’ and consists of five villages running along the north-west coast of Italy: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore.
The rough mountainside terrain makes it more conducive to arrive by boat, train or by foot as these villages rise up from the water. Many guests enjoy spending time in the famed Santa Margherita and Portofino, but it can be very difficult to secure dockage in its small marina. The views are outstanding, as are the local restaurants.
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Having visited this coastline, many of my charter clients particularly love Cinque Terre and return there year after year.
These villages give a taste of the real Italy. I suggest charterers walk to a few of the villages and enjoy a drink in one of the little bistros. The best way to visit the ‘Five Lands’ is to anchor in the nearby bay of Porto Venere and visit the islands by tender. The beautifully protected bay is just a few minutes from Cinque Terre and is a great place to spend the night. Don’t forget to try the local homemade pesto for which the region is famous.
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