Where else to go on holiday to enjoy the transition to summer but Italy, one of the top romantic vacation destinations in the world?
When booking Italy vacations this spring, consider including Florence Tours in your itinerary. Across Italy you will encounter a storied history, fine art, excellent cuisine, and fine wine, but in Florence you can visit a renowned network of trails along the spectacular Cinque Terre coastline.
If you are booking Italy vacation packages as a honeymoon, anniversary trip, or babymoon getaway before embarking on parenthood, including a tour to Cinque Terre is definitely worthy of consideration because it is as romantic as it sounds. The five villages of Cinque Terre are considered so significant, the villages and a protected marine area were declared a World Historic site by the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO).
Via dell’ Amore (Pathway of Love) is part of what began as early as the 15th Century as a humble network of footpaths overlooking the Mediterranean. By the 1920s Via dell’ Amore became more of a trail than a footpath as a byproduct of sorts from railway construction in the area. Once it connected the villages of Riomaggiore and Manarola more reliably, the lonely hearted in the two villages had more opportunities to find love.
Unfortunately, nature often thwarted amorous pedestrians with mudslides and rockfalls that rendered the Via dell’ Amore impassable in its early days. The Second World War was another interruption, but not too long after the war sweethearts found their way back to the Via dell’ Amore and there was even a marriage performed there in 1949.
Today visitors to the charming historical villages of Cinque Terre can rest assured that the Via dell’ Amore is carefully monitored for safety. Some of the arcades are now lined with brickwork and firmly anchored steel nets guard the lover’s lane from rockfall, debris, and landslides. After mudslides in 2013, it was closed and is expected to reopen sometime this year. The other trails are open and updates on trail conditions are posted here.