Published by Nate Madie, Saturday, March 22nd 2014
A Rough Guide to the Cinque Terre in Italy
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The sense of unreality continued as we strolled along the cobble stones of Via Roma which is the main street leading out from the station. Wider at the start, it then narrows on the other side giving the appearance of a dead end. That is, until you inspect it closer and find it is indeed open at the other end.
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Except these were all authentic relics of yesteryear with no added accoutrements, no pastiche or theme park artifice to convince the tourist this is a true heritage tour. Admittedly fishing no longer dominates the village as it once did and many of the artefacts are around for decoration rather than utility.
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The harbour side of Piazza Marconi is ideal for relaxing and sunbathing as it has a spacious concrete area. This has an attractive curvature shape canada goose deals almost like a flat, two dimensional amphitheatre for solar worship.
The primary building in the Piazza with the rustic charm is the 'Santa Margherita di Antiochia' church. It sits proudly at the water on the right hand side of the square overlooking its flock. Every summer on the 20th July the locals celebrate the feast day of the saint with street banquets and fireworks.
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However from the comfort of Piazza Marconi they become a soft rumble in the near distance muffled by those self same tenement buildings. The sound of the timetabled rhythm of the tracks is interspersed with the peal Canada Goose Jackets of church bells amidst the lapping of the waves.
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Colourful boats and local fisherfolk become silhouetted figures in the sparkling ripples of the waves.
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