Sunday, February 14, 2010

Something To Look at Sunday

Buon San Valentino!

In Italy, there is a seaside path that connects the five (cinque) towns of the Cinque Terre (five lands). The section between Riomaggiore and Manarola is called the Via dell'Amore (Lover's Street, or Pathway of Love).

Via dell'Amore was developed over the last century, originally during the contruction of the railway line. But it was quickly seen as a shortcut for villagers to walk between the towns, and for lovers to meet. Lovers would meet along the path, often painting amorous graffiti on the stone and tunnel walls. Some tourists are put off by it, but it's really all part of the history, and some of it is actually quite good.

The padlocks fastened onto cables and railings are symbols of eternal love. They are absolutely everywhere on the Manarola side of the trail. A hardware store in Riomaggiore sells the locks with this kissing symbol on it.
Hubs and I just happened to have an extra little lock in our backback to join in the festivities.

Here are some photos from the Cinque Terre and Via dell'Amore! Enjoy!

Locks, locks, and more locks!

A view of the main tunnel section of Via dell'Amore between Riomaggiore (where we stayed) and Manarola.

Manarola, where we ate:

The most amazing seafood and pesto ravioli EVER.


Sunset over the Ligurian Sea.

Happy Valentine's Day!
Buon San Valentino!

*All photographs are property of Kristin Rae and may not be used or duplicated without written permission.


  1. Beautiful! I honeymooned in Italy, so that really takes me back. Thank you.

  2. Beautiful!!! I would love to visit Italy!!! Looks amazing!

  3. Looks like a very romantic trip and the locks are such a cool idea.

  4. Oh my gosh, beautiful!

    I had not heard of the tradition with the locks. What a lovely idea!

  5. I am so jealous. this is my dream destination...perfect day to bring this out!