Cinque Terre [?t?i?kwe ?t?rre] comprises five small towns (hence the name, which translates to “Five Lands”) on the western coast of Italy in the region of Liguria, just above Tuscany. Situated within a national park, it’s characterized by terraced agricultural land and colorful towns that appear to rise from the Mediterranean Sea.
comprise: to be made up of (something) 构成、包含
hence: for this reason, therefore 因此
Monterosso al Mare
Monterosso is the northernmost town; it’s the biggest and the flattest, so it’s the best option for those who have mobility issues. Monterosso is made up of an old town, a new town, lots of sandy beaches, some larger hotels and a long seaside promenade suitable for strollers too. If you want to avoid stairs and have a more “resort” feel to your vacation, then you should stay here.
noun + issues: problems or concerns 问题
promenade: a public place for walking especially along a beach 步行的一条大道，通常是在水边的。
…feel: a particular quality 某种感觉
Vernazza is the most picturesque of the villages, and as a result, probablythe most overrun by tourists in the summer months. It has sandy beaches (albeit much smaller than Monterosso’s) and is also mostly flat, but mostplaces to stay here require a lot of stair climbing.
overrun: to enter and be present in (a place) in large numbers 数量多，泛滥
albeit: even though, although 虽然
Corniglia is the smallest of the Cinque Terre villages, and is the only one
on the water: near or close to (something or someone) 靠近水边的
tourist-y = touristy
Some of Cinque Terre’s most iconic photographs are of Manarola’s marina, with its cascade of colorful houses tumbling down towards the sea. There’s no beach here—instead, people sunbathe on the rocks surrounding the marina and cliff dive from craggy outcroppings in the water.
iconic: widely recognized and well-established 被广泛认知的
sunbathe: to sit or lie in the light of the sun especially in order to make your skin darker 日光浴
cliff diving 悬崖跳水
Riomaggiore, the southernmost town, has a similar look to Manarola, but a slightly livelier nightlife in the summer—outdoor DJ nights and concerts are frequent on weekends here. The beach is rocky, but the water is crystal clear, and a 45-minute hike up the hill at the top of town brings you to the santuario, a church with a panoramic vista all the way back to Monterosso.
Cinque Terre Specialties