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The lemon - the golden fruit

The lemon – the golden fruit The lemon (Citrus × limon) is a fruit tree within the genus Citrus of the Rutaceae family. Although some genetic studies indicate that the lemon is an ancient hybrid, probably between bitter orange and citron, for centuries it has been an autonomous species propagated by grafting or budding. While the exact origin of this extraordinary fruit is lost...

Hike through vineyards and lemon trees in Italy’s Cinque Terre

The village of Manarola, Italy glows in the light as the sun sets in May 2015. It is one of five villages, just miles apart, that sit along the Mediterranean coast in Northern Italy. Chris LeBlanc Austin American-Statesman BY PAM LEBLANC Austin American-Statesman This place doesn’t look real. From the top of a steep hillside covered in lemon trees and...

Picturesque Cinque Terre well worth the effort

Good walking shoes are advisable. A good camera is a must. Head to Cinque Terre, those five centuries-old hamlets clinging to the rugged coast of the Italian Riviera in northern Italy, and you’ll be exploring on foot — and pausing at every turn to take shots of the craggy seascapes, the terraced hills and the crazy, colourful houses. Each of Cinque Terre’s five villages — Monterosso, Riomaggiore...

The most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean revealed

Monterosso Beach – Cinque Terre, Italy As the area's only sandy waterfront, the town of Monterosso al Mare along the Italian Riviera is a must-visit for all beach lovers. One of the five villages that make up Cinque Terre, this western-most beach, which runs along most of the town's coastline, is located in the centre of a small natural gulf. For those planning a holiday, it's worth noting that...

The Enchanting Cinque Terre: Fiat-Free Italy

Vernazza: My favorite Cinque Terre village. By Rick Steves I’m up early in my favorite village on the Italian Riviera, as the morning sun touches the tip of Vernazza’s bell tower and greets a peaceful world. The air is damp, cool and refreshing as I wander downhill, passing underneath the train tracks. I enjoy the fact that the town is traffic-free, and realize that my favorite...

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