Cinque Terre, is a collection of five villages along the north west shore of Italy offering stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea and Ligurian Riviera. The villages date back to the Middle Ages and are Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. Cinque Terre is a national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site. *Quick Tip: It’s pronounced (Cheen Kwah Terra) and literally translates to Five Lands.
Monterosso is the northern most village of Cinque Terre. It boasts relaxing beaches, a historic city center with narrow alleyways, a robust nightlife, and plenty of excellent restaurants.
Vernazza is a beauty. Its protected cove offers the perfect spot to swim surrounded by historic seaside architecture. A tower on the cliff provides stunning elevated views of the Mediterranean Sea and nuances of the village.
Corniglia is a charming clifftop village with narrow alleyways and some of the best gelato I have ever eaten. It is not easily accessible, but worth the trek to explore.
Manarola boasts beautiful and colorful architecture. Its main attraction for the adventure seeker is the cliff jumping opportunities for all skill levels and swimming in picturesque lagoons.
Riomaggiore is the southern most village of Cinque Terre and offers great swimming for adults. This picturesque village is steep and the colorful houses seem to hang on to the edge of the terrain for dear life.