There are few places on earth as visually arresting as Italy’s Cinque Terre.
The 5 pastel-coloured fishing villages that hug the dramatic Ligurian Coast are undoubtedly the star of the show, sitting boldly askew atop steep hills and rocky cliffsides, that overlook a deep, cerulean sea. Behind the scenes though, a series of equally enchanting hiking trails winds through ingeniously terraced vineyards, gardens and mountaintop towns, tracing routes as old as antiquity.
The traffic-free “5 Lands,” see their fair share of tourists and daytrippers on their cobblestoned streets, but even that cannot detract from the utter grace of the region. With reports that the Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre would begin limiting tourists filling the news, this past summer, we gratefully checked this big bucket list item off our travel wish list by finally making it there ourselves.
And it was as breathtakingly, stunningly, achingly sublime as we hoped it would be. We definitely had our favourite towns (Corniglia), but it was easy to find beauty pretty much everywhere we looked.
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Have you been to the Cinque Terre? Which towns were your favourite?