Definitely one of the most iconic places in Italy: pretty, colourful villages perched high above the sea, splashed by glittering sea spray – picture postcard perfection. This is the Cinque Terre!
Forget cars and forget scooters. Use your legs and bring an empty backpack to fill up with magnificent views, aperitifs on the rocks, pasta with pesto, the wind in your hair and photographs that smell of salt.
Every corner here speaks of the much-admired Italian dolce vita: little squares with street cafés, boats moored in the harbour with music in the background, laundry hanging in the narrow streets, flowers on the balconies, patiently-waiting fishermen, sunglasses and miniskirts walking in and out of small boutiques…
After a bit of effort to climb up to the terraced vineyards, the view of Portofino or Manarola, Riomaggiore or Vernazza, will reward your hard work with the vivid colours of the characteristic houses, that the sun and the sea know how to highlight here like in few other places in the world.