Cinque Terre is a region of dramatic landscape and a history filled with warring Genovese families and marauding pirates. As with all Italian communities the Catholic Church and its cathedrals dominate the skyline. You can walk paths that locals have used for centuries to explore this exotic and wild landscape. When you need a day of rest the beaches of the Italian Riviera will be waiting for you. Of course when you are in Italy, the food and wine always takes center place. Fresh seafood is featured in every restaurant. Dry white wines from local vineyards will quench your thirst.
Italian vacations in Cinque Terre are rustic chic. Hiking, swimming, and al fresco dining rule the day. Bring your sneakers and hiking boots. This is high fashion in Cinque Terre. You'll find five quaint fishing villages -Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore.
The thumbnail picture above is of the Cinque Terre Coastline. It was taken by Daniel Stockman and is available on Flickr.com