Cinque Terre is not a classic resort with large hotels “all inclusive”, and surprisingly original Italian hinterland, where Italians like to spend holidays. Despite the fact that there are all the benefits of civilization, life seems to have changed a little. Cinque Terre is actually a national park reserve, which united five medieval villages with colored houses, beehives on the cliffs overhanging the deep blue sea. The most beautiful of the villages due to the multi-colored facades of houses is considered to be Vernazza (population – 1,000 people). Virtually all houses are many-storied, so area of the village is very tiny. You can walk from the railway station, located in the rocks, to the promenade, the beach, the Cathedral and the central square, in two minutes.
Another Manarola village (450 inhabitants) is a visit card of Cinque Terre. It has become famous for its houses-towers. There are many restaurants where you should eat local anchovies. Corniglia (245 people) – the most “atmospheric” of all. Place on a cliff above the five villages (80 meters above sea level). There are no beaches in its area. However, in 15 minutes you can get to the water, breaking the 337 steps down. Monterosso (1500 inhabitants) is the only one of the settlements in which it is allowed to move by car. In Monterosso there are the best sandy beaches, as the village is not so rigidly sandwiched between the rocks, and was able to accommodate several guest houses and pedestrian mall, which still remind you that you have arrived at the Mediterranean Riviera.
Riomaggiore (1736 inhabitants). The biggest and closest to Spice village, where visitors begin their journey. On the coast there is a small pebble beach and harbor. The city has several diving centers, as well as a mini-port for ferries to other towns in Liguria. All five villages are united by path with length of 10 kilometers which is, without exaggeration, the most picturesque trip through Italy. Cinque Terre is not cheap precisely because it cannot accommodate all who wish to enjoy a number of such combination of mountains, sea, authentic rural life and medieval architecture. Therefore, in the summer, if you’re lucky, you can take one-bedroom apartment for 100 euros per night.