Visiting the 5 Towns of the Cinque Terre: The Essential Guide; Barbara Radcliffe Rogers; PlanetWare

Italy – Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands (Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto)

Few places in Italy are as memorable as the Cinque Terre, a land and culture so unique that it has been protected as a national park and designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Perhaps what travelers like best is its almost complete lack of traditional must-see sights such as important artworks, churches, palaces, museums, and castles. Instead, the ambience and natural beauty are the attractions. Popular things to do include walking the breathtaking paths along the cliffs, pausing over gelato in a café surrounded by candy-colored houses, cooling off with a swim, capturing pictures of some of Italy’s best views, and just absorbing the Old World charm.

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