World Traveler: Leave the bustle behind in Italy’s picturesque Cinque Terre; Alyona Nevmerzhytska; KyivPost

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

After two days in the Cinque Terre National Park, a part of Italian Riviera in the northern part of Italy, the village of Levanto, with a population of some 6,000 people, feels like a big city.

The Cinque Terre, or Five Lands, is a territory with five villages that have no public transport besides local trains, and the air there is filled not with the din of modernity, but with the sounds of crashing waves and seagull cries.

The five villages, Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso, which are located three hours by train south of Milan, have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1997.

Not only are these villages quiet, but they are beautiful, too, with their houses built on the cliffs and painted in rainbow shades. Millions of tourists flock here every year — to relax, and to enjoy fresh seafood, including shrimp, squid, fish and more.

The villages are connected by train lines, and it takes five minutes or less to get from one village to another.

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