Cinque Terre (literally meaning five Earths/Towns) in the region of Liguria, just north of Tuscany comprises of 5 villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore along the Italian Riviera.
The towns are characterized by their colorfully painted buildings and fishing boats. The Cinque Terre is renowned for their marinated sardines, anchovies, stuffed mussels, trofie pasta with pesto (for its proximity to Genoa, the capital of Liguria), the Cinque Terre DOC white wine, olive oil, and focaccia (which makes a great cheap snack).
Best way to travel to Cinque Terre is to take the train/bus to La Spezia railway terminus on the Pisa-Genova railway line, where all the long-distance trains stop this connects to all of Cinque Terre: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare.
For trekking and hiking opt for the Cinque Terre Card supplied by the Cinque Terre National Park Authority which can be purchased at La Spezia terminus
Hike difficulty Level: Very easy to moderate( You can skip the harder sections by opting to take the train between the 5 villages)
Best time to visit: March and September/October
Within the villages: