Tucked away along the rugged coastline of the Italian Riviera, the rustic towns of the Cinque Terre boast a unique mix of Italian culture and nature to give five little pieces of pastel-coloured heaven.
Despite being the smallest of the five, this quaint town is lively and has its own harbour filled with boats. There are many lovely places to eat and drink (Manarola is famous for its sweet wine) and plenty of caves and rocks to explore around its own little swimming area.
Complete with cars and hotels, a beach filled with colourful umbrellas, and a busier nightlife than the others, Monterosso is the only resort town of the Cinque Terre. However its historic centre holds on to its rustic charm in a maze of small streets, bars and shops.
A charming web of pastel-coloured houses, with the main hub on Via Colombo, where you'll find a variety of cafes, bars, restaurants and some of the best gelato in Italy.
Described as the jewel of the Cinque Terre. Most of the hustle and bustle takes place at the harbour, with restaurants, and a bar hanging off the edge of the castle. Every Tuesday the town hosts its weekly local street market.
The quietest of the towns and the only of the five not at sea-level. A rugged footpath wiggles up 400 steps to the picturesque hilltop town with some stunning views.