Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre (pronounced "ching-kwa terr-a") is a stunning string of five towns built into the cliffs along Italy's northwestern coast. It is difficult to get to -- no cars are allowed in the towns, and a single train line links it to the outside world. But really, that's part of its charm. Each of the five towns has a different feel to it -- one has more beaches, one requires flights of stairs to get to, and another is known for being bit on the quieter side -- it's easy to feel the differences after visiting each one, and everyone seems to have a favoite. On our last visit we stayed in Monterosso Al Mare, and loved the small town feel. It was truly a great snippet of Italian life, and one that is not to be missed. Upon first landing in Monterosso, Paul proclaimed: "we may never leave...", which is exactly the feeling that most visitors probably share.