Ruthi Daugherty


Cinque Terre, Italy


On the rugged coastline of Italy, the five centuries-old seaside villages that make up Cinque Terre are tucked into the cliff sides.

The town of Riomaggiore seems to be centered around the small harbor. Little apartment hotels and gelato shops sit precariously above the water while crowds of people walk up and down the narrow steps to different look outs. The boat launch somehow stays fairly quiet while energy buzzes the borders around it.

Through town, colorful houses line winding paths as they traverse up and down the steep terrain. Family owned restaurants that seem to be hidden within the walls serve up fresh specials.

A short ferry ride—or, in some places, a hike along the cliffs—connects the villages. The largest town, Monterosso al Mare, is home to a beautiful beach lined with brightly striped umbrellas and turquoise water.

Without a car in sight, one could wander for hours, weaving back and forth exploring all the nooks and crannies of these adorable towns.


STAY  |  Allo Scalo Dei Mille
DRINKS WITH A VIEW  |  Bar e Vini a Piè de Mà
BEACH  |  Monterosso Beach
SEE  |  Sunset @ the Giant Succulant

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