Cinque Terre (five lands) is a collection of 5 villages which lie isolated over a 6 miles stretch of the most spectacular corner of the Northern Italian Coast. Established as the pirates' hideouts in the past, the towns are still virtual hideaways that must be seen on Europe tours. Located between Pisa and Genoa, it is now a government-protected national park and UNESCO world heritage site. The villagers of Cinque Terre go about their daily business like the surrounding vineyards were the very edges of our earth. With a traffic-free charm of Cinque Terre (best result of natural isolation), these towns are the rough alternatives to the shiny resorts of Italian Riviera. Until tourism flourished in this area, the towns were very poor and remote. Today, tourism has flourished their economies and each village is connected by hourly trains. There are no chain stores anywhere. Enjoy the hiking, swimming, and evening romance of one of God's greatest charms of tourism during Europe tour packages.
There's not a single car or museum in sight — just the sea, sun, pebbles, and wine.
Vernazza is best of all Cinque Terre villages
It has a ruined castle above and a waterfront showing off a natural harbor below. Most of the action is at the harbor, where we find restaurants, a bar which hangs on the edge of a castle, and a party street market every Tuesday morning and all these places can be visited on Europe tours.
Locals devote their evening time to the passeggiata (evening stroll), as some of them do their vasche (laps), wondering lazily together up and down the main street.
Monterosso is a Resorty, and spread out town with a charming old town, a modern new town, and is filled with the best beaches, swimming, and nightlife of this region. It comes with cars, hotels, crowds, and an amazing late-night scene.
Riomaggiore is the biggest and non-resorty of the five villages which must be included in Europe tour packages.
It is a beautiful tangle of pastel homes that lean on each other. A cliff trail leads us from the beach to the old Nazi bunkers and a hilltop garden.
Manarola is a waterfront village which is a picturesque mix of homes, shops, and vineyards.
Corniglia is a quiet hilltop village which is known for its cool temperatures (it is the only village without a coast), very few tourists, and traditional fine wine.
From the train station, a footpath of nearly 400 stairs shoots up to the hilltop town. As the legend goes, a Roman farmer settled in Corniglia, naming it after his mother, Cornelia (Corniglia is pronounced as Cornelia in Italian). Wine is the town's lifeblood. You can taste exclusive wine here during Europe tours from flamingo.