Cinque Terre| Italy
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As the northern-most of the Cinque Terre villages, Monterosso-al-Mare (literally the red mountain by the sea) is the most accessible of five. Road, rail and ferry links, and a wide choice of hotels make this an excellent base for visiting all the other villages and neighboring towns as well. This choice and accessibility comes at a price – it is the least pretty of the five. Yet that will hardly seem to matter when you're looking out to sea, or hiking the steep trail to Vernazza, the next village.
Monterosso has the largest and best equipped beach of all the Cinque Terre villages so if some sun worship is on your vacation agenda, this is the perfect spot. As well as the opportunity to hike in the Cinque Terre national park between some of the villages you can also take the regular trains or if seas allow, the ferry service to the other villages. Private and boat day trips provide another way to admire the villages from their most natural aspect, the sea.
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What I love about Cinque Terre...
“The Cinque Terre towns, particularly Vernazza and Riomaggiore might be full to bursting in peak season but that doesn't really matter. The real beauty of Cinque Terre isn't to be found in the towns. It's in admiring them from the sea or the hiking trails that snake around the jagged coastline. Be sure to make trips to Camogli and Portovenere for some variety and to get away from the guidebook-wielding hordes.”
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