The “five lands” of Italy’s Cinque Terre, a string of small villages along a steep and rugged section of the Mediterranean coast, are connected via a hiking trail and a train. The villages — Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare — are centuries-old fishing communities, and each has its own distinct character. Surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, this string of hidden gems became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997.
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