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Cinque Terre, Italy

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The Cinque Terre, on the Riviera di Levante in Liguria, is a group of five charming villages (Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore) nested on a coast where steep cliffs and hills drop precipitously into the Medditerranean. The form and disposition of the small towns and the shaping of the landscape surrounding them, overcoming the disadvantages of a steep and broken terrain, graphically encapsulate the continuous history of human settlement in this region over the past millennium. There is no car traffic in the villages, since access by road is difficult and cars must be parked at the entrances anyways. The distances between them is small enough that it is feasible to hike from one village to the next. A 12km long (7 miles) spectacular coastal path link the five villages, which can also be reached by train or frequently scheduled boat. The Cinque Terre is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site which also include Portovenere and the Islands (Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto).

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Steep limestone cliffs dropping into the Mediterranean. Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy ( color) Plazza with parked boats built along steep ravine, Riomaggiore. Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy ( color) Main street, Riomaggiore. Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy ( color) Green house facade with tree and hanging laundry, Riomaggiore. Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy ( color) Tiny fishing boats stacked in the main square, Riomaggiore. Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy ( color) Houses built on the sides of steep hills overlook the Mediterranean, Riomaggiore. Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy ( color) Fishing boats, harbor, and Mediterranean Sea, Riomaggiore. Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy ( color) Manarola. Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy ( color) Mediterranean coastline and rocks near Manarola. Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy ( color) Corniglia, on ridge high above the Mediterranean sea. Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy ( color) Colorful samll fishing boats in the harbor and main plaza, Vernazza. Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy ( color) Girl enjoying gelato (ice-cream), Vernazza. Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy ( color) Resting at outdoor terrace on Piazza Guglielmo Marconi, Vernazza. Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy ( color) Gelateria (ice-cream parlor), Vernazza. Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy ( color) Church, harbor, and beach seen from above, Vernazza. Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy ( color) Buoy lines and fishing boats seen from above, Vernazza. Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy ( color) Cliffs at sunset near Vernazza. Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy ( color) Courtyard, Vernazza. Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy ( color) Harbor, church, medieval castle and village, sunset, Vernazza. Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy ( color) Port and Castello Doria, dusk, Vernazza. Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy ( color) Harbor and Castello Doria, dusk, Vernazza. Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy ( color) Churches illuminated at night, Vernazza. Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy ( color) Harbor and seaside Piazza Guglielmo Marconi at night, Vernazza. Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy ( color)

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Places: Liguria, Italy

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