unesco world heritage site on the italian riviera
The Cinque Terre is a string of five colorful seaside villages connected by the rugged cliff-side mule trail known as the Sentiero Azzurro (the Blue Trail).
The five villages - (from NE to SW) Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore - all feature centuries-old town centers with unique local cultures, dialects and wines produced from surrounding terraced vineyards.
Hiking trails connecting one village to the next feature dramatic views of the Italian Riviera coastline, the pastels of the Cinque Terre villages and the cascades of rain-charged waterfalls. Unfortunately, many of the trails suffer from long-term closures due to deteriorating conditions and dangers from frequent landslides.