Cinque Terre, Italy is a collection of small fishing villages set alongside the Italian Riviera coastline. These five historical villages provide some of the most amazing food, hiking trails, and beautiful coastal scenery on the planet. This article “36 Hours in Cinque Terre, Italy” was written by Ingrid K. Williams and originally published by the NY Times on September 1, 2016.
This wildly rugged slice of Ligurian coast with its five tiny towns is a delight for hikers, foodies and wine enthusiasts.
A century ago the Cinque Terre were simply five fishing villages on an unforgiving stretch of the Ligurian coast in northwestern Italy. With trains came tourism, and now throngs arrive daily to see it all: the startlingly vibrant color of the Mediterranean, the wildly rugged coastline sliced by scenic hiking trails, and the tiny towns tucked like puzzle pieces into the cliffs. The region has recovered from the mudslides and