Cinque Terre Tours
Cinque Terre are five villages nestled in the cliff sides along the Ligurian coast just north-east of La Spezia (from where one changes train if coming from Florence or Pisa).
Once connected only by paths fit for donkeys or by sea, the Cinque Terre can be reached by car, although for movement between the towns the rail service is easily the simplest option, taking a boat the prettiest, and walking the most attractive for those with the knees to handle the many steps up and down as it allows one to view the coast and the towns from all angles as well as appreciate the effort taken by locals to continue to tend vineyards and olive groves on these steep slopes.
In good weather during the high season expect crowds at every turn of the narrow paths and in the towns.
Noonday heat and the crowds make walking best early in the morning and in the evening before dark.