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Food and natural beauty abound along Italy's Cinque Terre

The western Italian coast offers is home to a number of Europe's most picturesque landscapes, and nowhere is that more true than along the Cinque Terre. This famous coastline has become a staple of many Italy tours, and offers visitors some of the most unique sights in the country.

The region includes five villages, and you have a wide variety of options when it comes to exploring them. Some people choose to hike between the towns. Some sections of the walking trail are easily accessible, others are a bit more challenging. There is also a passenger ferry that runs between several of the villages.The village of Vernazza is even accessible by car, though it can be difficult to navigate the small town in this manner.

Each of the five spots along Cinque Terre offers something unique but Riomaggiore is undoubtedly the place to go for people who want some of the best food and wine in Italy. Much like the rest of the region, Riomaggiore is home to an abundance of vineyards. The area is also famous for its pesto. However, Corniglia is the spot to check out for those looking for another dietary treat. The town is especially famous for its gelato, which is made from locally produced honey.

While food and wine are certainly large draws, it's hard to compete with any of the five towns of Cinque Terre when it comes to natural views. If you happen to hike between  the villages, at nearly any point along the way you can stop and admire the stunning coastline and the often brightly-colored homes that were built alongside the cliffs.

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