Like aeries or cardboard cut-outs the five villages are sticking to the terraced slopes of the steep coast – called Cinque Terre. The natural beauty of the landscape belonging to the World Heritage Sites made it to one of the most popular hiking places in the world. The Cinque Terre or the Liguria coast in the first place, as it stretches from Genoa to La Spezia, is definitely a “must-see” respectively one of the hiking trails you should have visited at least once in your life. Why? The pictures below tell you why. Plus: Not only the national park of the Cinque Terre is a highlight. Place like Camogli, , Santa Margherita, Sestri Levante and Moneglia are also worth visiting as well as the former fishing village Portovenere.

Rightfully in the spotlight, even though I normally try to avoid superlatives, the five villages belong to the most beautiful landscape that Italy has to offer. But be careful: If you want to enjoy the beauty of the Cinque Terre, do not come in summer time, because all the places will be packed. Try early spring or autumn, when the run is kept within an acceptable limit.