Cinque Terre is a picturesque cluster of five medieval fishing villages perched atop jagged coastal cliffs lining the Italian Riviera. This UNESCO World Heritage site is like an Impressionist painting – a blur of colors and textures of tiled roof homes, velvety vineyards and sunny terraces overlooking fishing boats, busy harbors and a cerulean sea below. The impressive, serpentine stone walls (muretti) of this rugged seaside are perhaps the medieval Roman answer to the Great Wall of China! Admire the intricately created structure of terraced gardens and farmlands, formed over thousands of years. The usual modes of transport in the region are your own sturdy feet and an old fashioned railway line, which passes through a chain of tunnels running through the rugged cliffs. Travelers are drawn to the cliffside hiking trails and the sumptuous food and wine at the rustic trattorias – enjoy delicious seafood topped with the region’s traditional pesto sauce, washed down with local white wine!