Liguria also known as the Italian Riviera features beautiful seaside villages among which is the famous Portofino the village of the rich and famous. Here you will find amazing yachts, expensive hotels and restaurants. Close by you will find Santa Margherita and Rapallo two more elegant towns which offer a good base to visit the area.
The most famous of the areas in Liguria is the Cinque Terre. This beautiful six mile stretch of coastline in region of Liguria was once remote and poor. It has now become a tourist mecca for all visiting Italy. The Cinque or five lands comprise of five quaint and historical fishing villages; Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. The dramatic coast line and the multicolored buildings of the villages make this part of the country truly unique.
The area became a Unesco World Heritage site in 1997. The villages have become a national park, Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre so an entrance fee is paid to enter in the form of the Cinque Terre card that will give you access to all the villages. The area is car free and travel between the villages is by local train or through 7 miles of hiking paths that connect the villages.
The hotels in this area are very small and many are guest houses. In Monterosso which is the only resort town in the area you can find larger hotels.