The spectacular Cinque Terre, a collection of five World Heritage Listed villages on a dramatic, rugged stretch of the Italian Riviera are a must visit when in Italy. The beautiful villages, Monterosso, Riomaggiore, Vernazza, Corniglia and Manarola are perched high on the cliffs looking out to sea. Largely not accessible by car (cars are not allowed in to the town centres) taking the train that winds through each of the villages is the most simple way to get around. Hiking is also popular- trails run between the villages and take in some of the most exquisite views. Monterosso is the only one of the five villages that has much of a beach area, however ELE’s favourite village to stay in is Vernazza, for its quaintness and scenery. The food of the region is magnificent, handmade ravioli with prawns, fresh anchovies and trofie pasta with the Ligurian speciality, pesto, topped off with a glass of sweet late harvest sciacchetra are some of the highlights. Our top tip is to go out of season when the weather is still warm but the crowds have died down.