From north to south you'll first find Monterosso. I loved it here. A quaint village boasting smiling locals, cobbled streets, narrow lanes and tight-knit homes. The beaches are lined with striped umbrellas and the window sills drip with bougainvillea. In other words, it's spectacularly charming.
Corniglia is next down the coastline. Perched the highest in the cliffs, it's like the mother overlooking the children. Tiny narrow lane ways pass by stores and cafes, leading you to the most spectacular look-out point.
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Neighbouring Manarola is postcard perfect. Particularly if you hike up to the cemetery next to the town and look back. Once you've got your snaps you can meander back down and grab a gelato [you've earned it] and watch the locals jumping off the cliffs into the sea.
Finally there's Riomaggiore. Home to a quaint little bay and possibly the most colourful homes around. Bring your hiking stick to this one. The main street sure is steep.
Speaking of food, take note of these tips: I found the best gelato in Cinque Terre at Golosone and the best seafood at L'Osteria. Both in Monterosso.
On a side note, if you're around this area and you have time, be sure to take the train up to Santa Margharita as well. It's about 40mins away and is so chic. Imagine Cannes with an Italian influence.
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Photos by Krissie.