The Cinque Terre of Italy is an area between Milan and Florence. Cinque Terre translate to "Five Lands" and is made up five typical picturesque medieval villages. What makes this area one of the most breathtaking landscapes in Italy is the fact that these quaint little towns are scattered up and down the rocky coast, providing inspiring views of the ocean. Cinque Terre is a national park and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
A guided tour of this area with a coach driver who speaks English is an ideal way to take in this beautiful part of Italy. The first stop on the tour that begins in Milan is the largest of the five villages, Monterosso al Mare. You will have plenty of time to wander around this quaint fishing village and along the beautiful beaches, then climb aboard a boat for a trip to Manarola, the oldest town of the five. Once there, you can walk along Manarola's "Lover's Lane", Via dell'Amore, on to the next village of Riomaggiore. Riomaggiore offers wonderful views of the Mediterranean.
The tour that begins in Florence covers all five towns. In Vernazzo, a small seaside village you will have time to wander about and relax. Corniglia provides great panoramic views of the sea and the Cinque Terre. One of the two tours that begin in Florence is more intimate, taking only 8 participants.