A few hours drive from the Italian border, between Genoa and La Spezia, the villages of the "Cinq Terres" (Cinque Terre in VO) offer a timeless stopover in a magical setting on the Mediterranean coast. Monterosso, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Riomaggiore are all fishing ports, each nestled in a small creek, alternately built at the top of a cliff or built above a sandy or rocky beach. Of medieval origin, they contain all their little secrets at the bend of an alleyway or a flight of stairs, in the middle of traditional houses with a crazy charm. Each village is like no other and is only waiting to be discovered, in the company of its Cinque Terre tourist guide, on foot or by boat because cars are not allowed to come here. A walk through the national park from one to the other is also part of the trip, via picturesque paths between century-old vines, broom bushes, heather fields, maritime pines and lemon trees. Five stages as many opportunities to taste the many local specialities, including the famous focaccia with olive oil.