2. Cinque Terre
Craggy cliffs and rugged gorges cascade their way down to the rollers of the Ligurian Sea in the UNESCO-attested reaches of Cinque Terre. Visited by thousands of people every year, this truly photogenic section of the Italian Riviera comes studded with the beautiful towns of Manarola, Riomaggiore and Vernazza. Each of these is famed for their pastel-painted, ice-cream-coloured rows of historic homes, which protrude from the rocks of the coast in glorious fashion. Meanwhile, at Monterosso, travelers flit between the new town and the sun-kissed sands of the city beach, sipping Piedmont wines and munching on the region’s famous pesto pasta and focaccia.