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The Cinque Terre, meaning five lands, comprises the five little villages of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. The charming villages are perched spectacularly on the cliffs overlooking the sea. The area is famous for its natural beauty and spectacular hiking tracks with centuries-old footpaths and mule tracks winding through olive groves, terraced vineyards and orchards high above the sea. The villages are only a few minutes apart by train and each has its own character. There are few cars as the villages are not easily accessible by road and parking is mainly limited to the public parking in Monterosso. Levanto, Portovenere, Monterosso and La Spezia. These are excellent bases to explore the area.