Cinque Terre, Italy

Stumbling upon things is the best way to explore Cinque Terre (pronounced CHEEN-kway TEHR-reh), the "five lands" perched upon a stretch of lush, terraced hills on Italy's western coastline halfway between Genoa and Pisa. It is a place of unrivaled beauty, a national park, a <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id=" ORCUL000009" title="United Nations" href="/topic/crime-law-justice/united-nations-ORCUL000009.topic">United Nations</a> World Heritage Site.<br>
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On the southbound train that brought me from Genoa for a four-day visit in April, the shimmering Ligurian Sea was on the right while the five towns — the "lands" of Cinque Terre — appeared one after another on the left as pastel jumbles amid rolling slopes of green: Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, Riomaggiore, each punctuated by the railroad tunnels in between.<br>
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-- Kevin Pang<br>
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Read more: <a href="http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-trw-italy10jul10,0,4420730.story">Top 5 of Italy? Cinque Terre, say locals</a><br>
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<i>Pictured: Monterosso. </i>

( John Reid Oyler )

Stumbling upon things is the best way to explore Cinque Terre (pronounced CHEEN-kway TEHR-reh), the "five lands" perched upon a stretch of lush, terraced hills on Italy's western coastline halfway between Genoa and Pisa. It is a place of unrivaled beauty, a national park, a United Nations World Heritage Site.

On the southbound train that brought me from Genoa for a four-day visit in April, the shimmering Ligurian Sea was on the right while the five towns — the "lands" of Cinque Terre — appeared one after another on the left as pastel jumbles amid rolling slopes of green: Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, Riomaggiore, each punctuated by the railroad tunnels in between.

-- Kevin Pang

Read more: Top 5 of Italy? Cinque Terre, say locals

Pictured: Monterosso.

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