One of the highlights of the tour was the visit to "Cinque Terre" (Five countries). Five small villages are built against the vertical rocks and you only can reach them by train, boat or feet. It is 20 km coast and hinterland and placed on the Unesco World-Heritage list. We reached the first village Riomaggiore by train and climbed all the way up to have a view over the place with the narrow streets.
You can see the "Via dell'Amore", (path of love) along the sea we had to walk 2 km to the next village Manarola.
Look at this, you can hardly believe how they could built houses here.
The main street of Manarola. Because they can't leave their boats near the rocks below where they would be damaged by the waves, they have to parc them in the street.
Terraces are cut out in the rocks to cultivate olives and grapes.
This village Corniglia we only passed by boat, it lies 100m high on a mountain ridge.
All looks very fairy-like, but nature can be dangerous. In October 2011 a terrible flood with mud rushed from the mountains through the village Vernazza which left many buildings damaged. They are still repairing the streets. Look here for a film "http://www.youtube.com/embed/bBoCfey0ueg"