4. Vernazza (2 nights)
Cinque Terra, or five lands, is one of the most scenic destinations in all of Italy. Made up of five different villages along the coast, Cinque Terra boasts cliffs that head straight into the sea, some of the best coastal hiking in all of Europe, sand and pebble beaches ideal for swimming and vibrant culture that almost feels removed from mainland Italy. One of the villages, Vernazza, makes a fantastic home base for your two nights in the area. In Vernazza, be sure to hike the 90 minutes to Monterosso, try a slice of the local pesto pizza and sip the ubiquitous wine of the area, called Vino de la Cinque Terre.