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Best things to do in Cinque Terre

The great outdoors rule in the Cinque Terre—this is not a museums and art galleries kind of place. Hiking is what most people come here to do, and you shouldn’t feel you have to stick to the most popular coastal trail. There are dozens of paths snaking between the villages and up into the hillside beyond. If you’re not on the trails, you’ll likely be by the water, whether it’s taking a dip, sunbathing, or participating in water sports. Scuba diving and snorkeling in Riomaggiore, paragliding in Monterosso, and kayaking in Vernazza are all fun ways to explore the coast or, if you prefer to enjoy the scenery without breaking a sweat, consider a boat tour. Before tourism, winemaking was one of the main industries here, and almost every bit of arable land was used to that end. Terraced vineyards were carved on top of the other along the hillsides along the coast, and many are still producing today. Get in touch with one of the many wineries for a tour of the cliffside vineyards.

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