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Lonely Planet's Top Experiences and Sights in Italy: Cinque Terre and the Golfo Dei Poeti

Set amid some of the most dramatic coastal scenery on the planet, these five ingeniously constructed fishing villages can bolster the most jaded of spirits. A Unesco World Heritage Site since 1997, Cinque Terre isn't the undiscovered Eden it once was but, frankly, who cares? Sinuous paths traverse seemingly impregnable cliff sides, while a 19th-century railway line cut through a series of coastal tunnels ferries the footsore from village to village. Thankfully cars were banned over a decade ago.
Back when Cinque Terre was but a collection of remote hardscrabble fishing villages, the Golfo dei Poeti (Gulf of Poets) was already drawing an it-crowd. Renamed for the English poets Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley, who escaped here in the 1820s, its natural beauty had inspired writers and artists as far back as Petrarch and Dante.
These are the top experiences and sights in the Cinque Terre and the Golfo dei Poeti, according to Lonely Planet.
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Cinque Terre, Italy
Cinque Terre, Italy
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Monterosso Al Mare, Cinque Terre, Italy
Monterosso Al Mare, Cinque Terre, Italy
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Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy
Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy
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Corniglia, Cinque Terre, Italy
Corniglia, Cinque Terre, Italy
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Cinque Terre, Manarola, Italy
Cinque Terre, Manarola, Italy
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Riomaggiore, Italy
Riomaggiore, Italy
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Portovenere
Portovenere
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La Spezia, Italy
La Spezia, Italy
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Lerici, Italy
Lerici, Italy
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Tellaro, Liguria, Italy
Tellaro, Liguria, Italy
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Grotta Di Byron, Porto Venere
Grotta Di Byron, Porto Venere
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Sentiero Azzurro
Sentiero Azzurro
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Chiesa Di Santa Margherita D'Antiochia, Vernazza
Chiesa Di Santa Margherita D'Antiochia, Vernazza
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Punta Bonfiglio, Manarola
Punta Bonfiglio, Manarola
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A Piè De Campu, Manarola
A Piè De Campu, Manarola
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Arbaspàa, Manarola
Arbaspàa, Manarola
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Alta via Delle Cinque Terre
Alta via Delle Cinque Terre
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Crazy Boat Cinque Terre
Crazy Boat Cinque Terre
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Santuario Della Madonna Delle Grazie, Corniglia
Santuario Della Madonna Delle Grazie, Corniglia
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Fossola Beach, Riomaggiore
Fossola Beach, Riomaggiore
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Vernazza Harbour, Vernazza
Vernazza Harbour, Vernazza
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Belvedere Di Santa Maria, Corniglia
Belvedere Di Santa Maria, Corniglia
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Convento Dei Cappuccini, Monterosso
Convento Dei Cappuccini, Monterosso
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Guvano Beach, Corniglia
Guvano Beach, Corniglia
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La Torre, Corniglia
La Torre, Corniglia
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Castello Doria, Vernazza
Castello Doria, Vernazza
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Chiesa Di San Giovanni Battista, Riomaggiore
Chiesa Di San Giovanni Battista, Riomaggiore
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Palmaria, Porto Venere
Palmaria, Porto Venere
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Tino, Italy
Tino, Italy
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Tinetto, Italy
Tinetto, Italy
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Chiesa Di San Pietro, Porto Venere
Chiesa Di San Pietro, Porto Venere
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Castello Di Lerici
Castello Di Lerici
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Castello Di San Giorgio, La Spezia
Castello Di San Giorgio, La Spezia
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Museo Tecnico Navale Della Spezia
Museo Tecnico Navale Della Spezia
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Portesone, Tellaro
Portesone, Tellaro
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Spiaggie Di San Giorgio
Spiaggie Di San Giorgio
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Castello Doria, Portovenere, Italy
Castello Doria, Portovenere, Italy
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Fiascherino Beach, Tellaro
Fiascherino Beach, Tellaro
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Museo Amedeo Lia, La Spezia
Museo Amedeo Lia, La Spezia
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Via Del Prione, La Spezia
Via Del Prione, La Spezia
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