So the location known as Cinque Terre is actually 5 small villages spread along a section of the northwestern coast of Italy. I think it was right above Pisa for people who know of that town. This is where the niceness truely began, our room was affordable and spacious, and the resturaunts were quite good, if you can get over the cover charges, we stopped tipping here because of that, good little Canadians being ever so polite until they add a 5 Euro charge to your bill for sitting in the empty place!! The gelato was good, though not as good or as cheap as New Zealand ice cream, oh I would nearly return just for that alone (to NZ I mean).
This is the view of the village we stayed in, Monterosso, it is the first, the largest, and has the best beaches of all the 5 villages. Before the villages attracted tourists they were only connected by a walking path that winds along the cliff above the coast. This picture was taken from there.
This is the next village over, I can't quite recall its name. We walked to it from Monterosso the second day. It turns out that the whole area, even some of the coastal waters, is a national park, we had to purchase a pass to go onthe walking trail, but we got a map!! It didn't have any distances listed though. Cherie wore flip-flops and had sore feet after the hour of hiking to this point so we took the train back.
I think this is the fourth village. A few days after we did the first hike we took the ferry all the way to the most southern village and walked all the way back to Monterosso. It was apparently just at the begining of fishing season and many of the locals were out painting their boats, it was neat.