Literally translating as the “five lands,” the Cinque Terre comprises five gorgeous little villages clinging to the coast of the Italian Riviera, an easy trip from Florence. A popular thing to do is hike between villages along the clifftops, looking down on the blue, blue sea.
Another way to do it is by boat: a ferry runs between four of the five towns. Or you could catch a train. The one thing you can’t do is drive your car there; these colorful towns and landscape are carefully protected and that’s part of the charm, and a major reason it’s been declared a UNESCO World Heritage area.