The Cinque Terre was a welcome relief after 10 days of busy, sight-seeing. We chose to stay in the sleepy village of Vernazza for 2 nights with a hotel room on the harbor. This provided easy access to restaurants, waterfront and trailheads along with a great view of the Sea. Our planned all-day hike turned into a morning trek to Monterosso and a day at the beach filled with sun, snorkeling and great company. The ability to hike, ride the train and ride the ferry allowed affordable travel options and we enjoyed all 3 choices. The pesto and foccacia bread were the best I've ever had. I would return to this region of Italy and stay longer than 2 nights.