Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manorola, and Riomaggiore nestle on cliff tops, in ravines or behind small beaches.
Terraced vineyards, silvery olive groves and the sparkling sea have provided a livelihood for the inhabitants for hundreds of years. Now the modern day descendants of these people also depend on tourism with pensiones, attacameres, restaurants and shops for those who visit these wondrous areas.
'Discovering' Parma was serendipitous ....... an article about the best small cities in Europe included Parma, a classic 'Città d'Arte' situated in the north of Italy.
In the Emilia Romagna region, it is about 120 kilometres south east of Milano and about 60 kilometres from Bologna.
Named a European City of Culture (Città Europea della Cultura) by the European Union in 2000, Bologna is most famous for its historic university, founded in 1088 and the oldest in all of Europe. .
The city is also well known for its unique architecture, with beautiful porticoed streets, but aside from all these attractions, many Italians agree, that this is where to go for some of the best cooking in Italy.