In the region Liguria, about 2 hours from Lucca, is the 120 km coastline, Cinque Terre, "the five villages" located, consisting of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. This beautiful place is on the Unesco's world heritage list and since 1997 a national park. Here you can spend a lovely day of swimming, eating good food, shopping, and walking between the five villages (but there are also trains between them). If you do not have time to visit all the villages at the same day, there are two you should not miss, Riomaggiore (left), with the best dining and shopping opportunities and Vernazza (right upper picture), with the best swimming opportunities. To get to Cinque Terre you can go by train, and often with a change in the city La Spezia.