My absolute favorite stop on my 3-week whirlwind Italy trip this summer was Cinque Terre. There’s no contest. The five villages along this Riviera are the adorable, picturesque, iconic multicolored towns I always dreamed about – with a charming ambience and breathtaking hike between them to complete it. We spent several days here just soaking up the sunshine and laid-back atmosphere (complete with daily siesta) and loved poking into the villages to eat gelato and stroll the quaint alleyways. In fact, an entire day (literally – AN ENTIRE DAY) was spent just on the beach.

Basically, it was perfect.

Since I’m convinced Cinque Terre is actually Heaven on Earth, I figured I’d show you proof of that theory. Enjoy.