Cinque Terre is so pretty. We stayed at a place in Lovanto, which is a little north of the main towns of Cinque Terre. I realized when I was there that the name Cinque Terre means five lands. Starting from the top and going to the bottom it is, Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. We didn’t get the chance to do a hike but the city is known for their hikes from one town to the next. You can get amazing views of the towns if you go on some of the hikes. I’ve heard that the first hike at Monterosso has the best views of the next town over which is Vernazza.
No matter which town you stay in its easy to get to all the other towns. Even if you don’t want to hike, you can pay a few euros to get to the next town, or get a pass for 12 euros that takes you to all of them. We got a ticket to see Riomaggiore.