Cinque Terre is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a national park and also a protected waterway. Cars are mostly restricted inside, helping the streets retain their original pedestrian charm and remain non-commercialised.
Now let's get to my story — how I did Cinque Terre on a budget.
In all the chaos of getting a visa and finalising our itinerary, we (my husband and I) managed to book a place only a month before the trip. By now, most good and cheap places were taken. But we still got lucky and found a great deal in Monterosso – a nice room just 5 minutes from the beach, at Rs 5,000 a night. Shared between two people, this was quite affordable for an offbeat, international destination.