The Most Colorful Places on Earth: Manarola, ItalyThe charming fishing village of Manarola is the oldest of the five northern coastal towns that make up the Italy's Cinque Terre, and it is among the smallest. The multicolored buildings that reflect the rich Italian sunlight are a perfect starting point for the Love’s Walk (Via dell’Amore), which leads between Manarola and nearby Riomaggiore. Celebrate afterward with the local wine, sciacchetra. Enjoy the peaceful seaside atmosphere, as cars are not allowed in town; travelers get there by shuttle bus, on foot or by boat.
Not to be confused with the Venetian island of Murano, famous for its glass, the cheery fishing village of Burano is known for its lace — and a kaleidoscope of painted houses. Some accounts suggest they were painted so brightly so the fishermen could see their homes from far out at sea. A short boat ride from Venice, Burano is small, but it is worth a day trip to visit the Museum & School of Lace-Making — closed for restoration through June 2011 — and to stroll amid the four islands and canals that make up this quiet yet vibrant village.