Liguria On a Budget
Long overlooked, but recently discovered by tourists the world over, are the five towns of Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The five towns (Vernazza is considered the most scenic, but you can't go wrong with any of them) are connected by hiking trails through the vineyards that spill down the mountains into the sea. Vehicles are not allowed, so streets are quaint and narrow. Train stations can be found in the middle of each town providing easier access than car or bus.
The region is rich with other towns along the sea and inland as well. Consider all of your options before committing to one destination, as each town has a different personality, and often different prices.