(CNN) — Coastlines are one of the most alluring of our planet’s geographical features.
The clash of land and water is often mesmerizing, as are the plants, animals and human activities that flourish along a shore.
In classic novella “Heart of Darkness,” seafaring author Joseph Conrad wrote that all coasts are shrouded in mystery, with an invitation to “come and find out” what they have to offer.
Cinque Terre, Italy
This rugged Italian shore inspired Dante’s vision of Purgatory in his poem “Divine Comedy,” but to modern visitors, the Cinque Terre is absolute heaven.