When I planned my trip to Italy over the summer, I knew that Cinque Terre was one of the regions that I wanted to visit. After seeing countless photos of the bright pastel homes and the dramatic landscaping, I could not resist in planning a trip to the coastal area.
Set amidst some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, Cinque Terre consists of 5 seaside fishing villages along the Italian Riviera: Monterosso, Vernazza, Riomaggiore, Manarola, and Corniglia. Depending on how much time you have, there are several ways to travel between each village, including by ferry, train, or car. Because the villages are relatively close to one another, my sister and I chose to travel to each village by ferry. If you decide to take the ferry, be sure to arrive early and to give your self plenty of time to visit each village because waiting for and boarding the ferry takes time.
My sister and I decided that our first stop would be in Monterosso. We arrived at 9:00am and decided to spend several minutes walking along the beautiful board walk that over looked the beach. We were blown away at the gorgeous view of the coast and the calm and cool atmosphere . The shore was lined with elegant orange and green striped beach umbrellas and chairs. There were several sunbathers lying on the beach as well as small children running around and playing. Along the board walk, there were dozens of cafes, gelaterias, and restaurants. One of my favorite moments was when we stumbled upon a musician playing the violin at the end of the board walk.
After exploring Monterosso, we decided to visit Vernazza and Riomaggiore. Riomaggiore (pictured directly below) was definitely my favorite village out of the three that we visited. The tiered and picturesque landscape and the way that the structures seemed to descend toward the water was unlike anything that I’ve ever seen.
My sister and I had a great time visiting Cinque Terre. I look forward to visiting again and exploring Manarola and Corniglia on my next trip. Thank you for following along and stay tuned for my next post on my trip to Florence. It was our final destination in Italy.