Talk about a delayed post.. let me take you back to the start of our trip in Italy. And prepare for a post every few days (If I have wifi..) until I catch you up!
After one night in Milan, Alanah and I ventured on down to La Spezia. An interesting town to say the least however we were right where we needed to be for a full day exploring The Cinque Terre. We stayed in La Spezia two nights and we had planned to couchsurf our way around Italy, ill go into detail about that on a later post.
Our first day was amazing! After a nice coffee we made our way to the ferry which took us to all 5 villages. A hop on hop off style ticket we bought which was ideal as we could spend however long we wanted in each village!
The Cinque Terre is a string of centuries-old seaside villages on the rugged Italian Riviera coastline. In each of the 5 towns, colourful houses and ancient vineyards cling to steep terraces, and fishing boats bob in harbors.
The five villages are no longer the isolated hamlets they once were, but there’s still a feeling of remote authenticity, with few roads, perfectly preserved architecture and a network of stunning coastal and mountain trails.
First stop / Riomaggiore
Riomaggiore is the largest of all five. Peeling buildings line up down a steep ravine to a tiny harbor. Their pastel buildings, best appreciated from the sea, which we got to do from the ferry. Catching the ferry I would recommend highly as you get the best views.
Second stop / Manarola
The grapevines that surround Manarola produce the Cinque Terre wine, Sciacchetrà. The bustling main street and waterfront promenade are still lined with fishing boats and other such reminders of everyday village life.
Third stop / Corniglia
Sitting atop a 100m high rocky promontory surrounded by vineyard, Corniglia is the only village that lacks direct access to the sea, although steep steps wind from a rocky cove and its waterfront train station far below. Its tranquil, tangled streets lead to a broad and breezy sea-facing terrace, the only vantage point from where you can clock all five villages at once.
Fourth stop / Vernazza
Vernazza is a small harbour – the Cinque Terre’s only secure landing place with its sea-facing amphitheater of pastel houses that brings on the sighs. The village’s trademark narrow lanes rise almost vertically from here, a maze of stairs and tiny terraces, with big blue sea views popping at every turn.
Fifth stop / Monterosso
By far my Favorite!!
Monterosso only rates as ‘swoon-worthy’ until you catch sight of the competition around the corner, but it’s the only village that has a proper strip of beach. It’s the furthest west of the villages and you wont be disappointed.
All in all, when travelling to Italy. Cinque terre is a must.