O.M.G. Cinque Terre is so beautiful. It’s like a dream. Staying at Monterosso al Mare as our home base, the first thing to do was to grab a couple of beers and go check out the water. It was glorious after a day of travelling.
Matt and I spent a few hours floating and gazing back at the beautiful shore line. When we weren’t doing that, we were chillin out on the beach, drinkin beers.
The next day we attempted the hike from Monterosso to Vernazza. We weren’t sure how far we were going to get – we kept being told that the trail was closed. The path was quite skinny in places, and the fall was far, but as long as you paid attention it was fine. Steep, but fine. Totally worth it for the views.
We made it to Vernazza, covered in sweat. We weren’t ready to eat, so we decided to skip the swim and hike straight onto Corniglia. There was an old castle look out that we climbed before our hike from Vernazza to Corniglia. We headed up the stairs at the beginning of the hike and was greeted by a man playing the accordion and his dog. It was hilarious! What an odd place to busk!
The hike between Corniglia and Manarola was closed, so we took a quick dip and sat down for pizza and beers. It was a stinkin hot day. We decided to catch the ferry back to Monterosso to see the coast from a different perspective. We chilled out until we were ready to head out for dinner. The seafood in Cinque Terre was freaking delicious. I was living off stuffed anchovies and spaghetti marinara.
Our last full day in Cinque Terre it was overcast and looking like it might rain, so we decided to catch the train to Manarola and Riomaggiore to have a look and explore. Before we left, we walked less than 2 mins from our hotel to see il gigante. We hadn’t realised we had a beautiful piece of art just up the road from our hotel!
We stuffed ourselves full of as much seafood as we could before leaving Cinque Terre. We were so relaxed and ready for the next part of our holiday – a road trip to Florence!
Love the photos! When I backpacked Italy I did not get the chance to visit Cinque Terre. Looks like you had an amazing time! I have to ad this to my list when I go back.
Go for it! Its such a beautiful location.