Last summer, I spent hours upon hours pinning posts and researching where to go and what to do during my semester abroad. One particular place that kept popping up was Cinque Terre, and for good reason. After seeing countless pictures of this beautiful place, I knew it was a key destination of my travels. Yesterday, for an early birthday treat, I finally took the time to see this wonderland.
Only 2 hours northwest of Florence, situated along the coast, you find Cinque Terre, or “Five Lands.” The 5 villages that make up this area are: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. Unaccessible to cars, the only ways to get to and from the villages are hiking paths, boats, or a train-line that connects the five lands. The rugged, steep terrain has terraces built into the cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The actual villages are built into the sides of the cliffs, constructed with vibrant colors. The beautiful buildings and homes are picture perfect as they accent the green rolling hills and brilliantly blue water.
We made it to 4/5 towns, and each was more beautiful than the last. Cinque Terre is unique in so many ways, and I couldn’t be happier to have checked this place off my list. The views, the colors, the terrain, the water, the FOOD. Boy, did I eat well here. Everyone please make a trip to this unique and wonderful place if you find yourselves exploring Italy.
It’s impossible to capture the true beauty of this magical place. It’s only after a visit than you can understand how beautiful and unique these coastal towns are. The image of the cascading cliffs with brightly colored buildings built over top each other, overlooking the sea, will be instilled on my memory forever.
Ciao for now!