I travelled to France and Italy for three weeks in September 2015 and even though the highlight of my trip was Paris (see post here), as it’s a city I hold very close to my heart.
My visit to Cinque Terre will definitely be one I’ll never forget.
Cinque Terre is located on the Northern West coast of Italy and consist of five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore.
Out of the five villages, my personal favourite would be Manarola.
This village is the reason why I wanted to visit Cinque Terre, as I’ve had a photo of Manarola as my screen saver for a long time and have always dreamt of visiting it.
It was more beautiful than I could have ever imagined and no photos will ever be able to capture it’s true beauty in real life.
Cinque Terre is a very beautiful destination and definitely worth a visit.
Five points to note about Cinque Terre:
- As Cinque Terre is an extremely popular tourist destination, I found the food in the main areas to be substandard and overly priced. However, this is the land of the pesto, so be sure to get pesto pizza, pesto pasta, pesta bread, pesto everything. I remember having a piece of pesto pizza from a hole in the wall that was delicious. Plus eat LOTS of gelato.
- A highlight would definitely be the Hiking Trail, however it can be challenging for those that are un-fit or don’t hike often. I found it pretty challenging but definitely worth it. I would recommend being prepared to hike up lots of steps, wear proper shoes/sunscreen/hat and bring water and a snack.
- Travelling by train is the best and easiest way to see the five villages. Even though they operate using “Italian time”, always carry the train schedule with you. Always carry a valid ticket, as inspectors are common.
- See Manarola at twilight. It’s beautiful beyond words.
- The five villages themselves are the attraction, so just wander the street and soak in all the beauty.
Here are my postcards from Cinque Terre.
If you haven’t been to Cinque Terre before, I definitely recommend it.
In the comments below, share with me your travel tips and if you have any questions.
Until we meet again, stay beautiful.