Sep 26, 2012

Cinque Terre

On Saturday we took a day trip to Cinque Terre, a place I’ve wanted to visit for years. There are five typical Italian seaside villages (Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso al Mare), but what makes them especially unique is their proximity to one another and the ease of getting to and from each one.

[Via Dell'Amore]

We started out at Riomaggiore and traveled to Manarola by way of a walking trail called Via Dell’Amore (aw, romantic) that is cut into the cliffs and overlooks the Mediterranean.

[A tradition among couples is to close a lock and throw the key into the sea]
[Approaching Manarola]
(As a side note, on Monday there was a rock slide on this part of the path and four Australian women were injured, but they are being treated and will hopefully be okay.)

[Love locks with Manarola in the background]
You can also travel by train or ferry to get to the other villages and we opted for the train the rest of the way as certain parts of the trail are still impassable as a result of last October’s floods and mudslides. It takes less than 5 minutes between each village and the trains come pretty regularly.


Corniglia welcomes you with a flight of 368 steps. How’d they know I’d been yearning to work my gams? They’re so thoughtful, that village.

[The view of Manarola from Corniglia]
Then there is Vernazza and Monterosso (my faves), which were hit particularly hard by the torrential rains last year. The damage is visible and repairs are still ongoing, but the restoration that’s already been completed is incredibly impressive. The hope was to be ready for the summer tourist season and they certainly achieved their goal.

[Can you see the marks above the doorways? That's the point the flood water reached]

Cinque Terre is a huge tourist hot spot, but it's in no way over-rated. If you've visited in the past, did you have a favorite part? If you haven't been and are planning a trip to Italy, definitely make sure to add it to the list.

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  1. It looks like a fabulous place worth seeing, I love Italy :)

  2. Cinque Terre was my favorite spot in Italy when I was abroad- so gorgeous!


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