The day we were scheduled to leave Cinque Terre was one of the few rainy days we had for the entire trip, so it wasn’t so bad that it came during a travel day. We spent about 4 hours on the train, much of which were spent napping or reading. But while switching trains, we did have time to stop for a Coke for Signore Bella Vita.
If you’re planning on visiting the Cinque Terre region, absolutely do it. It’s fantastic. You will, however, enjoy the region much more if you follow these tips.
After Jolyn was feeling better, we decided to check out two of the other villages in the Cinque Terre. First, we headed for the only one of the villages that has a full beach, Monterosso al Mare.
Cinque Terre Pro Tip #1: If you don’t like crowds, don’t go to Monterosso in August.
One of the main attractions of the beautiful Cinque Terre region is the network of hiking paths that link the villages. While it may be easier and faster to take the train from one town to the next (only about 3 minutes stop-to-stop), hiking is much more rewarding.
Going into this trip, the Italian Riviera was one of my top travel destinations in the world. There’s something about the sea, a sunset, and a view – it’ll get me every time. If you ever want to give me a gift, please give me a view. That’s good enough, and it’s better than any sort of material possession you could provide. Ever since I was young, I was attracted to the idea of being in a position where I could see everything that was going on – whether on top of a mountain or on top of a skyscraper. It was that perspective that I loved. In the Cinque Terre, you can really find that perspective.
It’s been a while since we posted (it’s been busy), but here’s a preview of what’s coming up.