We’re in the home stretch of Europe posts– this is the first of two that I have left. I know, I’ve drug out these photos for like a hundred years (aka since November). I’m sorry!!
I hope you’ll forgive me because this post is about….CINQUE TERRE.
Aka the most beautiful place on the planet.
A little bit about Cinque Terre: it’s not one city. It’s a region made up of 5 different towns, all scattered on the most picture perfect coastline you’ve ever seen in your whole life. It was a total bucket list item for me!
From Tuscany we drove to our Airbnb in Monterosso al Mare, which is the biggest of the five towns. The drive was so incredibly beautiful once we got to the coast (although slightly terrifying being on the edge of cliffs at times). We even stopped to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa on our way since it’s right in between Tuscany and Cinque Terre!
Cinque Terre was insanely beautiful, but we went during off-season and didn’t realize that basically everything would be closed. There were only a handful of restaurants open– we ended up going to the same restaurant every night for dinner. Thank goodness it was delicious! The restaurant also had a cat that would hang out inside and walk around, and it was one of the most random yet most memorable moment of the trip! You can find it here. If you go, say hi to the cat for me!!
So although it was amazing having the towns to ourselves, I don’t know if I’d recommend going too off-season. Maybe like late September would be better!
Nevertheless, we still had an amazing time. It seriously felt like I was in a dream, especially after seeing pictures of the towns for years!
On our first full day, we took the train down to Manarola and Riomaggiore (although these photos are just Manarola!). The train runs constantly and is super convenient– just buy a pass for however long you’ll be there (prices and more info here!). It was really cheap and you just hop on and off on the train between the towns. I think Manarola was definitely my favorite of the towns because it was just SO beautiful!
After getting off the train, we set out in search of the views! There’s a gorgeous walkway on the hill across from the little harbor that’s where you get the views you want. We of course had to stop and take a few snaps! It was just as breathtaking in real life as it looks in photos.
The town was SO adorable and colorful– I couldn’t get enough!
We also had to stop for gelato. When in Italy, right? I’m pretty sure Dave ate more gelato than regular food!
Gelato was well earned, especially in Cinque Terre. I think we must have walked up about 52352587 stairs during our time there. Give or take.
Scarf: Bought in Italy
We’ll be back, Manarola!