When early this year I started brainstorming about possible summer destinations, I came across some dazzling pictures of Cinque Terre and so the Italian planning begun..
Cinque Terre means ¨five lands¨and is located in Liguria, on the Italian Riviera. The five villages Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Cornelia, Manarola and Riomaggiore, and their Natural Park were named UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.
Ravishing views from the leafy cliffs covered in cactus and bougainvillea, refreshing crystal water enclosing sinuous paths connecting the villages, make the perfect combination for a couple of days getaway from the big polluted cities.
We rented an Airbnb at La Spezia, a not so popular village, away from the crowds to at least avoid them when the day is coming to an end and the famous Italian Aperitivo starts. Moving around the 5 villages is really easy with the train but you can always consider the hiking trails (ideally with proper sneakers, wasn’t our case) that are marked with different colours depending on the difficulty.
Extra narrow cobbled streets, dream like houses in mustard, peach and yellow combined with really steep stairs make a absolute blend for wandering around and taking a break from the sun. If you are as lucky as we were and the weather is mild you might even enjoy it without dehydrating at every single step.
One of the best views you will get will be from the ferry, which we took from Monterosso to Riomaggiore; setting aside the not so gentle move of it (I get kind of dizzy with the slightest swing on the sea) you get to experience the whole picture and.. what a beauty it is!
ph: Joaquin Abreu & Stephanie Aizenberg