I’m finally getting round to posting yet another post about my adventures in Italy! This time it’s about the time that Roniette and I spent a day in Cinque Terre. Cinque Terre (literally, ‘five lands’) consists of five little villages: Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, Riomaggiore. Unfortunately, we didn’t manage to fit all five into one day but we went to four out of five which is still pretty good. If we were early birds and got up earlier in the mornings, we would have managed to see all five but it’s like that Italian saying – ‘Dolce far Niente’ aka the sweetness of doing nothing. We spent the morning sleeping in and taking our time with breakfast so really if it’s time we enjoyed ‘wasting’, it’s not wasted time… Right? 😉
I couldn’t recommend visiting Cinque Terre enough! It’s so unbelievably pretty and the water is crystal clear. The only negative thing I have to say is that it is definitely not a hidden treasure of Italy – it’s full of tourists everywhere! It kind of takes away from it a little bit as it’s always nice to discover a beautiful place which isn’t packed full of people. Sometimes you can’t have it all though. You really can’t blame so many people for wanting to come here – just take a look at the following photos!
Just a heads up: I’m moving back to England this Friday to settle in before university starts in October. We won’t have Internet for quite some time so I’ll try my best to keep up with posts but I can’t guarantee anything! I’ve prepped some for the time being though so hopefully everything goes seamlessly.
We started off our day in Cinque Terre by going to Monterosso for lunch and strolling around the narrow streets. We had lunch at Ristorante Nuovo Eden which overlooks the sea. Absolutely stunning. The food was good (not outstanding as it’s quite touristy and therefore overpriced) but the service could be improved. The waiter seemed like he hated his job and in turn was quite abrupt with us. Nevertheless, we didn’t let that ruin our moods! With views like these, you really can’t complain.
I find the architecture so interesting and beautiful in the Liguria region. I love all the colourful houses squished together by the sea and the painting of (fake) ‘bricks’ and ‘windows’. I’m not familiar with the proper architectural terms but I hope you know what I mean. I think it’s so charming though! I even like how people hang up their washing outside their windows.
We didn’t stay in Vernazza for long but scheduling in time to enjoy a nice gelato was a must. There’s nothing better than an ice cold gelato during a hot summer day. I’m starting to crave one from just looking at these photos, haha! We wanted to hang out by the water near the rocks but the waves were so strong that they kept aggressively splashing people who were sat there. So we took a raincheck on that plan. Instead, we just wandered around the little town and I saw the perfect photo opp next to this lemon stand. So nice! We didn’t have time to enjoy a drink but the bar I’m posing outside of (Al Castello) looked like it had a lot of tasty cocktails. The waiters were very friendly as well – they even photobombed some of my photos, haha!
Riomaggiore was one of the places that I insisted on seeing if we had to prioritise seeing towns. Look how pretty!!! Roniette and I were being a bit cheeky and we climbed (I’d like to think, PARKOURED) over a little gate that lets us go out by the rocks where there were virtually no people. It took us about ten minutes to decide whether we would be so ‘rebellious’ as to do that (I really am a goody-two-shoes who always follows the rules), but then a couple who had done the same was telling us about the insane views and photo opportunities available on the other side and I was sold! Maybe I shouldn’t have shared this on the Internet but sometimes rules are meant to be broken, right? Especially if the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. 😉
We finished our trip to Cinque Terre by catching the sunset in Manarola. The crème de la crème of Cinque Terre. I mean just look at how breathtaking the views are. Manarola is so unbelievably picturesque, it felt like we’re in a postcard! We aimed to get to a popular hotspot called Nessun Dorma for Aperetivo at 7 pm. We anticipated a bit of a wait but we didn’t expect to have to queue for an hour. Unfortunately, we didn’t get seated until after the sunset so no pretty photos there. Oh well… At least it’s in our memories! I highly recommend ordering an Aperol Spritz, the Traditional Bruschetta and/or one of their cheese platters. Check out the insane view you get from Nessun Dorma on their Instagram.
Have you ever been to Cinque Terre? If not, is it on your bucket list?