Part IV - Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre - so dang beautiful! I mean, technically all of Italy is beautiful but CT definitely has a special place in my heart. They have very little by way of technology there so we were pretty unplugged. Our airbnb host, Guglielmina, was the literal definition of a sweet, old Italian grandma and barely spoke any english, as a matter of fact! That proved to be a wee bit of a struggle for us especially when it came to making sure we paid our city taxes and got the right change before we left but thankfully we figured it out with her (painstakingly lol). It’s been over 7 months since the trip (bawls) so excuse me while I forage my memories for details…

Cinque Terre is made up of 5 villages and from left to right, the order is Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. We stayed in Vernazza, the 2nd most westward land and for the first afternoon we were there, we grabbed a fresh pesto pasta lunch (CT is famous for their pesto) and explored/relaxed around the village. I laid out on a huge rock and read for a while too. It was blissful. The next day, we ambitiously wanted to hike between the lands as much as we could starting in Riomaggoire (heard the hikes between R, M, and C were the easier ones) but unfortunately the trails between them were blocked due to landslides. Total bummer right? So instead we purchased Cinque Terre train cards (unlimited train rides all day between the 5 villages) and hiked from Vernazza to Monterosso as our starting adventure. Beaches galore in Monterosso! After we made it there, we hopped on the train and visited each village throughout the day starting with Riomaggiore until we were back in Vernazza! Riomaggoire was okay, Manarola was sparkling with life and possibly might be the prettiest village among the 5, and Corniglia had the BEST focaccia I’ve ever eaten. Nearing early evening, we decided to grab our swim things and chill on Monterosso’s beach and have dinner. I DIDN’T BRING MY CAMERA SO I DON’T HAVE A PRO PHOTO OF MY FAVORITEST MEAL IN ITALY. It’s so sad. But it was the best and most incredibly delicious seafood pasta I have EVER had and it will live on in my memories (and in my dinky cell phone pic - see last collage lol).