17 – 18 June
Cinque Terre is made up of five villages along the coast on the Italian Riviera – we stayed in Riomaggiore, which is the first village you come to if arriving from the South. Unfortunately we didn’t arrive until early evening, but got to see an amazing sunset as we enjoyed dinner on the hilltop. We wandered the village as the moon came up, taking lots of photos and enjoying the atmosphere. The locals here are all very friendly and we laughed as they chatted to each other from their balconies and windows!
A regular train travels between the five villages, and there is also a walking track leading from one to the next. Our plan the next morning was to make our way through all the villages by foot and then catch a train back to Riomaggiore, but unfortunately the walking track was closed off, and the train wasn’t as regular as we were led to believe. This meant we only really had time to visit one more village. After a bit of research and deciding what we actually wanted to do with the little time we had here, we settled on Monterosso al Mare, which is the furthest village away from Riomaggiore.
Monterosso is home to the only sandy beach in Cinque Terre, so we hired a couple of loungers and took it easy, catching some rays and enjoying the beautiful day. I have always wanted to try paddle surfing, and even though I was pretty nervous about it, we decided now was the time to do it! Turns out to be a lot of fun and not as difficult as I expected. I mean, it’s not easy but I totally didn’t fall in the water, so I was happy with that!
I wish we could have spent more time in Cinque Terre as the area is absolutely gorgeous. Unfortunately this was one of the areas that we really wanted to visit, but almost couldn’t fit in. At least we know to come back next time!
Next Stop: Rome, Italy