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Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre, Italy

When my daughter and I were in Italy, we spent a day traveling between four different villages in the Cinque Terre Region.  It is so very beautiful – so picturesque, you most definitely do not need to use any photo filters.  It's exactly like you would imagine it to be, and what you might see in intriguing photos or in your favorite travel magazine, like Afar or Travel +Leisure, which are my favorite travel magazines.  

Cinque Terre means five lands; it is a cluster of towns "perched on the dramatic cliffs of the Mediterranean coast", as described by EF Tours.  These five Italian villages include: 1) Monterosso al Mare, 2) Vernazza, 3) Corniglia, 4) Manarola, and 5) Riomaggiore.  We visited four of the five villages, each charmingly similar yet individually unique, with spectacular views and charisma.  We traveled to each village by train – an adventure in and of itself.

Each village had unique boutiques and shops, some of which were closed because it wasn't their busy/tourist season yet, as we were there mid-March, but the few that were open were quite quaint.  It is here I ate the very best pizza I have ever had in my whole entire life (prior to this trip Chicago pizza was my favorite), and of course we had real, authentic gelato every single day.  

Cinque Terre is a wine making region as well, where two types of wine are made from the same three white grapes: bosco, barolo and vermentino, labeled under Cinque Terre D.O.C. And if you know me at all, you know how much I love to try different wines from different regions.  

We enjoyed lots of walking and hiking in the villages of Cinque Terre, especially at our last stop, Monterosso, where we found a fort-type structure seemingly something from the Roman era.  We have no idea how long it has been there, but we enjoyed climbing on it.  Monterosso was so neat with random statues, paths, steps and walkways; we had a blast - nothing beats feeling like a kid again. We walked and hiked a lot on this day, which is my favorite pastime.

This particular evening, we returned to our hotel in Lavagna just in time for dinner consisting of pasta with a type of red sauce, then some veal.  Dessert was the best, of course – a very moist and most delightful type of chocolate cake.  

Another beautiful day in Italy in the books.

Ciao!

Photo by Krista Watkins

 

 

 

 


 

 When my daughter and I went to Italy in 2016, one day we went to four different villages in the Cinque Terre Region.  It is so very beautiful – so picturesque, you most definitely do not need to use any photo filters.  It's exactly like you would imagine it to be, and what you might see in intriguing photos or in your favorite travel magazine, like Afar, which is my favorite travel magazine.  

 

Cinque Terre means five lands; it is a cluster of towns "perched on the dramatic cliffs of the Mediterranean coast" (EF Tours).  These five Italian villages include: 1) Monterosso, 2) Vernazza, 3) Corniglia, 4) Manarola, and 5) Riomaggiore.  We visited four of the five villages, each charmingly similar yet individually unique, with spectacular views and charisma.  We traveled to each village by train – an adventure in and of itself.

 

Each village had unique boutiques and shops, some of which were closed because it wasn't their busy/tourist season yet, as we were there mid-March, but the few that were open were quite quaint.  It is here I ate the very best pizza I have ever had in my whole entire life (prior to this trip Chicago pizza was my favorite), and of course we had real, authentic gelato every single day.  


Cinque Terre is a wine making region as well, where two types of wine are made from the same three white grapes: bosco, albarolo and vermentino, labeled under 'Cinque Terre D.O.C.' (http://www.littleparadiso.com/2013/02/wine-in-cinque-terre-primer.html).  And if you know me at all, you know how much I love to try different wines from different regions.  

 

We enjoyed lots of walking and hiking in the villages of Cinque Terre, especially at our last stop, Monterosso, where we found a fort-type structure seemingly something from the Roman era.  We have no idea how long it has been there, but we enjoyed climbing on it.  Monterosso was so neat with random statues, paths, steps and walkways; we had a blast - nothing beats feeling like a kid again.

 

This particular evening, we returned to our hotel in Lavagna just in time for dinner consisting of pasta with a type of red sauce, then some veal.  Dessert was the best, of course – a very moist and most delightful type of chocolate cake.  

 

We walked and hiked a lot on this day, which is my favorite pastime.

 

Another beautiful day in Italy in the books, March 8, 2016.

 

Ciao!

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monte Carlo, Monaco

Monte Carlo, Monaco

Lavagna, Italy

Lavagna, Italy