Hello CINQUE TERRA. Located in the Italian Riviera, Cinque Terra is comprised of five fishing villages. Over the centuries, terraces and paths have been carefully built on the rugged, steep terrain, right up to the cliffs that overlook the sea. Cars have been banned so you must travel by footpath, train or boat between villages. Many come to hike the scenic trails in this popular tourist destination. We certainly did! We stayed two days and one night. The views were incredible and the villages full of charm. If I were to do it again, I would have stayed a second night because there was more to do and see.
Where we stayed? La Torretta Lodge Manarola. Homey, charming and spacious with a complimentary breakfast buffet and happy hour featuring local wines. We loved the gracious staff and the rooms were a perfect combination of old world and modern design. Plus views that will awaken your soul!
Where we ate? We enjoyed fresh fish and an incredible view at Marina Piccola. We ate pizza from "fast food" shops along the way. We devoured LOTS of gelato because it was warm and our favorite place was Alberto Gelateria.
Things to do :
HIKE! This is a must do. We took the train from Manarolo to Corniglia. Then we hiked from Corniglia to Vernazza which was no easy task. There is a fair amount of climbing up and down on dusty trails and broken, uneven steps. It was a rigorous, physically challenging trail but the views were absolutely stunning. Plus a pretty cool adventure for us as a family. It took about 3 hours. Bring LOTS of water and wear proper sneakers.
Drink Granita. My boys LOVED this lemonade slushy. Fresh, flavorful and delicious. This is what helped us get through our hike.
Manarolo Vineyard Walk. If you can bear to walk more after the big hike, this is a great trail through the grape vineyards with a view overlooking the town and sea. Lots of beautiful pockets and photo opps on this pathway.
The next blog stop will be PARMA - the food capital of Italy. I can't wait to share the photos from this part of our trip. Until then, arrivederci!