Ciao bellas! It’s been about two weeks since I have returned from my European adventures, and I’m already having withdrawal symptoms. Living in Florence for five weeks was the most magical and surreal experience, and I’m so very grateful for all the beautiful people I met and the amazing things I saw. I’ve completely fallen in love with Italians and their culture, and I’m hoping I can return very, very soon… In the meantime, sharing my adventures and photos with you will have to do. Perhaps, it’ll even be therapeutic (or just make me miss it even more…).
One of my favorite day trips in Italy was to Cinque Terre. Located along the coastline in the Liguria region, Cinque Terre is comprised of five towns. You’ve probably seen pictures on your Pinterest page, and it really is just as picturesque in real life.
My friends and I took the trip with Bus2Alps, who were really great with organizing everything and setting an itinerary for us. And while they only take you to 3 of the 5 towns, they leave enough free time for those who want to visit them by themselves.
From Florence, we took a bus up to Cinque Terre and from there, we made our way to La Spezia train station, which took us to our first town: Manarola. This place is all your Pinterest dreams in reality. Absolutely breathtaking.
From Manarola, we took the train to the next town, Vernazza, where we enjoyed a quick little seafood snack.
Yes, my friends, that is a seafood cone. A whole cone filled with fried calamari, mussels, shrimp, and fish...just looking at this makes my mouth salivate! This was probably one of the most memorable meals I had cause I'm a sucker for fresh seafood.
After getting our seafood cone, we burned off some calories by hiking through Vernazza to the next town, Monterosso al Mare. The hike may be challenging for some, but the views are sooo worth it. Just put on some sneakers, take it slow, and soak in all the beautiful scenery…
After finally getting to Monterosso, we spent the rest of the day relaxing on the beach and swimming in the deep blue waters all while enjoying their famous “bucket drinks” (a whole bucket filled with a cocktail of your choice or fresh smoothie). You can also rent kayaks and paddleboards, as well. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you can go cliff jumping, but definitely do so before you down a whole bucket drink!
These five little towns offered some of the most spectacular views I’ve ever seen. And just when I thought this place couldn’t get any better, this region is also the birthplace of pesto and focaccia bread (aka my two favorite things!!).
Looking through these photos brings back so many good memories yet slightly depressed that I'm not there still...I'm just itching to return to bella Italia! I hope this gave you wanderlust :) Stay tuned for more of my European adventures.
*Originally published on Violets for Vivien