Second monkey’s paternal family came from Southern Italy. She had been to Italy before but never to this area. We heard that it was very beautiful and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so we decided we should visit this place.
Little monkey arranged for our accommodation in La Spezia, a five minute train ride from CinqueTerre. We stayed there for 3 nights and made it our base for checking out Cinque Terre. La Spezia is a very pleasant town itself with its own unique charm and delicious food. Our accommodation was perfect and walking distance from the train station for Cinque Terre. Our first day was spent on checking out Riomaggiore and then proceeding to Manarola. The trails on this part were closed so we were not able to do the hike.
The landscape is so beautiful – houses built on the cliff, with gardens overlooking the sea. The dry stone walls are said to have been built during medieval times. We decided to go directly to Monterosso the next day. This time, we were lucky – we were able to hike all the way to Vernazza and Corniglia. The hike is not that strenuous and the views are spectacular. ( so we kept on stopping to snap pictures like we always do.) and the sea breeze was so refreshing.
We managed to see all five towns that make up the Cinque Terre. Our time was so full of beautiful memories. Cinque Terre should be in your itinerary if ever you visit Italy.