If you missed my previous posts I spent some time in Pisa and Florence with the sibs but a highlight for me was going to Cinque Terre for the day. It’s an absolutely beautiful place well worth checking out and super easy to get to! You’ll probably recognise parts of it as so many people pop up photos online due to the pastel coloured houses and abundance of Instagram backdrop snaps. In summary Cinque Terre is a string of little villages along the coast that are home to little shops, restaurants and beach getaways. You can hike between them but there is a train system. A lot of people go for the day but you can stay at guest houses and spend a few days going between them and relaxing. There are vineyards, boats, gorgeous views from balconies to sip your wine on etc.
We got the train from Pisa which was super simple and took about an hour. We headed to the furthest stop Monterosso which is also the biggest and most popular. The beach there is very stretched out with a ton of bright umbrellas and an amazing turquoise sea. The little village centre has some stunning buildings with lovely prints and patterns. We grabbed lunch from a little bistro that was delicious and everything was photogenic. From there we hiked to Vernazza which was quite the climb! I don’t think the heat helped as every uphill step was sweaty and evil. The views were breathtaking and the small moments of shade were even more welcomed. If it’s a cooler day I’m sure the hike is really enjoyable and it took us around two hours to do I think. Once in Vernazza we overdosed on gelato, slushies and water to gain back our strength. People were swimming and jumping from rocks which looked really enticing but we hopped on the train to head to Manarola as I really wanted to catch the iconic gram opportunity. Manarola has a scenic view point (just follow the people) which is the first photo in this post. The pastel coloured-buildings on their little hill require no filter and are such a lovely sight to see.
My whole experience of Cinque Terre was positive and I’d love to spend a long weekend exploring each village properly and really relax. Seeing people swimming, lying on their sun beds and just soaking up the sun in the little cafes made me quite envious. We rushed to see all the highlights (and I’m so glad we did) but definitely give yourself more time if that’s an option! The boat trip between the villages is meant to be equally gorgeous as you can see the cliffs and houses with the sea as a foreground. If you’re going to Pisa or Florence you have to come here and remember to pack extra memory cards as you will be snapping away like no tomorrow.