Cinque Terre, Italy
Editor’s Note: Since this short visit, I returned to Cinque Terre and spent a week hiking around. You can check out my more thorough travel guide to Cinque Terre here.
It seems like many moons ago that I shared a little bit of J&I’s anniversary cruise through the Med. (In case you missed that first post) So I’m going to make up for it today and share one of my most favorite places in the world that just happened to be on this cruise: Cinque Terre, Italy. J&I were only able to spend a day here because of the cruise itinerary but it was so amazing, I’m trying to convince one of my girlfriends to catch a flight to Milan with me and then drive over and spend a good amount of time hiking from village to village. Keep your fingers crossed for me, will ya?
Cinque Terre is a rugged piece of coast that dots northern Italy. It literally means “The Five Lands” which reference its five villages: Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore.
The views from all directions were beyond gorgeous. While we were descending the mountains looking down …. as we took a tiny boat from one village to another … and just walking around the villages admiring the chippy pastel colors of the houses … it was sensory overload … and I loved every minute of it.
While I don’t have a ton of tips to share for Cinque Terre, I do have to say it would make an amaaaazing destination for a honeymoon. I would recommend flying into Genoa and taking some time driving over to the villages. Maybe stop in Portofino for a spell. Once you’re in Cinque Terre, I’d recommend spending a little time in each village … hike the hills for some breathtaking views … swim … look for shells … enjoy the pesto and focaccia (the region’s specialties) … We had both at a small restaurant in Manarola and seriously, the best pesto and focaccia of my life. No lie.
Photography by Sarah Darcy of Classic Bride blog.