Honeymoon Travel Guide: Cinque Terre

Honeymoon Travel Guide: Cinque Terre

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?

P1110655Looking back at Vernazza from Monterosso.

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.

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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.

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P1110652 P1110661These colorful villages dotted the hillsides as we made our way back to Genoa. Each one usually had a church. Can you spot the steeple?

P1110683The port at Genoa.

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.

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3 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    March 10, 2013 / 6:51 AM

    First and foremost, it is a lovely area – full of young tourists and friendly locals. Driving is challenging in Cinque Terre, as is parking. Upon arriving in one of the towns, you may have to wait an extended time as visitors’ cars are allowed to enter only when parking becomes available in a structure. Consider train service to the area, then plan to walk insofar as you are able. Be aware of the many irregular stairs, which have their charms, and being on a constant incline. The trails that connect the towns are part of a park system, for which there is a reasonable fee. Swimming is lovely in small inlets that are protected by rocky outcroppings. When swimming, take time to observe the swell pattern, which affects how you get in and out of the water. A few scrapes against rocks are to be expected. Sunning is likely on a large rock, in close proximity to others. An extra towel can make it more comfortable. As for food, you cannot go wrong with the fresh fish, and as mentioned, the pesto is wonderful. My only concern was that the host at the hostel kept assuring us that the water from the tap was safe to drink, though we didn’t ask. She was a little too adamant about that.

  2. April 30, 2013 / 11:55 PM

    I recommend to all. a unique place in the world