The Cinque Terre otherwise known as five lands/villages….my memories include:
- One of the hottest days we had experienced on our trip and sweating probably the most we have ever sweat in one day!
- Being so excited (literally like a kid on Christmas day) coming over each hill and around each corner hoping to finally see the view of the next village.
- Kicking myself for not bringing my togs (I eventually went in regardless).
- And just generally loving this day and this experience and wishing we had longer to spend here.
This was one of the places I was soooo looking forward to visiting and one where I hadn’t been before. Having seen pictures and hearing about it from others I was so excited to get there and see it for myself. Unfortunately due to our extremely tight schedule we had literally 1/2 a day there but with daylight savings meant we had until about 8pm. We based ourselves in La Spezia where it’s a quick easy train ride to each town, or to either the closest or furthest town and then an extremely long walk from one town to the next. By the time we arrived and got the train it was already midday and we were trying to fit in all 5 towns that afternoon! Big mistake! Take it from me, you need more than 1 day here! We first arrived at Monterosso by train where immediately I wanted to just spend the afternoon in the water which looked so amazing! But with 4 more villages to visit, there was no time for this 🙁 .
We started the walk to the next village, Vernazza, thinking this would be a nice way to really experience the area. Well we completely underestimated how long this would take, over two hours later walking in the extreme heat with no shade we finally reached the next village. This is where I was getting in the water fully clothed and all! At one point along the walk we came across an old man making and selling homemade lemonade from a stand in the middle of nowhere on the side of this cliff. At that point I would have probably paid $100 Euro for a glass, but we couldn’t even stand the heat to wait in the queue of people. From here we decided to catch the train to the next villages, otherwise there was no way we would make it to all of them, plus we needed a break after that first walk!
Our next village Corniglia was 377 steps up the hill, again glad we didn’t walk to this one, and unlike the other villages doesn’t have access to the sea. However because we didn’t walk there, I knew we missed that view I was anticipating throughout the whole of the first walk – coming over the rise and seeing the village. So I had to back track a bit and try and find my view, as pictured here.
Manarola was our last stop as it got dark before we even got to Riomaggiore and the train wouldn’t be running long enough for us to make it there and back so we only made it to 4/5 villages. Here I was literally running around trying to get my shots before I lost the light entirely. Still an absolutely amazing day.