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I can’t stop myself – drifting off and dreaming of the places I visited in Italy. They are still so fresh in my mind.
One of my favourite days was spent exploring the ‘Cinque Terre’ region on the Italian Riviera in Italy…
This Unesco World Heritage site is made up of 5 villages (The five lands) Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. Set against a rugged coastline these fishing villages have kept an alluring charm from days gone by.
Lots of tourists visit this area to walk the trails between the five villages. You can also access the villages by train or ferry. There is limited car access.
Our day visiting Cinque Terre was just after another landslide in September 2012. So we decided to use the train and ferry.
It was one of those days that just being outside made you feel good. The sky was such a brilliant blue against the intense colour of the Mediterranean…
We set off from Santa Margharita by train to Monterosso al Mare, the first of the five villages. We had coffee and cake by the sea…what a beautiful view….
We decided to take the ferry to the next village, Vernazza. This gave me – and the camera 🙂 a much better view of the villages..
Vernazza was our ‘lunch stop’..We had a beautiful seafood pasta and some local wine after exploring the village and its many different levels, alleyways and stairs.
There was so much to see and take in….the beautiful, colourful houses nestled in amongst the rugged rocks. The colourful rows of fishing boats and the bright, beautiful flowers in every colour imaginable…
The mountainsides around the villages are heavily terraced. Many of the locals make their livelihood from growing grapes, olives and lemons on these very steep slopes.
We didn’t actually explore Corniglia, we decided to admire it from the ferry (as there was a fair bit of walking uphill involved) and head to the last village, Riomaggiore for a swim..
Riomaggiore was beautiful. Its been a few years since I’ve had a swim in the Meditteranean and it was fantastic. The water was so refreshing and I could have stayed there forever looking up at the cliffs above.
Our last stop was the village of Manarola..where we had a late afternoon aperitif sitting at a bar perched high up on a cliff 🙂
This is a truly beautiful part of Italy to visit…
Im just going to sit back, relax and continue to dream about it…….