It’s currently hovering around 0°C in London which makes the subject of this post, the stunning Cinque Terre, seen even more exotic and magical in comparison.
As with most things in modern life it was Pinterest that inspired us to look into taking a trip to Italy’s ‘five lands’ (how had I never heard of this place before?!) and once he found out hiking was involved M was quite literally in with both feet.
These five coastal villages are tiny but you could spend hours wandering all the winding alleyways. We were just passing through Riomaggiore and didn’t have too long to explore in between our train’s arrival and the ferry’s departure; we just followed our feet and soon found ourselves detouring off the main street and climbing to the top of a hill from where we enjoyed views over all the bay.
Take a moment to pity poor M, who was carrying a rucksack containing two weeks’ worth of both our stuff (while I trotted along behind with my little Louis Vuitton Speedy).
Our next stop was Manarola so we slowly headed down to the harbour from where we could catch the ferry just up the coast (a bargain at 2€ each). While we waited for the next boat we did the default British thing and had a nice cold pint, sitting in the sunshine on a terrace overlooking the Ligurian sea.
The ferry arrived and on we all piled. The journey to Manarola takes a matter of minutes, barely enough time for us to admire the view and take some snaps. For all its plus points (it’s many plus points) Firenze doesn’t have turquoise blue seas! Have you ever seen a colour like this? My eyes!
More from Italy coming up…