Cinque Terre

Le Cinque Terre or quite literally, the five villages, consists of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Vernazza, Cornelia and Monterosso.

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This area of Italy was high on my must see list and it did not disappoint. It was unsurprisingly one of the standout places I visited, hands down.

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It’s not possible to drive between each village so the best way in my opinion is to walk. It won’t be quick but the views would be worth it.

I say would be because sadly, despite being July and the middle of summer the day my group was going to walk between them all it was really bad weather in the morning and a lot of the paths were closed.

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We instead got an all day train ticket which will take you between all of the villages.

It’s pretty fast to get to each village by rail…once your train eventually turns up. This is Italy after all and attention to schedule is not a thing.

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Luckily, as our day went on the sun eventually came out and it was truly spectacular.

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Riomaggiore is the popular base with a majority of people basing themselves here to explore the other villages.

There’s a large variety of dining on offer and it’s worth going to the small dock area and enjoying a drink in the afternoon with a view.

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When you see images of Cinque Terre in any tourism feature chances are it was taken of Manarola.

The iconic picture of the colourful village beside the sea I found out is actually achieved when you climb a hill to the village’s cemetery.

Who would’ve thought, the most beautiful scenery would be found there!

Here’s a few more images from around the Cinque Terre..

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