Viva Italia! Yes, we continued our coastal adventure into Italy, where we got even more sun-kissed, had more rugged coastlines to view and not 1, but 5 beaches to choose from!
I must admit that I felt a little reluctant biding farewell to France, thinking of how I would miss their croissants, delectable French food, quaint little towns and the leisurely pace along the South of France. And I did missed the more temperate climate, as we felt the temperature going up a notch as we crossed the border.
So sitting in the hot stuffy Trenitalia trains for nearly 5hours and coupled with the less-than-comprehensive train system, I was like, Argh what were we thinking putting Cinque Terre on our itinerary? It seems so inaccessible!
According to our train ticket, we had to change trains twice but we ended up changing 3 times. And when we finally got to 1 of the villages at Cinque Terre, we dropped off only to find everyone else as confused as we were!
What could be more welcoming than to drop off at a station with no clear train information, a PA system blaring with incomprehensible Italian instructions and packed with tourists who didn’t seem to know where they were going… Oh the chaos and the heat were definitely getting to me!
But anyway, we somehow figured our connecting train to Vernazza, where we were putting up at.
And after such a long train ride, the journey ‘home’ was not quite complete yet…
But after conquering those steps with our luggage and upon stepping into our apartment, our fatigue immediately melted away…
And after resting for awhile in our cosy room, we got out to explore Vernazza. And upon seeing the village bathed in the golden sunlight, and after being fed well at a local restaurant, I started to warm up to this Italian village…
So yes, that was how we arrived into Cinque Terre. And as our journey continued, I was slowly but surely being charmed by these 5 villages and by the end of it, I understood why so many people flock or even dream about coming here…
Okay l’ll let the pictures do the talking – here’s the rest of our journey of la bella Cinque Terre 🙂
After 4 days, I was captivated by the villages’ blue-emerald waters, magnificent views and village life (you can still see hints of it despite the hordes of tourists). And by the end of it, you guessed it, I was sorely reluctant to say goodbye to Cinque Terre.
So if you’re a sucker for coastal views and beaches like me, I won’t hesitate recommending that you pay Cinque Terre a visit – despite the inconveniences of getting there, I found that it was all worth it, for the views and experience of holidaying by the Italian Riveria.
And I was glad that we did it while we still had some trace of fitness left in us – those treks weren’t cruisey at all!
So that, my friends, was our experience at la bella Cinque Terre 🙂 Next up would be our last pitstop of our European Summer adventure, Milan!