Italy

La Bella Cinque Terre

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!

1st sign to greet us in Vernezza.. eeks
1st sign to greet us.. eeks

But anyway, we somehow figured our connecting train to Vernazza, where we were putting up at.

1st glimpse of Vernezza
1st glimpse of Vernazza

And after such a long train ride, the journey ‘home’ was not quite complete yet…

The route up to our apartment.. there were alot more steps than featured in this pic!
The route up to our apartment.. there were alot more steps than featured in this pic!

But after conquering those steps with our luggage and upon stepping into our apartment, our fatigue immediately melted away…

How cute is this room?? It was really clean too!
How cute is this room?? We had our own shower and kitchenette 😀 It was really clean too!

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…

Vernezza by sunset
Vernazza by sunset

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 🙂

Starting our 1st trek at 8am! We took the train to Corniglia to start off
Starting our 1st trek at 8am! We took the train to Corniglia to start off
I found it interesting that nearly every house in Corniglia had a pot of basil just outside their door
I found it interesting that nearly every house in Corniglia had a pot of basil just outside their door
We walked through the village of Corniglia and it was time to go on to the next village!
We walked through the village of Corniglia and it was time to go on to the next village!
Ms Gan still smiling and full of energy at this stage
Ms Gan still smiling and full of energy at this stage
The village of Corniglia getting smaller.. oohh check out how blue the waters are
The village of Corniglia getting smaller.. oohh check out how blue the waters are
Yup, we were heading to our 'home' village
Yup, we were heading to our ‘home’ village
1st glimpse of Vernazza from afar.. look how blue the waters are!
1st glimpse of Vernazza from afar
Hi Vernazza, we meet again!
Hi Vernazza, we meet again!
Continuing our trek
But guess what? That wasn’t our final destination so off we go again!
At this stage, the sun was well and truly up, and we were well and hot enough to jump into these waters
At this stage, the sun was well and truly up, and we were well and hot enough to jump into these waters
Love locks with Vernazza in the distance
Love locks with Vernazza in the distance
A vineyard along the trek... can u imagine the locals going up and down the hill everyday?
A vineyard along the trek… can u imagine the locals going up and down the hill everyday?
Destination in sight!
Destination in sight!
We have reached Monteresso!
We have reached Monteresso!
How can you resist those waters?
How can you resist those waters?
It was a quick lunch in the village before we hit the waters :)
It was a quick lunch in the village before we hit the waters 🙂
Beautiful day out in Monteresso
Beautiful day out in Monteresso
Back to our 'home' village for the evening
Back to our ‘home’ village for the evening
The local children playing soccer
The local children playing soccer
Goodnight Vernazza!
Goodnight Vernazza!
Doing our trek early in the morning again. This time, we started off from Riomaggiore
Doing our trek early in the morning again. This time, we started off from Riomaggiore

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MORE steps to conquer
MORE steps to conquer
We did the inland hike which was WAY harder
We did the inland hike which was WAY harder
More vineyards on the hill
More vineyards on the hill
Yay we have reached the village of Manorola!
Yay we have reached the village of Manorola!
As we walked through the village...
As we walked through the village…
...our mouths went slightly agape again when we saw their beautiful waters
…our mouths went slightly agape again when we saw their beautiful waters
Oh no, I seriously can't decide which is my favourite village!
Manorola watching over the waters
Yay we made it through our 2nd trek!
Yay we made it through our 2nd trek!
Doesn't it look majestic?
Doesn’t it look majestic?
We went away from the main area to swim in this quieter spot
We went away from the main area to swim in this quieter spot
We spent abt an hr here, and I got to explore a cave, swim round the corner to behold the view of Manorola from the waters, and accidentally touched a jellyfish... whee!
We spent abt an hr here, and I got to explore a cave, swim round the corner to behold the view of Manorola from the waters, and accidentally touched a jellyfish… whee!
Back to Vernazza again, for dinner and to wind down
Back to Vernazza again, to have another swim, dinner and wind down
The sun starts to set...
The sun starts to set…
Goodbye Cinque Terre!
…And we bid goodnight to Vernazza one last time

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!

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