a long weekend in Cinque Terre, Italy - part 2

Thursday, September 11, 2014

In June I began telling you all about my Springtime holiday to beautiful Cinque Terre in a long weekend in Cinque Terre, Italy - part 1. Then I went to Japan and all thoughts of Italy were sidetracked. 

But I must finish where I left off! If you've never explored this little corner of the world I thoroughly recommend it. The Italian Riviera is a must see on anyone's travel wish list. So...

On day two of our holiday we decided to pull out our walking shoes and complete the 3.5 km walk from Monterosso al Mare (where we were staying) to Vernazza. It was a hot day, even for Spring but the landscape and views were both worth the sweat.

our first view of Vernazza on the walk from Monterosso al Mare

The walking path between Monterosso al Mare and Vernazza hugs the terraced cliffs, so we were treated to sea views for most of the walk. And there were plenty of spots to sit, relax and enjoy the views as well... even the dogs on the trail seemed impressed!

Dog on walking trail to Vernazza, Italy

Walking down into Vernazza was just as visually interesting... washing hanging from windows, the smell of freshly baked pastries and the salty sea air, vibrant colours and the chatter of many happy holiday makers.

Walking down into Vernazza amoungst the coloured walls - Italy
walking down into Vernazza

Fishing boats - Vernazza, Italy
local fishing boats

Of course we headed directly for the sea, only stopping for gelato and water. I had the most delicious pineapple flavoured gelato. For any kiwis our there reading - it tasted just like a pineapple fruju :)

Indulging in gelato - Vernazza, Italy

Then the boys went for a swim while us girls sunbathed. Others did yoga on the rocks...

Yoga on the rocks - Vernazza, Italy

By mid afternoon our stomachs were growling, so we followed our noses and feasted on fresh seafood Italian pasta and beer.

Fresh seafood pasta - Vernazza, Italy

Bellies full, we moved on to local wine and then meandered around the town until it was time to leisurely make our way home... 

Looking back to Monterosso al Mare from Vernazza - Italy
the view looking back to Monterosso al Mare

Do you have a favourite seaside town in Europe? I think Cinque Terre might just be my #1 spot :)

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14 comments

  1. Cinque Terre is my number one too! I also love the Lithuanian part of the Curonian Spit. So beautiful.

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    1. One of the most beautiful spots in the world in my opinion :) Thanks for stopping by Elizabeth.

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  2. Cinque Terre is on my pinterest list of places to go! It looks stunning! I've never been anywhere in Italy, my European seaside would be Albufeira (or Lisbon, it's almost sea!) in Portugal :) x

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    1. Oh wow, Portugal is one of the places I am yet to go - but it's well and truly on my list. Thanks for the recommendation. I would totally recommend spending few weeks in Italy if you have the time one day. My favourite in-land spot is Tuscany, and I love Florence too!

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  3. Beautiful photographs, I'd love to visit. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you! Hope you're having a fab week ;)

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  4. I've been seeing so many blog posts about Cinque Terre and everyone says how amazing it is! The Italian Riviera is definitely creeping up on my list of places to visit right now :D

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    1. It's beautiful Camila. I would recommend going in the 'shoulder season', when it's not to oppressively hot (but still hot enough to swim), and when there's less tourists.

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  5. These photos are so beautiful! I hear so many great things about Cinque Terre and those views are incredible. I hope to visit one day! Carly :)

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    1. Another spot for your travel bucket list. Cinque Terre is a must experience spot in the world!

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  6. so gorgeous! I wish that I had been able to visit when I was in Italy

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    1. You can always come back... you know you want to :)

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  7. I did this exact walk this summer. Utter bliss. The walk between the towns is truly where the beauty of the landscape comes alive!

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    1. I couldn't agree more. A feast for the eyes!

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