Last week I’ve decided to take a little trip to Cinque Terre, an area consisting of 5 small colorful towns in Tuscany, in the area of La Spezia, Italy.
We’ve decided to explore all of the towns in 1 single day, ending with a relaxing few hours at the beach of the last of those towns – Monterosso, which is also the biggest of them.
First off we got to La Spezia from Florence, where we had to switch trains to the towns of Cinque Terre. It was a cloudy day when we got there, but we’ve still gotten some amazing experiences!
The first town we got to was Riomaggiore, which is more natural than the others. The beautiful landscapes and hills of Riomaggiore, surrounded by the waters of the Ligurian sea were breathtaking.
Next one was Manarola, a little colorful town on the top of a hill, which was my #1 pick all along, seeing all those beautiful pictures of it online.
When we’ve arrived in the town, it was pretty similar to the first one, but when we got to the coastal area, the views of the town took my breath away.
Exactly how I expected, the town, with its dreamy views, was the place to be.
Third destination was Corniglia, the very next town from Manarola, which took a while to get to, as we had to climb an amount of steps, which was tiring, but offered us amazing views at the previous towns that we just came from.
After half an hour of going up the hill, we entered the old center of the town, which surprisingly looked quite different from the other previous ones. The center of Corniglia was colorful, but yet contained more tuscan-like architecture and colors, which we didn’t expect from it.
As we wandered through the streets, we’ve ended up at a beautiful church, which for a little town like Corniglia, looked wonderful from both the exterior and interior.
When we’re done with the church, we headed down the streets to explore more of the city. Hunger striked and we ended up at a terrace of a local restaurant, accompanied by an amazing view of the colorful buildings of the town and the beautiful hills filled with trees, with a trail that lead to the other towns.
Right after eating our delicious pasta with an amazing view, we headed back down to the train station for the next town – Vernazza.
When we got to Vernazza, the city was pretty similar to Manarola, with both the architecture and the coast.
We’ve stayed there for a while and then headed to the last destination – Monterosso.
Our last stop – Monterosso, the largest one of all those towns, had a beach where we’ve decided to stay for a while, enjoying the sun & water (which was freezing cold by the way).
As usual, after a few hours of laying in the sun we all got sunburnt, which we all regretted later, but it was surely worth it!
We could not stay on the sun for much longer after that, so we chose to walk around the city and explore it a little. Going up to the 2 towers in the city, which we thought was a church, but we were mistaken – as it was a private residence.
We’ve walked up the steps to see the towers closely and seen the landscapes of the town from the top, which was pretty cool.
That was the last of the adventures before we headed back home to Florence, exhausted and tired from walking and exploring the places since early morning.
All of the towns in Cinque Terre are pretty similar, but each has a completely different atmosphere.
It’s a beautiful travel destination, especially if you’re a photographer searching for some pretty amazing places to shoot, but if you’re looking for a beach, I’d recommend elsewhere, such as Amalfi coast or Tropea, as Cinque Terre doesn’t have much sand but rather a rocky surface (excluding Monterosso, which has a small beach area with sand and pebble stones).