Cinque Terre, Monterosso

Northern Italy is as geographically diverse as it is enchanting: the Alps, vast lakes and vineyards crawling down almost every hill, rugged coastlines and all those towns, speckled with architectural wonders. A much needed indulgence for any wanderlust soul.


Bologna amber has yielded to the Mediterranean azure of another Northern Italy wonder – Cinque Terre. Or I should better say wonders – five beautiful villages, lodged along the Italian Riviera near Genoa and La Spezia. By the end of the 19th century Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore were only accessible by water and now, the best way to go there is either by train, or by boat. And if you’re terrified of sailing, like me, you definitely go for the mountain train :D.



The villages are 2 or 3 kilometers away from each other and the route to Monterosso (the last village and farthest away) is 20 minutes. Generally the train moves in tunnels through the mountain, but seldom you have the chance to spot views like this.



And this :).



We have been pressed for time and couldn’t visit all the five villages, in fact we have followed a local lady’s advise to go for the last one only – Monterosso al mare.



Monterosso is probably the most visited of the five villages and it’s the only one with a beach. Walking around you see the guest houses and the small hotels perking on the rocks, smothered in vineyards and shrub.


And this is what you get taking off the train.



Tiny seaside cafes and restaurants.



Farewell to the Mediterranean, I always miss you dearly :).



Off to the Voluptuous Venice.



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Have a magical summer,




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