Italy… Paradise on earth. We’ve all seen the beautiful colored little houses of the villages of Cinque Terre in Italy. Well, after many years admiring them through my computer, I decided to take my car and plan a road trip to this dreamy place. Leaving from Toulon (France), it took my husband and I only 4 hours to get to Genoa, the closest place we decided to get to. Only the following day would we take the train from Genoa to the Cinque Terre.
Cinque Terre, as its name hints, consists of 5 littles villages located on the Italian Riviera: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglie, Manarola and Riomaggiore. Among these 5, we managed to see 3 of them and they were beautiful, just as expected.
Monteresso al Mare
Coming from Genoa, this one was our first stop. This gave us a good taste for what was expecting us. The train station is located right in front of the sea, from where you can admire the landscape of the villages.
Vernazza was beyond amazing. Off the train, you find yourself in the center of the village, surrounded by colorful boutiques and restaurants. Down the way, you’ll find the port and you’ll be able to admire the view of the entire village on the hill.
I really think that Riomaggiore is the treasure of the Cinque Terre. Its marina is breathtaking with cliffs, rocks, colorful houses and preserved nature. We enjoyed buying a cone filled with fried fish and onion rings and enjoyed a tasty gelato right next to the cliffs. We felt completely disconnected from the world, back to these fishermen’s villages that were once accessible only by the sea.
If you want to feel the dolce vita and admire beautiful landscapes, that’s definitely the place!