Italia ! Amore mio !
Aaaaaaaaaaaah Italy… or my favorite country in the whole world. Since I first visited Rome a few years before, I promised myself I’ll go there once a year, as a retreat, just to find myself again, think and come back more powerful than never. So each time, I discover a new place and this year I went to the famous Cinque Terre.
Not like all my previous trips before, I experience my first romantic getaway in Italy.
There is no such place as Italy to fall in love. And I mean falling in love with everything. Falling in love for the colors, the music, the language, the Italian people yelling on a vespa and the smell of the pasta being cooked. You fall in love every minute, every second with life.
Yes Cinque Terre is very romantic. It is also very touristic. So my very first advice will be : avoid going there during summer. Prefer may or september.
We went there on the beginning of May, and unfortunately, we didn’t had a great weather.But even with the rain, you enjoy all the pretty colors, small streets and amazing views on the 5 villages.
The Cinque Terre are 5 villages built in a extraordinary way on cliffs along the Italian coast. Not too far from each other (3 minutes by train) they are only reachable by small trains. No cars, no motorcycle, nothing.
The very first one called: Monterosso is a great place where to stay and also where to eat (I mean you eat well in each of them but Monterosso has these small trattoria where only 3 tables fit and the mama is cooking)
From there, it takes you only 4 minutes to reach the second one Vernazza. All of them are very cute and super small. You spend more or less an hour or two per village and can easily do the five of them in a day. In our case, we preferred to take our time and stop in each villages in a café (no we are not lazy…)
Comes just after Vernazza, Corniglia, the only village not that close to the sea. Higher than the other ones, you have an impressive view on the coast and on the 4 other villages.
I guess that if you want to run from the touristic crowd, you will like Corniglia. Less popular than the other ones, you will enjoy more the empty little streets and the view.
After Corniglia, just 2 minutes in train, there is my super favorite village : Manarola.
Of course it’s my favorite one, because the village looks like a postcard but also because we found our perfect spot to have a nice view on the village while sipping nice red wine and eating bruschetta. I think we spent half of our stay in this café/restaurant situated on the top of the village and called : Nessun Dorma
It’s a real piece of heaven. Quiet and calm, we just spend our time laughing and looking at the people. We couldn’t ask for more. Again, this place was perfect because we were alone. I’m pretty sure that in July-August it’s crowed… but still you can’t take away the magic of the Cinque Terre.
Then comes the last little colorful village : Riomaggiore. Probably the most famous one and also the biggest one.
Yes Italy is still my favorite country in the world and there are so many reasons why. It’s even more my favorite one when you share it with special people…