Thursday, September 12, 2013

Europe 2013: Cinque Terre

You can find my previous recaps here:

Wales
London
Paris
Barcelona
Rome
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After our disappointing time in Rome, we headed to the train station to head to La Spezia. The train ride was about 4 hours, but went by pretty quickly. Once we arrived in La Spezia, it was a short walk to our hotel named My One Hotel . We actually booked this part of our trip through a travel agent, which took some of the work out of it for us. Our hotel room was large with a separate sitting area and separate bedroom. The rest of the day was spent walking around La Spezia (it's a small little town), doing laundry and grabbing some dinner.

The next day we grabbed some breakfast at the hotel then packed up our backpack for an adventure! We walked to the train station (not even 10 minutes from the hotel) and took the train to the first of the five towns named Riomaggiore. We ended up just walking around the town and grabbing some great pictures before we hopped back on the train to the fourth town named Vernazza. 





After exploring, we headed to Vernazza to do the hike between there and Monterosso. There was a flood in 2011 that wiped out a lot of the trails, which is why we only did the one hike. The guide books say that it's not a hard hike, but there was definitely some good climbs in there! It took us about an hour and we are SOAKED in sweat by the end! The experience and views were so worth it though.


in Vernazza

Just starting the climb

Mid hike- nice face Mr.D


If you ever do this hike, make sure you wear proper shoes (ie: not sandals like we saw some girls wearing!), don't do it at 12pm in August and bring water :) Just some helpful hints. Once we arrived in Monterosso, we went for lunch at this little restaurant Cantina del Pescatore which was off the beaten path and also had their own wines. They had the best sandwiches! After our bellies were full, we headed to the beach to enjoy the sunshine.





Once we were beached out, we headed back to the hotel to shower, rest and change for some dinner. Our package came with voucher for dinner at a local restaurant, but I won't even tell you the name because the service and food was pretty bad! A terrible meal can always be improved by some fabulous gelato though!




One last stop on our trip and it was my personal piece of heaven...Positano

6 comments :

  1. Sounds amazing!! Great hike too.

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  2. I just read through these and the trip sounds like it was amazing! Love views and that beach looks awesome!

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  3. What a gorgeous place! Gelato does make everything better doesn't it?

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  4. Cinque Terre is one of my favorite places! Everything is so beautiful! And you can never go wrong with gelato! :)

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  5. That is the only part of the hike we got to do in Cinque Terre too because of all the rain when we were there. But the views were so so amazing and beautiful, it was so worth it! We didn't start our hike until about 4:30 pm so it was getting dark by the time we got to Montessoro and we did not get to enjoy the beaches.

    I should have told you to go to this amazing restaurant in Vernazza! It was one of the pizza places there and was one of the best meals we had the whole time we were in Europe!

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  6. Looks and sounds like an amazing stop on your Europe tour! I really really want to visit Cinque Terra some day but it's a destination I'm saving for when I am (hopefully) married some day as I'd like to do it as a couple as that area just seems so beautiful and romantic.

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