Riomaggiore, Italy (Cinque Terre)
Lacey and I spent a brief, yet wonderful 2 days in the Cinque Terre as a layover stop between Rome and Milan during our trip to Italy. The 5 towns of the Cinque Terre (Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, Riomaggiore) were once regarded as a few of the best kept secrets in Italy. It seems like the world has caught on as it was pretty much flooded with tourists while we were there. The 5 towns are very unique in that they are all self sustaining farming and fishing communities. Cars are not allowed in the towns themselves, except for the occasional delivery truck or two. There is a walkway/trail connecting each of the towns if you’re looking for some exercise. If walking isn’t your thing (you shouldn’t go to Europe) you can hop on a train along the coastline that stops in each of the 5 towns.
If you’re a foodie, you’ll find world class seafood dishes from nearly every restaurant in these towns. Lacey and I were pleased to find some amazing pizza and gelato shops as well.
The best part of this brief trip for us was (besides getting engaged of course) the hike through the Cinque Terre National Park from Monterosso to Vernazza. The scenery was seriously like being in a real life fairy tale. Check out the pics below for proof.
Spend a few extra bucks and get a room with a view of the Mediterranean
Wear running shoes if you’re going to hike through the National Park. There is some fairly technical terrain in spots
Stop by “Edi’s” laundromat in Riomaggiore. Edi himself frequents this location and has many hook-ups through out the town from hotel rooms to restaurants. He’s also happy to share his homemade limoncello with travelers 🙂