Cinque Terre was postcard pretty. I still can't get over how colorful the five italian villages were. It's a unique place to visit and must see, especially if you want to take a break from the fast pace of larger Italian cities.
The villages are filled with 3 and 4-story rainbow colored buildings, perched on top of rocky mountains with bright blue ocean swirling below... it was like a dream. We stayed in Vernazza, one of the smaller villages with a tiny "downtown" filled with shops, restaurants and a rocky beach with sun-tanning tourists. There is a train that connects each village together (I recommend taking the train if you don't want to hike between the villages). If you are staying in vernazza, keep in mind that the train goes right downtown (we made the mistake of staying in a hotel right by the station and we had a hard time falling asleep with the train barreling through the mountainside!)
The next time we visit Cinque Terre, I want to stay in one of the larger villages -- Monterosso al Mare is right by the beach (no tricky steps to walk down) and the beach is lined with gorgeous stripped umbrellas and comfy lounge chairs. I'd also remember to pack things like a bathing suit and light sun dresses :) (I was so concerned about wearing appropriate clothes in italian churches I completely forgot that we were going to visit a beach town!! #fail). If you plan to hike on the trails in the mountains that connect the villages bring proper shoes. sandals won't cut it. AND most importantly, don't forget to get some fresh, hot focaccia bread with a side of salty pesto and RELAX :)
all photos c/o: my husband :)
Have you visited Cinque Terre?!