I'm Portuguese, live in Lisbon and I'm a travel addict!
I've been traveling since I was a teenager and I've been around the World a few times already.
This is my attempt to share with you my experiences and the knowledge I've collected after more than 20 years of non-stop traveling. Hope you like it!
You can read more about me here.
I LOVE Italy (I’ve been so happy there! 😜)! For me Cinque Terre summarizes what Italy has to offer best – a permanent atmosphere of romance!
True, they are, but each one of us has their own fantasies about a place. For me romance in Italy is Cinque Terre. If one day I happen to fall in love in this beautiful country, surely it would be here 😜 – more specifically in Riomaggiore.
As I mentioned before in another post about Monterosso al Mare – if you can, then choose to stay for one or two nights at one of the villages, instead of visiting it on a day-tour and spending only a few hours here.
To really know, or better yet, to really feel what life is like in one of these Italian villages, you have to be there when the huge mass of tourists departs.
Waking up inside a movie scene
Waking up in Riomaggiore, Vernazza or Manarola, in a room with a panoramic view, overlooking the village, listening to the sound of the waves crashing in the port is absolutely unreal!
You will feel like you’re in a movie (perhaps an American romantic comedy, than a Vittorio de Sica’s movie, but still …)
The villages are so beautiful that you just want to photograph everything you see there so you won’t forget any detail.
Colorful houses going up the hill, the mosaics on the walls and the floors, gift shops, the gardens with lemon trees and flowers, and the delicious smell of food… oh my God! I Love it! I feel like singing Dean Martin’s song: “That’s Amore!”
The Italian Food
Did you know that Cinque Terre is the birthplace of pesto and focaccia? No? I didn’t know it either. Someone told me that when I was there. I don’t know if it’s true or if it was just a joke, but anyway … good food is easy to find here.
The villages are a bit spoiled by tourism and now many restaurants are serving expensive and poor quality food. But if you “follow your nose” and see the places that the locals go to (if necessary ask them) then you can’t go wrong 😊
Fresh fish and seafood in general are always a good choice in Cinque Terre! After all before the tourists invaded the region, these were all fishing villages and many of the residents still fish daily.
Travel between the villages
You can easily travel between the villages by a boat or a train.
The most beautiful and scenic way to go is by a boat and when the boat approaches the villages you can see them in all their splendor!
It is also possible to walk between the villages – there are some hiking paths through the mountain slopes, but some of them were closed after a terrible flood in 2011 (due to the risk of landslides), and it is currently unknown when they will re-open, unfortunately.
Travel Tip: Fly to Pisa or Florence and from there take a train to Cinque Terre. Visit the villages and fall in love there 😊!