Italy is a beautiful country with many gorgeous destinations and this time we would visit Cinque Terre!
In the middle of August, a few days after our trip in magical Trentino, we looked up nice places in Cinque Terre but… the prices of staying there were ridiculous. So Sara came up with a brilliant idea – we would stay in La Spezia, a city that is near Cinque Terre. We found our beautiful four day home at Brin Apartments: it was cozy, had a modern style with a flair of classiness, but most importantly, it was close to our favorite mode of
We arrived the night before on 21st August and settled our things which included grocery shopping at Coop and a night stroll in downtown La Spezia.
So the next day we went on our first trip over to Monterosso. It was a spectacular thirty-minute train ride where tunnels in the mountains would break into openings where we could see the crisp clear sea. When we finally stepped out of the Monterosso train station our vision was instantly flashed with astonishment, Monterosso was really as spectacular as people had talked about. On both the southern and northern ends there were hills that cradled the small town and dropped off where the sea began. By the shore ran a line of creamy yellow buildings burning bright in the hot summer sun and a few feet ahead stood a row of oleander brushes with white and pink flowers. As we neared the beach we could see how the open blue sky tied with the salt sea water.
We pitched our towels, dipped our toes, and finally submerged ourselves. We spent the rest of the day going in and out of the sea and reading East of Eden together (future review coming soon). We stayed until the sun lightly toasted our skin and headed back home to La Spezia where we enjoyed a gelato. Then for
Day two: Levanto and Vernazza
We woke…. not so bright and early for our
The train streaked into Vernazza, the second most northern Cinque Terre. We crawled through the narrow streets to reach the far end of town where yellow and terra cotta colored buildings curled around the small and gentle shore. It was much smaller and cozier but frankly a bit overcrowded. We spent our time strolling around the catwalk admiring the green cliffs and wavy patterns of eroded grey rock.
Day three and four: Romance and Portovenere
Despite making plans to visit Lerici the third day we were tired and sunburnt
Although we didn’t know it at the time we felt we had saved the best for last. From La
“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep Sea, and music in its roar:
I love not Man the less, but Nature more,
From these our interviews, in which I steal
To mingle with the Universe, and feel
What I can ne’er express, yet cannot all conceal.”
Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage