Travel Guide: Cinque Terre, Italy (Part 1)

Cinque Terre is a series of five towns aligned on the West coast of Italy. Cinque Terre is a national park and is truly stunning.

We took the train from Rome to Riomaggiore, the most Southern of the five towns. After a five hour train ride from Rome, we were so happy to sit down overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and enjoy a glass of wine.

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There are two ways to navigate Cinque Terre. Cars aren’t allowed in the towns, but you can take the train from town to town, or hike the trail between towns. Unfortunately the trail between Riomaggiore and Manarola was closed, so after visiting Riomaggiore we hopped back on the train to Manarola.

Once we got to Manarola, we checked in to our hostel, which was in an amazing location up at the top of the town, overlooking the city and sea.

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Manarola is perhaps one of the most quaint of the towns. It doesn’t have much in the way of accommodations and closes up shop pretty early compared to the other towns. This was a nice change of pace after the big city chaos of Rome.

After settling in, we went down to the water and swam in the Mediterranean Sea. Even though I’m not usually a big fan of being in the ocean, I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to swim in Italy. We were all so surprised at how salty and bouyant the water is!

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After about an hour of swimming and cliff jumping (during which both boys cut their feet open!), we left to get ready for dinner.

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We had one of the most amazing meals of our life at Il Porticciolo. We ordered a bruschetta, pizza, and an out of this world seafood sampler.

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This was absolutely one of the best meals we have had on the trip, if not ever!

Our first night in Cinque Terre was incredible. Riomaggiore and Manarola were stunning and made us so excited to see the next three towns the following day!

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