A few years ago, we published a book with a picture of the Cinque Terre region on the cover, and ever since then I’ve watched as more and more people I knew came for a visit. They all raved about how beautiful it was here, so I decided I needed to see it for myself.
Cinque Terre is made up of 5 small villages along the coast: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare. Originally I made a list of which village I’d like to stay in before realizing Manarola was the only one with a hostel – but it worked out in my favour because Manarola had, in my opinion, the absolute most picturesque views.
Unfortunately it was also pretty hilly, so this was the first time I had to actually hike with my 20 kilo backpack, and it happened while I was in the midst of a cold.
After a thorough investigation of everything Manarola had to offer, I decided to take the train over to Riomaggiore.
There are beautiful coastal hikes between the villages, but I decided I wasn’t in any state to complete them (in addition is was also raining and I just couldn’t do it – something for next time!). Due to my cold I also wasn’t able to eat gelato, and instead had to have with a cup/pot of tea in each town instead.
After I finally warmed up in the hostel, I went back outside in Manarola, to check out the town at night. Since the town is all hills, they had to make modifications to the benches which I think is hilarious!