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Cinque Terre, a Walk to Remember in Italy

COVID-19, be gone! It took me some time to get inspiration for what to write about this week’s blog post. I miss walking outside so much thus I decided to write about my one-day adventure in Cinque Terre, Italy.

It was a very long walk and tiring, yet made me so happy. Oh, how I wish to experience it again, especially at times like this!

Cinque Terre is the postcard image of colourful buildings on top of a cliff with a beautiful blue sea that some of you may have seen in Google.

The must-visit destination in Italy is located in the rugged Italian Riviera coastline and consists of five fishing villages:

  1. Riomaggiore
  2. Manarola
  3. Corniglia
  4. Vernazza
  5. Monterosso
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Some of you may want to hike and enjoy the beauty of the villages. But if you have limited time, the five villages are accessible by train.

The villages look similar from afar but actually, each has its own uniqueness. My tour guide suggested to start from the furthest village, Monterosso, and so I did.

Cinque Terre – Monterosso: Private Beach & Ristorante Miky

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Ok, I admit I didn’t know that we need to pay to enter the beach until I finished taking some photos and met my friend on the way out…

You can find accessible and non-accessible beaches in Cinque Terre. As you can see, despite many tourists, the private beach in Monterosso is very clean with beautiful view.

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I always search for popular eateries or restaurants before departing for my destination, especially when I have one full day for my own. If you wish to have lunch in Monterosso, I recommend Ristorante Miky.

Miky turned out to be a proper, elegant restaurant and not suitable for travellers with a low budget. However, Cinque Terre is a popular destination in Italy so you can expect the food prices are higher than in other places.

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I struggled a bit between price and dish selection that I want
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Seabass ravioli with shrimp and scampi – worth every Euro spent!

Cinque Terre – Vernazza: Short Hike, Beautiful Cemetery & Wonderful View

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So, you want to explore Italy’s fabulous five in one day? Trust me, your arch-support, comfy Mary Jane won’t help. You need sports shoes!

My numero uno destination in Vernazza is Santuario di Nostra Signora di Reggio, a renowned cemetery on top of a hill. A cemetery? Yes!

I highly suggested this place for a good exercise as you can see a wonderful view of the village from the top. Who cares when you have to hike for a few minutes plus conquer the natural staircases like this…

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To reach a cemetery that looks like this from the outside…

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But beautiful in the inside? Plus I got a wonderful, whole view of Vernazza!

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Cinque Terre – Corniglia: Refreshing Basil & Lemon Gelato

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Must-try: basil & lemon gelato by Gelateria Corniglia

I came here with just one goal in mind: to taste the famous basil & lemon gelato! You won’t be able to find this flavour anywhere else in Cinque Terre besides Corniglia.

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Cinque Terre – Manarola & Riomaggiore: Staircases, Seafood & Sunset

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I solemnly swear, even if you eat three cups of gelato, you’ll burn the calories off. I mean, look at the staircases in Manarola lol… My legs felt like jellyfish by the time I reached the hotel.

One thing that I regret is not enjoying the beautiful sunset view with fresh, fried seafood as dinner. I couldn’t remember if it’s Manarola or Riomaggiore – the fried seafood in a paper cup is a must-have.

So please, if COVID-19 has passed and you plan to visit Italy, take your time to enjoy the beautiful Cinque Terre. Don’t miss the sunset and make sure you wear super comfy shoes 🙂

Postpone your trip, don’t cancel. Save tourism.

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