Italian Culture · Photography · Travel

Final Stop of Our European Road Trip: The Weaving Streets of Cinque Terre


Vernazza is the only town of the Cinque Terre that has a natural port

Stunning snapshots of Cinque Terre (which means Five Lands in Italian) have been peppering my Instagram and Facebook newsfeeds since I moved to Italy. It’s less than a two hours train ride from Bologna so several of Evan’s classmates have been, which made it a necessary last stop on our road trip. Well, we made a mistake.

Don’t get me wrong – theย one village of Cinque Terre that we were able to see (Vernazza) was beautiful and quaint. Our mistake was made when we tried to drive there. Our initial plan was to stop in the northernmost town, Monterosso al Mare,ย but we ran into a hiccup when (after driving almost an hour out of our way, down winding roads and tiny mountain towns) we discovered that the limited parking spots in the town were full.

No problem! We’ll just head to the next town, Vernazza, and grab some lunch there. Well, while the two towns are technically right next to each other on the coast, if you have a car that means you have to drive all the way up the mountain then all the way back down.

The journeyย was filled with sharp turns, crumbling roads, and breathtaking views. After almost 40 additional minutes in the car, we finally arrived in Vernazza, parked our car, and walked another 20 minutes into the tiny town.

While I’m thrilled that we were able to view just a handful of the areas picturesque landscapes, I will definitely be taking the train next time I visit. Perhaps for a weekend spent backpacking between the five towns, which seems to be the thing to do in Cinque Terre.

I loved the vibrant colors of the buildings
The Belforte Tower – built in the 11th century and offers great views of the entire coast
The tiny town of Vernazza has just 1,250 inhabitants

27 thoughts on “Final Stop of Our European Road Trip: The Weaving Streets of Cinque Terre

  1. Isn’t the Cinqueterre absolutely enchanting? I could not believe it as I was hiking along that Blue Trail. I kept thinking to myself, am I really here? But then the amount of steps I had to climb from Monterosso to Vernazza convinced me that I was ๐Ÿ˜‰ Btw Vernazza was my favourite village of the four that I saw. I missed out on Manarola because I decided not to hike and the train arrived after an hour at the station in Corniglia :-/ You are in Bologna, so you are lucky that you can make more trips, isn’t it?

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Oh, Cinque Terre! It’s so beautiful. If you are in Italy in the spring or summer, go back for the weekend. Manarola and Riomaggiore are my favorite. And in Manarola, you can swim in the sea and lay out on the cliffs. It’s such an amazing experience!

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s