While on our Italian Vacation we spent two nights in the Cinque Terre on Italy’s western coast. ‘The Five Lands’ is composed of five villages: Monterosso al Mare (pictured in today’s image), Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. Over the centuries, residents have carefully built terraces on the rugged, steep landscape right up to the cliffs that overlook the sea. There is little (if any) corporate development and paths, trains and boats connect the villages. I may be wrong but I don’t believe a car can drive into the village but rather it must come via boat as no roads connect to the villages.
Each of the five towns is incredibly beautiful – we stayed in Monterosso al Mare at Le Giare Bed and Breakfast. The B&B was great and located on the side of a very steep hill with a nice view overlooking Monterosso. There is a lovely patio with a citrus garden off the entrance to the small house with two rooms. Frederica and her family run the B&B, live in the house adjacent to the guesthouse on the property and her father is a cab driver in town – this is very handy since he will be waiting for you at the train station (assuming you tell them the time you are arriving) to drive you up to the B&B. Initially, I didn’t think we’d need the ride but once I saw how steep the hill was I was extremely happy to have it. The rooms are spacious and the free breakfast in the morning was a nice touch and something you don’t often get when traveling in Italy. Outside of the great hotel the food here was spectacular – most restaurants serve fresh seafood directly from that day’s catch. I even tried (and thoroughly enjoyed) fresh anchovies.
Photo of the Day – Monterosso at Sunset
We watched the sunset along the coast on our first night in Cinque Terre. As the lights from the village turned on and the clouds lit up behind the mountain the scene became very postcard like. I hope that everyone reading this will have a chance to visit someday – it is so picturesque and a photographers dream. The scenery is awe inspiring, the people are so amazing and the food (and wine) is unbelievable.