Cinque Terre means five lands in Italian. It was also the most breathtaking (literally and figuratively) place we visited. There are five cities along the northern Italian coast each is a mile or two away from each other. Each city is made of cute cobblestone streets and colorful houses.
Tip: You can take a train between each city, but you can also hike between each city, too. We were advised by a local to buy the day train pass for 16 euros each, but we thought we would save money by buying 2 one-way passes and then hiking between the other cities. Turns out, we had to ride the train a few more times than we thought aaaand the hikes cost money too, which the day pass would have covered, so if you go just buy the day pass and save yourself some time, money, and hastle. ?
Anyways, we did 2 hikes, and it was so stunning! It was a lot of up and down because you’re hiking in the mountains right by the ocean, but that gives my current favorite hike (Angel’s Landing in Zion) a run for its money. The first hike we did was from Corniglia to Vernazza. Halfway through the hike there is this tiny bakery out in the middle of nowhere. They have the most amazing lemonade slushies. ?? Everywhere you look there is a fresh lemon tree, so they are amazing!
We wore our swimsuits on the hike, which was good because we were sweating despite the sea breeze. And a few of the cities have nice places to swim in the ocean to cool off! Unfortunately, the waves were far too big to swim in the day we were there but we sat near the ocean and watched the giant waves. Seriously, if you are ever in Italy, you have to go here. I absolutely loved it. ?