Cinque Terre, Italian Riviera
Ciao! So my husband did a blog-post about our visit to Cinque Terre, but I thought of doing another (better) one with a little bit more witty detail, and with many more photos. Cinque Terre is a unique place that requires A LOT OF CLIMBING UP THE STAIRS! Just 48-hours there and we lost 1-2 Kgs from all the hiking and climbing! Phewwhh, not kidding. If you are travelling with a child, please forget the strollers, you will regret it. We carried Naurah around in baby-wearing only, and my husband, god knows from where his strength came from but we even managed to climb up all the way to the highest viewing point in Vernazza town (one of the town in Cinque Terre) to enjoy a 2-minute view (panas, tak tahan nak stay lama). Out of all the towns, my favourite is Vernazza, it has many nice viewing points.
Someone was not too happy about the long train ride.
We made the trip to Cinque Terre while staying in Florence, it was a 3-hour train ride. We stayed in La Spezia, a city outside Cinque Terre. It is a pretty bad idea to stay in CInque Terre if you have quite a number of luggage to carry, the towns are not easily accessible with many, many stairs to climb. To get to Cinque Terre, the only option available is by taking the train, as driving the car there will actually cost you more. Cars are not allowed in the Cinque Terre heritage area, but there are sea ferries between the 5 towns.
Waiting for the train to the Cinque Terre area at the La Spezia train station.
Cinque Terre literally translates to five terraces, referring to the five fishing towns that sit on the natural rock formation terraces with the breathtaking view of the Ligurian sea, which is part of the Mediterranean sea.
The five rugged fishing towns are Monterosso al Mare, Vernzza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. All the villages are part of the Cinque Terre National Park and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The earliest settlements were said to sprang up in the 11th Century with the village of Monterosso and Vernazza. During this visit, we managed to visit Vernazza on the first day, and later on, we visited Riomaggiore and Manarola on the second day before heading back to Firenze. It was pretty tiring!
By the seaside in Vernazza.
Before we started our climb up! I was already sweating…
Why so grumpy Naurah? You’re even the one doing the climbing…
The beautiful view of Vernazza.
Climbing down…dia nak sangat cuba jalan…malam tu pengsan tidur terus…
Naurah’s pretty easy to travel with, as long as you keep moving, this child has a lot of energy!
There were two viewing points in Vernazza. As soon as we arrived, we peeked through a small cave that leads to the seaside beach. There are no sandy beaches here, and unless it is summer, the water is pretty cold with strong currents. We started the climb to the first viewing point for the view towards the town. I must say, my husband is a pretty fit and strong guy to be able to carry Naurah in the BabyBjorn carrier up those steps (hundreds!). We just LOVE exploring and adventure, and glad that we could share it with Naurah now. This trip pretty much sums up how we spend our income. 🙂
If you’re wondering if there is anything to eat in this area, well fret not, there loads of reataurants serving seafood pasta. A speacialty in this area is the fresh basil pesto pasta and other seafood dishes such as risotto al mare. We had ours at this pretty fancy restaurant with the view of the sea. Unfortunately we couldn’t snap photos as it was too dark. If you’re planning to visit Cinque Terre, maybe you can e-mail me and I will let you on the definite details, however, the restaurant requires you to climb up, hehe.
Her happy face, because she’s not doing any of the climbing!
Cinque Terre is a special place, that you might want to visit only once.
Or maybe twice at most. It is a special place but going there many times might bore you, because there is nothing happening in the villages at night, and if you are done exploring in the day, you are left to relax in your room the whole night. Cinque Terre is perfect for those who wants to hike through all five villages, it will be a challenging and breathtaking climb at the same time, worth your time for a weekend trip. If there is something you’d like to try in this are, make sure to get the fried seafood, which could be found almost everywhere, and like everywhere else in Italy, Gelato is not something to be missed.
Fried seafood snack.
Be careful while traveling in this area, infact anywhere in Italy. We encountered a pick-pocket trying to pick someone infront of us before me and another Australian man tried to put a stop to the two female pick-pockets. Allow for atleast 2 days and 1 night so that you won’t rush too much, but 2 nights would be much better, and you’d be able to cover almost all the cities!
Currently putting together a video, hopefully I’d get it done in the next 48-hours!
Anyways, thanks for reading. 🙂