Why Cinque Terre is the perfect weekend getaway

Cinque Terre (translated “five lands”) consists of five small towns: Corniglia, Manarola, Riomaggiore, Vernazza and Monterosso. Cinque Terre is a UNESCO World Heritage site and famous for its walking routes. Before my friend suggested to visit, I never heard of Cinque Terre. Most people I know going on holiday in Italy visit its typical tourist beaches or big cities. It was one of the few times I didn’t plan anything myself and I even didn’t ask where my friend booked our accommodation – progress for the control freak inside me.

I visited Riomaggiore and Manarola in March and I was surprised how beautiful it is, even I only spent two nights there before heading to Bologna. After having earlier a hectic day in Pisa, this was the perfect place to relax. If you plan a short (romantic) weekend getaway with your partner or a trip with a few friends to a place where you can relax: Cinque Terre is the place to be!

Picturesque colorful houses and narrow roads invite you to get lost in the little villages. It was one of the few days I didn’t feel the need to explore as much as possible within a short time frame. This place helped me to relax and the view from out apartment, the VIEW! It was simply beautiful. Even that time I went to Slovenia with my parents and had a room with sea view, it was not as special as this one.

You can’t expect common large grocery or fast food chains, rather tiny cafes with delicious coffee and small supermarkets selling local things. There are no cars driving around and no tourist crowds. It was some kind of Eat, Pray, Love that I needed:  no rush to see landmarks, just eating, drinking wine and admiring the view from our apartment.

View from the apartment!
View from the apartment!

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