Before Luna was born, Peter and I did a lot of traveling around Europe and Cinque Terre is one of the places we really fell in love with. Cinque Terre is a fishing village on the Italian Riviera in the Liguria region of Italy. It is composed of five enchanting villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. These villages are all connected by trains and walking paths – most of it you can’t even get to by car. We visited most of the villages and ate a whole lot of trofie al pesto, a local specialty, and drank the ligurian wine, a slightly fizzy red popular in the region.
Cinque Terre is no longer a secret and can get quite busy in high season. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage status and the residents make all efforts to preserve their land. Travel tip: there’s a lot of towns that are only a half-hour or less away from Cinque Terre by train. We stayed in Rapallo, a near-by resort town. You probably can’t go too wrong no matter which town or village you’re in. It’s a beautiful area of Italy. Highly recommended. Hope to go back one day.