This was going to be the relaxing portion of our trip and, by our standards, I’d say it was.
Mike and I tend to be overly ambitious in our travels forgetting that one of the main goals of a vacation is to relax. I’m not sure if it is the fear of missing something or just the general excitement of being somewhere new that drives us to set an alarm every morning and remain on our feet all day minus the occasional (well frequent) meal.
These five beautiful cities lining Italy’s western coast were described as the Italian Riviera and promised time spent soaking up ocean views, wine tasting, slow-paced meals and wandering the narrow, winding streets of the brightly-colored sea towns. Each of the five towns, connected by hiking trails and a fast train, provided a grand and unique experience.
We spent our three nights in the quiet and quaint town of Manarola know for its hilltop vineyards and winery and deep-water swimming. A lovely couple managed the very inexpensive room we stayed in. It was located on the second floor of purple-colored building high on a hill providing gorgeous views of the ocean. One of my favorite memories of our time there was enjoying the sunset from our window while sipping a glass of the homebrew wine we brought from Venice.
Favorite Cinque Terre Memories
Hiking the Trails Between the Five Towns
Enjoying a Fresh Seafood Dinner Near the Docks
Sampling the Local Wine
Watching Mike Swim in the Cove in Manarola