I've recently come back from a few days away relaxing in the Cinque Terre of Italy. For those of you who don't know where that is (aka me prior to the trip), Cinque Terre is along the coast in the Liguria region of Italy and consists of five towns; Monterosso, Vernazza, Coniglia, Manarola & Riomaggiore.
This trip has been the most relaxing and flawless holiday that I've had to date, everything just seemed to work out well. The atmosphere really set it up nicely, the clear blue waters paired with the fervent Italian heat and gelato (plenty of gelato!)
What to do?
As I've mentioned, Cinque Terre is made up of five different villages/towns so one thing you should do if the weather is on your side is to hike between the towns. Thankfully the weather was great for us whilst we were there so we were able to do so. The hikes between each town take around two and a half hours each and if you (really) wanted to, you could do all five in one day. I'd advise to spread it out over a few days; maybe visit three in one day and two another
We hiked from Monterosso (where we stayed) to Vernazza and then on to Corniglia. After those we got tired and decided to take the train to the next town Manarola. Of course if you don't want to hike you can easily catch the train between the different towns - it's less than five minutes between each!
Our (incredibly chill) schedule looked a little bit like this:
Wake up; Chill & Get ready for the day
Lunch at a local restaurant near our apartment
Siesta (much needed!) / Hike / Explore
Dinner at another local restaurant
Aperol Spritz at the bar below the apartment
As you can see, this was far from a crazy schedule. We took our time with everything we did, strolling around in the 25 degree heat and basking in the incredible views.
This trip turned out to be exactly what was needed; a chance to breathe, a chance to connect and a chance to rest.
I believe that you'd enjoy your time in the Cinque Terre whoever you go with, be it friends, family, a partner or even solo!