If you’ve ever been on Pinterest, you’ve probably seen photos of Cinque Terre.
It’s widely considered to be one of the most picturesque, magical places in the world, and is on many travelers’ bucketlists. For good reason! Cinque Terre boasts vibrant, colorful buildings, fresh seafood, handmade pasta, local wine, kind and friendly locals, gorgeous hikes, and absolutely insane views from all angles. Who wouldn’t want to visit?! I mean, seriously.
But when I first saw photos of Cinque Terre years and years ago, I fell head over heels. I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I knew I had to go see it in person, no matter what it took. When I was planning my crazy two month European adventure back in 2015, Cinque Terre was one of the first places I put on my list! If you’re in the midst of planning your own trip to Italy, be sure to check out this post to learn about the 10 things Italians want you to know so you don’t make any of the goofy mistakes other tourists do!
I took about four bajillion photos during my week there (a rough estimate), but I’ve finally pared the pile down to only my favorite snaps. Check out some of the best moments from my time in Cinque Terre below. And go slow…imagine the warm summer sun, an Aperol Spritz in your hand, and as the Italians say, revel in il dolce far niente – the sweetness of doing nothing. If only for a few minutes. Enjoy!
Side note: if you’re heading to Italy in the winter, check out this wonderful guide to skiing in Italy.
Heading to Bologna and looking for the best things to do as a food lover? Check out this delicious foodie guide to Bologna!
Looking for another beautiful city in Italy to visit after soaking up Cinque Terre? Check out this post on how to see Palermo in just 36 hours!
Now, I only officially started blogging this year, but believe me, I have some detailed-as-heck notes from my time in Cinque Terre that are making their way into a full blog post guide to these five beautiful villages, don’t you worry! That guide to Cinque Terre will be coming soon, but in the meantime, I wanted to share some of my favorite photos from my time there.
P.S. My favorite villages were Vernazza, Riomaggiore and Monterosso, though the other two are veeeerrry close behind. All five towns are simply gorgeous, and require their own exploration. Vernazza in particular just spoke to me. Maybe it was the fact it’s where my favorite pesto pasta and amarena gelato were located. Ahem.
I thoroughly enjoyed walking down memory lane (with myself) and hope you enjoyed it too! Much more on Cinque Terre (and lots of other European cities) coming soon to a blog near you! (This blog, guys. It’s this blog.) Looking for more Italy travel inspiration? Check out this detailed Venice itinerary or this great guide to what to do in Rome!
I hope you gained some bucket list inspiration and these photos of beautiful Italy boosted your wanderlust, even just a little bit. Get out there and see the world this summer! Here are some ideas on what to do in Cinque Terre: