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Italy Day Three: Cinque Terre

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The streets outside came to life early that morning. The chatter of locals about the days activities filtered in through our windows along with the cool breeze off the ocean. Waking up in Corniglia felt like some kind of dream. It was a chilly day so grabbing our trusty down jackets was a must.

We began the day with a cup of coffee from the bar we had wine the night before. It was the best we had had our whole trip or maybe it just seemed that way because of the view and surroundings we had.

After soaking in a slow morning meal we decided to head to Vernazza. Though we wanted to take the trail we had to opt for the train since the recent flooding had taken out parts of the trail. We walked down the over 400 stairs to the train station with a view of Manarola on one side and the steep stairs on the other side. Even the simple act of going down the stairs felt beautiful and like something out of a movie. I was so excited to head to another town and explore though.

The slowness of life in Corniglia and the surrounding towns felt as if we were transplanted almost in to another time. Our phones did not work on any level and wi-fi was something that did not even exist it seemed. It leaves this really wonderful feeling to know there is little pressure to upload a photo or to check Facebook when you cannot at all.

Coming off the train in Vernazza you are in a long dark tunnel so when you get down to the street it is really bright and beautiful. The locals are opening their shops and setting up their food stands. It is everything you expected and more when you travel to Italy. The shutters are open on the apartments above and women are hanging their laundry. Some how the things we normally see as chores have been glamorized in to something beautiful.

The town sits right on the water and is still recovering from a flood from less than a year ago, but you can still see the beauty in the way of life they have here. The rock formations are amazing they rise vertically from the water and the-I-was-almost-an-earth-scientist part of me was really curious about the reason for this. It was just so amazing to see.

The windows on almost every building looked like something you would see styled in a magazine. The Italians are so talented with their plants and gardens. They feel wild, unkept, but so well planned at the same time. Exactly how I want a garden to be.

The church here was one of my favorites we saw in the towns. I loved the dome and how it faced the town. The colors all together just still were taking my breath away.

Since we arrived in Vernazza just after 12 we were able to see the locals enjoying their lunch break. While watching them chatter together in groups, drink wine, and literally take thing slowly I learned how I really have no idea how to do that. It really challenged me to think of ways in life I could enjoy moments more like the Italians do. They know how to live.

After tasted a little sorbet we began decided to get lost in the town. We wandered by the water and discovered the cliffs and jagged rocks in the angry ocean that was clearly brewing with the on-coming storm that was on the horizon, but we also discovered a trail up through the town that took you to the best view you can think of.

Walking alongside the piles of fishing nets and the most amazing foliage you can think of. It was one of the best hikes up a hill I have ever done.

At the top we had to snap a photo. The view was like being in a postcard. This town, this land, the colors, the water, the steep cliffs surrounding it all. It couldn’t have been more amazing.

I also found out this town was the location of some of the last pirate raids. Someone correct me please if I am wrong, but everything I read said it held strong against pirates many times. It made me imagine a character like Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean wandering streets of this town. Kind of awesome to think about.

After wandering back down the hill we came back in to town to get a meal before heading back before dark. We were told by our friend Cammie from Epicure Catering to get pizza at the place just between the Monterossa and Corniglia trail heads. You cannot miss it. I didn’t know what to do without a name, but she was right.

We found the little place and got some Peronis and ordered a pesto pizza. It may have been the best thing we had eaten up till that point. I will not lie it was the best pizza I probably will ever have. No way it can get better than the one we had sitting outside the little shop.

Peroni and Pesto pizza…really do we need to say much else? I don’t think so.

What a day it was wandering through those streets and to end it with a pizza like that. I don’t think it gets much better in life. Oh Italy how I love you.

 

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  1. LOVE the photo of the water and rocks, as well as the one of all the colorful houses on the cliff! Stunning! Enjoy the yummy food :)

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    Amanda
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  2. These are absolutely amazing.

    I love the shot of all the colourful houses. And the pizza in the alley. Beautiful!

  3. Lovely pictures! It is so nice to read about your impressions of Corniglia & the other villages. I stayed there with my parents a little over a year ago and was smitten with the place as well. Just wandering through the little streets, discovering something beautiful around every corner… thanks for bringing back some great memories!

  4. Amazing! I just pinned one of the photos :)

    How was the trip from Italy to France? I have a few friends visiting me in Paris and I’d love to take the train somewhere for the weekend. Where did you take the train into?

    Thanks in advance :)

  5. joy

    your photos are impossibly gorgeous. what i would give to go to italy soon!

  6. OK megan, your paris photos I could handle. At least I have been there enough… but these Itally pics are KILLING ME! sooooo beautiful. I want to go now!

  7. YOU have to go!!! Serious!!! You and Rupert would love it so much. I seriously suggest the Cinque Terre and I have heard awesome things about Florence. You could go from Cinque Terre to Tuscany and do Florence…Serious it would be a wonderful trip.

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  10. Briel K.

    Random question but where is your backpack from in the last photo? Very cute! I came across the photo here: http://witanddelight.tumblr.com/post/44717564751/southerndrawlswhiskeybrawls-ideal and had to track you down! :)

    I visited Cinque Terre and stayed in Vernazza a few years ago. It was magical! I love seeing these pictures and remembering it. :)

  11. Oh so glad you found me! Yes it is from http://merrel.com/ actually. I wanted one from Herschel but this one actually seemed more higher quality and the fabric was tough and stayed clean for our whole month traveling.

  12. Briel K.

    Thanks!

  13. Seriously gorgeous photos!

    Where is your sweater/top from in the last photo(s)? Looks comfy and wonderful.

  14. Thanks! It is from Joe Fresh actually which is carried at JCPenny :)

  15. I’m going here in three weeks. Your photos are making me itch to leave now!

  16. Cinque Terre tops as one of my favorite places in the world. It’s charming, it settles you down to relax and enjoy/reflect, and has enough hiking and swimming to keep you healthy.

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