The Cinque Terre along the coast of Tuscany are probably the most beautiful villages I have ever seen. Each village is filled with beautiful, colorful buildings that hang over the cliffs. Around every single corner is a view even more beautiful than the last. During my trip to the Cinque Terre I visited four out of the five villages: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Vernazza, and Monterosso al Mare. Out of the four villages I was able to visit, Riomaggiore, the first village I went to, was my absolute favorite. When you take the Cinque Terre train from La Spezia, Riomaggiore is the first stop of the train. It is the southern most village and, in my opinion, the most beautiful. If you walk along the cliff path down towards the rocks you will get to see the classic view of Cinque Terre. The buildings of Riomaggiore are so colorful and overlook the beautiful clear blue water. The photos I took in Riomaggiore are definitely my favorite ones out of the whole trip.
The next stop on the train is Manarola. When you first enter Manarola you come across a bridge that overlooks the main street of the village, which is a truly picture-perfect spot. If you walk down the steps of the bridge you will eventually hit the water. My favorite part about this village was the terrace overlooking the village and the water. When you’re standing by the water there is a path on the righthand side that will take you up to this terrace. There are seats along the barrier that you can hang out on or use a cute photoshoot spot. This terrace is the perfect spot to just relax and take in the beautiful views.
Instead of going to the third village, Corniglia, I went straight to Vernazza. If you’re only spending one day in the Cinque Terre then Vernazza is the perfect place for you to stop to grab lunch and enjoy a glass of wine and the view. There are a lot of cafes down by the water with outdoor seating and incredible seafood. My best friend, Shae, and I decided to stop for lunch here and split a bottle of rosé and enjoy seafood pasta dishes. The beach in Vernazza is great for taking pictures, however if you’re looking for a place to swim you should wait until you get to the last village, Monterosso al Mare. On the far lefthand side along the water there is a patio area with lots of umbrellas and ledges to sit on. This is a great spot to take pictures of the village and also look out onto the water. You’ll also see some locals with towels sunbathing in this spot too.
The last village, Monterosso al Mare, is the place to be if you’re looking to relax on the beach. The beach in this village is the largest out of the five villages. You can rent out an umbrella and beach chair for the day and they even have lockers to leave your stuff in. If you spent the morning hopping from one village to the next and are ending your day on the beach in Monterosso, you can actually change in the bathrooms of the train station. They’re very clean and free with your train ticket to all of the villages! The water here is very clear and a lot more calm than the New Jersey beaches that I’m used to. I highly recommend ending your day at this beach if you are only in the Cinque Terre for the day. Kicking back and relaxing here is like something out of a dream.
On this day I decided to wear one of my favorite dresses. Last year when I visited the Amalfi Coast I purchased this beautiful white maxi dress at a local shop in the town of Amalfi. My favorite part about coastal towns in Italy, such as the Cinque Terre and the Amalfi Coast, is the shopping. These towns are known for their beautiful linen clothes and dresses. Since I purchased this dress in Italy, I found it only fitting to wear it during my trip to Cinque Terre. The white crochet pattern and the movement of the dress was absolutely perfect for a day at the beach. Since I knew I was going to be doing quite a bit of walking, I stuck to my Birkenstocks yet again (I promise I brought other shoes with me haha!). I also brought along my Madewell backpack since I needed to carry my camera, bathing suit, and towel. I purchased my white bathing suit from Free People in the beginning of the summer. Out of all of my bathing suits this one is hands down my favorite. Aside from the fact that white is one of my favorite colors, I also love this bathing suit because small crochet detailing. As you can tell, white was the overall look I was going for this day!
If you have the chance to visit the Cinque Terre I highly recommend doing so. This day was by far one of the best days of my life. Everything about the Cinque Terre is magical. Being able to wander around these beautiful villages and end my day relaxing on the beach was absolutely incredible!
This blog post is my last one from my first week of traveling. After visiting Cinque Terre, I finally moved into my apartment in Florence. My next two blog posts will not be shot in Florence, but I promise I will put up some content from Florence soon! I spent this past weekend traveling to two different cities so make sure to subscribe to my blog and follow me on instagram (@jessmiele) to be notified when those posts go up this week.