Travels in Europe: Cinque Terre

After two days of travel, three days in Paris and four days in Barcelona, we were ready to kick back and relax.

We were ready for Italy!

Our time in Italy was spent in the villages of Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site along the coast of the Mediterranean.

It was beautiful.

And relaxing.

And such a lovely break from the hustle and bustle of the big cities we had come from.

We spent our time hiking the trails between the villages…

The view of our village, Corniglia, from one of the hiking trails

The view of our village, Corniglia, from one of the hiking trails

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Drinking cappuccinos…

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And enjoying the beautiful scenery!

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Cinque Terre was a lovely ending to such a wonderful vacation!

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Note: Although I truly enjoyed visiting Cinque Terre and would definitely not change our visit there at all, I was surprised at the number of tourists. It is remote. It is non-commercialized. However, it IS a tourist hotspot. Staying in Corniglia was the right choice for us because it is a little less over-run by tourists (mostly due to the 365ish steps that must be climbed to get to the village). Would I go back? Probably not. There were just a few too many people for my taste. Even the hiking trails (which weren’t easy) were packed by mid-morning. Would I recommend visiting here? Maybe, it was a nice end to a busy trip for us, but there wasn’t a whole lot to do besides relax, look around in the touristy shops and hike. If you’re looking for downtime and don’t mind crowds, then go! If you prefer your relaxation with a little more solitude, Cinque Terre is probably not the best choice:)

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