Monday, June 16, 2014

Italy Vacation: Monterosso (in Cinque Terre)

I'm back talking more about my Italy vacation today.  I hope you are excited as I am!  My days in Cinque Terre also known as the Italian Riviera were simply amazing.  Relaxing yet still filled with excitement as we explored each of the five villages.

Cinque Terre means "five lands" and is made up of five small villages along the coast, Monterosso, Vernazza, Cornigila, Manarola and Riomaggiore. I've listed the villages in reverse order from number "5" to number "1."

Since we stayed in Monterosso, the biggest of the five villages, I have the most photos and stories from this village and wanted to start here.  The word beautiful does not do this place justice.  It is incredible and hard to put to words.  I don't even know a color to describe the ocean. . . I'm going to let the photos do most of the talking.

We spent our days laying on the beach and our nights exploring each village, eating out and drinking wine!  Pretty great combination if you ask me!  There is only one (free) public beach. The rest of the areas are marked off for hotels or bars.  Each day we paid 7 Euros to The Beach Bar which provided us with chairs, an umbrella, bathrooms, wifi and access to the little restaurant/bar (aka sangria).  It was a pretty good deal.  The wifi alone made it worth it since we didn't have it at our apartment. 

This is an old WWII bunker (remember I told you in my Florence posts that I constantly had reminders of my grandfather. . . here is another).

Il Gigante statue at the end of the Monterosso beach is over 100 years old.  His arms were blown off in WWII but he is still huge and quite impressive!

As you can see from my photos we had GORGEOUS weather.  We had beautiful blue skies with temps in the mid 70s.  It was not very crowded which made for even more relaxing times at the beach.  I don't think we could have asked for better weather! We only had one afternoon where we watched a thunder storm come from the first village all the way to us in the last village.  It was really cool to watch and luckily gave us enough notice to get back to our apartment before the rain started. By the time we showered and got ready it had stopped and we were able to head out to dinner in (mostly) dry weather. 

The three photos above are from after the thunder storm when we were heading back out to visit another village for dinner. 

I love the comparison in these two photos.  The one on the left is from right before the thunder storm and the one on the right is from one of the other days when the sky was blue and pretty!  Crazy how different the same place can look!

I really loved Monterosso and I'm so glad we stayed there.  Being the biggest of the villages it gave more options for restaurants and stores.  Plus it is the only village that has a beach you can lay out on.  It is a very cute town despite not being as quaint as the other villages.  Really I could have laid on the beach and looked at the beautiful ocean all day. . . the colors were just amazing. . . ok take me back please?!  I miss it!!!!!!!

I have plenty more to share about our time in Cinque Terre so come back it you want to see more! 

If you missed my other Italy Vacation posts you can read my general post about Florence here, about The Duomo here and Boboli Gardens here.

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  1. Che bellllla! Even though I live in Italy (Rome) I've NEVER gotten to do Cinque Terre! It's so nice to be able to "live" it in your gorgeous photos. That dress and necklace are PERFECT against the gorgeous blue coast background! Found you via Join The Gossip

  2. That looks gorgeous! I would say $7 a day, sounds like a fair price to me!

  3. It looks gorgeous there. Cinque Terre is definitely on my list. No other accessible beaches in the other four villages?

  4. How did you ever leave??? It looks so beautiful! That statue is incredible even missing arms to still be standing!

  5. I'm drooling over these pictures! I'm going to try and get out there toward the end of the tourist season.

  6. GAH you're making me so jealous with these pics!!! I need a vacation ASAP!

    P.S. Love the new design :)

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