ERASMUS Year – Cinque Terre Day Trip

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Hello Everyone!

Since I’ve finished my work placement and thus have significantly more free time, Millie and I have dedicated July to travel. We recently went to Cinque Terre! I’ve always wanted to go ever since I first arrived in Florence. If you’ve never heard of Cinque Terre, it’s a national park consisting of five small towns on the coast of Liguria. The five towns are; Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. They are beautiful! 

We were only there for a day, so we didn’t have enough time the next day to go back to the towns. We stayed in La Spezia which is the city next to the towns, as it was cheaper than staying in one of the towns and it was also closest to the train station that goes directly to Florence. The train took 2 and a half hours direct from Florence, which was great. We arrived at La Spezia around 1:30, dropped out stuff at the apartment and headed to one of the towns. Since we only had a day we narrowed down the towns that we wanted to see. Getting the train from La Spezia to the towns was a challenge and a half since they have a fixed timetable that’s just plastered on the walls, so when there are delays or changes to platforms you literally find out by this tiny little screen on each platform! I think we went to about 3 different platforms a dozen times because there were so many changes to the trains!! We initially wanted to go to Vernazza but the train was delayed to we had to get another train that was previously delayed that went to Monterosso! The train was super quick and took about 8 minutes to get from La Spezia to the furthest town – Monterosso. So we headed there, which is the biggest town where most tourists stay since it has the largest beach and a variety of resorts. We had some lunch by the beach and just chilled for a bit! There weather was amazing and there was a lovely sea breeze! Could have sat there all day!! We had a little nose around the town, there were so many adorable boutiques and restaurants.

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After we planned to head to Vernazza but of course the trains were being all Italian and we went straight past the Vernazza stop on the train!! So, after hoping we weren’t going to end up in Naples we stopped at Riomaggiore. It was bliss!! We got a gelato, sat on the rocks with our feet in the clear blue sea and just chilled in the sun! The view was amazing and the houses are stunning!! thumb_IMG_7559_1024

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After we had our little sun bathing sesh we thought we’d attempt to go to Vernazza one last time for dinner and see the sun set! Third time lucky, we got the right train and got to Vernazza!!! Horrah!! It was probably my favourite out of the three but with Riomaggiore coming a very close second. It was so nice. There’s like a little piazza with restaurants and a small beach. It just had a lovely and relaxed atmosphere about it. Everyone was completely in their chilled zone! It was so very Italian. We headed to a restaurant that overlooked the sea and the piazza. Food was great as per and we thought we’d have a nice glass of Prosecco! Why not! We saw the sun set behind the cliffs and it was stunning. Before we knew it, it was already 10 and we needed to get the train back to La Spezia.

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Cinque Terre is an absolutely stunning place and I would have loved to have stayed longer. I definitely plan to return in the future some time!! There’s a lot to do there and you can take a boat cruise to each island and the views are meant to be spectacular. The boat also goes to Portofino, which is a place I really want to go to! Next time!!

We had such a good time and literally could not stop taking photos! Everything was so picturesque!

Not long to Sardinia! Wooo!

Lots of love,

Alice xx1907510_10153456180459524_1329895497010083421_n

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