spotted: cinque terre.
by Leslie Santarina comment

10/1/14

spotted: cinque terre / sfgirlbybay

buongiorno everyone! is it just me or are many folks venturing off to italia right now? i’m feeling a bit of wanderlust and would sooo love to return myself. there are many regions i have yet to explore, like the amalfi coast, naples, sardinia, venice, and milan. i, myself, have only been to rome, tuscany and one other area which was truly the most memorable for me: cinque terre.

spotted: cinque terre / sfgirlbybay

spotted: cinque terre / sfgirlbybay

spotted: cinque terre / sfgirlbybay

spotted: cinque terre / sfgirlbybay

spotted: cinque terre / sfgirlbybay

spotted: cinque terre / sfgirlbybay

spotted: cinque terre / sfgirlbybay

spotted: cinque terre / sfgirlbybay

spotted: cinque terre / sfgirlbybay

spotted: cinque terre / sfgirlbybay

spotted: cinque terre / sfgirlbybay

cinque terre is a stretch of five darling little villages situated along the coast of the italian riviera: riomaggiore, manarola, corniglia, vernazza and monterosso al mare. it is a popular hiking destination, as the trails between each town take you through spectacular cliffs overlooking the sea, private gardens, vineyards, olive groves, as well as the romantic via dell’amore (a.k.a the lovers lane). for those who choose to skip the trek, there are trains and boats you can take, too. although each town may look the same, they each have their own individual personality and offer something unique. for example, riomaggiore is typically the starting point and has plenty of accommodations and restaurants. corniglia (my favorite of the five) is perched away from the water and is most known for its quiet setting and its wine. and monterosso allows cars and is the most resort-like with its chic hotels and colorful umbrellas lined along the beach. you simply just have to experience all five and embrace the charm of each place. and in italia there is nothing but good drinking and eating throughout. here in cinque terre you’ll enjoy the freshest seafood + fill up on plenty of focaccia and pesto, as these two originated from this region.

so my friends, where have you been in italy and what was your most memorable experience?

• all photography by leslie santarina.

15 responses to “spotted: cinque terre.”

  1. this place is so close to my heart; i stayed in monterosso and ventured out to the other towns. when we arrived, exhausted and jetlagged, my husband and i ducked into a little place for dinner. the chef came out with a pizza in the shape of a heart just for us – i will never forget it! i will also never forget hiking between the towns and coming upon fresh lemonade stands!

  2. This is one of my very favorite places on earth. I traveled to CT with my college friends just after we graduated, and I recently took my husband there to see it. It’s so beautiful and charming.
    We’ve also been to Lake Como, Rome, etc., but CT was the most memorable experience.

    • Mine, too. Would so love to return and do it all over again. Maybe start from the Monterosso side this time and end in Riomaggiore.

  3. I am heading to Italy for my honeymoon on Tuesday and am so happy you say that Corniglia is your favorite of the 5T towns as that is where we will stay when there! I was attracted by the less touristy nature of it and the views!

    Beautiful photos in your post here. Thanks for sharing!

    • You picked a good spot to stay! It’s so peaceful and quiet and perched so high up over the sea. Be sure to stop in the wine bar called Pirun and have wine poured into your mouth through one of those unique glass vessels!

  4. It’s so funny that you mention this – I feel like half the people on Instagram right now are hitting up Italy and I am endlessly jealous. Good thing San Francisco has so much to offer or else I’d be begging to travel in one of their suitcases!

    Your pictures are beautiful though! :)

    • Thanks so much! I’m sooo seeing Italy on everyone’s Instagrams, too. That’s what inspired me to do this post. I also went to Iceland a few months ago and have been seeing folks posting lots of photos from there as well. Totally agree – so much amazingness right here at home in SF!!

  5. These photos are insanely gorgeous! My favorite place in Italy has to be Isola del Giglio, a tiny island off the coast of Tuscany (Porto Santo Stefano). Though, I’ll always love Rome too! Cinque Terre, Liguria and Positano are high on my “must see” list :)

  6. Italy is stunning but Venice is really the best! Go in the winter when no tourists are around and you shall be amazed!! Stay at the Hotel Bauer-Grunewald in Art Deco splendor,dine at Harry’s Bar and Antico- Martini. Go one week before Carnival and get to see the Opera at La Fenice!
    You will be in 18th Century Rococo Heaven!!!

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