There are places you travel that just stick with you, and the Cinque Terre was one for me. The five colorful fishing villages perched precariously on the Italian coast are a travel photographer’s dream, and I feel as though half of our trip I spent snapping happily away at each and every beautiful landscape, charming enclave, and patinated building I laid eyes on.
We spent five days on the beautiful Ligurian Sea, and with Manarola as our home base we would hike (or take the train) to a different village every day. If you are planning a trip, I would recommend renting an Airbnb and staying in either Vernazza or Manarola – my two favorite villages. Our two best meals were at Ristorante Belforte and Enoteca Dau Cila (be sure to reserve a table overlooking the water). Oh, and of course there was the famed focaccia which I simply could not get enough of!
Be sure to bring your hiking boots, as the hikes are absolutely unforgettable – my favorite portion was from Monterosso to Vernazza. Bonus points if you hike to Montenero Sanctuary perched high above Riomaggiore – a serious workout but so worth it! Last, but certainly not least, bring your camera (and a spare battery), because as beautiful as the Cinque Terre looks in photos, it is even more so in person.