Monday, March 28, 2016

Italy - Eurotrip Day 2

Today we went to four different villages in the Cinque Terre Region of Italy.  It is so beautiful - so picturesque (no filter needed).  It's exactly like the intriguing photos you would see in a magazine.  

Cinque Terre means five lands; it is a cluster of towns "perched on the dramatic cliffs of the Mediterranean coast" (EF Tours).  These five Italian villages include: 1) Monterosso, 2) Vernazza, 3) Corniglia, 4) Manarola, and 5) Riomaggiore.  We visited four of the five villages, each similar yet very unique, with spectacular views and charm.  We traveled to each village by train.

Each village had unique boutiques and shops, some of which were closed because it wasn't their busy/tourist season yet, but the few that were open were quite quaint.  It is here that I ate the very best pizza I have ever had in my life (prior to this trip Chicago pizza was my favorite).  

Cinque Terre is a wine making region as well, where two types of wine are made from the same three white grames: bosco, albarolo and vermentino, labeled under 'Cinque Terre D.O.C.' (   

We enjoyed lots of walking and hiking in the villages of Cinque Terre, especially at our last stop, Monterosso, where we found a fort-type structure seemingly something from the Roman era.  We have no idea how long it has been there but we enjoyed climbing on it.  Monterosso was so neat with random statues, paths, steps, walkways; we had a blast - nothing beats feeling like a kid again.

This evening we returned back to our hotel in Lavagna just in time for dinner which consisted of pasta with a type of red sauce, then some veal.  Dessert was the best, of course; a very moist and delightful type of chocolate cake.  

We walked and hiked a lot on this day - 2,000 steps would be a huge understatement - more like 10,000, and our steps were quite literal.  

Another beautiful day in Italy in the books, March 8, 2016.


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