Sunday, December 15, 2013

{Backpacking Through Europe: Cinque Terre}

ahhh Cinque Terre. One of the most beautiful cities I have ever seen! A chain of 5 small towns along Italy's coast, full of color homes and rolling hills; a land with tasty pesto and amazing wine. Cinque Terre was absolutely stunning. 

In order to get to Cinque Terre we had to fly from Barcelona to Milan and take a train from Milan to Cinque Terre. Our train ride in, we stopped in Monterosso- this was where our hotel was located. However, everything we previously read online said to get off in La Spezia and take a train in to Cinque Terre. Since we hadn't been here before we decided to follow those directions. We took trains back and fourth all day long {oops} but we finally got to our destination! 

We made it to our hotel. We decided to "splurge" on a real hotel at this point in the trip because we were halfway through backpacking and needed a "nice" place to stay. We had a REAL bathroom with REAL towels! We never realized how much of a luxury a bathroom towel was until we started backpacking!

This is the view from our hotel window.

We cleaned up and Joe, Dale, and I went to a nice dinner. Katie was not feeling well this day and decided to stay in and get some rest. 

Best pesto pasta EVER!

Day 2 in CT we decided to walk around for a bit and then take a ferry ride from town to town! The ferry was only 15 euros per person and it took us to each city.

First Stop: Vernazza. We stopped in a few spots and then decided we were ready to eat!

On the lunch menu: Pesto pizza and wine! 
 Net stop: manarola 

Third Stop: Riomaggorie. We walked around and ate gelato! 

Day 3 In CT: We went on a long hike! I am so glad we did this today! It was such a gorgeous day! We went from Monterosso to Vernazza to Coniglia. We stopped to eat in Corniglia.