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Adventures in Cinque Terre

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La Spezia, Italy.

I am sharing here with you one of my favourite places in Italy, the Cinque Terre region of Northern Italy. The Italian Riviera along the Mediterranean Sea. It is my favourite because Cinque Terre still maintains its old world charm, it colourful buildings, small town atmosphere, very down to earth and most of all its clean, emerald waters that sparkles like diamonds when hit by the Sun. Visiting here a few years ago was one of my best summer vacation ever. I got sun burnt which has never happened to me since I was a child refusing to come in after swimming in the beach. I will hopefully return to Cinque Terre again. 
Views of La Spezia.

The region of Cinque Terre or Five Lands in English are coastal towns located  in the Liguria region of Italy. The closest largest city is Milan and also west of La Spezia. In order to discover the Cinque Terre, one can start from La Spezia to join the Boat tours. The town of La Spezia is a charmer in itself. As you can see from the photos above, one can visit the Castle, the church and the colourful buildings are full of Italian Trattorias where one can dine al fresco discovering and savouring the delicious Italian/Ligurian cuisine and wine.  
The five towns of Cinque Terre. 
The ways to reach Cinque Terre are through a walking pathway overlooking the Mediterranean Sea linking the Five Towns, by car although there are very few roads in the towns, by train and by Ferry. The charm of Cinque Terre is that it is actually not easily accessible unlike in the French Riviera or the beaches of Spain. The most easy way to reach the towns are by ferry or by train. 
Hillside Towns and Vineyards in the Cinque Terre.
The locals have worked hard for centuries to tend to their vineyards to produce one of the best Italian wines in the Northern region of Italy. They also produce olives in these terraces. 
Typical hillside town in Cinque Terre with its colourful buildings.

Clear, emerald and sparkling waters of Cinque Terre.
The Mediterranean Sea here is just so emerald green and beautiful that I just wanted to dive in! 
Arriving at one of the beautiful and inviting beach of Monterosso.
Traditional Italian food in Cinque Terre are composed of abundant seafood, pasta with their famous Ligurian pesto made with basil leaves, olive oil, garlic, salt, pine nuts and pecorino cheese and of course we tried their white wine.
The wine here is superb with a salty taste to it because of the vineyards along the hills are facing the Mediterranean Sea.
So tempting to just dive in!

I envy this cat taking an afternoon nap with a view. 
According to the locals, it was a young Italian soldier after WWII that started this tradition of leaving locks to mark the forever love with a partner. Even here in Cinque Terre, they have the Via dell'Amore/The Way of Love to celebrate this tradition. It is a few kilometers walkway overlooking the Mediterranean Sea linking the town of Monterosso to Riomaggiore. 
Mural celebrating the hard work and dedication of the locals to their beloved Cinque Terre. 
Spotted this man in his private island. He found his perfect spot! Where will your perfect spot be?
The main beach of Monterosso. Imagine my excitement when I saw this place! 
Laters ladies and gentlemen, got to find our spot then I'm going to dive in this beautiful beach!


May you all have an exciting summer weekend!

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28 comments

  1. It seems like I went there and came back!
    thanks for the beautiful photos!

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  2. U are reading my mind, in August I m travelling to Toscana including La Spezia in the Liguria region. Now I m even more impatient;-) Beautiful photos!

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  3. Amazing Place!

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  4. Hi dear, your magical photographs have beautifully brought this amazing place to life, i would have never known its beauty if it were not for you, thanks for sharing!

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  5. le cinque terre is one of my fave places in the world, I love every single spot!!!
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  6. Italy is so glorious - I have travelled down that coast from Genoa and your photos portray it all beautifully.

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  7. Pam, beautiful post. I loved reading more about Cinque-Terre and your trip. The little details like the cat and the locks are fun to see. I would love to get here one day. Lovely photos. I could see how you wouldn't want to get out of the water!

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  8. Bonitas fotografías!!
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  9. I read about this place on another blog and again I can´t stop thinking at how much I would love to go there!
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  10. Hi Pamela! How nice to see you have enjoyed that part of Italy! Isnt it so stunning? Just love it too and let me say that your photos are breathtaking! They made me want to travel, my fav spot could be a private island as well, I like how you caught that guy over the rock, impressive! Have a summer and beautiful weekend as well! Kisses! xo

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  11. looks amazing! so sad I have no full vacation this year....but at least I can live through the lovely blogs I follow and read! Thank you !!

    Rosemary

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  12. What a beautiful vacation spot. I love how you always feature food from your travels.

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  13. I visited Cinque Terre last October. I was a bit disappointed maybe because I had very high expectations. Also I thought that Florence was the closest large city? I remember driving from CT to Florence airport to return home.

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  14. such an amazing place, I must go there asap for a vacation!


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  15. Le cinque terre sono una delle più belle meraviglie d'Italia!!!

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  16. This area of italy has been on my list for quite a while and just looking at your gorgeous photos makes me want to go there even more. I have a thing about coloured houses too and we love Italian food! The beach in your last photo looks so inviting.
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  17. Pamela, I would love to go to Cinque Terre. I love that it has maintained its rich culture and landscape. I bet their wine and pasta is fabulous. Awesome post!

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  18. Thanks for sharing your fashion favourites with me, hope your week gets off to a great start!

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  19. hahah..Pam, I am going to Italy tomorrow!!! But just roma...and I wish I can go to northern Italy. It look so pretty:))..and FOOD!!!! ahhh... I am trying to loose weight..it look so good:(...

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  20. Wow, these images are sensational! I am planning a trip to Italy sometime this year and I think this is a must see, would you agree? It seems like it's not run down by tourists and maintains it's Italian charm!

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  21. Charming place! thank for amazing post!
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  22. Thats really really beutifull!

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  23. What a beautiful place! Hope to visit one day!

    Happy week,

    Madelief x

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  24. That is such a sensational location! :) Love the colour of that water and those colourful houses are so cool! :)

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  25. looks gorgeous, i've never been to italy, would love to go!

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  26. Pan I have a friend who did a great project about 5 terre last year, and this place has been on my travel list since then, you made remember how bar I want to go there. I didn't know about the lock story I always have though that it came from Moccia's novel, thanks for sharing the storie
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  27. che posti meravigliosi.grazie per essere passata, torna a trovarmi su Inside Me.Ci sono nuovi post sul mio blog passa a trovarmi se ti va
    Buona serata.

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  28. Well MIss P, I just have to visit Cinque Terre. It looks absolutely breathtaking. I can understand your excitement on arrival. I would have been first to dive into the clear blue waters, you would have to shout out "Man overboard!"
    The landscape is magical and the agricultural terracing is spectacular, now that is extreme growing.
    The food looks delightful. I love Italian food as you know I try to cook many of Anna's dishes on her blog My Italian Kitchen. The trofiette pasta you are about to eat in the photo is one of my all time favourites, yummy! A lovely big Italian lunch and then I would join Signor Gatto for a nice nap:)
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