This brought back many memories. Not memories of visiting Cinque Terre, but memories of dreaming about it. It is my travel fantasy. It was more than five years ago now that a friend of Francaise Fille mentioned his pending trip to the small fishing villages along the Italian Riviera. It sounded beautiful. After putting it in the Google box and discovering for myself just how breath-taking Cinque Terre was, it hopped right to the top of my “list of places to visit” where it has been waiting patiently ever since.
Cinque Terre defines an area of rugged coastline that encompasses five fishing villages — Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore — and is a world heritage site. They are connected by trains, walking paths and ferry, but you cannot reach the villages by car. The trail that connects all the villages could be done in less than a day, but if when I travel there, I’ll do it properly and spend a day in each village enjoying the food, locals and warm mediterranean sun. You can almost hear the photos speaking to you: “Come but don’t rush; stay a while!” You got it!
Seeing these photos reminded me of the yearning I felt for so long to experience that corner of the world. There are few places that I desire to feel as much as this rocky mountainous bit of coast.
I think I’m gonna have to start scouting some travel sites. It’s never too early to plan next year’s holiday — or the year after.