Italy – Cinque Terre


Cinque Terre (Cheen-Kway Tair-ray) is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site and Italy’s best kept secret. Therefore, getting there takes a bit of a tedious journey. From St Lucia station (Venice) -> Bologna -> Parma -> La Spezia Centrale Station and the journey doesn’t ends there.

Finally, from night to daybreak, we reached La Spezia

From La Spezia Station, we need to take one more train ride to reach Cinque Terre.

Cinque Terre means Five Lands, namely, Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, Riomaggiore

*Warning Travellers* Always validate your tickets using this yellow box when travelling by train in Italy or you be fined 50 euros! We were not aware the first time and we also didn't take notice of this small yellow box. Luckily, the conductor that caught us only gave us a warning =)

Vernazza which is said to be the most beautiful village out of the 5 is where are going to be based.

Fabulous rooftop balcony at the place that we stayed.


After lunch is time for a little hiking trip to the either the town of Monterosso or Corniglia but decided to go Monterosso instead. (Only later did we know that the route from Vernazza to Monterosso is the most difficult route)

Hill view of the town of Vernazza on the way to Monterosso

Took us more than 2 hrs to reach the town of Monterosso. It was a steep climb and it took a toll on us city folks who rarely workout. Every time when Monterosso seem within our reach, there was yet another hill ahead of us. Nonetheless, we made it in the end.

Riomaggiore Station

View from Riomaggiore

The place that we stayed at Vernazza.


Next stop we will be taking a train for a short stopover at Pisa before continuing to the romantic city of Florence!


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