“Mangia bene, ridi spesso, ama molto”
After spending 2 nights in Pisa, we went back to the airport to pick up our rental car and headed to Riomaggiore which is one of the five villages of the Cinque Terre in La Spezia province. I’ve always dreamt of this place, way before I started travelling and blogging. It would always be my laptop’s wallpaper and a dream to travel along Italy’s north-west coast, with wondrous vistas of mountainous coastline, and the Mediterranean stretching out before my eyes.
It was a short drive from Pisa, along a normal highway with a hint of mountainous view. Riomaggiore, the most southern village in Cinque Terre, is also the most rustic. This charming small colourful town is the perfect escapade spot if you need a refreshing visual feast for the eyes. The place is very packed, with buildings leaning on each other and a small steep street filled with excited tourists.
I’ve been to many quaint cities but I’ve never been this excited the minute I stood at its base transfixed. It’s a lazy city by mind, as you can just chill and take your time to stroll through the street, have a coffee at one of the small Italian bistros tucked away in the middle the colourful buildings, but it’s a hustle and bustle city by sight because of the volume of tourists, especially during summer.
There aren’t many attractions to see there – the five fishing colourful villages are the main attraction there. There are also a lot of hiking trails linking the villages together as well, with train connections if you’re not into hiking.
With rocky outcrops, harbour quays, sloping pebble beaches, and insanely clear blue water – it’s a shame not to dip yourself in the water after a hearty lunch or to witness the gorgeous sunset while nesting by the rocky hill.
It was an indescribable feeling to be there, physically, after dreaming of it for so many years. Usually when I have dreamed of something for so long, the reality struggles to measure up. However, in this case the reality of Cinque Terre is far better that anything I could ever imagine. While I was sitting by the hill watching the sunset, it made me feel so grateful for all the opportunity that I have to be able to travel to my dream places. Things that I thought it would be impossible to do before, have been done and could always be done if I put my mind to it.
Bye for now Riomaggiore, we’ll meet again one day.
Things to do:
- Via dell’Amore: Famous walkway along the coastal cliff
- Fossola Beach: Small pebbled beach
- Torre Guardiola: Best lookout with majestic view
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