Ever since I had seen some photos of candy colored houses perched on top of a hill by the ligurian sea, Cinque Terre had been at the top of my list of places to visit.
This past May, after a lot of persuading sessions from my dear Hubby, I was able to visit Italy. (Persuading was needed because I was leaving behind 3 kids for the first time in my life for 10 days! But that’s another story)
My sister was my travel buddy, and I couldn’t have asked for a better one. Our first stop was Rome, and I will be posting about Rome soon as well. For now, all I can say is I absolutely understand why people fall in love with the eternal city.
We hopped onto Trenitalia and had to change a few stations before getting to our home in Cinque terre – Riomaggiore. How sweet Romans are, and how they helped us throughout the way is for another blogpost as well.
Once we got to the Riomaggiore train station, my sister was still in a haze of the long train ride, I assume. Or maybe she was too focused on what to do next – how to call our host in Riomaggiore, will there be wifi available, are we getting there too late – which were all valid reasons to lose sight of, ‘We are actually here!’ for a while. So I quietly asked her to just turn around and take a look.
And this was the view. She took this beautiful shot. I only take credit for asking her to turn around.
We found wifi, contacted our host and were soon walking through the tunnel towards our town. We both had small carry ons and one bag each. And I’m sure if you’re planning to visit this part of the world, you have heard the advice to pack light. Trust that advice! When you read about the stairs, and lots of endless stairs, trust those blogposts.
We were lucky to have found our apartment (through airbnb – highly recommend!) right at the harbor, so this is not a lot of stairs compared to other apartments…
But once in the apartment the view from our balcony made it all worth the hike up the stairs and the long train ride.
Once again photo taken by my sister, I seemed to have lost my camera or senses at the time. What a breathtaking view!
We wasted no time and headed to the rocky beach to wait for sunset.
It was undoubtedly one of the most beautiful sunsets of my life.
More on Riomaggiore, the other 4 towns that make up Cinque Terre and other travel stories to come soon.