I went with my language school on a 2.5 hour bus ride to the land of the coloured houses, as I call it. The best thing about bus rides in Italy are the convenience stops along the way that sell NUTELLA AND BREADSTICKS in those little containers with JUICE. My absolute favourite thing to buy, ever.
As for a mini background lesson: Cinque Terre is located in Liguria, and translates as "Five Lands." Of the five villages, we visited four: Riomaggiore, Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza and Manarola.
Once we arrived, all I could smell was the sweet ocean.
The houses in Cinque Terre look like they've been stretched in the colours of saltwater taffy. They range from lilac and creamsicle to baby doll pink and Robin's egg blue. To me, colour equals life. People and tourists come in droves to hike the paths and sample the sizzling fried fish along the water. Being there is like walking into a postcard that was then uploaded and enhanced on Instagram. It's that vivid. For lunch I had tagliatelle alle granchio, (pasta with crab), and of course, I finished the day with gelato.
If you're ever in the region, I highly recommend it.
Below are my photos. Enjoy x