Manarola: The Cinque Terre Postcard Town

As I was planning our European trip, I had certain must-see locations and one of them was Cinque Terre. I’ve poured through travel blogs and they had all recommended a visit to this magical land by the sea. I’d also looked into the Amalfi coast, but I became obsessed with Cinque Terre due to the easy travel, walkability, and and colorful cliffside vistas. Cinque Terre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Northwest Italy, only a 3 hour train ride away from Milan, lies West of La Spezia and is composed of 5 villages connected by hiking trails or 5 minute train rides away from each other. As I mentioned in my previous blog post, we stayed in the middle town of Corniglia and we explored 4 towns in a long exhausting day, leaving one for last, Manarola. Many of those amazing bird’s eye view shots of Cinque Terre are actually taken in the village of Manarola. Although, all of the villages are extremely colorful, beautiful and picturesque, there’s something very special about this one that has everyone flocking to this specific spot for the ‘gram. 

We loved all the towns; they each had different vibes, beauty and so much history. Something very magical had us stop in our tracks when we visited Manarola. Maybe it was the quiet, peacefulness in the morning as shops and cafes were setting up, or the waves gently rocking the boats on the dock as we made our way up, or the stillness before the town awakened to the hustle and bustle of the tourist as they made their way into the town. Whatever it was, we felt as if we were the only ones there that morning, as we said goodbye to that leg of our trip while we sipped our espresso and breathed the cool breeze of the Ligurian sea before we continued on to the next adventure.

Outfit details

Top: Shein
Faux Leather Shorts: Shein
Sunglasses: Quay Australia

Italian Getaway

For years, more than I can remember, I’ve dreamed of visiting Italy and Greece. Obsessed with Greco-Roman mythology since I was a teenager, I said those are the 2 places I absolutely have to visit before I die. Well, the dream became a reality when my husband and I got serious about planning my dream trip and realized it was much more attainable than I thought. I researched what the best season to travel is, and found that the season starts in April and ends in October. Since our wedding anniversary is in October, it was the perfect time to go. Turns out that the end of the season has beautiful weather and is super cheap to travel! 
The first part of the trip was in Italy, Cinque Terre being the main attraction. We stayed in the town of Corniglia, which is the highest point of all the seaside towns and is centrally located in the middle of the 5 lands. It was quiet, peaceful and so beautiful. We spent the first day exploring the town, had a lovely dinner and they even let us take a bottle of wine back to our AirBNB room from the restaurant Il Cecio, which is associated with the B&B. We got caught in a little rain, but it was so romantic, we didn’t care. The next day was meant for exploring. We hiked a little through the trails that lead to the next town over, but realizing that it would take us 2 hours just for the full hike and we only had a day and a half to be there, we decided to buy a train day pass (16 euros each) so we can check out all all the towns instead. We hopped from town to town, having lunch in Vernazza, coffee in Monterosso al Mare, then dinner in Riomaggiore. The last morning, we had breakfast in Manarola, the famous seaside town that’s the star of all those beautiful photos depicting Cinque Terre, but I’ll leave that one for the next post. The villages were filled with steps, hidden treasures and lovely people. It was truly an amazing experience!

Ate all the pasta and drank all the wine!