Chapter Wanderlust: Manarola

Finally I would like to share with you the cream of the corp, the love of my life, Manarola! It is the gem of Cinque Terre. Manarola is also the place where I use as a base to explore Cinque Terre! Out of the 5 village of Cinque Terre, I love Manarola the most. it has that undesirable charm and pull on me! It felt like a little romantic spot off the coast! The day that I saw the sun set over the horizon, it is one that I will never forget! Of the 5 Manarola is also the most picturesque one. I love how the village look when the sun falls on it, especially during sunset!

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Chapter Wanderlust: Corniglia X Bar Terza Terra

Sadly to say, Corniglia is my least favourite out of all the other towns. Corniglia is also the only one that does not lead to the waterfront. Instead it is perched on top of a hill! It is very different from the others! This is also the village that I will not recommend anyone to stay at or use as a base for travelling around Cinque Terre! The location of Corniglia does not make it very easy to travel around. The train station is located at the foot and you can either take a bus up or hike up. The walking path is well maintained and easy enough to do so. It is pretty tough though, with 365 steps to reach the top and also slope. Each step of the path represent each day of the year! Although tough! You also get sweeping view of the surrounding! At the top you can even see Manarola, which is the town that is next to Corniglia!

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Chapter Wanderlust: Vernazza X Taverna del Capitano

Coming from Monterosso where I spend the morning at! I am off to Vernazza, the second village of the day! Feeling famished since I had not have much to eat in the morning, I am also on the hunt for lunch at Vernazza! As per the usual! I missed the train again, although my time have always past by in a breeze! Afterall, resting on a bench, using your phone with such a view isn’t too shabby! Vernazza is the 4th stop of my Cinque Terre adventures! It is a short 2 mins train ride away and there is sure a crowd now in the afternoon where all of the day trippers just made it to the area! Vernazza is the only town that have a natural harbour and you can still see many of the fisherman activities around here! It sure felt more vibrant and happening from Monterosso!

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Chapter Wanderlust: Monterosso al Mare

The second day, I was up bright and early, excited to check out the other villages in Cinque Terre! Monterosso al mare or more commonly known as Monterosso is my  destination! Of the 5 villages, Monterosso is the furthest from La Spezia, it is also the most touristy village out of the 5! In Monterosso, you can find many nice tourist resort and fine hotels. It is also the only one out of the 5 that you are able to find an actual beach! My plan was to check out two villages this day! One in the morning and one in the afternoon! As per the norm, there was quite a wait for the train since one had just left when I arrived at the station. Thankful Manarola station was pretty chill, you get a nice view of the waters and the constant sound of waves crashing onto the rocks also kept me entertained! I later met two american tourists who one of them was a member of United States Air Force based in Italy! What a coincidence! We had a little chat and were both making our way to Monterosso! Sure nice to have someone to take picture for you!

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Chapter Wanderlust: Riomaggiore

Apologies for the slight disappearance in recent time, I have been pilled by my recent work commitments and a couple of other downpoint in my life where I actually really did think hard on whether, how far ahead should I push on! Tsk Tsk, SQ Cadet Interview! Anw back to my travels, I am so thankful to be finally in Cinque Terre. Pronounced as “Ching-ke Tear-ry” is it an amazing charm located on the rugged coastal area of the Italian riviera region. Rugged cliff sides, see through waters, colorful houses and jaw dropping huts, you have it all. In fact the lack of development in the area is exactly why the place is so charming! Previously as mentioned. Cinque Terre consists of 5 different villages, each of them are unique and have their own traits. From La Spezia, which is the main transportation hub, Riomaggiore is the closest! Riomaggiore is also the only town that have a natural slope down to the waters. I can’t imagine how the scene would be when it is in the summer. I am sure the kids will just fling themself straight to the waters!

 

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Chapter Wanderlust: Trattoria dal Billy

Cinque Terre is famous for its view, landscape, olive and wine! Fish dishes is of course another famous part of the region, after all it is just next to the waters. In fact, I don’t believe that there is a bad place to dine at in Cinque Terre, but perhaps places with touristy prices or not! Almost everywhere serves up seafood and it is one of the must have at least if you are ever here. Seafood and the local white wine, a perfect match for the impeccable view itself. Trattoria Dal Billy is located in Manarola, it is one of the little hidden restaurant and yet a famous one. I will definitely recommend a reservation if you are ever coming here. Trattoria dal Billy pride on cooking the freshest fish and seafood, their hand made pasta is also very lovely! In fact many restaurant in the area itself are owned by the fisherman, which explains why someplace are open only in season!

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Chapter Wanderlust: Le Coste Apartment Manarola X Arbaspaa

Enhance your visit to Cinque Terre by taking a step back, a laid back chill lifestyle while being right in the heart of the charms! Be away from the crowd, be the first one rather then joining the bulk of day trippers. Late night walks while hearing the waves crashing onto the rocks? You have it! Catching the sunset over the horizon? A daily affair for me! There is definitely a charm when the whole place quiet down. It is a very different experience. While for the more affordable option, you can choose to stay at La Spezia! Which is only a short train ride away. Cinque Terre consists of 5 Villages, namely Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso, each of them very different and have its own charms. With Monterosso being the most touristy and contains more larger resorts and hotels. It is also the only one to have a proper beach! Another great options if you are looking for accommodation in Cinque Terre is to check out Arbaspaa! It is a tour company in the area that provide accommodation and tours. They own and operate various apartments around the 5 villages. Many of them are cute, unique and worthwhile. Especially when travelling in a group! Prices are affordable and the place is well maintained!

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Chapter Wanderlust: How to get to Cinque Terre? X Train Journey from Lucca

Cinque Terre which literally translate into Five Lands is the dream everyone would think of! A fishing village in the past, Cinque Terre have its roots from the 11th century where the people lived off fishing, vineyards and olive cultivation. In fact the iconic colorful houses that we love so much today is a way of distinguishing the fisherman huts. Located on the rugged coastline of the riviera region. The five villages are Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso! With Riomaggiore being the closest to La Spezia! Expect terrace build on the hills, rugged landscape on the cliffs and definitely the jaw dropping coastline that tempts the hearts of ours! In fact Cinque Terre greatest pull on us the tourists are the lack of development and modernization!

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Chapter Wanderlust: Lucca

This is going to be a fairly short post on Lucca, since I find it not to be too interesting! After all, at this point in time, I have already been to more than 10 cities and Lucca just turns out to be a disappointment in the trip. I am sorry to say this as Lucca turns out to be the second worst city that I have been to in this trip, with the first being Naples! I expect slightly more from this city after all the area of Tuscany seems to be the gem in Italy! Thankfully, I got a nice hotel to stay at and found some amazing pizza! I also have to say that my mood was kind of destroyed upon learning of the TrenItalia strike that is coming up. It will clash with my day of travels into Cinque Terre, which I have been looking forward to! More than half of my stay was spend sorting my travel plans out! However I would still like to share a little highlight on this city that is encircled with the renaissance city wall!

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Chapter Wanderlust: Hotel Ilaria Residenza dell’Alba

After the weekends of feasting and dining, I have finally found time back here to Seeing The World In Steps! Speaking of the couple recent months, there are many thoughts going through and I keep pondering over the regrets and decisions that I have made in the past. On the good side, I am very happy to say that Seeing The World In Steps have reached another milestone! I finally have my own domain! It is nothing huge, but definitely means alot to me! Now back to this trip of mine. Departing Siena, I found myself in Lucca after a change of train in Florence. Lucca is somewhat of a down point in my travels and I am sorry to say that I felt it is the second worst place that I have been to this time around. The only two things that helped was the amazing pizza and the hotel that I stayed in Hotel Ilaria Residenza dell’Alba!

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