After returning to Florence for the week to finish out classes, our entire class was headed to Rome but before we settled in there, we decided to go to Cinque Terre for the weekend. We weren’t entirely sure what we were in for by going there but we knew that it was beautiful so we made plans to go. The class loaded onto the train and headed to Cinque Terre. We had all decided that we would spend our nights in Riomaggiore and then use the days to explore the rest of the four cities. When we arrived, we walked up to our hotel lobby which was right by the train station and checked in. Little did we know that the hotel lobby was separated from the rest of the hotel. None of us had rooms near each other and we were spread out all over the city. We followed our guide to our hotel room which was about 500 stairs up into the city, winding around the buildings and in the alley ways. We eventually ended up at our room which was really a small apartment over looking the coast line of the city.
Once we had settled into the rooms, we met up with our classmates back at the train station and boarded the train to Monterosso to check out the beaches. Our time at the beach was cut short due to someone getting stung by a jelly fish so if you’re there, be careful of that. Luckily, or maybe unluckily, it’s a fairly common thing and the life guards there were able to help us out. After wandering the city and being a little disappointed by the jelly fish, we made our way back to Riomaggiore to settle in for the night.
The next day, we woke up early, took the the train back to Monterossa and did the Cinque Terre hike was is a walking path that allows you to connect to all five cities along the coast line. It’s absolutely beautiful and totally worth every minute. There are a bunch of stairs so be prepared for that.
Along the hike is also the “Lover’s Path” which has a great little area that has a statue of two people kissing and people place locks along the fence. It’s almost like the bridge you see in Paris but just along the coastline of Italy.
Saturday night, we went grocery shopping and made a group dinner in one of the apartments we had rented. The ingredients in Italy have so much more flavor than any of the ingredients you would find in the U.S. After dinner, we wandered down to the rock beach and enjoyed the sunset over the water getting prepared for our trip back to Rome to finish out our class.