Easter in Cinque Terre

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Ciao! Today marks exactly one more month left in Italy and it’s so bittersweet. Half of me is excited to be home and get back in routine of reality and the other half of me never wants to leave Florence. I am excited to spend the month exploring more of Italy, because so far I have only been to Bologna, Cinque Terre, and Chainti outside of Flo.

a sunny view of the houses in Manarola

Molly and I in Manarola


The weather is gorgeous here in Italy and it’s finally time for some outdoor trips. Last weekend was Easter and my friend Molly was here visiting me for the week. The weather was 70s and sunny so we booked a day trip to Cinque Terre with Smart Trip. There was a small group of abroad students with us and two tour guides. We traveled to Cinque Terre by bus and it was a 3 hour bus ride. The first town we went to was Manarola, which is the place that has a perfect view of the cliff-side colored houses. The sun was very bright so it made it hard to get a good shot of the houses, but luckily I’m going back next week! We took a train to Riomaggiore, another one of the 5 towns in Cinque Terre. We spent about an hour there and it was right on the water. We went to this pizza place, Mamma Mia, which apparently has amazing pesto pizza. I am plain and just got a slice of margherita and it wasn’t that great.

The rest of the day we spent in Monterosso, the town with the beach. It literally felt like we weren’t in Italy anymore, the sun made it feel like 80! It’s hard to believe we were still in Northern Italy. The first place we went was this bar right next to the train station in Monterosso. I’m not positive on the name, but it’s famous for their “drunk buckets” and it’s hard to miss. They make all their drinks with real fruit, so it’s basically an alcoholic smoothie. I got a mudslide and the prices were reasonable for how big the drinks were. Molly got a strawberry margarita. After that, we went on a small hike to see the town from the top. Monterosso is a good place to hike because the hikes can be as long as you want them to be and they’re barely even a hike. It was so hot out, so at the top we put our backpacks down and used them as pillows to lay down and tan. We got some good pictures up there and there were even some farms. Before we left, we got pizza at Lapos, and outdoor restaurant in Monterosso for pizza. It was sooo good and the view was cool too. We slept on the way home because we were so tired from the drinks and the sun.

If you could go anywhere in Italy, where would you go? I would love to hear what is on your guys’ bucket list!

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