after our time in florence, we took the train to riomaggiore. we had heard nothing but rave reviews about cinque terre and we were really excited to explore the colorful little towns. unfortunately, all of the trails you can hike between the towns were closed due to landslides, and none of the boats were running either (a con to traveling during off season i suppose). we ended up taking the train between towns (which was OK, except for the long waits between trains) and visited monterosso al mare.
i’m not sure what it’s like during other times of the year, but cinque terre felt really quiet and sleepy while we were there… i think we only passed a handful of other tourists during our stay. we slept in a little apartment that was 6 billion flights of stairs high (i kid. only 9 flights. but the steepest 9 flights of my life.) it paid off though because we had a view from our little room like no other. it didn’t even feel real, it was so beautiful.
^^^sometimes trying to take a photo of the three of us means a photo like this.^^^
^^^^since it comes from this region, it only seemed right to order
a pasta with pesto genovese sauce. and naturally,
i have this new thing for pesto now. ^^^^