i’m a little bit behind on all of my blogging, but finally was able to get our photos and video from our time in cinque terre up from a few weeks ago! after our time in switzerland, we spent our final week in europe exploring some of the coast. we went to portofino (post coming soon!), portovenere, and two towns in cinque terre. vernazza and monterosso al mare.
we had actually visited cinque terre during the winter a few years before (that post here), but it was great to visit again during the summer to really enjoy the water and beaches this time around. it was ALOT more crowded in august than it was on our last visit (which took place in november), but even so, we loved it!
i’ll share more details about our overall european itinerary later, but we decided to stay in portovenere and then head into cinque terre during the day. i definitely think it was a good choice. and splurging to rent a boat for a day was a great way to access the towns in cinque terre, since we were able to avoid trains and traffic while being surrounded by all that amazingly clear azure water up against the beautiful mountains along the coast!
here’s a video from our day at vernazza and monterosso al mare:
and below are some photos:
you’ll see this in the beginning of the video, but eleanor could not get enough of this boat ride and basically giggled and laughed for 8 minutes straight at the beginning of the ride up there at the front of the boat. she was in heaven and it made our entire boat ride. i love seeing her so happy.
passing by riomaggiore on our boat on the way to vernazza. (we didn’t stop by this trip, but it’s where we stayed a few years ago!) maybe my favorite town in cinque terre?!
in desperate need of their sunglasses! oops! even so, i love this photo of my people with the little seaside town of vernazza behind them so much.
trying out some focaccia. it’s supposed to be a specialty in this region of italy.
this place is pretty picturesque.
from vernazza we took a super short train ride to monterosso al mare to hang out on the beach for a while (since you can’t take your boat over there).
i’m one of those tourists obsessed with the pretty beach umbrellas and when we saw them on the beach at monterosso from above i seriously got so giddy and happy that josh started laughing! but don’t they just make your day like that, all lined up so neatly in rows on the mediterranean beach? :)
after we parked our boat out with the others in the harbor, we took a smaller taxi boat into vernazza. this photo is from the taxi ride back out to the boat after our day exploring. the driver saw me trying to snap a photo of the rest of my people and said, “here, you be in it!” and it made my day. we’re squinting hard (thank you sunshine) but i’m thankful to have this family photo with such a pretty backdrop.
a fun day for sure! cinque terre is definitely a beautiful place and we loved getting to visit again.