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CINQUE TERRE

Up Hill, Down Hill, Up Glass, Down Glass

sunny 25 °C

We departed from Milan without my phone or ipad, hopefully we'll get them back, but other than that it was a pretty smooth departure. Not sure I'd worry about another trip to the place and we were happy enough to set off on the next leg. Good old Sat Nav took us out of the city without an issue. The drive across to Cinque Terre was fine across the motorway, but it got a bit hairy on the drive down through the mountains into Montorosso. Regardless of the width of the road, on-coming traffic or pedestrians, Italian drivers have only one speed and it's flat out. They also have a bit of an issue with addresses. The Sat Nav took us to the address given, but a few frantic calls to our host next Federico established that he'd come and find us, which actually meant he'd stand on the side of the road and wave if we managed to find him. By pure chance we went up another road and he jumped out in front of us. Turns out that the property goes between the two roads and the gate to the place is not on the road he gives out the address for. A bit confusing. Still, when we finally got into the place it was lovely. It was the attic of a huge place that looks out over Montorosso, built into the side of a hill. Trouble was it wasn't built with anyone over 5 foot in mind! From the look on Federico's face when he took us up the stairs he saw the problem! We spent three days bending over as we moved around and getting dressed standing under the skylight! Regardless, the unit was amazing, lounge area, little kitchen, fantastic views out over the lemon groves on one side, the sea on another and the mountain side off the terrace. They even threw in a bottle of homemade Lemoncino! We had three nights in Montorosso which is the largest of the 5 villages that make up Cinque Terre. From what we saw, it's the best one to stay at. Seeing all of the houses just hanging out the side of the cliffs was quite fairytale like. Went on a ferry to visit other towns along the coast the sense of history is fantastic. Weather was great, very warm, no rain. Just wandering through the narrow little streets was fantastic, always something new to see. Hundreds of people go there to do the walks between the villages. It's actually quite fun to sit with a bottle of wine and watch them coming off the tracks, cooling vests, intravenous drink bottles, walking poles, backpacks, oxygen masks (well maybe not oxygen masks). Perfect way to ruin a good holiday as far as I'm concerned. Actually we did one of the shorter walks and it gave you some amazing views of the very rugged coastline. Not sure I'd be into the full trek, might cut into the available eating and drinking time! The quality of food and service in the restaurants was also amazing. We ended up eating in the same place for the three nights, the seafood just kept getting better. It was about a 15 minute walk up and down what seemed like a thousand steps to get to and from the town, but that meant we could eat a bit more! It was the Lemon Festival while we were there which made it pretty busy, but even so the place didn't lose it's charm, which is sort of slightly shabby, haphazard, very welcoming and breathtaking all at the same time. Good place to go back to I think.

Posted by barrylogan 23:37 Archived in Italy

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