As I mentioned before we chose to stay in the village of Monterosso. The first day we wanted to hike and visit the other four villages of Cinque Terre but for our second day, we only wanted to relax and enjoy the water. We couldn’t have picked a better day! We were able to reserve a seat on the beach thanks to our hotel, Hotel Baia, which was also situated on the beach and just meters from the train station. The views from our room were phenomenal!! We could see all along the beaches and main strip and, if you look closely, the other four villages were visible on the coastline!! So we spent a late morning and afternoon soaking up the sun and waves, and in the evening wandering a little around the last village of Monterosso and diving into their cuisine. Besides the amount of people on the streets, I will always remember how difficult it was to find a place to eat. Much like Venice, there are far more people than there are restaurants. Most require reservations but that is hard because sometimes you just want to wander and not have a schedule to follow. Others tell you that you can just show up when they open, but when you do, they inform you that they are already booked. However, we managed, like always, so here I will also share some of the food and of course wine that we enjoyed while here in Cinque Terre. Some of the dishes below: marinated anchovies, trofie al pesto (pesto pasta), fried anchovies of Monterosso, and trofie al pesto e patate (pesto pasta with potatoes).
Our roots will forever be from here, America, born and raised. Yet, life requires us to move more frequently than we care to count. Whether living stateside or abroad, you can always find us traveling somewhere. We scout out places that you only think you can dream of one day seeing and we seek out those that aren’t found in guidebooks. We then bring them to life here in our travel memos, so hopefully, one day you too can visit them or at least be able to live vicariously through us. This blog isn’t just about crossing off places from a bucket list. It’s about absorbing and learning how other cultures grow and fit into the same world that we do. Life is short and the world is big. Enjoy and get out there!