Have you heard of Cinque Terre? Prior to this, it was completely foreign to me. You can probably find all everything about to share if you Google-searched “Cinque Terre Wikitravel” but this is obviously going to make your Eurotrip research far more interesting.
Manarola, Riomaggiore, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso. These are the five towns you’ll find on Cinque Terre and because of how impromptu my decision to head out there was, I only had time to explore Manarola, the first of the five.
You literally can have all the Summer fun you ever need here. Get a golden tan, indulge in seafood so fresh you can taste the sea, and enjoy yourself an Italian summer. I saw a postcard of Cinque Terre during the Winter – snow blanketing the docked boats and water frozen over. That’s no fun! Summertime begins from May; I was in Italy in August so just imagine the blazin’ hot, hot heat.
If you’re planning to backpack/visit Italy for the very first time, this information will be very useful to you.
Getting to Cinque Terre
From S.M.Novella train station in Florence, you wanna get a ticket and hop onto the train heading to the city of La Spezia. Florence is actually accessible to many other small cities and islands like Naples, Sorrento and Amalfi Coast.
Here’s a tip when you arrive at S.M.Novella: Always check the monitors on the left of all trains. They’re imperative to you boarding the correct train, heading the correct direction.
A train leaving for Naples at 11:05am doesn’t make that its designated train line. Routes are ever-changing for each line, so always keep a lookout. You will also find information boards along the row of trains showing the train schedule for the day – these boards are extremely helpful and should be the first thing you look out for when you arrive at S.M.Novella.
I hope that this post was helpful to those who came here searching for it! Once again, I’m always open to any questions about backpacking through Europe.