PLACE: Cinque Terre
NOTORIOUS: five oceanside towns in the Italian Riviera (“fiat-free Italy”)
NEAREST AIRPORT: MXP, Milano Malpensa airport (then take the train)
COORDINATES: 44.1000° N, 9.7500° E
So I’ve now heard about this place more than twice which means I absolutely need to feature it. Five towns all in a row: Riomaggiore (the colourful and most substantial town), Manarola (tiny town with amazing pesto), Corniglia (small and not directly on the water), Monterosso (only resort town, has a decent night life, and a big beach) and Vernazza (the jewel of Cinque Terre — featured last in my pictures!).
Not only should we eat (olive oil!) and drink (dry white wine!)… it’s apparently essential that we check out the the trail from Vernazza to Monterosso. Apparently it’s a steep climb but taking the day to do it is well worth the effort. I’m headed to Italy this year – I hope it will be a pit stop!
LOCATION: Funes, Italy
NOTORIOUS: Quaint Mountaintop Town
NEAREST AIRPORT: Either Milan or Munich Airport (both ~3 hour drive)
COORDINATES: 46° 39′ 0″ N, 11° 41′ 0″ E
This is a small town in Northern Italy. The province borders Austria and Switzerland to the north and, yes, those are the alps. Villnöss is about 30 kilometres north of Bolzano (like I know what the means), which is apparently dubbed “The Capital of the Alps”. The is one of the only areas in Italy where the majority of the population speaks German – the road signs are actually bilingual.
People have lived in this area since the stone age. The food is typically Austrian with Mediterranean influences – you can find Italian classics here but apparently it isn’t their specialty. What’s pretty nice to know is that this is one of the safest regions in all of Europe due its location and peaceful residents. The blogs are saying it isn’t a good idea to go hiking without an expert alpine guide unless you are extremely advanced. Those cliffs look so intimidating I don’t know why you’d want to.
LOCATION: Amalfi Coast, Italy
NOTORIOUS: Hillside Village
NEAREST AIRPORT: Naples
COORDINATES: 40.6333° N, 14.4833° E
I can’t think of a more romantic seaside town. Positano rests on the Amalfi coast in Campania, Italy. The stacks of buildings on top of colorful buildings have this nostalgic European summer feel. I have this vision that all Europeans spend their holidays in places exactly like this. The blogs say the best time to visit is in the Spring when the tourist season isn’t in full swing. You can take the ferry here from Naples or drive (hard to find parking) or bus (and if you do sit on the left side from Sorrento for some epic photos).
Fornillo beach is more secluded and quaint compared to Spiaggia Grande, the main beach and ferry port. Also, apparently some of the most incredible lemons are found in this town – sounds amazing for lemon water and cocktails! I’m so happy I found this place, hopefully I can make a serious pit stop here when I get the chance to do a tour of Italy.
Visited? Any accommodation recommendations (that’s a mouth full)? I would love to stay in a VRBO apartment or b&b! Comment below: