We’re heading to Italy again and are looking forward to an actual warm holiday! As it turns out, we’ve been on quite a few icy trips so far this year (at least 4 of the countries we’ve visited so far had snow on the ground) so it’s a welcome change to try out a sunny holiday for a while.

First stop, The Italian Riviera, with a stop in Cinque Terre, then Pisa and then Florence! I’ve never been to to the Italian Riviera before (Florence and Pisa I’ve done) so I’m looking forward to the mix of new places to discover and familiar places to fall in love with all over again! 🙂

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Also, this will be the first time we’ve driven in Italy so I’m looking forward to exploring the Italian coastline by car. 🙂

The La Francesca Resort (see below) is spread out over 15 acres with it’s own beach, lovely (and more important, warm) pools and an amazing view so it seems like the perfect place to begin our Italian holiday! What do you think?

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Also, do you have any recommendations on things to do and see in Cinque Terre?

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  • MissLilly

    ohh so jealous here! I’m looking forward to do precisely the same journey! Can hardly wait

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Cool! When are you thinking of doing it?

  • Michaela B

    I am looking forward to your posts and pics about Cinque Terre.This place is on my bucket list for so long.It looks stunning!
    Travel notes

    • HandLuggageOnly

      It is fantastic! Absolutely amazing!

  • I want to live in that picture.


    • HandLuggageOnly

      Hahaha! 🙂

  • We actually really liked the ‘6th’ town, which I can’t remember the name of. You could catch the ferry from La Spezia to there easily. La Spezia itself is a nice town, not so touristy. We had amazing food at the waterfront at a seafood place there – you’ll know it by the queue outside. We went in June/July so it was pretty busy in Cinque Terre, so we felt it was nice to get away to the places with less tourists. We did the very hard walk from the top village down and it was probably one of my favourite parts of the day.

    • HandLuggageOnly

      I wanna know what it’s called. I heard about it again today! Does it start with a ‘P’?

      • Porto Venare? I’m going to google it! We caught the boat from La Spezia (really nice, less touristy town) over to there. It was quite local and not so same-same as Cinque Terre. We really liked it.

        • Gah I just said the same things as before… I’m tired. But I really liked those areas! Cinque Terre just felt a bit to full of tourists for my liking, was a bit sad about that.

          • HandLuggageOnly

            When we went, it wasn’t too busy so it was actually quite nice. There were other tourists around but not as packed as I hear it can be in the peak of summer.

        • HandLuggageOnly

          Porto Venere! Yes, you’re right! It’s not part of Cinque Terre officially but it was made a UNESCO World Heritage site around the same time too! 🙂

  • this blog is really cool http://www.darveshtv.com/

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thank you!!!

  • Florentina Scusi

    I have been in Pisa and Florence, but would like to go to Cinque Terre

    • HandLuggageOnly

      And you definitely should go! You’d love it there!

  • Vava

    oh, you’re going to have fun! I recommend taking the hike between all the towns on the Cinque Terre. The trail ranges from being a dirt trail to a paved sidewalk. I had a chuckle when I saw a beautiful Italian woman out there walking in 6 inch heels. (I’m a shoe person, so I guess that’s why it left an impression on me….wonder what her feet looked like at the end of the day.) Looking forward to reading about your adventure – and seeing your photos. It truly is a magical area! 🙂

    • HandLuggageOnly

      LMAO!!!! at the woman in the heels!
      I thought about the hike but partly due to the limited amount of of time we had there and mostly due to my laziness, I took the train!

  • You are going to LOVE the Cinque Terre! Have a great time just wandering, eating and drinking. In Vernazza, you can climb to the top of one of the buildings (I can’t remember what it’s called but ask around) for a phenomenal view of the town and picturesque harbor. Also if you get the chance to stop in Lucca (in between Pisa and Florence) it is such a cute city preserved inside medieval walls, with a gorgeous main piazza unlike anything else I’ve ever seen. Far less touristy than the other nearby stops too. Here’s a post I did on Lucca for a bit more info! http://wp.me/p4KHl9-5f

    Have a wonderful trip!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      You were right! I loved Cinque Terre! It’s amazing!

  • I’ve seen pics of this place all over the internet, looking forward to hearing if it’s really as beautiful as it seems!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Yes! It is as beautiful as the photos! It’s even more impressive in person!

  • Helena

    Looking forward to hearing about your adventure! I haven’t visit any of those places, but would love to some day. Have a safe journey ♥


    • HandLuggageOnly

      Yeah you should when you get the chance! They’re amazing and easy to squeeze into one trip!

  • Looking forward to your post on the Cinque Terre! I’ll be heading there this summer and I’m so excited! Have fun!!!


    • HandLuggageOnly

      Cool! How long will you be staying there? I’d love to have stayed there for longer… It was just so beautiful!

  • I just did Italy but missed Cinque Terre! I have to go back!


    • HandLuggageOnly

      Yes you do!!! Cinque Terre is a must!