After spending a beautiful albeit cloudy day in Florence, the sun decided to finally pop its head out! With this in mind, I decided it make perfect sense to head over to one of the most colourful places in Italy – Cinque Terre!

We parked the car off and hopped about the train to what was fast becoming one of my favourite of the 5 towns – Manarola.

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As it turns out, we weren’t the only ones who decided to make the most of the sunshine as holidaymakers sprawled out on the rocks, taking time for the occasional dip into the Ligurian sea.

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Manarola is an absolute beauty of place – especially so with the sun shining on it and the contrasting blue skies in the background.

*The only thing better than this view is seeing it gelato-in-hand! 😉

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After mooching around Manarola, we decided to head over to perhaps the quietest of Cinque Terre’s 5 Towns – Corniglia!

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Corniglia is arguably the only one of the lot which doesn’t have it’s own vantage view point i.e. that perfect place to get a beautiful photos of the entire place – Vernazza has the spot on the nearby mountain, Manarola has the balcony down by the sea front, Riomaggiore has the rocks on the seafront and even Monterosso has a promenade however Corniglia has a charm that’s absolutely unmissable when you stroll through its cute little streets.

*Also, don’t be fooled, Corniglia still gets as busy so the others so don’t expect to come here to ‘escape the crowds’ – everyone knows how beautiful Corniglia is and wants in on the action. 😉

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By this point, the faint rumbling in my tummy from hunger pangs had turned into a full on growl – complete with occasional roaring and so we decided to stop for lunch in Corniglia.

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Lunch over, and my mind still firmly on food – I went off in search of ice cream albeit via a long-winded route as my excuse to see even more of Corniglia. 😉

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Eventually, it was time to say ciao to Corniglia and all of Cinque Terre as we headed hopped back onto the train, picked up the car and made our way slowly back to Tuscany!

Back in the farmhouse, I managed to lose all track of time and before you knew it, it was almost 10pm! I had in mind a restaurant that we’d visited on the first day (it was soooo good and such a brilliant find) however, we arrived to find that it was closed on this night!

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Luckily, this proved the perfect reason to go explore the nearby town of Montaione and eventually, we found what appeared to be one of the only restaurants opened and dived into a mountain of pasta, pizzas and calzones! *licks lips*

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The next morning, it was time to finally head back to London and with that, we packed up said farewell to our amazing Tuscan farmhouse, this fun yet laidback week in Italy and made our to Bergamo – which by the way is very under-rated and is an amazing place to visit in and of itself!

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Oh, Italy – you have been fun! 🙂


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  • I got married in Tuscany a few years ago and I don’t even know how Cinqueterra bypassed my radar especially given how close it is to Pisa! The colours of the streets and houses are stunning! I’d never thought of visiting in winter / spring so I need to make this happen in the next couple of months!! Loving the gelato pic 😘Xx

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Ahhh, a Tuscan wedding is so dreamy and nice! Wow, what a special place for an extra special day. So happy you’re hoping to visit this year too.. you really will enjoy it!

      Let us know if you need any other advice/tips too… we’re always happy to help 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Seeing all those people go for a dip (and dive!) in the water makes me miss the summer! Would love to visit Italy in the near future and eat all the delicious pasta they have to offer.

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    • HandLuggageOnly

      Summer in Cinque Terre is a dream, isn’t it! We didn’t want to leave when we visited. Oh… we ate ALL the pasta we could find! I swear we piled on a load of weight! Haha!

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • The image of those candy-coloured houses perched on the cliffs is so iconic, so its refreshing to see more of Cinque Terre from ‘eye level’! You’ve captured the sultry Italian summer vibe perfectly. x

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    • HandLuggageOnly

      It’s such a gorgeous region isn’t it! Thanks so much, lovely lady xx

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Danielle Theriault

    Cinque Terre looks stunning. Those colorful houses…oh my! | http://ourpassportpages.com/

    • HandLuggageOnly

      It’s such a beautiful region, Danielle – we fell in love with the whole area!

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • The Ginger Passports

    This post brought back so many nostalgic memories of when I visited Cinque Terre! I’m super jealous that you guys caught a nice day – it was blustery and rained when I went there! That must have taken you a while to get there from Tuscany… how long? Also, did you go to Gaiole in Tuscany? It’s a beautiful small town a bit out from Florence… one of my favourite places in the world!

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    • HandLuggageOnly

      I know what you mean. We’ve been there like 3 times and its been perfect weather every time but on the 3rd time I was so worried it would be raining when we got there and wouldn’t feel quite the same – luckily the clouds cleared very quickly and the sun came out to play! I think it took a couple of hour or so, we took the train part of the way so it wasn’t too much driving. Didn’t get to go to Gaiole (hadn’t even heard about it before – sounds like another reason to return to Tuscany this summer).

  • Rachel Hosie

    Maaaaaan it’s so incredibly beautiful! Gorgeous snaps, guys. x

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks Rachel! Cinque Terre is just such a stunning place!

  • Cinque Terre is high on my bucket list – it looks GORGEOUS! Even just standing afar and looking down on the city! So picturesque!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      We fell in love with the whole region… there’s so many places to explore – we cold have stayed for ages! 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx