my favorite part of cinque terre (monterosso)

Monday, June 18, 2012

cinque terre, which means “five lands” in italian, is made up of – you guessed it – five little villages: monterosso, vernazza, corniglia, manarola, and riomaggiore.  monterosso is my favorite of the five; the beach there might be my favorite beach i’ve ever visited. 
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kaitlyn and i enjoyed dining at my favorite beachside restaurant and people-watching the life guards and swimmers below.
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one thing that always catches me off guard about italian beaches (or really european beaches in general):  you’ll see topless women in their 60s (or older) and very old men wearing revealing speedos.
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you have to pay to rent an umbrella and chairs.  it’s worth it, though!  there’s no time limit, which is especially useful if you stay at the beach from sun up ‘til sun down (what i recommend doing).
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fun fact: i’ve been to this restaurant every time i’ve been to cinque terre, and have even had the same waiter every time, too!  i’ve also ordered the same meal every time, as well…
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you can rent a little wooden stall to lock your belongings in while you swim.  we tried to get a photo of us using the self-timer, setting my camera on a shelf inside the stall, only to realize my wet hair had dripped all over the camera, temporarily blurring the lens and giving kaitlyn a very original “no neck” look.
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we ate a lot, swam a lot, and drank a lot of water.  by the end of the day, we were exhausted, but in the best way possible.  i wish i could re-live this day tomorrow!
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we took the night train back to our hostel, ready to see the rest of cinque terre in the morning.
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p.s. for the lomography fish-eye version of another trip to monterosso, click here.

19 comments:

Pretzel Thief said...

The blueness!
The beachside noshing!
The summery bliss!
The blueness some more!

::sigh::

Like I said in my comment on your last post: I wanna!

Note to self: less than two months till Europe, less than two months till Europe...

SQUEEEEE!

Dilan Dilir said...

wow super great photos :)

Laura Ann said...

Oh- I *love* the Cinque Terre! It's my favorite part of Italy that I visited. It's been a year (almost exactly) since I visited...

whatevergatsby.com said...

WHAT! so beautiful! and i loooooove your bathing suit. and i too have a soft spot for quirky waiters. they really are the best. esp with a view like that!

Ann Marie said...

...and your photos are making me want to be in italy on the beach! beautiful!

Sophie said...

can you just stop it?!? i have been dying to go there for so longg! it looks so beautiful!

myheartscontentblog.com said...

I loved Monterosso best as well....we had a glass of wine in this lovel Enoteca in the village and then had focaccia from a bakery near the harbour. Oh they were the days.

Jenna said...

Absolutely stunning! I'm dying to visit Cinque Terre!

xxx
Jenna

Alex Butts said...

loveeeddd it there!!

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kimberly rae said...

Ahhhhh! How can water be so blue?!? Amazing!! I must visit ASAP!

kimberly rae said...

Ahhhhh! How can water be so blue?!? Amazing!! I must visit ASAP!

Krystal said...

i want to go back there!

Antoinette said...

Absolute Bliss! Am so jealous of your tan.

Taylor said...

I want to go there now! It's so gorgeous. Also, did I miss the end of the story about the crazy was it peach guy in the hostile? Wasn't there a part two? Or maybe I just wanted there to be! Ha

Katrin said...

Oh, I want to go there too! Love the pictures!

Alex said...

When we did the hike from Riomaggiore to Monterosso, I remember being SO RELIEVED when we finally came upon the beach in Monterosso. As you can imagine, we were hot hot hot and winded from all that walking. But I must admit I was surprised at how the beach was covered in rocks instead of sand. Regardless, it really is absolutely beautiful, and if I don't go back to Cinque Terre soon I might die.

RetreatingAndAdvancing said...

I spent my holidays in italy so many times, but I've never been to Cinque Terre :(

Family Travellers said...

That beach looks amazing!