Tuscany and Cinque Terre

Some of you may or may not have picked up on the fact that I was a little MIA last week….I can now brag that while you were reading about my love for Italian Dining Scenes here and my guest post about Italian Style over at Natural History last week, I was sitting and enjoying the real deal.  Floating in the Ligurian Sea, soaking up the Tuscan sun, sipping Chianti in the evenings, eating the best damn pesto ever and gawking at the amazing architecture. This was one of the reasons I am taking a blogcation (read more about that there). Here are some pictures from my trip to Tuscany and Cinque Terre:

Monterosso, Cinque Terre, Italy.

The trip was everything I could of ever hoped for and more. We adored Tuscany and Cinque Terre. We went with little or no expectations and found that the holiday just lent to organizing itself day to day. For the manic schedulers out there, this will kill you, we only booked our 1st night. Anyways, I definitely want to share some of our favourite places, things and moments from our trip but for the sake of my sanity, am going to split it into 2 posts….

Highlights part 1:

Lucca, Tuscany

A sea of terracotta tiles

Renting bicycles in Lucca and biking around the medieval fortress walls (I must have really have liked it to share a from the behind picture!)

Paninis on the go

Riomaggiore, the 1st village in the Cinque Terre region where we laid our heads for 4 relaxing nights

Entwined lovers on the walk from Riomaggiore to Manarola (the flattest, simplest portion of the hiking trails)

Yes it was cloudy one day so we hiked the 2 most difficult Cinque Terre trails – Monterosso to Vernazza and Vernazza to Corniglia… In my Havaiana flip flops. But before that death defying feat, we explored Monterosso more…..

And then we ventured up into the mountain like little mountain goats

It was grueling…and mostly uphill…But amazing and beautiful. Well worth the pain!

Vernazza was gorgeous.

Next we ventured to Corniglia but by then we were exhausted so we didn’t snap many pictures

Here are some other random pictures from our awesome 4 days in Cinque Terre

Take a boat cruise of the villages – you get to see them from a totally different perspective just ignore the 100 other people on the boat with you

Monterosso beach – where we set up shop for a day! Was amazing to soak up the sun after being in Ireland for so long. Loved Tuscany and Cinque Terre. Definitely worth staying in CT longer than a day or two as most tourists do.

So that is part 1…. Part 2 – Florence, Sienna, and San Gimignano!

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  • D’vine Living

    oh wow Meagan these pics are amazing!!! looked like you guys had an amazing time! so jealous |:)

    • Anonymous

      And I have been so jealous of all your awesome trips!

  • D’vine Living

    oh wow Meagan these pics are amazing!!! looked like you guys had an amazing time! so jealous |:)

  • leangel_24

    Wow, spectacular photos of a stunning part of the world. Somewhere I’ve never been but have always wanted to. Thanks for sharing, looking forward to the next instalment. And yes, I’m a control freak, I don’t think I could EVER just book one night of a holiday so I am in awe of anyone that can be that relaxed.

    • Anonymous

      I am a wild vacation rebel I know! It worked out so well for us, but maybe we are just lucky that way. The holiday gods were on our side for sure. You need to head to that part of the world, 100%.

  • I hiked the Cinque Terre too! Loved that part of Italy! And the gelato was amazing! That was all ate, sad I know 🙂

    Thanks for the tweets!

    Do you have an email contact? I would like to feature you in my “So Canadian, eh?” series. Email me:
    barbaras{dot}hodgepodge{at}yahoo{dot}ca

    • Anonymous

      Cinque Terre is fabulous – everyone needs to go I think! Gelato is a great diet method!

  • loving the photos lady – CAN NOT wait to see the next lot 🙂 super jealous!