We began our honeymoon in Positano and then we were off to Sorrento. Day 6 was spent on the train heading north to Cinque Terre. The trip was long and I read an entire book on the train ride there! The trip wasn’t over when we arrive at the Monterosso train station. We then had to shlep our luggage up a hill to the hotel. Then it was official … we had arrived in Cinque Terre!
Screen shot from Google Maps
We stayed at the #1 hotel in Monterosso, at least according to TripAdvisor, Hotel Villa Steno. The hotel was great and the view was amazing. We made good use of our balcony during our stay. I would definitely recommend a balcony with an ocean view!
Day 7: Day at the Beach
After sleeping in a little, we lathered up with sun tan lotion and headed to the beach! The day was spent ocean side reading, tanning and hanging out. The beach was beautiful and while relaxing on the beach I read Sarah’s Key, which is a great book and I highly recommend it.
After a drink on the balcony and taking in the beautiful views we decided it was time for some PIZZA! Nothing had compared to the first place we found in Positano, however we were going to try to find something at least close. As always we used the TripAdvisor app on the iPhone and decided upon Pizzeria Da Ely. The pizza was very good and we were able to land a seat outside without having a reservation. :) After a lovely dinner and bottle of wine we headed back to the hotel.
Monterosso al Mare shuts down a lot earlier than Sorrento and Positano did. For us this was a good thing, because the next day we planned to hike the 5 cities of Cinque Terre!
Day 8: Hiking Cinque Terre
We woke up early, which was a nice change and headed directly to breakfast. After breakfast we packed water bottles, sunscreen and the camera into our backpack and headed towards the trail for our big hike. We hiked from Monterosso to Vernazza. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever sweat so much in my entire life. It was SO hot and although the hike wasn’t hard there were enough stairs to make it so I couldn’t control the sweating. Hahaha. Sexy, right?
Anyways after finally reaching Vernazza we stopped for lunch at Gianni Franzi. I had the pasta with meat sauce it was A-Mazing. After resting for a while we began the hike to Corniglia. Once we arrived in Corniglia it was time for a drink at a cute little bar. The path from Corniglia to Manarola was closed for some reason so we would have to hop on the train to Manarola and then we could finish the hike through the cities.
The path closure was about all the level of excuses we needed to skip the last two cities (Manarola and Riomaggiore). It was hot and we were tired from already hiking for the better part of the day. We got on the train and headed back to our beautiful hotel. We sat on the balcony, watched the sunset and savored our last evening in Cinque Terre.
Here are a few pictures from the hike:
So beautiful!!! Even though we didn’t finish the hike I am glad we enjoyed the portion that we did do. I think if it wasn’t so hot then we would have done the whole thing. On our last night we went to Il Casello for dinner. The food was great and the view of the ocean was perfect. I think this is a place that only takes cash though … just a little fyi/heads up if you decide to go.
Day 9 would be spent on the train to Rome – our final stop on the honeymoon.
Caio! See you in Rome!!!
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